Homes for a Pound
applications top 2,500
MORE than 2,500 applications have been
received for Liverpool City Council's newly expanded Homes for a Pound Plus
Following the success of a pilot project involving properties around Granby Four
Streets and Arnside Road, the initiative will transform empty terraced homes off
Smithdown Road in Picton.
People had until 31 July 2015 to apply; and by the closing date 2,560 applications
had been received.
Deputy Mayor, Councillor Ann O'Byrne, said:- “We have had tremendous
interest in this scheme and we will now begin the hard job of assessing the
applications against the eligibility and priority criteria.
We know from previous experience that some people who apply aren't eligible,
while others decide during the process that it isn't for them or the properties
aren't what they are looking for.
Ultimately, this is about giving people the chance to get on the housing ladder
as we seek to drive up the quality, standard and range of properties in the
Homes for a Pound is just one of a range of measures we are using to bring a
total of 4,000 houses across the City back into use.”
The homes targeted as part of the scheme are located in and around Britannia
Avenue, Altcar Avenue, Childwall Avenue, Dorset Avenue, Bird Street, Richardson
Street, Garrick Street, Tunstall Street and Webster Road.
To apply, people needed to meet the following criteria:-
► Live or work within the Liverpool City Council boundary.
► Be in paid employment.
► Be a first time buyer.
Additional priority is given to applicants with dependent children, who have a
good credit history and can demonstrate that they have savings to fund the
renovation of the property.
Successful applicants are required to:-
► Live in the property for a minimum of 5 years.
► Refurbish the property to the Decent Homes Standard.
► Comply with an agreed schedule of works.
The scheme is being split into separate phases based upon condition and
geography and the City Council will carry out remedial works on the properties
that are in a particularly poor condition to make sure that they are viable for
people to work on.
People who have applied will be contacted by the end of October 2015 and advised
about the next stage of the process.
Breakfast time with a twist
for nursery kids
BREAKFAST time at local nurseries will
be served with a twist over the summer as milkmen launch a campaign to dish up
dairy treats in a traditional milk float.
Mortons Dairies, the Merseyside dairy company, launched the initiative at It's
the Little Things Day Nursery in Maghull to help educate children about dairy
products and launch its new range of Muller Yoghurts.
The family owned dairy has delivered milk on its traditional milk floats to
neighbourhoods in Liverpool and surrounding areas since the 1920's.
Kids at the nursery sampled the new range of Muller Yoghurts which has been
introduced by Mortons Dairies at a 68p promotional price.
Simon Holt of Mortons Dairies, said:- “We're delighted to have added
Muller to our range and we're touring local nurseries to give local children a
sample, tell them about how yoghurt is made and let them sit aboard one of our
famous milk floats. Our milkman are usually out on the road in the early hours
and many children have never seen a real milk float in action before.”
Becky Sheel, deputy manager of the award-winning nursery set on a 42 acre
woodland estate in Maghull, added:- “We're proud of the fact that we cook
all our food fresh on the premises, so it's great being involved in this
initiative by Mortons. We're always keen to introduce new experiences to our
children and this one went down well.”
Mortons Dairies is a Merseyside based family run dairy company which has been
operating and delivering milk and yoghurt to the local communities since the
1920's. The company has grown significantly over the past 80 years to become the
North West's largest dairy, with more than 55,000 customers and 230 staff.
The established dairy business only sources milk from 25 Red Tractor accredited
farms situated within 20 miles of the head office in Maghull.
Cigarette smugglers must
repay stolen Tax
THE ringleader of a gang that used an
airline's staff discount travel programme to smuggle cigarettes through UK
airports has been handed a confiscation order for £348,705.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) found that flight attendant Dennis Connolly, 44,
from, Southport, had organised over 130 smuggling trips for himself and 5
others, using discounted staff tickets to travel. The gang hid cigarettes and
tobacco, worth £180,000 in evaded Duty and Taxes, in their luggage.
Connolly and his accomplice, Terence Steele, 58, of Liverpool, were each issued
with confiscation orders under the Proceeds of Crime Act, at Manchester Crown
Court, this week.
Zoe Ellerbeck, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigation, HMRC, said:-
“Airline employees hold a position of trust and abusing this privilege is a
serious matter. Connolly organised subsidised travel purely for smuggling
purposes. There are no excuses for smuggling, whatever your status, and HMRC are
determined to recover stolen Taxes.
Tobacco fraud costs honest taxpayers more than £2.1 billion a year, undercutting
honest businesses, and drawing people into wider criminality. Anyone with
information about illicit tobacco sales or smuggling should contact the Customs'
Hotline on:- 0800 59 5000.”
Connolly and Steele made large purchases of duty free tobacco in Spain and
Portugal for the gang to smuggle back to the UK.
Connolly received a confiscation order for £348,705 and Steele received 1 for
£111,671. After assessment of their available assets, Connolly was ordered to
repay £21,543 within 3 months or 15 months will be added to his jail
sentence, and Steele was ordered to repay £109,297 within 3 months or serve
2 years in jail.