1st Landlord Licensing prosecution brought
THE 1st prosecution against a landlord who has refused to
sign up to Liverpool's Landlord Licensing scheme has been brought. Brendan
Vance, of The Orchard in Huyton, pleaded guilty at Liverpool Magistrates Court,
on Thursday, 20 October 2016, to failing to commit to the scheme under Part 3 of
the Housing Act 2004. He had ignored numerous letters from the City Council
about his property, located on Onslow Road, in L6. He was fined £1,500, reduced
to £1,000 due to his guilty plea, ordered to pay the Council's legal costs of
£734.56 and a victim surcharge of £100. Liverpool's Landlord Licensing Scheme
came into force in 2015, with the aim of driving up standards in the private
rented sector, and action is now being taken against those who are still
refusing to sign up. Landlords have to meet a variety of conditions around fire,
electric and gas safety rectifying disrepair issues, tackling pest infestations,
keeping the exterior in a good state of repair and dealing with complaints about
anti social behaviour caused by tenants. Deputy Mayor, Councillor Ann
O'Byrne, said:- "We have given landlords ample time to sign up to the
scheme and we are now taking action against those who are ignoring the law. We
are serious and determined about improving housing and housing management
standards in the City, and the vast majority of the landlords in the City are
complying. Unfortunately, we have some who have refused to engage with us and
think they are above complying with the scheme. The level of this fine shows
that the Courts take this issue extremely seriously and are willing to hit
landlords hard, in the pocket. Mr Vance is facing a bill of more than £1,800
instead of the £400 it would've cost him for a licence! This is just the 1st of
dozens of cases that we are bringing to Court, and our message to landlords is
that if you don't engage with us you will face a big bill, in Court."
Almost 8,000 landlords responsible for more than 44,000 properties are already
engaged with the Landlord Licensing scheme. Current and prospective tenants can
access a database at:-
Liverpool.Gov.UK/LandlordLicensing to see if their landlord is on
Did you know that:- Landlord Licensing has the backing of
campaign groups including:- Shelter and Generation Rent?
Have you seen the 'Mersey Shore - Coast'
LIVERPOOL artist launches 'Mersey shore'
exhibition of Liverpool's coastal region as report shows Liverpool businesses
disconnected from regions value as a world heritage site. Liverpool is the
5th most visited City in the UK, with over half a million international visitors
coming to the region each year. The impressive statistics place Liverpool,
behind only:- London, Edinburgh, Manchester and Birmingham.
The Annual England Attractions Survey recently found that growth in tourism
across England has been strongest in visits to Gardens and Historic Houses.
Reports have suggested that it is possible that the rise is connected to the
rise of TV shows showcasing England's natural beauty and historic buildings such
as "Downton Abbey."
Despite this, a survey of Liverpool businesses highlighted that the City may not
be appreciating the world heritage site filled coastal region in the same way
that international visitors are. It found that just 7.5% of Liverpool businesses
think that the City's brand as a World Heritage Site is important to the
Liverpool City Region.
Liverpool artist Steve Strode used to travel all the way down to Cornwall to
paint the landscape, but recently realised how much natural beauty he was
missing out on closer to home. This week, he launched his new:- 'Mersey
Shore - Coast' exhibition at Editions gallery in Liverpool's Cook
Steve said:- "I think I'd taken my home town for granted, you don't always
have to go away to appreciate beautiful landscape. We're really lucky in
Liverpool as the coastal walk is supported by a good rail network that runs
alongside it, so by hopping on and off I've walked and painted on site at
various locations along the shore over the last few months. I still paint the
urban sprawl, but it's great to get out along the Mersey and Sefton coastlines
with their beaches, woods and dunes. I hope that more people will take advantage
of the great walks, landscapes and world heritage sites right on our doorstep."
Steve Strode's free exhibition:- 'Mersey Shore - Coast' will be
showing at Editions Gallery, on Liverpool's Cook Street, until Saturday, 5
November 2016. It is well worth a visit!
Award winning NHS team scoops 4th award in a
LOCAL services for child and adolescent mental health
have been again recognised for their positive practice in mental health, at a
national ceremony, making it 4 years in a row.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) from Cheshire and Wirral
Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) scooped 'Overall Achievement in Children
and Young People's Mental Health Services' at this year's 'Breakthrough Positive
Practice in Mental Health Awards' that was held in Woking. 2016 has been busy for CWP's CAMHS services. Ancora House, the new state of
the art inpatient centre opened in September and 'World Mental Health Day' marked
the official launch of the 'Next Step' goal based outcome resource. The 4D Toolkit
has also taken off, a therapy resource that helps young people vocalise and
manage their feelings, and work continues to develop the existing involvement of
young people with lived experience.
The award winning website for CAMHS,
MyMind.Org.UK has now been live for five
years and provides useful information for young people and their families using
the service. You can now also like @CWPmymind on Instagram, as well as @mymindfeed
On the night, the award was presented by Kathryn Pugh, programme manager for
children and young people's mental health at NHS England.
Ian Roberts, clinical team manager for West Cheshire and Winsford CAMHS says:-
"It was an honour to attend the awards evening on behalf of CWP CAMHS. It
was fantastic to witness so many stories of innovative, committed and inspiring
The award 'shouts out' that CWP CAMHS continues to develop and motivate so many
ideas and plans amongst its staff; and has the backing of CWP and commissioners
to continue the excellent work with our young people, to develop our services
and interventions even further."
Sheena Cumiskey, CWP's Chief Executive added:- "It is fantastic that the
work of CWP is acknowledged in this way. I see staff working tirelessly to
deliver high quality care for the people who access our services and it is their
energy and dedication that makes a positive difference to their recovery."
For more information about services in your area visit:-
Merseyside Police Welcome Sentencing of Formby
Man for Indecent Assault
STEPHEN Crosby, 63, Formby, was sentenced to 5 years in
prison after being found guilty following a trial of 1 count of indecent assault
which took place in February 2000 when he was working as a doctor. Crosby denied
the offence and was convicted at Liverpool Crown Court and sentenced, on
Tuesday, 18 October 2016. Detective Constable Tracy O'Hara said:-
"Merseyside Police takes every report of sexual offences extremely seriously,
whether or not they are recent, and has dedicated officers within the force's
Unity Team who are specially trained to both thoroughly investigate allegations
and make sure that those reporting them are properly supported. I would like to
take this opportunity to reassure anyone who has suffered a sexual offence that
if you can find the courage to come forward and speak to us, we will deal with
you sensitively and make sure that reports are properly and thoroughly
investigated. People can call Officers in the Force's specialist Unity Team on:-
0151 777 1382. Information can also be passed to Crimestoppers, anonymously,
on:- 0800 555 111."