Bikes fixed – for free
MECYCLE café and bike workshop, in
Ainsdale, is delighted with the success of the Big Bike Revival (BBR) and starts
its final week of providing free bike services from Monday, 22 May until Saturday, 27 May
2017. MeCycle, which is part of Autism Initiatives and supports young adults with
autism in work placements, is taking part in BBR; a national campaign to
encourage people to enjoy the benefits of cycling; by making bike repairs for
Vicky Jones, MeCycle Manager, said:- "During the 1st week we serviced or
fixed 138 bikes, which was more than we did in a 2 week period last year (2016).
People were queuing up outside before we opened and as the week went on we had
to turn some people away. So make sure you get your bike down here early in the
week!" MeCycle mechanics will make straight forward repairs such
as brakes, cables and inner tubes. They will also run guided
bike rides on Fridays for the whole 6 weeks of the Big Bike Revival, from 10am, call:- 01704 579353 to book a ride.
Southport to Manchester line looked at by Conservative
Candidate Damien Moore and Paul Maynard
THIS morning the rail minister Paul
Maynard visited Southport to discuss the issues surrounding the
Southport to Manchester rail line, with the Conservative candidate Damien Moore.
Also present was the chairman of the Ormskirk, Preston and Southport
Travellers' Association, Alan Fantom and Eric Woodcock, a representative of
the Southport Rail Transport Forum (SRTF).
Damien supports the campaign to retain the vital rail link and hopes to
become its champion by both working closely with Paul Maynard and lobbying
on behalf of the town. He said:- "maintaining the rail link is
essential to the local economy, good connectivity is important for the town
not only to survive, but thrive." Damien, who has already established
a connection with the rail minister, will be a strong voice at the heart of
government that can resolve these issues and make a positive and lasting
impact for Southport.
Property management firm
fined for not having landlord licences
A property management firm has been hit
with a bill of more than ₤8,000 for failing to apply for landlord licences at a
block of flats in Toxteth.
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.
At Liverpool Magistrates Court, on Thursday, 18 May 2017, Elite Property Management and
Lettings Ltd, pleaded guilty to 13 charges of having control of
flats, at a tower block, at Mill View, on Rutter Street, without the required
The Court heard that Elite, a professional property management company, were
acting on behalf of overseas owners, and were responsible for full management of
the flats including finding tenants and collecting rent. The rent was in the
form of Housing Benefit which was paid direct to Elite.
The Director of Elite, Darren Sharkey, had been given advice by Liverpool City
Council’s landlord licensing team on numerous occasions advising that he would
be the most appropriate person to hold the licences but he had failed to make
In mitigation, Mr Sharkey stated that he thought the licences were the landlords
responsibility and that since he had taken over the block in September 2015 he
had made considerable improvements to the block and the area, which had
previously been subject to Anti Social Behaviour.
Elite were fined a total of ₤8166.97, that was made up of ₤500 for each of the 13
offences, plus the Council’s full costs of ₤1616.97 and a victim surcharge of
Councillor Frank Hont, Cabinet member for housing, said:- “Licences for
privately rented properties are not just the responsibility of the owner of the
property. Where a managing agent is actively managing the property, finding
tenants, collecting rents and issuing tenancy agreements, under the legislation
they are likely to be the most appropriate person to be the licence holder.
Agents who manage properties for owners knowing they are unlicensed, therefore
put themselves at risk at prosecution.
Our advice is that they should apply for licences or cease management of the
properties in these situations. Licensing is key to drive up property management
and tenancy management in Liverpool which has a direct impact on our
neighbourhoods and communities.
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.”
In a separate hearing, Ian Hall, a landlord of properties in Seymour Road, L14
pleaded guilty to four offences of operating the properties without the required
landlord licences contrary to the Housing Act 2004. He was fined ₤500 for each
offence and ordered to pay costs of ₤757.73 and a victim surcharge of ₤50.
Around 8,000 landlords responsible for more than 44,000 properties are already
engaged with the Landlord Licensing scheme.
Current and prospective tenants can access use an
online database at to
see if their landlord is on the database.
Landlord licensing has the backing of campaign groups including Shelter and