Tenant was living in a 'fire trap'
A landlord has been fined more than
₤18,000 for leaving her tenant living in what a judge described as a 'fire
trap.' At Liverpool Magistrates Court earlier this month, Emma Louise Bell of Denna
Hall Lane, Burton and her company Denna Developments Limited were found guilty
of an offence of not complying with a Prohibition Order served under Section 32
of the Housing Act 2004.
Wirral Council's Selective Licensing team served the notice requesting
improvements relating to fire safety issues to a ground floor flat of a 3 storey
property, in Borough Road, Seacombe.
However, Mrs Bell and her company failed to comply with the notice without a
reasonable excuse. In finding both Mrs Bell and her company Denna Developments
Limited guilty of the offence after a trial District Judge Wendy Lloyd stated:-
"It is not a charitable act to keep a woman in a fire trap." Mrs Bell was ordered to pay ₤18,120 in fines and costs.
Cllr George Davies, Cabinet Member for Housing said:- "Safe residential
accommodation is a basic right essential to us all. We take seriously any breach
of the Housing Act and bring to account anyone who flouts it."
The Selective Licensing scheme was introduced in Wirral, on 1 July 2015, and so
far over 1,300 properties have been licensed which represents over 99% of known
The majority of landlords understand that the objectives of the scheme are to
improve poor property conditions and management standards in the private rented
sector. Licences holders are required to show basic safety checks have been
carried out and that they have appropriate management arrangements in place.
The prosecution brought against Mrs Bell is the latest of a number of successful
cases brought before the Courts, by Wirral's Selective Licensing Team.
Cllr Davies added:- "The Council will be undertaking checks on all
licensed properties under the scheme to ensure that they meet the required
reasonable standards and comply with license conditions in order that the health
and safety of often vulnerable tenants are protected.
The action taken in cases such as this reinforces the message that landlords
will be held accountable to their duties and must carry out works requested by
the Council. The Selective Licensing team will continue to investigate and
prosecute owners and managing agents of privately rented accommodation who
attempt to evade their responsibilities in applying for the necessary licences
or failing to ensure their properties are safe for their tenants to live in."
Blue Air flights for next
FLIGHTS for Summer 2018 from Liverpool
John Lennon Airport (LJLA) with based airline Blue Air have started to go on
sale. The airline's initial schedule from Liverpool with their based aircraft
once again features 6 flights per week to Rome, 4 to Milan and 3 to Alicante,
with flights operating from the end of March 2018 and all bookable now. Ticket
prices start from as little as ₤18.99 for 1 way travel, with all fares on
Liverpool routes including:- a complimentary snack, 10kg cabin bag allowance and
reserved seats. Blue Air launched their Liverpool operational base in March
2017, offering flights to Alicante, Milan, Larnaca, Rome, Bucharest, Bacau and
Cluj-Napoca and flights to their other destinations will be announced soon. Paul
Winfield, Air Service Development Director for LJLA commented:- "Blue Air
have had a great Summer this year and with flights now on sale for Summer 2018,
the region's travellers have the opportunity to book holidays and short breaks
early, at some great prices and direct from the region's Faster, Easier and
Latest phase of stop smoking
THE latest phase of a successful public
health campaign to encourage smokers in Liverpool to quit is being launched.
Smoking accounts for almost 1,000 deaths in the city every year, and 1 in 4
In January, Public Health Liverpool persuaded at least 400 more people to make a
serious attempt to give up through two distinct campaigns aimed at men and women
which clocked up more than 18,000 website visits; and now the campaign is being re-launched.
Men are being targeted through the 'Kick the Ciggies'
around football which features Liverpool FC legend Jamie Carragher offering
encouragement on the game plan and tactics needed to give up.
Women are urged to 'Chuck the
Ciggies' at which
features local actress and presenter Gemma Brodrick and a series of films with
local women Danielle, Amy, Ginny, and Hilary who all quit smoking, sharing their
tips and advice and giving encouragement.
Both sites direct people towards Smokefree Liverpool, a free service in the City
which already helps around 250 men and women a month give up smoking through
FREE one to one support and access to medicines that fight cravings. There will
also be community events and promotion at Everton FC matches.
Councillor Tim Beaumont, Mayoral lead for wellbeing, said:-
"We had real
success with Kick the Ciggies and Chuck the Ciggies at the start of the year and
hundreds of people made a serious attempt to give up, many of them successfully.
What we are trying to do is break down a few barriers and show people that they
are not alone and there are lots of different types of support out there to help
Smoking is one of the biggest killers in Liverpool and all the evidence shows
that quitting is the biggest thing you can do to benefit your health and it also
benefits your pocket. The vast majority of smokers in Liverpool are keen to quit
and our message is that there is lots of support to help you through the process
and we'll work with you to come up with a quit plan suited to your needs and
ensure you succeed."
Danielle Kavanagh, who quit a year ago with
support from Smokefree Liverpool after an 18 year addiction, features in the
Chuck the Ciggies campaign.
She is urging others to give up and said:- "I was a slave to an addiction
that was bigger than me and for a long time I wanted to quit but I'd make up a
It's now been a year for me in which I have been free of cancer sticks and the
good things for me are that there is no hanging about outside, smoking in the
rain or cold.
There are no more smelly hands, breath or hair. I feel clean inside and out and
have money to do my hobbies and going out.
Getting support from the
Smokefree Liverpool team has changed my life."
Appeal to find the next of
kin of John Michael Gregson
THE Liverpool Coroner's Office have
issued an appeal for the public's help in tracing the next of kin of John
Michael Gregson, who has recently passed away at his home, on Southport Road,
Lydiate. We are told that Mr Gregson was aged 81 and that their are no
suspicious circumstances surrounding his death. Any family members or people
with information about his next of kin are asked to contact Coroners Officer
Oliver Knaggs on:- 0151 777 3422 or send them an