Letters to the Editor:-
"Parking in Southport"
"MY name is J Moreton. I parked on
Southport Baths, paid for a parking ticket; I put it on the dash upside down, so
the information was on it. I retained the stub receipt and had it validated in
the Baths. When I got back to the car, there is a parking ticket on my car! It
said I had failed to comply with the regulations, showing a valid parking ticket
for the duration of your stay. I have since appealed this twice. I sent in the
ticket, I sent proof I paid in the Baths. Southport Council said well it doesn't
matter, we know you have a ticket, you have paid for it, but we are still
issuing you with a ₤50 fine. I just can't understand the logic in this. I can't
understand that the council can say, we know you paid for a parking ticket, just
because you made a mistake and placed it upside down, we are still fining you
Editor's note:- "This week we were contacted by chap who was visiting
Southport with his family and received a parking ticket, despite buying a
ticket. This has been 1 of many lately who have contacted us in relation to
parking issues in the Southport and Formby areas, so we have decided to look
into this issue."
The Ainsdale Ward Councillor, Lynne Thompson, was also contacted by Mr J Moreton
in connection to this issue and has since emailed us. She told our newsroom
that:- "I understand Mr J Moreton (a Wigan resident) has contacted you
regarding a parking charge he incurred in August this year during a visit to
Southport. Mr Moreton tells me he did purchase a valid ticket, but unfortunately
left the ticket facing down, inappropriately displayed. I did explain to Mr
Moreton a few years ago the Council had a policy of leniency with 1st and even
2nd offenders of' flipped tickets. The number of visitors to Southport who send
angry letters saying they will not return appears to suggest this was indeed the
right policy. Sadly, the Council have confirmed they have no plans to reinstate
leniency for first time offenders. The offence of not displaying a ticket
appropriately continues to prove very expensive. Sefton tell me they will
continue to consider each case on its own merits and will cancel those it deems
appropriate. I have raised this issue many times with Traffic Services."
If you have any comments on this, please do email our newsroom via:-
News24@SouthportReporter.com and let us know your views and thoughts.
Landlord fined for falling
foul of Selective Licensing rules
A 'professional landlord' has
been ordered to pay nearly ₤5,000 by a court because he failed to obtain a
licence to manage a rented property in Wallasey. On 16 November 2017, Mr Philip
James Last of Meols Drive, Hoylake was ordered to pay ₤4,952 in fines and costs
for failing to obtain a Selective Licence for a rented property in Albemarle
In summing up District Judge Wendy Lloyd described Mr Last as a professional
landlord who took no steps to obtain a licence despite repeated requests from
The Selective Licensing scheme was introduced in Wirral in 4 areas on 1 July
2015 and so far over 1,300 properties have been licensed which represents over
99% of known licensable properties.
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 against Mr Last is the latest case brought before the courts by
Wirral Council's Selective Licensing team. This case brings the number of
prosecutions by the Council against landlords and agents in the Selective
Licensing areas up to 27 successful prosecutions.
Earlier this month Mr Nigel Russell of Duddon, Tarporley withdrew his appeal to
the courts against previous convictions brought by the Selective Licensing team
for Housing Act offences and was ordered to pay ₤42,120 in fines and costs.
Cllr George Davies, Cabinet Member for Housing said:- "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 a safe environment for their tenants to live in. The
Council will be undertaking checks on all licensed properties under the scheme
to ensure that they meet the required standard and comply with licence
conditions in order that the health and safety of often vulnerable tenants are
Online VAT crackdown highlights
challenges of the global market place
THE Chancellor's announcement of a
crackdown on online VAT fraud highlights the challenges of raising revenue in a
globalised economy. In the budget, Philip Hammond confirmed that the Government
would take further steps to clamp down on businesses who sell through online
marketplaces but fail to pay VAT. Such activity reportedly costs the UK an
estimated ₤1.2 billion in lost revenues.
Under the proposals, HMRC's powers will be extended to hold, both sellers and
the online marketplaces on which they trade liable for unpaid VAT, 'joint
and several liability'. This will also be extended to include UK (as well as
Since 2016, the Government has taken a number of steps to increase VAT
compliance, including making online marketplaces potentially liable for VAT due
by their non-UK sellers. From April 2018, HMRC will start to accept
registrations for the Fulfilment House Due Diligence Scheme, which will oblige
fulfilment businesses in the UK to register with HMRC, keep certain records and
carry out robust due diligence checks on their overseas customers.
But the Institute also warned of the challenges associated with enforcing the
new rules, such as understanding whether their sellers are required to register
for VAT, and the level of 'due diligence' that the online marketplace needs to
undertake to protect themselves from a liability.
Commenting, Alan McLintock, Chair of the CIOT's Indirect Taxes Sub Committee,
said:- "The rise of online shopping has changed the way we shop but it has
done so at the expense of the Tax system. Enforcement of the VAT rules is
naturally more difficult with overseas online sellers.
We have already seen a ten-fold increase in the number of VAT registrations by
non UK businesses before today. This is a good example of the effectiveness of
the steps already taken by HMRC to ensure compliance.
The measures are welcome step, building on the good progress already made by
HMRC to tackle the issue of online VAT avoidance. It will be welcomed by
retailers who for years have paid the appropriate amount of VAT due, but who have
had to compete against those who have not.
However, the rules around VAT registration are not necessarily straight forward,
and online marketplaces will need to satisfy themselves that they have taken
sufficient reasonable steps to protect themselves of assertions by HMRC that
they "knew or should have known" that a seller should be VAT registered in the
Man charged following
disorder in Concert Square, Liverpool
MERSEYSIDE Police have told us that
Ryan Lacey, 23, from Liverpool, was charged with attempted murder and Section
18; grievous bodily harm with intent. This follows on from an incident of
disorder within the Concert Square area of Liverpool City Centre, on Wednesday,
22 November 2017. He was remanded in custody and appeared at Liverpool
Magistrates Court on Friday, 24 November 2017.
Shipping company boss makes huge waves
in charity running challenge
A shipping company executive whose
mother died with dementia was the top fundraiser in a charity running challenge.
Paul Sanders, from Crosby, in Merseyside, raised an incredible ₤3,297 by taking
part in Alzheimer's Research UK's Running Down Dementia initiative, which
challenged people to run 100km between May and the end of October 2017.
The 57 year old was inspired to take on the challenge by his mother Pauline, who
was diagnosed with vascular dementia around 7 years ago and died in September
2017, aged 85.
The father of 2 ran a lot of the distance on and around Crosby beach, including
regularly taking part in the Town's Park Run. He finished the challenge by
competing in the Mersey Tunnel 10K. He also had to battle through a knee injury
picked up while playing football. Paul's younger sister Kathy Charnley
also completed the challenge, while his youngest daughter Anna, 15, and niece
and nephew, Sarah, 15, and John Cooper, 18, ran some of the distance to support
Paul, the UK general manager for Independent
Container Line, said:- "I'm not a runner, I play veterans football, but
when I found out about the challenge I thought it would be a great thing to do.
I was worried I'd be too busy to do it, but I found out that the Park Run was at
9am on Saturdays and it fitted perfectly, as I always visited my mum at about
10.30am on Saturdays, so I had time to do the run before seeing her. I thought I
could maybe raise about ₤500, so I'm absolutely delighted to have raised more
than ₤3,000. As well as my family and friends, quite a few of my customers and
suppliers made donations and right at the end my company, whose headquarters are
in America, donated a thousand dollars. I was delighted my knee just about held
up during the challenge, although I've not been able to run since the Tunnel
Run, as I need an operation to clean up the cartilage. When I've recovered I'd
like to carry on running as it's been really good for my fitness."
Paul said the first few years following his mum's diagnosis were the toughest,
but said things became a bit more peaceful once she went into a care home. He
said:- "It started off with her being a bit forgetful and she'd repeat
herself quite often. As it progressed more, she'd go out of the house and get
lost. She'd often wander to Church, going different days of the week, different
times of the day. She'd go to the shop and try to buy things without having any
money. She'd ring me in the evening and then 10 minutes later I'd get another
call. Once she went into the home, there was an element of peace. As she
progressed into a worse state it was almost easier to accept. It sounds strange,
but I could accept she had a real illness, while in the early days you think you
can cure her with a bit of tough love and snap her out of it, but of course
that's impossible. In the early days she was scared and worried about things she
was imagining. But as she got deeper into the dementia those types of feelings
and fears disappeared, and she was at ease with herself. She had a beautiful
voice. Her favourite singer was Deanna Durbin, who was her heroine, and when she
sang, her voice was almost identical. Even until the last 12 months we would
take her to the beach to sit and look at the sea, I'd play a song on the iPod
and she'd sing along. We'd 'challenge' her with obscure Frank Sinatra and Vic
Damone tunes, and she'd pick them up immediately. But eventually even that was
taken from her, which was particularly sad."
Overall 4,062 runners signed up for Running
Down Dementia this year, raising ₤247,000. They ran 367,178km; nearly the
distance to the Moon and more than nine times around the Earth.
Kenneth Foreman, Senior Sporting Events Manager at Alzheimer's Research UK,
said:- "We can't thank Paul enough for raising such an incredible total
while taking part in Running Down Dementia. We're also delighted that Paul
became a park runner while taking on the challenge as Alzheimer's Research UK is
proud to be the official charity partner of Park Run. The vital funds raised by
Paul and the thousands of runners who have taken part in Running Down Dementia
will power world class dementia research projects and help bring an end to the
fear, harm and heartbreak of dementia."
Anyone interested in taking part in next year's Running Down Dementia challenge
online. Also, Alzheimer's Research UK have
launched a new cycling initiative called Cycling Down Dementia challenging
people to ride, either 300 or 1,000 miles, before the end of January and raise
₤150. To sign up go to:-
CyclingDownDementia.Org. For further
information about Alzheimer's Research UK, or to find out more about fundraising
for the charity, call:- 0300 111 5555 or visit:-