Flats closed down due to serious risk
LIVERPOOL City Council has secured an
emergency closure of privately rented flats due to serious concerns over fire
safety. Staff from the Landlord Licensing team inspected the property, on Grey
Road in Walton, on Wednesday, 27 September 2017, during a compliance visit, following
concerns raised by Councillors, Police and neighbours over anti social
They found smoke detectors not working, problems with fire doors and a dangerous
The large semi detached house is converted into 6 flats, and the team found
that the automatic fire detection providing protection to the common areas of
the property was defective and completely disconnected from the electrical
supply. It would not have provided any warning of a fire in the property, and
threatened to prevent tenants escaping from the upper floors.
The fire detection in some individual flats was not working, further increasing
the risk in the property as a large blaze could have developed in an individual
flat behind closed doors without being detected.
Defects with the fire doors would have meant that there was a risk that smoke
and flames may block the escape route. Each door also required a key to open
from the inside adding further escape time in the event of a fire, and missing
self closers would have meant they could have remained open in an emergency,
further allowing smoke and fire to spread in the property. In addition, they
found that the electrical meter had been bypassed meaning a risk from damaged
and defective wiring.
Councillor Frank Hont, Cabinet member for housing, said:- "This house was
a potential death trap and was putting tenants at serious risk of injury, or
even death. We used our powers under Landlord Licensing to inspect it and
secured a closure order. We are determined to drive up the standard of private
rented accommodation in this City and will not hesitate to take action when we
find landlords putting their tenants at risk."
Other problems included:- faulty heating, broken windows, damp and mould, as well
as a poorly maintained exterior.
The Council's Housing Enforcement Team secured a closure notice by the end of
the day and the housing options service is supporting tenants into alternative
The landlord will be instructed to carry out remediation work.
Dame Judi Dench enlists host of
celebrities to champion holidays for disabled people and carers at local Centre
AS the demise of the traditional postcard
becomes a hot news topic, national charity Revitalise; which runs the
Sandpipers respite holiday centre in Southport; has launched:- 'Wish You Were
Here,' a campaign inviting celebrities to send in their treasured holiday
Revitalise wants to highlight the importance of holidays, especially for
disabled people and carers, who find getting away particularly difficult.
The campaign, fronted by the charity's Vice President Dame Judi Dench, has
already attracted contributions from a host of celebrities and the charity is
busy inviting contributions from many more.
The launch of the campaign comes hot on the heels of the announcement that the
UK's oldest manufacturer of postcards is to set to close as holidaymakers switch
to social media and apps to record and send holiday memories.
Wish You Were Here is designed to celebrate the sharing of holiday memories,
since the opportunity to share one's stories with others is the single most
valued aspect of Revitalise's holidays, according to the charity's guests.
Celebrities, together with Revitalise guests and volunteers, are being offered
the opportunity to doodle or describe their most treasured holiday memories on
specially produced postcards.
Revitalise is to hold a special exhibition of the postcards it receives next
year. The celebrity contributions will then be auctioned to raise much needed
funds for the charity.
Revitalise CEO Chris Simmonds commented:- "We are so pleased that our good
friend Dame Judi Dench has agreed to front this new campaign. It clearly
resonates with a great many people, who have already taken the time to doodle or
describe their fondest holiday memories.
Holidays are important and nothing says 'holiday' more eloquently than the
ritual of sending a postcard to someone you care about. People like to share,
and often it's the sharing of treasured memories with loved ones that makes a
holiday special. Postcards epitomise this simple act of sharing.
Of course, for disabled people and carers, holidays are even more important,
because in many cases they represent the only opportunity for them to take a
break from the difficult daily routine of caring and being cared for. From our
own experience we know that many experience huge problems in accessing proper
breaks away. So this campaign is designed to highlight the importance of
holidays for everyone, irrespective of their circumstances."
Revitalise is a national charity providing respite holidays for disabled people
and carers, combining 24 hour Nurse led care with a real holiday experience, at
Sandpipers and 2 other accessible UK holiday centres in Chigwell and
Southampton. Each centre offers a wide range of accessible activities and
excursions in a holiday environment.
Public health director
encourages us all to 'Expect Better' health
EVERY year, Directors of Public Health
must, by law, produce an annual report on matters which affect their area, and
present a set of recommendations for future action.
Fiona Johnstone, in her role as Wirral's Director of Public Health, has produced
the report:- 'Expect Better.' It recommends that Wirral Partners, health and
social care organisations and residents put prevention 1st by supporting each
other to live healthier lives and improving the health of the population.
A new animation has been produced highlighting differences in life expectancy
and avoidable deaths across the borough. The animation invites people to take
action to improve their own health and wellbeing and gives details of where
local residents can get support. "There are high numbers of avoidable deaths occurring across Wirral and these
deaths are more likely to occur within our most challenged communities and in
males. We all need to take action and work together to make the borough a
healthier place to live and work." said the Director.
Cllr Chris Jones, Wirral's Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health says:-
"We're committed to making Wirral a healthier place to live, learn and
work, making healthcare fairer and giving everyone the chance of getting the
In improving the health of the population and reducing the onset of long term
conditions such as heart and respiratory diseases, we can increase the quality
of life for local people while reducing the impact of an ageing population on
health and social care services."
As part of its 20 Pledges to be met by 2020, Wirral has committed to taking
action to support people to live longer, healthier lives. This includes:-
► Reducing the number of people who smoke in Wirral.
► Reducing the impact of alcohol misuse on individuals and communities.
► Increasing the number of people with a healthy weight in the borough.
► Supporting people to take more control of their health and wellbeing.