Notice of Election – Thursday 11th July 2019

A by-election is to be held to elect Five (5) Parish Councillors to Thornton Parish Council.

Forms of nomination for the election may be obtained at Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council, Bootle Town Hall, Oriel Road, Bootle, L20 7AE from the Returning Officer who will, at the request of an elector for any electoral area prepare a nomination paper for signature.

Nomination papers must be delivered to the Returning Officer, Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council, Town Hall, Oriel Road, Bootle, L20 7AE on any day after the date of this notice but no later than 4pm on Friday, 14th June 2019.

If any election is contested the poll will take place on Thursday, 11th July 2019.

Dated: Thursday, 6th June 2019

Click to download: Election_Notice


Notice of Elections – Thursday 2nd May 2019

Notice of Election

Notice of Election_Parish Council

Parish councils have elections every four years. This is typically combined with a borough council election on the same day as the ordinary local government election. The last parish council elections were held in May 2015. The next parish council elections will therefore be held on Thursday 2 May 2019. Every current member of a parish council term of office will expire four days after the date of the poll (Tuesday 7 May 2019 as Bank Holiday Monday is excluded).

It is therefore important that current members, who wish to continue as an elected member of the parish, must submit a nomination paper to stand as a candidate and contest their seat should an election be held. An election is only held if there are more candidates than seats on the parish council.

Standing for Election

To be able to stand as a candidate at a parish council election, the prospective candidate must

• be at least 18 years old
• be a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any member state of the European Union, and
• meet at least one of the following four qualifications:

a. You are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector for the parish in which you wish to stand from the day of your nomination onwards.
b. You have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the parish area during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election.
c. Your main or only place of work during the 12 months prior to the day of your nomination and the day of election has been in the parish/community area.
d. You have lived in the parish area or within three miles of it during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election.

Candidates can stand on behalf of a political party, but must ensure they are authorised to do so and their nomination paper is supported by the political parity nominating officer.

Candidates can stand as an independent candidate. Alternatively, a candidate may give a description of no more than six words to appear on the ballot paper. It can be any description providing it is sufficient to identify them and is unlikely to associate them with a political party registered with the Electoral Commission.

Election Timetable and the Nomination Period

Parish elections are run on a statutory timetable. The Notice of Election will be published on Friday 22 March 2019. The nomination period will start on Monday 25 March 2019.
Nominations papers must be delivered by hand to the Returning Officer at Bootle Town Hall, Oriel Road Bootle, L20 7AE between the hours of 10.00am and 4.00pm from Monday 25 March 2019 through to Wednesday 3 April 2019.
Any nomination paper delivered after 4.00pm on Wednesday 3 April 2019 will not be accepted.
Should a candidate wish to withdraw their nomination paper, then they must do so before 4.00pm on Wednesday 3 April 2019, otherwise they will stand validly nominated regardless of whether the election is contested or not.
Following the close of nominations, an election will only be held if there are more candidates than seats available on the parish council. All other candidates will be elected without contest
NOTE Nomination Papers will be made available from Monday 11 March 2019

Sefton MBC Electoral Services
For further information on standing as a candidate at elections or the electoral process contact
Neil Middlehurst – Electoral Services Manager, Sefton MBC
Tel: 0151 934 2260 Email:

Merseytravel Bus Network Review

Merseytravel, as part of its Bus Strategy, is committed to carry out regular bus network reviews across all areas of Merseyside.

The aim of these reviews is to make sure that the bus network across region meets the contemporary needs of the public and adapts to plans for future housing, leisure and employment developments, building on the work done in reviews in previous years.

As part of the Bus Alliance, Merseytravel is working with Arriva, Stagecoach and the other bus operators through these network reviews with the aim of getting more people using the bus by creating a better bus experience.

This includes improved and simpler networks, value-for-money fare structures that are easy to understand and more investment in the buses themselves. Encouraging more people to travel by bus drives investment and means less reliance on the public purse.

Reviews will be carried out on a regular cycle, with an area being reviewed approximately every six months. On average, each area will be reviewed every 2-3 years, ensuring that the network delivers the aspirations of the Liverpool City Region.

Details on the reviews of each district will appear on this page as and when they take place. You will be able to find out details of the changes proposed to the bus network in each region and give your feedback via an online survey.

There will also be the opportunity to attend drop-in sessions to provide feedback and ask any questions, with representatives from Merseytravel and the bus operators available to answer your queries.

If you are unable to attend the events and give your views on the bus services in your area or would like to ask any questions about the reviews, you can contact our comments team through the Merseytravel website by emailing or by telephone 0151 330 1000.

Latest Information from Merseyside Police

A Crime Alert for the residents of South Sefton from Merseyside Police.


Between the 15th and the 28th May burglaries or attempted burglaries took place in the following locations:

BLUNDELLSANDS             Burbobank Road South, Margaret Road, New Fort Way

BOOTLE                                Beatrice Street (2), Southport Road (workshop)

CROSBY                                Sharples Crescent, Alexandra Road, Stuart Road, Cambridge Avenue, Ince Avenue, Berwick Drive

SEAFORTH                           Sandy Road

WATERLOO                         Somerville Road, Crosby Road South (garage), Oxford Drive, South Road

Attempted burglaries 3

Insecure properties or entry gained by unknown means 5

Car keys and vehicles stolen 5


News from your Community Policing Team. A message from Inspector Ian Jones

‘I am pleased to say that South Sefton has been enjoying a lower than normal amount of crime and in particular burglaries and theft from motor vehicles. I was worried with the warm nights that people may leave their windows and doors unlocked which would result in a rise in these type of crimes. I am happy to say that we have only had a handful of burglaries where windows and doors have been left insecure so hopefully this trend will continue.

My team have conducted a further 15 warrants in the last 2 weeks with drugs located in a number of them leading to significant arrests. This hopefully shows that we are acting on your information and also disrupts those who are trying to ruin our communities.’

+252 problem has arrived in the North West

The police in Sweden have received over 10,000 reports about the +252 telephone number. A similar problem has appeared in the US where it was known as the ’One Ring Scam’.

The Swedish Police suspect it is an attempt at fraud. Residents who were targeted say they received missed calls during the middle of the night and when they called back they were connected to answering machines and hold music, apparently designed to keep them on a premium rate line as long as possible. The public were warned to avoid answering calls from unknown foreign numbers and have urged scepticism if called unexpectedly from abroad after an apparent telephone scammer from Somalia targeted Swedish phones. While answering a call from abroad does not cost extra, outgoing calls to the number does.

On 2th May 2018 a resident in West Lancashire bordering the Merseyside area received a very short call on his mobile during the night. The following morning, when he found the missed call on his phone starting with +252, he put the full number into Google and it came up with a warning message advising people not to reply and giving the reasons as above.

Sweden and the US may be a long way from Merseyside but now the problem has appeared too near for us to ignore.