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: neil.middlehurst@sefton.gov.uk

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 comments@merseytravel.gov.uk or by telephone 0151 330 1000.

Latest Information from Merseyside Police

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

Burglaries

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.

Latest information from Merseyside Police

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

Burglaries

Between 1st and the 14th May burglaries have taken place in the following locations:

BOOTLE                Litherland Road

CROSBY                Jubilee Road, Anthonys Road (garage), Seafield Avenue, Longfield Avenue, Mornington Avenue,

                                Chesterfield Road, Bridge Road, Hatherley Avenue

SEAFORTH           Rossini Street

WATERLOO         Pine Grove, Hougoumont Grove

Properties left insecure 3

Entry gained by unknown means 2

Car keys and vehicles stolen 2

 

Scam messages

The last message was a Police Press Release warning of a scam via a telephone call from fraudsters claiming to be the Police, stating that the recipient of the call was part of an investigation into suspected staff procedures within their bank and their money was at risk. Unfortunately another Sefton resident has fallen a victim to this crime and lost an amount of money. Please warn neighbours, relatives and friends who may not be aware of this fraud.

Suspicious Vehicle

On April 14th a small white Peugeot van part registration number NV 57— with ladders on the roof, was seen being driven very slowly in Holmwood Gardens, Holmwood Close, Beech Drive and Weld Drive Formby and returned for a second time to Holmwood Gardens.

A resident spoke to the men in the vehicle and asked if he could help them. They told him they were looking for a house in Roache Road, they had rung the occupier but received no answer. There is no Roache Road in Formby. They gave the resident a card with the roofing firm where they ‘allegedly’ worked. Please contact the Police if you are suspicious of any such vehicle in your area of Sefton

 

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

 

‘Once again it has been a busy week for my team. We have organised and conducted another operation day 10/05/18 executing 12 warrants at addresses across South Sefton. This was targeting those individuals that you are reporting to us for drug dealing and being involved in gangs. We recovered drugs and cash and made 10 arrests for numerous offences. This shows that by working together we can make a difference and stop these people from ruining our communities.

Since my last update we have had no major issues in our area and no patterns in any one crime.

As the nights get lighter and weather gets warmer, can I please just ask that we continue to be conscious of our home security by closing windows and doors when we are in bed or away from the house. Last year we had a number of burglaries with the occupants watching TV in the front of the house but leaving the rear door open or unlocked. Entry was gained and kitchens and rear rooms searched for car keys and valuables. Let’s try and prevent this happening this year.

The Community Police Station has been open for a few months now with a ‘Drop in’ event every Monday between 14:00 and 1600. There have not been many visitors over this period so I ask for people to drop along and say hello to the team.

If anyone has any non-urgent concerns please contact us via our force website or even on Facebook at ‘Sefton Police’.

Latest Information from Merseyside Police

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

Thefts from Motor vehicles

Between 31st March and the12th April thefts from vehicles have occurred in the following locations:

BLUNDELLSANDS             Burbo Bank Road North, Hall Road West

BOOTLE                                Sussex Street, Staley Drive, Strafford Drive

CROSBY                                Coney Crescent, Tudor Road, Chesterfield Road, Manor Road, Coronation Drive, Dowhills Drive,

                                                Moorgate Avenue, Myers Road West, Rimrose Valley Road

LITHERLAND                       Ennerdale Drive

WATERLOO                         Cedar Grove

Number of vehicles possibly left insecure or entered by unknown means 8

Items left in and then stolen from the vehicle 12

Registration plates removed 1

Vehicle badge stolen 1

 

Crime Prevention Tip to Help Keep Your Vehicle Safe    

It is suggested that items should be placed in the boot BEFORE and not WHEN the car is parked and left unattended.

In a car park sometimes a thief will watch for a car owner to place items such as laptops, handbags and cameras in the boot and then target the car for the valuable items when the owner has left the vehicle.

Telephone Scam

A Sefton Resident received a call from someone saying he was from BT Openreach. The caller spoke with a foreign accent. He stated that a named man from New Jersey was trying to hack into the resident’s account and requested that he should go on his computer immediately to view his account.

The resident was suspicious and asked the caller for his telephone number and he would call back. The caller gave a number but when the recipient dialled 1471 the call had come from a different number. Action Fraud and BT Openreach were informed.

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

Over the last week some of our communities and my team have met some challenging and disturbing events. These have centred around mindless individuals firing guns at rival youths. One of these incidents occurred in a busy residential street when children were playing. As a result my team have been working tirelessly leaving no stone unturned to build bridges with the communities involved whilst ensuring those responsible are brought to justice. We have acted upon community intelligence and executed a number of warrants with drugs being seized and people arrested, however my main ambition which I am sure is shared with yourselves is to remove the firearms from our streets and remove those using them from our community. In order to do this we need your help!! If you have any information at all, please let us know. You can remain anonymous and I can assure you that ALL information will be investigated and acted upon.

Can I also remind you that if you wish to speak to a member of my team you can call in at Marsh Lane Police station or come and see us at Maghull Community Police Station (situated just next to the Maghull Town Hall entrance) on a Monday between 2pm & 4pm. I have also managed to secure a shop on Kirkstone Road North for the next two weeks were we will be joined by a member of staff from One Vision Housing, the Sefton council ASB team and a local Councillor. This will be every Monday and Thursday between 12 and 2pm. As such we will be answer the majority of your queries.

Hightown Festival 21st – 22nd April

Hightown Parish Council is hosting the inaugural Hightown Festival over the weekend of 21st- 22nd April.
 The festival is not only aimed at the residents of Hightown, but we also hope to attract residents from many of our neighbouring communities including Thornton, Little Crosby, Ince Blundell, Little Altcar, Crosby, and Formby.
Please see the Facebook pages for further details
There is also a couple of specific ticketed events as part of the festival;
The first is an evening event on Saturday 21st April (7.30 pm start) hosted by the Blundellsands Sailing Club (The Foreshare, Thornbeck Avenue, Hightown), which comprises a hot and cold buffet, live entertainment provided by Richard Holmes who will sing Rat Pack style favourites, and followed by a disco until late. Tickets are £15 /person and include the buffet.
The second event is an afternoon tea dance (2.30 pm start) on Sunday 22nd April which will be hosted (includes instruction on dance steps if required), and includes an afternoon tea. Tickets are priced at £7.50/person and include the afternoon tea.