Agenda for South Sefton Area Committee on Wednesday 6th September, 2017, 6.30 pm

Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Town Hall, Bootle

Contact: Ian Barton  Democratic Services Officer Tele: 0151 934 2788

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Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors, Bradshaw, Brennan, K. Cluskey and Hardy, Mr J. Costello (Advisory Group Member and Inspector Jones (Merseyside Police).



Declarations of Interest

Members are requested to give notice of any disclosable pecuniary interest, which is not already included in their Register of Members' Interests and the nature of that interest, relating to any item on the agenda in accordance with the Members Code of Conduct, before leaving the meeting room during the discussion on that particular item.



No declarations of any disclosable pecuniary interest were received.



Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 129 KB

Minutes of the meeting held on 29 June 2017.



Part A


These items are for general discussion.  Anybody attending the meeting is welcome to speak (subject to the Chair’s discretion)






That the Minutes of the meeting held on 29 June 2017 be confirmed as a correct record.



Public Forum

A period of 20 minutes (or longer at the discretion of the Chair) will be set aside for a Public Forum.


Members of the public can ask questions, raise matters, or present petitions on issues that are relevant to Sefton Council.  The person asking a question will be allowed one supplementary question.


A question form indicating the person’s name and address must be completed and submitted to the Committee Administrator as soon as possible and by no later than 15 minutes before the meeting starts i.e. before 6.15 p.m. or by 3.00 p.m. for faxed (0151 934 2034) or on-line submissions

Question forms can be obtained from the Committee Administrator prior to the meeting.


(If the questioner does not attend the meeting or nominate a representative to attend (at the discretion of the Chair), the question will not be read out, but a written response will be forwarded to the questioner).


If a response to a question cannot be provided at the meeting, the Neighbourhoods Division will contact the relevant department for a formal response and the resident will be contacted directly in writing




During the Public Forum the following issues were raised:-


(a)           Vikki Marlow submitted the following question:-


What are you going to do about these fires and toxic fumes we’ve been breathing in all week? Who is responsible and how will you ensure it doesn’t happen again?


(b)          Anne Kelly submitted the following question:-


A toxic gas floats over Eastbourne and it causes a problem with sore eyes and breathing the beach had to be closed by the emergency services, this actually makes the news headlines on the BBC and in the papers, the people in Bootle and surrounding areas live week in week out with the toxic fires we have in the Bootle area no one at all is evacuated we are just told to shut doors and windows and stay in. Double standards I think. What have Sefton Council learned from past toxic fires. What evacuation procedures are in place for Sefton Residents.


Laura A Williams, Chief Internal Auditor, Risk & Audit Service provided the following response:-


The Council works with the Emergency Services and partner agencies in response to large scale fires such as these.  The Fire Service conducts regular risk assessments during the response phase to analyse the potential toxic content of the smoke.  They then advise and consult with other responder agencies accordingly. Public Health England is the lead agency for issuing health advice to the public. 


Although the recent fires have caused a most horrendous unpleasant smell and nuisance, none of them were assessed as meeting a threshold where toxins harmful to human health would require an evacuation of residents.


All responder organisations work together on many aspects of major incident planning. Mass evacuation is complex and would involve other agencies as well as the Council, but there are flexible and scalable evacuation plans which can be activated if the level of risk is assessed as necessary to do so. There is also the choice for anyone to self-evacuate if they feel this is the best option for them.


Sefton Council has been working very closely with Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service and partner agencies following the most recent Hawthorne Road fire, which is an abandoned site with no environmental permit.


The Council recognises that residents and businesses were subject to days of disruption and unpleasant conditions after smoke affected the surrounding area.  Where a site is not under the ownership of the Local Authority, the Council is restricted on preventative action it can enforce, but the Council has taken proactive steps to encourage site owners and partners to work together in order to reduce the risk of future fires.


As with previous incidents, a multi-agency debrief is set to take place and lessons learned will inform the continued development of a robust, co-ordinated and ongoing strategy to address how incidents such as these may be prevented in the future.


The Head of Locality Services – Provision, attended the meeting and gave a verbal update on the actions taken by various agencies in tackling  ...  view the full minutes text for item 14.


Police Issues

Report of the Neighbourhood Inspector


Update on crime statistics and area interventions since the last meeting



The Committee considered the verbal update of Sergeant Taylor. Sergeant Taylor gave a brief presentation outlining recent Police activities and operations within the South Sefton Area.


Sergeant Taylor reported in particular that:-


(i)            There had been a significant number of seizures and arrests in respect of off-road scrambler bikes and as a result the number of reported incidents relating to scrambler bikes had declined compared to the same period in 2016;

(ii)          There had been a number of car key burglaries, but there had been recovery of vehicles and two arrests in connection with these incidents; and

(iii)         Burglaries generally had remained at a similar number to the previous period which was a reduction on the same period in 2016.


Arising from the discussion Members congratulated the police on the successful actions in relation to scrambler bikes. It was indicated that the area around Marion Square was still an issue and Sergeant Taylor indicated that information from the public was of the utmost importance in addressing these incidents.


A Member referred to speeding by motorcycles in the area of the Northern Perimeter Road, Broom’s Cross Road, Lydiate Lane and Ince Blundell. Sergeant Taylor indicated that Merseyside Police were aware of the situation and reported on actions put in place to address the issues.


Reference was also made to incidents of anti-social behaviour by teenagers on the border of the Netherton and Orrell ward  with the Liverpool boundary, much of which centred around a corner shop in that area. Sergeant Taylor indicated actions which could be taken in an effort to address the issues




That the Police be thanked for their presentation.


South Sefton Area Committee Area Management Report pdf icon PDF 88 KB

Report of the Head of Communities


The Committee considered the report of the Head of  Communities that gave an update on Area Management activities that had taken place in South Sefton Wards since the last meeting.




(1)          The report be noted; and

(2)          Area Management issues from Members, residents or Community Groups be referred to the Area Coordinator for South Sefton.




South Sefton Area Committee Budget Monitoring Report pdf icon PDF 72 KB

Report of the Head of Communities


The Committee considered the report of the Head of Communities that provided information on available resources for the Committee and progress on those items approved at previous meetings.


RESOLVED: That the report be noted.




Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held on Monday, 15 January 2018, at The Town Hall, Bootle commencing at 6:30pm





That in accordance with the agreed schedule of meetings for this Area Committee, the next meeting will be held on Monday 15 January 2018, at The Town Hall, Bootle commencing at 6:30pm.