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Edition No. 164

Date:- 20 August 2004

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Council proposes Community Charters

LIVERPOOL residents are to be given new guarantees about the quality of the city council's services. 

In a groundbreaking move, the council will promise to maintain services to a certain standard, while local communities will agree to a commitment to help support the council in its aims.

The proposal to bring in the Community Charters will be put before the council's executive board this week (Friday). 

Councillor Marilyn Fielding, Liverpool City Council's executive member for neighbourhood management said:- "Community Charters are a great way of keeping up standards in local neighbourhoods.

They will improve the council's accountability and foster a better awareness amongst local people about what the council does. The aim is to improve the service we deliver but also to remind people that they have an important part to play in making neighbourhoods good places to be."


If the council approves the idea, each of Liverpool's seven neighbourhood areas would get its own charter. It would detail the minimum standards for services such as street cleansing, community safety and attainment in local schools.

As well as an agreement between the council and residents, the charter would also contain contact details for councillors and service providers, as well as general information about the local area and the workings of the council. 

Before any charter is implemented, local people will be consulted on developing it and agreeing to it in their area. 

Area committees would have a say in the running of the charter, while council select committees would review their operation.

Police Warning... Bogus Letters 

MERSEYSIDE Police are warning residents in Southport to be on the look out for bogus letters which are falling through the letterboxes of houses.

Police have received a number of complaints over recent weeks from local residents who have received letters from Spain from Deuda Recaudar Alguacil Y Exigir Servicios claiming that they have been instructed by the justice department in Spain to execute a writ.

The letter aims to make the receiver pay 129 Euros in payment for a traffic offence that was allegedly committed whilst the recipient was on holiday. The letter also includes details of a bank account at the Bank LA CAIXA.

Crime Prevention Officer, Kevin Kehoe is advising residents not to send any money:- "We have received a number of complaints about this from members of the public. I would warn anyone receiving similar letters not to hand over money unless 100% satisfied with why they have been asked to do so. 

I would advise the public to disregard them completely. At this time we are uncertain why local residents have been sent these letters however it has not been disregarded that offenders may have obtained names and addresses from time share companies in Spain or holiday booking information from travel agents."

See "Tramp Attack" live... In Liverpool.

IT'S the "Tramp Attack" on Saturday 4 September at the Carling Academy Liverpool on Hotham Street. They are performing with the "747's"

Tickets are £5.00 in advance.

Box Office:- 0870 771 2000 (24hr) 

Customer Info:- 0905 020 3999

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