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Wirral best place to live in England

At last, the rest of the UK now acknowledge what we have been saying for years – Wirral is a great place to live, work and bring up a family. With 3 spots in the top 10 in England we should be shouting more about the benefits of the area and not listening to the (mostly) southern types denigrating our peninsula.

Bebington in Merseyside is the most desirable place to live in England, according to a Royal Mail survey.

Royal Mail said the study, conducted by the Centre for Economic and Business Research, looked at green spaces, affordable housing and commuting times.

Seven northern locations, including Dalton-in-Furness in Cumbria, were in the top 10 in England, the survey said.

Bebington residents, who live near the River Mersey and Port Sunlight model village, “enjoyed the ideal balance” of living close to their workplace, good schools and high employment, according to the report.

The most desirable postcodes according to nation

England
◾CH63 – Bebington, Wirral
◾IP5 – Kesgrave, Ipswich
◾LA15 – Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria
◾NR8 – Taverham, Norfolk
◾FY6 – Poulton-Le-Fylde, Blackpool
◾DT1 – Dorchester, West Dorset
◾WA1 – Warrington, Cheshire
◾CH62 – Eastham, Wirral
◾CH45 – Wallasey, Merseyside
◾LA13 – Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria

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Liverpool Property – Update on Liverpool landlord licensing scheme

Liverpool city council says it is “looking very closely” at the wording of a government letter about its pioneering plan to force all landlords to sign up to a licensing scheme.

The council is the only one in the country to introduce a blanket licensing scheme – believed to apply to around 5,000 landlords who own 50,000 private sector rental properties. Under the scheme the council determines that any landlord to be granted a licence (for which the landlord pays up to £500 per property) must be a ‘fit and proper’ person.

As with the licensing schemes introduced in many other local authorities, Liverpool’s landlords have to meet a variety of conditions around fire, electric and gas safety; rectify disrepair issues; tackle pest infestations; keep the exterior in a good state of repair and deal with complaints about anti-social behaviour caused by tenants.

The scheme was introduced following a consultation which produced 2,000 responses; the council claims the significant majority of respondents were in favour.

However, the council has now received a letter from Brandon Lewis, minister for housing and planning, saying the blanket approach is flawed, and forces perfectly good landlords to pass the costs of the licences on to tenants. Any such scheme introduced from April 1 must receive ministerial approval first – but of course Liverpool’s is already underway.

The Liverpool Echo newspaper says the council suggests that so far 1,341 landlords who between them manage 5,870 properties have registered their details.