Greenbelt in Saughall Massie – Council does not know value of Land!

Media release – Wirral Conservative Group
Thursday 1st October 2015


Wirral Council has revealed it has no idea of the value of the proposed site for the fire station in Saughall Massie. Responding to a Freedom of Information request from a Saughall Massie resident, the Town Hall said it did not hold such information.

The request, from Kim Nowell, on 14th September, yielded a response a week later in which the Town Hall said it did not hold a value for the land in its Asset Register.

Councillor Chris Blakeley said: “You would think an Asset Register would be a register of assets. Instead, we have to ask why, in Wirral, such assets are excluded, not least because, all assets should surely be valued from time to time to give a true picture of the Council’s finances. If the Town Hall doesn’t know the value of the land, how does it know if the proposed deal represents value for money?”

“Our Green Belt in Saughall Massie is precious and I find it staggering that the Council, having engaged in negotiations with the Fire Authority, doesn’t have any idea whether the proposal represents a good deal for the taxpayer. It appears that the Cabinet and Senior Managers have been asleep on the job.”

“The Town Hall knows the value of other sites it is flogging – such as Fernbank Farm – so why not this site at Saughall Massie?”


The FoI Request, and the Council’s response, can be found here:

New job created at the Town Hall…but why wasn’t it advertised?

Originally posted on Wallasey & Moreton:

It’s been discovered that, while the Leader of the Council has been blaming austerity and cuts for freezes on staff pay and conditions, he has given a new job, paying £45,737, to a Labour Party campaigner.

A job for an ‘Executive Policy Officer’, on a salary of £45,737, has been created to ‘provide in-depth support to the Leader of Wirral Council’. The successful applicant was the only person interviewed for the role and has, up until recently, been paid by the Labour Group to support political campaigning.

The Leader of Wirral’s Conservatives, Cllr. Jeff Green, said: “This is frankly outrageous. Councillor Davies already has the whole Council at his disposal which, we should remember, is more than 3,000 employees.

We have additional ‘Super Directors’, we also have four consultants being paid more than £500 a day and, let’s not forget, Councillor Davies made himself a ‘Full Time Leader’ when he…

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Be Alert, Be Aware!

I have been contacted by a resident of Berrylands Road in Moreton.     During the early hours of Saturday morning someone (or a group of people) had removed all 4 alloy wheels from their Ford Fiesta and had replaced them all with rusty old wheels.

Clearly this appears to be a planned event involving more than one person with the right type of equipment (it would take some time to remove 4 wheels and replace them with 4 others

I would urge residents who live in this area to be vigilant for any strangers or unusual activity, clearly this individual(s) are well prepared to carry out this sort of crime.

if you know anything about this incident I would urge you to contact Merseyside Police by calling 101 or if you wish to remain anonymous contact Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111