Moreton Christmas Lights – Oh What a Night!


Yesterday evening I was absolutely delighted to attend, with my colleagues, Cllr Bruce Berry and Cllr Steve Williams and our families the switch on of Moreton’s Christmas Lights.

The event was one of, if not the most successful event in the last 10 years with around 150/200 people present to see the switch flicked by Moreton’s very own, Beverly Macca.

The event is only the success it is because of the hard work of Angela and Steve Pouncey in making it happen, from the purchasing of lights, organising the erection of them and organising the switch on party.   A fantastic achievement they should be very proud of.

Thanks also to Will and Sue for allowing us to use the Coach and Horses for the party, to Andy for making sure the lights were up and working, to all the local businesses who donated food for the buffet, raffle prizes as well as cash donations and not forgetting Angela’s mum and her friends for running the raffle and collecting donations on the night.

Finally a massive thank you to Beverly Macca for coming along and performing the switch on.     Enjoy the Lambrini Bevlar


A great night that everyone enjoyed, this is the start of Christmas in our Town, let’s hope it’s a really good one for everyone.


Street Lighting Problems

This evening I received a call from a resident about a street light not working in Wastdale Drive.    I popped round to get the column number in order to report it to the Council and while out I had a little look around for other lights out.

I was shocked that in the space of 15 minutes I discovered 15 streetlights unlit, all of which I have now asked the Council to repair I have also asked the Head of the Lighting Section at the Council to commission an audit of all the lighting columns in Moreton and Saughall Massie.

If you know of an unlit column please report it to Streetscene


My Comment on Council Planning Response to MFRS


Commenting on the letter from Wirral Council Planning Department to MFRS architects, in response to a pre application meeting to discuss building a new Fire Station on Green Belt land in Saughall Massie, Moreton and Saughall Massie Councillor, Chris Blakeley said, “I am delighted that the Council response has said in essence that planning permission to build on the Green Belt at this location is unlikely to be granted.    The Council response can be seen by clicking HERE.

“In their written response the Council’s Planners have made it very clear that while possible, planning permission would be very difficult for MFRS to achieve on Green Belt as they have a brown field site already in Upton that they have said they can redevelop with Government money. So by their own admission MFRS, with Upton as an alternative will not be able to demonstrate the very special circumstances that will outweigh the harm that would be caused by a development on green belt land in Saughall Massie. And let’s not forget that for the last 18 months Upton Fire Station has provided West Wirral with adequate cover.

“Development of a fire station on Green Belt here in Saughall Massie is opposed by over 1200 local residents, the Saughall Massie Village Conservation Area Society and the Wirral Society, and now it looks like Wirral Planning Officers have given MFRS exactly the same message which is keep off our Green Belt.

“I believe that the Chief Fire Officer and the Fire Authority must think again and withdraw their unwanted and unnecessary plans to develop in Saughall Massie.”


Say NO To Fire Station

The Switch On – Moreton Christmas Lights – Show Your Support on Saturday 21st November

Residents and visitors to Moreton are invited to mark the start of the festive season with the switching on of the Christmas lights in Moreton, this year with some new decorations.   The event runs from 3:30pm at the Coach and Horses pub at Moreton Cross, with the lights being switched on at 5pm by Wirral’s very own Beverly Macca.

At the event there will be a buffet in the Coach and Horses from 3:30pm onward.  A raffle will also take place, tickets will be on sale in the Coach and Horses from Wednesday 18th right up until the switch on.   There are around 15 prizes, including beauty treatment vouchers, wines, spirits, restaurant vouchers and many more prizes all donated by local business and residents.  A full list of raffle prizes can be viewed by clicking HERE

Organised by ‘Moreton Christmas Lights Association, headed up by Moreton residents Angela and Steve Pouncey, the event and decorations have been made possible thanks to funding this year from ‘Your Wirral’ and a grant from the Moreton Town Team funding pot, some of the Moreton traders and donations from Moreton and Saughall Massie residents.    An up to date list of donors can be seen by clicking HERE

Angela Pouncey said, “I am very happy that this year we have managed to achieve the funding required of circa £7,000.00.    Local residents and businesses seem to believe that the Christmas lights are paid for by the Council, sadly it isn’t, and to keep this display going costs an awful lot of money, purchasing lights, the erection and taking down as well as storage.   I would also like to thank the three local Councillors, Chris Blakeley, Bruce Berry and Steve Williams for all their hard work and their kind donations to the lights.   I would love to see lots of people coming along to support this event.”

Once again it is down to the hard work and dedication of Angela and Steve that Moreton will be lit with festive lights.  The lights are a real benefit in bringing Christmas to our communities as well as customers to our local businesses.   Finally thanks to all those who have helped make this event possible by their kind donations no matter how large or small.   It promises to be a great event on Saturday and I would urge the community to get behind us by coming along to show their support.

Not Good News for Dan Stephens – Fire Station Update

Say NO To Fire Station

Readers of the blog will know of Merseyside Fire and Rescues Service (MFRS) plans to close Upton and West Kirby Fire Stations and replace them with a new build on Green Belt land in Saughall Massie, a plan which has generated huge opposition from local people demonstrated by over 1200 signatures on a petition of objection.

Despite those objections MFRS seem to want to push forward with their plans.   Part of that process was for them sand their architects to seek a pre-planning application meeting with Wirral Council’s Planning Officers and Highways Officers.   That meeting took place last week.

I have secured a copy of the Council’s response to MFRS architects, I am delighted that response, which can be read by clicking HERE indicates that development on Green Belt would be unlikely.

In their response the Council’s Planners made it clear that while possible, planning permission would be very difficult for MFRS to achieve on Green Belt.      They have a brown field site already in Upton that they have said they can redevelop with Government money, so by their own admission with this as an alternative they will be unable to demonstrate the very special circumstances that will outweigh the harm that would be caused by a development on green belt land in Saughall Massie.

The message is simple:  Think again Dan……………