Diamond Farm – More Green Belt Under Threat

diamond-farm-2A planning application has been submitted for a residential development and conversion of existing barns on green belt land at Diamond Farm, Saughall Road, Saughall Massie Village CH46 5ND (App/16/01334).   You can view the plans by clicking HERE

We understand that the existing barns are to be diamond-farm-1converted to 6 dwellings with a further 10 new homes being built within the curtilage of the existing farm buildings, a total of 16 new homes, while retaining the existing farm house.

If you wish to object to this application you can do so online at: http://bit.ly/2fLv0zQ or by emailing the Planning Department: planningapplications@wirral.gov.uk or by writing to them at Wallasey Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey CH44 8ED.  Ensure you quote the application number in any correspondence.  All representations must be submitted by 31st December, 2016.

Wirral Council is first in Merseyside to adopt charter on Motor Neurone Disease

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(pictured left to right) Cllr Steve Williams, Debbie Williams (MND Associate Visitor), Yvonne Williams, recent MND carer and Cllr. Chris Blakeley

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Wirral Council has become the first council in Merseyside to commit to adopting the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Charter after campaigners contacted councillors in the summer, asking for action to improve the way in which people with MND are supported.

MND is a fatal, rapidly progressing disease that can leave people locked in a failing body, unable to move, talk and eventually breathe. It kills around a third of people within a year of diagnosis, and more than half within two years. There is no cure.

At Monday night’s meeting of the People Overview & Scrutiny Committee, councillors heard how, at any one time, there are around 20/25 people in Wirral living with MND.

The move follows a call by the MND Association to ensure councils adopt the MND Charter as a clear commitment of their support to people with MND and their carers.

There is no cure for the disease and so the Motor Neurone Disease Association, representing people with the disease, their families and friends, campaigns for better care, as well as the right to early diagnosis.  In some cases, people have waited up to three years for a diagnosis.

Councillor Steve Williams, who, with Cllr. Chris Blakeley, met campaigners and submitted the request for better care, said: “Having met the MND Association’s Wirral group and listened to their stories, I am really pleased that Wirral Council has now agreed to support them by adopting their Charter. I hope we will now be able to speed up diagnosis and improve the standards of care for people with this complex and cruel disease.”

Debbie Williams, speaking on behalf of the Association’s Wirral group, added: “The importance of the MND Charter is undeniable. We want everyone to be clear that access to the right care, in the right place, at the right time, as set out in our Charter, can transform lives.” 

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Conservatives open up Golf Resort questions to public

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Residents in Wirral are being asked for their questions on Wirral Cabinet’s plan to spend a further £600,000 on the so-called Hoylake Golf Resort.

Last week, 18 Conservative Councillors ‘called in’ the Cabinet’s decision for further scrutiny.

A meeting of the Business Overview & Scrutiny Committee will now take place on Wednesday 7th December, 1600hrs at Wallasey Town Hall.

Now, Conservatives are inviting residents to submit the questions they would like asked at the meeting.

Cllr. Chris Blakeley said: “The decision to spend a further £600,000 on consultants, without even finishing the consultation, suggests the Cabinet has made up its mind on this project.

“However, judging by the response from residents, there are still lots of questions that need to be asked and answered about this spending.

“We’d like to hear from any resident of Wirral who has a question about this project – we’ll then put as many as we can to the witnesses we’ve asked to attend the meeting.  The public can also attend and hear the answers that are given.”

Residents with questions are asked to email hoylakegolfresortquestion@gmail.com and include their name and home address, or to write to Cllr. Chris Blakeley, Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey CH44 8ED.

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Golf Resort cash bid called in for questioning

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A move to spend a further £600,000 on Wirral Council’s hopes to create a ‘golf resort’ has been called in by 18 Conservative Councillors.

The ‘call in’ of the recent decision by the Council’s Cabinet means that the spending will be on hold until it can be scrutinised at a Town Hall committee.

Moreton and Saughall Massie Councillor Chris Blakeley said: “Wirral Council has already spent more than £230,000 on assessing whether this plan is feasible.

“We are now faced with an ever-rising bill, at a time when Council spending should be focused on priority services. We believe a decision to spend further money on the project should be looked at more carefully.

“The Council must also complete its consultation on the proposal before committing further cash. Otherwise, it will be exposing the Council Taxpayer to the risk of losing almost a million Pounds on a project that may never see the light of day.”

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The Call in document can be read by clicking HERE

UPDATE: Plans for a fire station on green belt in Saughall Massie

save-our-green-belt-poster-v2Thank you to everyone who has supported the campaign to save the Green Belt and fight the plan for a Fire Station at Saughall Massie, and to those who attended the planning committee meeting on the 10th November.

You may be aware that at that meeting the Planning Committee Members deferred the decision in order to visit the site and see it for themselves. This will take place on Tuesday 13th December at 11:10am and the public can attend.  I, along with Cllr Bruce Berry and Cllr Williams will be at the site from 10:50am if anyone has any questions.

So on Thursday 15th December the Planning Committee will meet at Wallasey Town Hall at 6pm to make its final decision on whether to approve or refuse the application for a new Fire Station on our green belt.  The meeting is open to the public and given the public interest the meeting will be held in the much larger Civic Hall at the Town Hall.

The decision whether to approve or refuse this plan will be taken by the 13 Councillors from all four political parties in Wirral who make up the Planning Committee.  The Committee is chaired by a Labour Councillor from Leasowe.

At the last planning committee meeting on the 10th November around 150 objectors attended and their presence and opposition was clearly noted by the elected members. So for both the site visit on the 13th, and particularly the planning committee meeting on the 15th we need as many people as possible to attend.

Me, Bruce and Steve  will be at the meeting and a huge turnout of residents will help to send a very clear message to the Council.  That message is simply “Hands off Our Green Belt”  

This is our FINAL opportunity to have this application thrown out, so please don’t leave it to others to attend, after all they may be leaving it to you

Moreton Christmas Lights – Switch On

Moretons Christmas lights will be switched on at 5pm this Saturday, 19th November outside the Coach and Horses Pub at Moreton Cross. The event starts at 3pm in the Coach and Horses with buffet, raffle, face painting, and lots more. Please come alonng and support this event.

Our thanks go to Angela and Steve Pouncey who yet again have organised our festive lights, thanks also to local business, residents and the Wallasey Constituency Committee for ensuring the funds we need to do this are raised year on year.

More information can be found on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Moreton-Christmas-Lights-552939188188570/?fref=ts&ref=br_tf

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Councils Firework budget goes up in smoke as costs double!

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The cost of Wirral Council’s collaboration with Liverpool City Council to provide a ‘River of Light’ have risen from £30,000 to £56,000.

The latest figures, provided to Councillor Chris Blakeley, following complaints that the Town Hall is promoting the event as ‘free’.

Councillor Blakeley said: “Once again, we see those at the top of the Council playing fast and loose with people’s hard-earned Council Tax. It’s bad enough that half the local community bonfires had to be scrapped to make way for this event. Now, we find the costs have spiralled and, as usual, we’ll probably find out they are even higher after the event.”

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