Planning Application Submitted for Fire Station on Greenbelt Land in Saughall Massie

The Fire Service has finally submitted a planning application to build,  ‘A Single Storey 2 Bay Community Fire Station incorporating operational and welfare  accommodation, offices and meeting space, external drill and training facilities and associated car parking on land off Saughall Massie Road, Saughall Massie, Upton, Wirral CH49 4QN; Planning application number: 16/0985  The application can be viewed HERE 

We  have requested that this application is considered by Wirral’s Planning Committee in an open forum, and not by Council officers behind closed doors.

If we are to have any chance of stopping this unwanted and unnecessary desecration of our greenbelt and intrusion into the quality of life, it’s really important that everyone has their say.

You can do this by emailing the Town Hall at: planningapplication@wirral.gov.uk or using the pro-forma letter of objection I have provided HERE  Simply complete your name(s) and address, sign and return to the address shown on it; or if you would rather, you can hand the letter to me, Steve and Chris on Sunday 31st July, between 11am and 11:30am when we will be outside the Willows Pub on Saughall Massie Road.

Alternatively, you can object to this application online by clicking HERE All representations must be submitted by the 31st August, 2016.

If you require any further information please contact me, Bruce or Steve

Councillors Call on the Leader of the Council to ‘Think Again’

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Moreton and Saughall Massies three Councillors, who are fighting to save Wirral’s last remaining Council respite care centre have called on the Leader of the Council to ‘Think Again’

In an email to the Leader of the Council (an edited version is reproduced below to protect the names of the users) they point out that the alternatives being lined up to replace the Saughall Massie-based centre are either not in place or simply don’t meet the same standards as Girtrell Court and the email points to a case they have been dealing with.    Their email to Councillor Davies is appended below

Councillor Chris Blakeley said: “I share these concerns. We know the Town Hall decided to start the process of closing Girtrell Court before they looked at the alternatives.  Now, we can clearly demonstrate that this is having a negative impact on users..

“It’s not too late for the Leader of the Council and the Cabinet Member, Cllr. Jones to admit they have made a terrible mistake and shelve the closure plan. If they did that I would be the first in the queue to thank them.”

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Councillor Chris Blakeley can be contacted on 07803 614418

EMAIL TO THE LEADER OF THE COUNCIL

Dear Phil

You will be aware that I have contacted you a number of times regarding my constituents, Mr and Mrs P and their son, A who is currently living at Girtrell Court.

You will also be aware of the issues surrounding the alternative provision that has been offered to A by Autism Together, first at Raby Hall and more recently at an establishment in Wrexham and the hasty plans by DASS to decant A into a half-way house in order to get him out of Girtrell Court, even though the half-way house was not appropriate or suitable!    Now we know that Mr and Mrs P’s first choice of alternative provision, Raby Hall may not be available until October, but clearly DASS did not wish to look after A until then at Girtrell Court, and that is why Mr and Mrs P have by default been forced to accept the earlier placement in Wrexham.

I forwarded you a copy of an email from Mr and Mrs P last week which clearly demonstrated the forceful, indeed, perhaps what could be described as bullying tactics they were suffering because the DASS Officers, driven by the Councils desire to close Girtrell Court simply wanted to divest themselves of the burden of A.

Thankfully, and I hope because of my intervention and that of Autism Together we have managed to secure A’s placement at Girtrell Court until regular staff are in place in Wrexham in July and we have also been told that if that placement is not successful the option to move A to Raby Hall at a later date is still open.

Now, while we have overcome some of the difficulties relating to our constituents, we have very real and serious concerns that this instance/episode demonstrates that DASS and their commissioners are simply not taking any note of your and the Cabinet Members guarantees that any alternative provision will be equal to or better than that currently offered at Girtrell Court, and we fear, as do the majority of users and carers of Girtrell Court that they are simply going to be thrown to the independent sector in the Councils haste to abrogate its responsibilities to some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

We are also aware that the Director of DASS has stated that a multi bed unit is required and would have to be commissioned to provide an alternative, and it would appear the Councils preferred provider to do this is a company that users of Girtrell Court have raised concerns about and in particular about this companies’ ability to provide a safe haven for their loved ones.    Despite these concerns DASS seems hell bent on continuing down this route.

It is clear, as we have stated before that the decision to close Girtrell Court, to save £155k is ill conceived and ill thought out, and in the light of the recent Cabinet Decision to make £3 million available for care fees, with £1.5 million of that coming from balances, we ask again for you to reconsider this proposal and provide the £155k from balances to secure the future of Girtrell Court.

This is about people’s lives, about reassurance, about safety and choice, that choice simply must include Girtrell Court.

We look forward to your response

Regards
Cllr’s Chris Blakeley, Bruce Berry, Steve Williams

Moreton West and Saughall Massie Ward

Wirral Borough Council.

 

 

Community News

The latest newsletter from Councillors Bruce Berry, Steve Williams and Chris Blakeley, is being delivered to 11,000 people in Moreton and Saughall Massie over the next couple of weeks

Thanks to all our local volunteers who will be helping to deliver it and also to those residents who sent a donation, no matter how small, to help pay for it.

Read more here: https://electionleaflets.org/leaflets/13604/

Chris, Bruce and Steve urge Wirral to ‘fly the flag’ as EURO 2016 looms.

 

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MORETON’S THREE CONSERVATIVE Councillors are urging Wirral Borough Council to fly the flag of St. George during the Euro Championships this summer.

Cllr’s Chris Blakeley, Bruce Berry and Steve Williams believe that public buildings in the Borough, including Town Halls, Civic Centres and schools should fly the flag, as many do now for the flag of the European Union.

The Councillors have asked the Leader of the Council and the Chief Executive to act and demonstrate our Council’s support for the England Team.

Cllr Blakeley said: “Football was invented by the English and our region above all others has the game firmly set in its cultural heart.  Most English citizens are keen to see our team do well, and we believe that our Council and its institutions should support this sentiment.”

Cllr Berry added: “Regrettably our national flag has often been hi-jacked by extremist groups and it is about time that it was brought back into mainstream use and given the respect, it and our cultural inheritance deserves.

“We are English, British and European – in that order.  If the Council can regularly fly the British Union flag and the European Union flag then surely it is not unreasonable for the Council to display our English national flag”, added Cllr Steve Williams

The Scottish and Welsh have had formal political recognition of their nationality.  Cardiff and Edinburgh are flying their national flags on public buildings all year round.

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Independent flood report slams slow authority responses

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An independent report into the flooding that devastated 100 homes in Moreton and forced others to be evacuated has concluded that authorities were too slow to share information and react to rising water levels.

Commissioned in the wake of the September floods that saw the Arrowe Brook break its banks and pour into homes around the Millhouse Lane, Tern Way and Wastdale Drive areas of the town, the report by AECOM, concludes: ‘Information about the scale and severity of the flooding was slow to surface and reach key decision makers’ and ‘misconceptions about roles and responsibilities of the different agencies impacted on the effectiveness of the flood incident response’

Local Councillor Chris Blakeley (Conservative, Moreton West & Saughall Massie) said: “This report confirms the views of the people most affected – that the response of the authorities was too little, too late and that, had authorities and agencies worked together instead of alone, some of the damage to property and distress to residents could have been avoided.”

The report was triggered by a clause in the Flood and Water Management Act (2010) which requires an authority, in this case Wirral Council, to review whether it has exercised it’s statutory functions effectively.

Councillor Blakeley added: “Before 2010, it is unlikely this kind of report would ever have been commissioned, let alone been published, and I hope that the Council will make the full report available on its website. Thanks to this Act of Parliament, residents can now see how, sadly, they were let down by the various authorities and agencies failing in their duty to work together quickly and effectively

“It is now up to councillors to ensure that the authority implements the improvements required. We’ve seen too many reports like this in Wirral in the past where, instead of ‘lessons learnt’, we have had ‘no further action’.

“For the people at risk of further floods in Moreton and elsewhere in Wirral, doing nothing is no longer an option.”

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Flood report confirms authorities ‘too slow’ to act

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An independent report into the flooding that devastated 100 homes in Moreton and forced others to be evacuated has concluded that authorities were too slow to share information and react to rising water levels.

Commissioned in the wake of the September floods that saw the Arrowe Brook break its banks and pour into homes around the Millhouse Lane, Tern Way and Wastdale Drive areas of the town, the report by AECOM, concludes: ‘Information about the scale and severity of the flooding was slow to surface and reach key decision makers‘ and ‘misconceptions about roles and responsibilities of the different agencies impacted on the effectiveness of the flood incident response

Local Councillor Chris Blakeley (Conservative, Moreton West & Saughall Massie) said: “This report confirms the views of the people most affected – that the response of the authorities was too little, too late and that, had authorities…

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A Victory for Common Sense!

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Following a huge campaign, led my mums, dads, grandparents and Caz Howarth, lollipop lady at Christchurch Primary School, fully supported by me and my colleagues Cllr Bruce Berry and Cllr Steve Williams (pictured above with Caz) the Council decided not to Axe the crossing patrol on the very busy Upton Road.

The Labour led Council earmarked this school crossing patrol, along with 47 others across the Borough as part of its penny pinching budget savings plan, despite having £108 million in reserves in the bank.   The proposal caused a massive outcry with people coming together telling the Council individually as well as over 500 people signing a petition calling on the Council to drop its crazy plan that would put children’s lives at risk.

We are delighted that the Council has listened and dropped their plans at this location.

We would like to put on record our thanks to all the parents, children and teachers who decided that they would send a message to the Toen Hall.   Thus is a victory for people power and common sense.