Be Carsafe

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Pictured above L to R:  Constable Neil Smith, Moyra Van-Breenan, Chris (the AA man) and Cllr Chris Blakeley.  (Thanks to Police volunteer Michelle for taking the photograph)

THE MORETON neighbourhood police held a Carsafe event today in the Tesco Express Store car park in Moreton.

The local police, who are based at Chadwick Street were represented by Constable Neil Smith, Traffic Community Support Officer, Moyra Van-Breenan and police volunteeer Michelle Laverty, they were ably supported by Chris the AA man who was replacing the screws in car number plates with with theft proof “one-way” screws. 

The local police team provided a full range of advice on prevention of car crime, including the car watch scheme,and were also on hand to provide general policing advice on crime prevention etc.

 

Moreton Councillor Chris Blakeley said, “these types of events are extremely valuable in helping to fight car crime as well as making the police readily available to the public and more importantly visible to the car criminal.  I was delighted to sign up to the car watch scheme and have my number plate screws replaced with anti theft ones.”

 

Moreton neighbourhood officers will be running two further events of this sort, one in September and another in October.  For more details call Chadwick Street Police Station on 777 2340.

 

Moreton to get its own ‘Time Team’

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Pictured above at the site L-R.  Dig Volunteer Ian Lewis, Dr Rob Philpott, Lynne Greenstreet, Councillor Suzanne Moseley, Councillor Chris Blakeley

Saturday (August 25) saw the official launch of the ‘community dig’ by National Museums Liverpool.  Dr Robert Philpott, (Head of NML Archaeology National Museums Liverpool) who is heading up the project at Leasowe Lighthouse, was accompanied by Lynne Greenstreet, of the Wirral Ranger Service, local councillors Chris Blakeley and Suzanne Moseley and excavation volunteer Ian Lewis.  More than 120 people have signed up to take part in the ‘dig’, which begins on September 24th and runs for four weeks.

Dr Philpott said: “The project is timely as a major new book is being completed on the ancient finds from Meols, to be published later this year by Oxford University. The book places the remarkable Meols finds in a national context. The site is of national importance yet we know very little about how much survives of the early settlements. The research for the book will now be followed by fieldwork, including excavation, field walking and surveying to shed light on settlement and activity connected with the important ancient port at Meols.”

Cllr. Chris Blakeley said: “This is a really exciting project for Moreton.  Leasowe Lighthouse is one of the historic features for the Borough and we’re hoping the community dig will reveal even more about our local history.  I’m really pleased that so many local people have volunteered to take part.  While onsite there will be a range of activities taking place at different times, including excavation, field-walking, metal detecting, surveying, and finds processing”. 

This area has previously produced interesting evidence of peoples’ presence in the area from the Neolithic (around 5,000 years ago) to modern times, with especially rich evidence from the Roman, Viking and Medieval periods.

Why did the Council Poo Poo our idea!

Some time ago, the Lab-Lib Council poured scorn on Conservative plans to give the ‘army’ of traffic wardens powers to fine the minority of dog owners who let their pets foul the pavements.

Now, powers to enforce the £50 fixed penalty notice on offending owners have been extended to Wirral’s Community Patrol Officers, meaning there is now much more likelihood of owners being ‘caught in the act’ of fouling our streets, parks and open spaces.  Personally I wish it was £500, because there is no excuse for not picking up after your dog!

And to reinforce the message that dog-fouling is unacceptable to the majority of the Wirral public, these Community Patrol Officers – plus dog wardens and environmental health officers – will be out and about over the next few weeks targeting offenders.

Out and about Again!

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Last night I was out with the action team knocking on doors in Burrell Drive, Raby Drive and many roads off Borrowdale Road.

We picked up issues such as street lights being on all day and two utility covers being off in Rone Close, as well as the usual roads pavements, dog fouling etc.   I will be making sure the Council is aware of all the problems that people have highlighted, and ensuring that they are dealt with without any delay.

Thanks to everyone who opened their doors to us.  Your views really do matter.

Moreton Health Park – Update

Councillor Chris Blakeley has recently been in communication with the people planning the new GP centre on Pasture Road.  Four existing GP surgeries in Moreton will be moving here. 

After lobbying by Chris and the Team, the developer has agreed verbally to pay for a road safety scheme at the junction of Maryland Lane Pasture Road. 

Halsall Lloyd Partnership Architects have been instructed to prepare a planning application for the development of Moreton Health Park on the open space behind the existing ambulance station on Pasture Road, Moreton. 

As part of the planning process and in line with the Council’s Statement of Community Involvement, all the residents within 200m of the open space will be consulted on the loss of open space with a leaflet explaining the proposal including text and plans of the proposed Health Park and a pre-paid postcard to return with comments.

As part of the planning application an assessment of the impact of the loss of open space has been undertaken and the report will be available for public viewing at the four medical practices in the area and at the Public Library on Pasture Road.

What do you think of this proposal?   Let me have your views by leaving a comment on this site or email me at chrisblakeley@wirral.gov.uk

Good News 3

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FOLLOWING a request from Councillor Chris Blakeley, the Council has installed two disabled parking bays in Holt Avenue Car Park.

Chris, pictured above by the new bays said, “I am delighted that the Council reacted so quickly to this request.   From asking for the bays until completion has taken less than eight weeks.   I am told it would have been quicker but the markings could not be put down because of all the recent wet weather.”