Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and a Peaceful and Prosperous New Year

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Good News!

I have learned today that the appeal made by T-Mobile against the Council’s decision to refuse a third telephone mast in Upton Woods has been dismissed.

This is great news.   I would like to thank eveyone who signed our petition and who wrote to the planning inspector.  A victory for common sense.

With my very best wishes for Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous 2008.

To read the full report of the planning inspector click on the link upton-woods-mast-appeal-outcome-24-dec-07.pdf

Recycle that Christmas waste

If you produce more waste than usual this Christmas, (and lets face it most of us do) and you can’t fit it all into your grey recycling bin, then you can use a Household Waste Recycling Centre.  The nearest one to Moreton and Wallasey is in Bidston, it’s open 8am – 5pm most days over the festive period – or call 0151 255 1444 for opening hours.

If you have a brown garden waste bin, you can use that for Christmas recycling too. You can chop your Christmas tree up and put it in your brown bin.  Also, Christmas greenery such as mistletoe, holly, pine cones and wreaths can all go in your brown garden waste bin.

For further information about recycling over Christmas click here.

Christmas Lunch at the Community Centre

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Earlier today, along with my colleagues, Cllr Simon Mountney and Ian Lewis, I attended the Christmas lunch at Moreton Community Centre. MCA The Community Centre runs a very affordable lunch club 3 days a week, Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday’s and provides a good wholesome hot meal to about 30 people each day it operates.

Today was the annual Christmas lunch and about 50 people all sat down to Turkey with all the trimmings, followed by Christmas pud and mince pies.

I was delighted to be asked to move the vote of thanks to all the volunteers for their efforts all year and even though Jim Edwards has stepped down as Chairman of the MCA, his efforts did not go unnoticed.  

It was good to meet with so many people who were all intent on having a great time and help with handing out the Christmas gifts.

Thanks again to all the volunteers for providing a great meal and loads of fun. 

Welcome Sajj

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Along with around 40 others, we met the former Liberal Democrat Euro MP Sajjad Karim yesterday.  Sajj came to our pre-Christmas event for members in Moreton, Lingham and Saughall Massie as well as the wider Wallasey constituency, and explained why he had taken the decision to join us.

Here in Moreton and Saughall Massie , as we saw in May 2007, the Liberal Democrats can’t win and that’s why many of their supporters switched to us.  Just like Sajj.

Moreton Ignored Again!

At the Cabinet meeting last Thursday, it was decided to try out a new ‘Community Road Safety Iniative.  This followed a Conservative plan for ’20s Plenty’, which was backed earlier this year.

However, the Cabinet in their wisdom have selected six areas around Wirral – none of which are in Moreton, Lingham, Saughall Massie or even in the whole of the Wallasey Constituency.  This is in spite of the number of accidents which occur on our roads.

Now, along with my colleagues, Cllr Suzanne Moseley and Cllr Simon Mountney I have ‘Called In’ the Cabinet decision.

This means that a report will go to a special meeting of the Streetscene and Transport Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee on the 7th January.   That meeting is open to the public and I would urge anyone who is concerned about traffic speeds and road safety to attend.

Watch this site for more details

HOPE 08

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Earlier today, along with my colleague, Ian Lewis we met with Jason Borlase at Moreton Baptist Church.  Jason is the co-ordinator of a new initiative called HOPE 08.

Jason told us that ‘Hope 08’ is a year long initiative looking to build strong communities and bring a message of Hope to our neighbourhoods.  This is a very similar event to the hugely successful Merseyfest project which took place in the summer of 2005. 

This initiative is in its early stages of planning for events in 2008,  we have promised Jason that me, Ian, Suzanne and Simon will do all we can to assist in this worthwhile community based project.   

Watch out for more news on the blog and in our Newslines and surveys