Readers of the blog will be aware of my ongoing campaign to get the paved area to the front of the Subway store on Hoylake Road repaired. The paved area is owned by the Iceland Store Group and although they have promised to take action, it seems they are in no hurry to do so.
On Thursday last week I was contacted by a resident who told me his wife (who has already had two knee replacements) tripped on the broken paving and injured herself. I immediately sent an email to my contact at Iceland, as yet no response!
Clearly this state of affairs can’t be allowed to continue and i have asked the Council to carry out emergency works to make this area safe. I am delighted that they have agreed and whats more they will pursue Iceland for the cost of the works.
This week has been particulary busy, apart from going to work all week on Monday i attended various meetings, culminating in a visit to Bolton in the evening to attend a campaign meeting for Deborah Dunleavy, Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Bolton North East. Tuesday afternoon met with highways engineers in Town Meadow Lane to look at the parking issues outside the flats close to Wastdale Drive, then in the evening along with my collegue Cllr Simon Mountney I was collecting signatures on a petition opposing the Brickworks appeal.
Wednesday I chaired the Merseytravel Access Panel (MAP) at the Lauries Centre in Birkenhead, then attended a residents meeting in the evening. Thursday travel to Bolton to work with Deborah, then in the afternoon back to Liverpool for a Policy and Resource meeting at Merseytravel, from there to Wallasey Town Hall for the Cabinet meeting that discussed all the cuts to Wirrals services, and then onto Sue Taylors Wine Tasting Event. Friday over to Merseytravel for a meeting, then with Leah Fraser attended the Lingham Primary School Christmas Fair. Saturday out with Suzanne Moseley and Simon Mountney delivering our Change Newspaper to Moreton. Today catching up with mail and took a couple of residents queries. Roll on the 8 day week!!
Could it be because it cannot cope with the emails from anti-cuts protestors. Anyway, I’ve not been able to receive or send since Saturday morning. Suppose I will have to wait for Monday for this this to be resolved. In the meantime if you want to send me an email urgently click here.
The campaign against Labour’s cuts has seen a new group launched on Facebook – click here – already around 240 people have joined.
Today, along with my colleagues, Cllr Simon Mountney and Cllr Leah Fraser I attended my first School Christmas Fair at Lingham Primary School on Town Meadow lane in Moreton.
The attendance was tremendous with a huge queue to get in, once in they had all sorts of activities on the go, items for sale, lucky dip, tombola (I won a Mug) and a Santas Grotto. Everyone was having a great time and hopefully the school will have rasied lots of money. Thanks go to the teachers the PTA and of course the children for making the event so successful.
Over the last day or two I have received lots of emails form individuals and groups who, like me are outraged at the savage cuts being proposed by the ruling Labour and Liberal Democrat Cabinet. I have responded to all of them, and my position is clear I WILL BE OPPOSING THESE CUTS. We simply cannot allow cuts such as these to frontline services, closure of library’s, leisure centres and other community facilities.
Tonight the Cabinet meet to discuss these proposals, I would urge as many individuals and groups to attend Cabinet tonight at Wallasey Town Hall and make their views known. The meeting starts at 6pm and is ope to the public. You may also wish to contact the Cabinet members who will be making the decision, so I have provided below links to them. If you click on each link you can get all their contact details.
· Councillor Steve Foulkes (Chair)
· Councillor Simon Holbrook (Vice-Chair)
· Councillor George Davies
· Councillor Phil Davies
· Councillor Gill Gardiner
· Councillor Stuart Kelly
· Councillor Moira McLaughlin
· Councillor Bob Moon
· Councillor Jean Quinn
· Councillor Jean Stapleton
Wirral’s ruling Labour and Lib Dem Cabinet will be considering a report on THursday this week, which if they approve will start the process for closing many of the Council’s buildings across the Borough. The closures include 10 library’s, Leisure Centres, Pacific Road Arts Theatre, Wirral Museum at Birkenhead Town Hall and the Bus and Tram museum in Birkenhead. Whilst the Council promises re-provision in a different format, there is no doubt that the closure of many of the facilities across the Borough will have a direct effect on thousands of people. You can read the full report by clicking here and the appendix which outlines the closures by clicking here