The Beacon Project, Group 89

L-r Cllr Simon Mountney, Cllr Leah Fraser, Cllr Bill Duffey, ME, Cllr Lesley Rennie and one of the firefighter trainers
L-r Cllr Simon Mountney(Fireman Sam), Cllr Leah Fraser, Cllr Bill Duffey, ME, Cllr Lesley Rennie and one of the firefighter trainers

At lunchtime today, along with my colleagues, Cllr Lesley Rennie, Cllr Bill Duffey, Cllr Leah Fraser and Cllr Simon Mountney I was delighted to be able to attend the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Services (MF&RS) Beacon Project at their training centre in Croxteth.

The scheme, funded  by Wirral’s Area Fora  brought together eight wirral youths who were reccommended by Wirral’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team, as perhaps needing some guidance, known by the MF&RS as Beacon group 89 the youths took on  a 12 week training course, one day per week.    One dropped out however the seven who completed the course took part in a passing out ceremony today.

The seven put on a display of what they have learned over the 12 weeks, firefighting, rescue, first aid etc and has hopefully given them a grounding for the future.    All seven, and their families should be proud of their achievements

Thanks also to MF&RS for their input and Wirral’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team all the other agencies who became involved and of course the 11 Wirral Area Fora for providing the funding.

Well Done Jenson

Today saw the start of the 2009/10 FI season with the first GP being held in Melbourne.    New rules, lots of changes, different teams, no Honda, it promises to be an interesting season.

First blood to Jenson Button and the new Brawn GP team, headed up by the wise old wizard Ross Brawn,  Brawn GP got first and second inm todays race, although the result is subject to internal politics, something about the diffusers!  

Whatever happened to real racing when it was man and car against each other, and all the politics and arguing did not exist, and even if it did it was not at the forefront of the sport?

Back to the 40’s

web-cb-and-lf-u534-27-march-2009Yesterday evening, along with my wife Sandra and Cllr’s Leah Fraser and Ian Lewis we attended the official of opening of the u534 vistor atraction at Woodside Ferry Terminal.

Lots of people attended and the attraction as well as the alterations to the terminal are magnificent.

The U534 cost Merseytravel one Euro, and the cash finally changed hands last night.       The whole evening carried the theme of the forties, with background music from Vera Lynne   We were also entertained by the Swingcats.   

web-the-team-u534-opening-27-march-20091Well done to the team (pictured right) at Merseytravel for putting on a great event this evening

Thanks also to the Chief Executive, Neil Scales for having the foresight and inspiration to turn an historical rusting hulk into a magnificent tourist attraction.

End of an Era

Earlier tonight Wallasey Conservatives held their annual AGM at New Brifhton’s Floral Pavillion Theatre.  

After 8 years Cllr Ian Lewis stood down as Association Chairman and Cllr Lesley Rennie was elected to the Chairmans role.    

I would like to say a huge personal thanks to Ian for all his work over the years and I am glad that he will be taking on the role of Parliamentary Agent and so remain an integral part of the Association Management Team.


Most people I meet are feeling the financial pinch at the moment – the cost of living has gone up while wages are, for many people, frozen or falling.

That’s why, this afternoon, Cllr. Ian Lewis and I proposed to freeze the allowances paid to councillors on Merseytravel.  Elected officials should lead from the front on these kind of issues and we believe taking higher allowances would be wrong. 

I’m pleased to report that, while Labour councillors voted to give themselves higher allowances,  other councillors backed us and so we outvoted Labour and, in the process, saved Merseytravel £6,000.  Not a huge amount for a multi-million Pound organisation but a saving nonetheless.