I have been contacted by various businesses on Hoylake Road who have raised concerns about a proposed ‘Drop in Centre’ being opened by the ‘Social Partnership’ (TSP) for recovering drug addicts, and people with alcohol problems. Even though the premises are now ready to open, they have only recently submitted a planning application for the change of use. Planning application number, 20096272, at 288 Hoylake Road, Moreton, Wirral, CH46 6AF. One of the businesses very close by is Funtimes. Funtimes is a play area for children up to the age of 7, and the owners already tell me that some parents have already expressed concerns.
Now please don’t misunderstand me, I fully suport all initiatives to help those people in need of help and advice to put their lives back in order, in fact I have long advocated that more money should be spent on alcohol problems, something that is well known by Wirral DAAT and the Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership in Wirral, however the location of these particular premises does seem a little innappropriate. I have set up a meeting with TSP and the DAAT, hopefully that will sort some of the issues. In the meantime at the request of local businesses I have taken the planning application out of delegated authority which means the planning committee make the final decision not Council officers.