Saturday 27th February, 2010

Earlier this morning, along with members of the Action Team, I was out delivering letters to the Lingham and Millhouse estates, notifying people of a forthcoming survey that will take place in the area.    (More on that in a few weeks).     Straight from delivering I went to the open day at the Wirral Attendance Centre, at the Solar Campus on Leasowe Road with colleagues, Leah Fraser, Cllr Simon Mountney, Cllr Steve Williams and Cllr Ian Lewis .     It is a Centre for young offenders, and they are sent by the courts to attend for a set number of hours on a Saturday morning as a punishment.     Whilst there, they participate in various activities that are designed to put them back on the straight and narrow.     The staff and volunteers do tremendous work with some of the hardest to reach (socially) youth in our society.   

From there it was Paninos in Moreton for lunch and a breather, before the teams set off again to deliver in Leasowe, Liscard and Wallasey.      We saw the sitting MP delivering in Moreton,  her leaflet proclaiming that  her campaign was launched?       Our campaign to elect Leah Fraser as the next MP for Wallasey and Moreton was launched five years ago, the day after the last general election!

Help Catch this Sick and Depraved Individual!

Tonights BBC One programme, Crime Watch features an horrific and sick crime that took place in Moreton in 2008, in which a 13 year old girl was seriously sexually assaulted and sadly the sick paedophile for carried out this depraved attack has not been caught…. Yet!

I would urge as many people as possible to tune in tonight at 9pm and watch this programme, you never now it may jog your memory about something you may have seen and not thought important at the time.     If you have any information, no matter how small or insignificant you think it is caal the number that will be given this evening.    It is important that this sad and eveil individual is caught and locked uop for a very long time in order to protect other vulnerable young girls.      You can read what the Wirral Globe says by clicking HERE

NHS – Remember the Small Blue Card?

In 2008 the Primary Care Trust (PCT) tried to get all our medical records on to an american database in the name of progress.     People were sent a ‘Small Blue Card’ and if they did not complete it and opt out of the process then by default their medical records would have been uploaded to a massive database.  After a huge outcry the scheme was abandoned here in Wirral.

However, it has been revealed in a letter from Kathy Doran, Chief Executive Wirral NHS, to the Chairman of Wirral’s Health and Wellbeing Overview and Scrutiny Committee that another scheme is on its way in, ‘Summary Care Records’.      You can read that letter by clicking HERE.       We are told that this is a national scheme ordered by the Department of Health (DOH) and administered by them.    Although the data will be controlled by the DOH, it is yet again a scheme that does not give you the choice to opt in.      In fact if you don’t Opt Out, you will automatically be included in the scheme.     

Now I do not have a problem with the scheme, and on the face of it, it could benefit patients, however I deplore the tactics of automatic inclusion, unless you say otherwise.      I believe there should be real choice, anything else is unacceptable to me, and for that reason, and as a matter of principal I shall be opting out of this scheme.

So watch out, you will be  receiving a letter in the next month or so telling you about this scheme.  Make sure you read the letter and then determine if you want to ‘Opt Out’.    If you don’t want your personal details and a summary of your medical record being made available, make sure that you contact your GP and opt out of this scheme.  If you don’t opt out, then your details will automatically be included.

Another Great Week on the Knocker

This week has seen teams out across Moreton and Leasowe knocking on doors each night for a couple of hours or so.     We have had such a great response from people wanting to help, that we have fully canvassed a complete polling district in two nights and tonight we went back on the outs.       The onslaught on Angela’s former stronghold is incessant.     The response on the doorstep is unbelievable, so much so that it appears New Labour voters are fast becoming an endangered species, they are so thin on the ground its amazing.      Everyone wants change, they want it in Parliament and here in Wirral, and more importantly they want it now.

Linear Park, Update!

Me with Leah Fraser, Cllr Simon Mountney, Cllr Steve Williams and disappointed children

Last night I attended the Brooke Residents Association meeting at Moreton Community Centre, Maryland Lane.     The Brooke has incorporated the Friends of Linear Park Group into its organisation and is working alongside the Friends group and local Councillors to bring about the refurbishment of the childrens play area.       This is something that Me, and my colleagues, Cllr Simon Mountney, Leah Fraser and more recently Cllr Steve Williams have been working on since the Council decomissioned the play area in Summer last year.

Having first being told there was no funding, we are delighted that the Council has finally listened, and has identified £81,000 to refurbish the play area, and in addition they are enhancing the grassed area adjacent to the play area.     You can see the plans for the refurbishment by clicking HERE.      The work on the play area is due to start on the 15th March, and is expected to take about five weeks.    Once complete, we hope that it is maintained to a good standard, and is not abused.