Nominations Closed

Lunchtime today saw the close of nominations for the local government elections on the 6th May.     Here in Moreton West and Saughall Massie we have my colleague, Cllr Simon Mountney (Local Conservatives) seeking reelection, we also have the usual suspects, New Labour, Green, UKIP, Lib Dem and sadly this year a BNP candidate!     I hope all parties join together to condemn such a far right party.     

Its also interesting to note that the promises made by Merseyside Trades Council leader, Alec McFadden to stand a candidate against every Labour and Lib Dem candidate who voted for the Strategic Assett Review has just been another publicity seeking empty promise made at the time, he and his Wirral Against The Cuts Party has not fielded one candidate in any seat.   The word Bull**** springs to mind.

To see a full list of candidates for the whole of the borough, click HERE

Good News – Council Will Say NO to Vodafone

Last month we blogged about the planning application by Vodafone for a telephone mast, cabinet and ancillary equipment to be installed adjacent to Linear Park on Town Meadow Lane.       The response from the public in opposing the application has been tremendous with over 30 individual objections and a petition of 136 signatures being submitted to Wirral’s Planning Department.

In addition to the residents objections, Cllr Simon Mountney, Leah Fraser, Cllr Steve Williams and me have been supporting local residents to convince planning officers that this application, for a mast, in an inappropriate location, should be refused. 

We are delighted to inform you that yesterday the Councils Development Control Manager, Matthew Davies, informed us that the application will be refused under delegated authority, which means that residents do not have to attend the Planning Committee meeting on the 22nd April.   See below for a copy of Mathew Davies email to me. 

We are very happy with this outcome, however the applicant does have the right of appeal to the Planning Inspectorate.   Should an appeal be submitted we will let people know as soon as possible.    We would like to thank to all those people who objected, those who collected signatures on the petition, as well as those who signed the petition.     This really is a victory for common sense.

From: Davies, Matthew W.
Sent: 07 April 2010 17:44
To: Blakeley, Chris (Councillor)
Cc: McDougall, Alexandra K.; Julie Carr; Williams, Stephen M. (Councillor); Mountney, Simon R. (Councillor)
Subject: RE: ANT/10/00325 – Telecom Mast at Town Meadow Lane, Moreton

Dear Councillor Blakeley, 

I have the application and will authorise the refusal as soon as the last date for comment has expired on 16 April 2010.  I will ensure that you are forwarded a copy of the Decision Notice for your records and that Mrs Carr, lead petitioner, is also sent a copy of the decision. 


Matthew Davies, Development Control Manager, Technical Services Department, Cheshire Lines Building, Canning Street, Birkenhead, WIRRAL CH41 1ND