Our latest edition of the Moreton and Saughall Massie Newsline is currently being distributed to over 6,500 homes in our community. The Newsline keeps residents informed of what is going on with local issues and what is happening with Wirral’s Conservative-led Council.
The Newsline is delivered free by Me, my colleagues, Cllr Steve Williams and Cllr Simon Mountney and more importantly by over 30 volunteers, who all help to get the news out. Watch out for a copy dropping through your letterbox over the next week or so.
At Wirral’s Cabinet on 2nd September it is proposed to name a section of the newly developed King’s Parade ‘Ian Fraser Walk’ after one of our great, local war heroes Lt. Commander Ian Fraser, VC, DSC, RD and Bar, JP, RNR (Rtd).
During Word War II Commander Fraser was awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest award for bravery for an attack, codenamed ‘Operation Struggle’ , he made on the Japanese warship, Takao in a midget submarine in 1945. He was also a successful local businessman, Magistrate, and life-long supporter of the Lifeboats Service as well as being a freeman of the Borough. I think it’s a great idea and one that I, as a Cabinet member will be supporting wholeheartedly.
Wirral Council is preparing for a huge consultation process that will help to shape the future of local services. Me and my colleagues, Cllr Steve Williams and Cllr Simon Mountney are very keen to make sure everyone in our community has their say.
The Council’s number one priority is to ensure that we communicate and involve the public on issues that really matter to them. The Council is facing the same budgetary challenges as all other local authorities across the country and must adapt, and to that end we want Council taxpayers to be a part of this process by having a genuine say on how their money is spent so that we can make sure that Council services reflect their priorities.
Following on from securing some road safety initiatives in Millhouse Lane, we have now arranged for the Council to spend a further £7,500 in Town Meadow Lane on a scheme to provide bollards to stop vehicles overriding the grass verges to the front of the flats (opposite the junction with Wastdale Drive) and to provide a vehicle activate speed (VAS) sign close to that bend.
Yesterday I and my colleague Cllr Steve Williams met with the Council’s Traffic Manager, Joe smith in Town Meadow Lane to look at the best location for the VAS and it was decided that it could be placed on the footway adjacent to the carriageway close to the shops, at this location the sign would warn people of the hazard created by the bend. It is anticipated that the scheme will be implemented in late October/early November.
This weekend in Wirral sees two tremendous events taking place, on Sunday and Monday there is the Wirral Food and Drink Festival which takes place at Claremont Farm in Bebington, while on the Bank Holiday monday there is Hoylake Lifeboat Day. The Lifeboat day started many years ago as a small event, it has grown and grown and is now one of the biggest events of its type in the country. Add to those two events the Matthew Street Festival, just a bus train or ferry ride away and this Bank Holiday weekend has something for everyone!
Last night, Wirral’s Conservative led Council voted to keep free swimming in Wirral. As well as keeping it for the over 60s (all year round) and the under 18s (during school holidays), the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Cabinet has also agreed to provide free swimming for children in care AND their carers and also to Wirral residents who are serving in the Armed Forces or are veterans. Sadly, the same can’t be said of Labour-run Liverpool. In a couple of days their free swimming ends.
This is part of our plan to correct the mistakes of the previous administration who wanted to close leisure centres across Wirral. We’ll be writing to many of the groups who will benefit from last night’s decision and I know many colleagues are writing directly to residents as well.
I have learned this evening that the area that houses the two telephone masts and the wider wooded area of Upton Woods, to the rear of Paulsfield Drive and Burrell Drive is to be sold by auction on the 9th September. Read more by clicking HERE
The Auctioneers are a company called Pugh, and the auction will be held at Manchester United Football Club, International Suite, West Stand, Sir Matt Busby Way, Old Trafford, Manchester M16 ORA commencing at 12 noon
The wooded area, which is in private ownership has been the subject of anti-social behaviour, underage drinking and damage caused to the trees and the flora and fauna, there has been police involvement and Wirral Council’s Environmental Health Officers had to serve a litter enforcement notice on the current landowner to clear up all the empty beer cans / bottles and associated debris.
It is to be hoped that any new owner will be more diligent about the maintenace of the land.