Wirral Partnership Homes AGM

Immediately after I finished at Licensing I went to Wirral Partnership Homes  (WPH) Annual General Meeting, which was being held at the magnificent Floral Pavillion in New Brighton.

The meeting was extremely well attended with about 100 people present.  The Chairman of WPH, Ged Pearson introduced the proceedings and talked of the year gone by and the challenges that the future year(s) will bring.  He was followeed by presentations from the Chief Exec, Brian Simpson, and the accounts presented by the Director of Finance, Patrick McCarthy.      After that it was over to a lively question and answer session.    

Once all  the formal proceedings were over we were entertained by St Pauls Operatic Society, who whilst being serious injected some humour into their performance.    It was then time for a buffet, some networking before the long awaited results of the annual garden competition, which unfortunately I could not stay for.     Well done to WPH for organising a really good and informative event.   In my role as Cabinet Member for Housing and Community Safety, I look forward to working closely with WPH over the coming years.

Crossbar – License Approved

This morning along with my colleagues, Cllr Steve Williams and Cllr Ian Lewis I attended Wirral’s Licensing Panel meeting, which was considering the application made by Michael Howells for a license for the new bar, Crossbar on Upton Road.    

Ian and I raised concerns emanating from the previous licensing refusal and asked the Licensing Panel to restrict the hours to supply of alcohol until 10:30pm, closing to the public at 11pm each day.     However after hearing all the arguments for and against the Licensing Panel granted a licence which allows alcohol to be sold until 11pm each night closing to the public at 11:30pm.    

I welcome all businesses to Moreton, and I wish Mr Howells all the best in his quest to run the Crossbar and to make it an integral part of the community.   He has a big job to convince local residents that this is not a ‘Mini Plough’ as he described this morning.    Only time will tell!

Telephone Mast

My colleague Cllr Ian Lewis has received a ‘Pre-Consultation letter from a company ‘Savills’ who are acting on behalf of o2 and Vodafone.    It seems that the O2 mast located in Upton Woods (off Upton Road) may have to be removed.   If that is the case then o2 and Vodafone want to erect a replacement 20 metre high mast and put in a cabinet and auxillary equipment on the Island that hosts the traffic lights by the Moreton Spur.    They stress they will only submit a planning application if the old mast has to be removed.   Personally I could not think of a potential worse location for a 20 metre mast it will be a real blot on the landscape.    You can see their site plan by clicking HERE

Town Meadow Station

Residents of the Millhouse estate and part of the Lingham estate will be aware that earlier this year, at my request, Merseytravel commissioned Mott Macdonald to carry out a consultation to see what people in the community thought about the introduction of a new railway station ‘Town Meadow’

Initially Mott Macdonald did a letter drop to some 2,000 homes and this was followed up by a door to door survey across 400 homes.    I am delighted that their report has now been finalised and can be published.

The Headlines of the report are:

  1. Reactions to the proposed new station were generally very positive with 83.4% supporting it and only 10% against it.
  2. The survey shows that the new station is likely to attract new users to the railway with over half (54.3%) of those who do not currently use either Meols or Moreton suggesting they would use the new station once a week or more.  Based on the survey use of the station would be high
  3. The survey suggested that car usage to get to Moreton is relatively high at 43% of those surveyed who use Moreton and that these users would in future principally walk to the new station at Town Meadow.  The level of car parking at Moreton is not that high and this would suggest that many people are being dropped off at the station before the driver then drives to another location.    This suggests that the sustainability at the station is slightly overstated.
  4. Those people surveyed who do use Moreton see the time saving provided by a station at Town Meadow as a real benefit
  5. The survey indicates clear support for a new station at Town Meadow.

You can read their full suvey findings by clicking HERE

I think this survey really strengthens the views that this station is ling overdue.    It will be interesting to see what ‘Spin’ Merseytravel Officers put on the covering report that will be sent to Rail Services Committee.   Watch this space

Hot Food Takeaway Number 12

I have just been notified that a planning application has been submitted for yet ANOTHER hot food takeaway in Moreton. 

Application number: APP/10/01161

Date Registered: 21/09/2010, Applicant: Mr G Jones, Agent: Mr C W Jones

Location: Remax Estate, 283 HOYLAKE ROAD, MORETON, CH46 0RL

Proposal: Change of use of ground floor of premises from offices to hot food take away.    Plans will be available to view on the Council’s website within 2 working days from the date of this email.

As you can details at the moment are sketchy, however when the full application is published on the Council website we have have a better idea of the type of outlet.     If approved this will become the 12th takeaway in the heart of the village.

Norman Tunna George Cross!

L to R Lib Dem Cllr Dave Mitchell, Lib Dem Cllr Peter Millea, Conservative Cllr Chris Blakeley all representing Mersyside Integrated Transport Authority (Merseytravel)

This morning I was delighted and honoured to attend a service of dedication at Merseyrail Electrics Central Station in Birkenhead as a Conservative representative of Merseytravel.    (all three political parties were invited to attend) 

The service was in memory of a shunter, Norman Tunna, who 70 years ago today, during the blitz at Birkenhead Central,  carried out an act of bravery that undoubtedly saved the lives of many people and saved countless others from serious injury.

The service was attended by Norman’s Son and Daughter and lots of his relatives who had travelled from many parts of the country to be here, and was conducted by the Reverend Richard Cook, Railway Chaplain for the North West and culminated in the unveiling of a plaque which will be a permanent memorial to him.  

I would like to thank Merseyrail for organising this service and in particular Sally Ralston who pulled the whole thing together, I would also like to thank the Reverend Cook and all of Norman’s relatives who made the service this morning, one to remember.

It really was a shame,and a disgrace that not one of the 10 New Labour Councillors who serve on Merseytravel could be bothered to make the effort to attend this very special service of dedcation in memory of a very brave man!     It is a sign of  total disrespect of Mr Tunna and his family!

So It’s Mister (R)Ed! (Milliband That Is)

So after four wearisome months the New Labour party has selected Ed Milliband as it’s new leader.    Bring it on Ed….    As for the also rans it will be interesting to see if Ed wants any of them in his shadow cabinet, and if they are interested in serving under him.       It seems the Union votes have produced New Labour’s new leader, and it is the Unions that now unequivocably control New Labour….