Sabs Kebabs – Licensing Application to be Decided

Readers of the blog and the wider Moreton community will be aware that Hot Food takeaway #11 – Sabs Kebabs (formerly Cartridge World) applied for licensing permission to stay open until 2am in the morning.    Local residents have objected, as have I, and although there is no official representation from Merseyside Police Licensing Section, Moreton’s Police Neighbourhood Inspector, Peter Kolokotroni has written to the Council’s Licensing Department expressing his concerns.  The application will be considered by Wirral’s Licensing Panel at Wallasey Town Hall, on Friday 5th November at 10am.     The meeting is open to the public so if you have concerns about this please come along.

Hoylake Food Fayre

Leader of Wirral Council, Jeff Green with Esther McVey MP

This morning I went along to the Hoylake Food Fayre, held at (what was my old school) Hoylake Community Centre in Hoyle Road.   Which is also where I work for Esther McVey MP.

Whilst there I met up with Esther, Council Leader, Jeff Green and local Councillors Gerry Ellis and David Elderton.     The event was absolutely choc a blok, with hundreds taking advantage of all the goods on offer, fresh Veg, meat, (the buffalo steaks looked good) cheese, bread, cakes, jams, ice cream etc, etc.   There was also cookery demonstrations from the Chefs at La Paz.

All in all a tremedous event, well attended and hopefully will be repeated on a regular basis.

Welcome to Moreton

For many years I have used the services of the Halifax Agency Branch on Hoylake Road in Moreton.   Earlier this year Halifax announced they were closing all their agency branches meaning that from now on I, and all the other customers had to travel to Liscard or Birkenhead.   (Not too bad for me as I spend a day a week working in Liscard) However for many who rely on public transport the closure of these friendly agency branches was a huge blow.     Yesterday I was in Moreton and as I wandered past the Halifax I saw some activity so in I went thinking this was the girls last day to say my farewells and to thank them for all they had done.      

How wrong I was, it was not goodbye, it was hello to the same staff who are now working for the Skipton Building Society, who have stepped in to fill all the agency branches that the Halifax have closed in Wirral.     So a huge thanks to the Skipton for providing a much needed local service and today I will be moving my account from the Halifax to the Skipton, apart from having a local branch, their interest rate is almost a full percent above the Halifax……

Winter Play Activities

Wirral’s Play Rangers have just published their winter programme.   which you can access by clicking here    The Community Play Rangers provide free, open access play sessions for children aged 5* – 13 in parks and play areas across Wirral, and during the winter they move indoors as the nights get colder and darker.   *For these indoor sessions children must be aged 5 and in Year 1 to be able to attend.

The aims of the play ranger project are to:

  • work towards enabling children and young people to feel safe and reduce the fear of playing beyond the confines of their own homes and immediate environment.
  • work closely with the community and local groups to deliver the best possible service and involve them and the children in the design, planning and delivery of the play sessions.
  • be free of charge, allow freedom of choice of activities and provide the freedom to come and go whenever they want. 

The Community Play Rangers are run by the Wirral Play Council and funded by the Big Lottery.     Wirral Play Council is a local charitable organisation that has been developing and organising open access playschemes and projects throughout Wirral since 1974.    For more information please contact me (details below) and please could you forward our timetable to anyone you feel may be of interest. 
Gemma Rhodes,
Senior Community Play Ranger.
0151 201 7628

Dealing with Anti-Social Behaviour

This week sees as a programme of events and activities taking place in Wirral to tackle anti-social behaviour and promote respect.   The activities lined up for “Respect Wirral 2010 – ‘It’s All About Respect’ are being, co-ordinated by Wirral Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team, and are being supported wholeheartedly by a range of agencies including Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, social landlords and local community groups. 

In my role as Cabinet Member for Housing and Community Safety I welcome these activities, I believe that tackling anti-social behaviour has been a key priority for local residents and the Council continues to work hard in Wirral tackle this issue.   This week is a great opportunity to reassure residents about the continuous work that is undertaken to address this issue and respond to their concerns.

Throughout the week activities will be taking place within communities, such as high visibility patrols, advice surgeries, enforcement activity, environmental audits, clean-up operations and environmental improvements. Information will be widely available about how to report anti-social behaviour and what has been and continues to be done to tackle it.

 Caroline Laing, Manager of Wirral Anti-Social Behaviour Team said: “We encourage residents to get involved with Respect Wirral. We are working alongside some great community groups to help and support them prevent and tackle issues and want to see as many people as possible involved throughout the week. We are also seeking ideas from the public as to how they would like to be involved in future and what roles they see themselves playing.”

Hot Food Takeaway #12

Last night at full Council my colleague Cllr Steve Williams presented a petition opposing the proposal to allow planning permission for a Hot Food Takeaway at the premises known as REMAX ESTATE, on Hoylake Road.      He pointed out that this is a rolling petition with further signatories to follow.    If you want to sign the petition it is being hosted by Lisa in the ‘Nutty Butty’ Cafe on Hoylake Road.    You have until the 26th of this month to add your signature.     The application will be determined by a meeting of Wirral’s Planning Committee on Tuesday 9th November at Wallasey Town Hall, commencing at 6pm.   The meeting is open to the public so if you have an interest in this matter why don’t you come along.

Wirral Shows Unanimous Support for Anti-Slavery Day

Earlier this evening the Notice of Motion on Anti-Slavery Day, which I moved at Wirral Council received the unanimous support of the Council.   Sadly because of time limitations I was not able to speak to the  notice, however if you want to read what I was going to say click HERE