A Site Close To You!

No doubt, like me many households will have accrued lots of extra waste over the last couple of days and now have bulging grey and green bins.    And unfortunately because of the icy conditions bin crews cant get out into many of the areas particularly on estates where the road conditions are treacherous.     But don’t despair, following the successful temporary bin collection points at six sites in Wirral this week the Council has decided to roll out an extra four sites across the borough.    Ten sites will be available for people to use from Monday until at least Wednesday with extended opening hours (9am -2.30pm) – and wagons taking waste from both grey and green bins.

The collection points have been set up to enable people to get rid of their rubbish while bin collections are suspended because of the icy road conditions.    The new sites can be found at: 

Quarrybank Road car park Birkenhead, Coronation Park, Greasby, Woodchurch Leisure Centre, Seaview Road, Liscard (car park opposite Fairview Avenue), They are in addition to the existing sites at: Pye Road car park, Heswall,  Woodhead Street car park, New Ferry,    Allport Lane car park, Bromborough, Leasowe Common car park (where Pasture Road meets Leasowe Road),  Dee Lane car park, West Kirby, Fishers Lane, Pensby (by the community centre).

(The opening of all sites is weather dependent – please check www.wirral.gov.uk for the latest information).   Biffa crews will also empty bins from blocks of flats and homes on some primary routes.

And The Winners Are?

R to L: Claire, Me and some of the backroom staff at the Moreton Skipton Branch

This afternoon, along with my colleague, Cllr Steve Williams I was at the Skipton Building Society on Hoylake Road to help draw the tickets for the raffle that was being held to raise funds for Ariella Byrne appeal.     The draw raised in excess of £120 for the appeal, which in total is trying to get together the huge sume of £60,000.00 to send Ariella to America for an operation.

Anyway I drew the first ticket and the winner was one of the Skipton’s customers, Tony.   Cllr Steve Williams drew the second ticket and would you believe it he pulled his own ticket out!   The third prize (and neither Steve or I pullled it out) went to the Leader of Wirral Council, Cllr Jeff Green and finally the fourth prize went to Alan, another Skipton customer.    

I would like to put on record my thanks to Paul, Claire and Denise and the Skipton Building Society and all the ‘backroom staff’ who helped with this, and I can tell you that Claire has other ideas for fundraising in the New Year, including bag packing at a local supermarket, both Steve and I have said we will be happy to do a stint of bag packing!     Moreton may well have lost the local Halifax branch, but it has gained a new partner, and a great team in the Skipton who have put Local back into the Local Community!

If you want to donate to Ariella’s appeal, you can do so online by visiting:  http://www.justgiving.com/helpariella2walk

Wallasey and Moreton Conservatives

The Wallasey and Moreton Conservatives website has been ‘offline’ for a couple of months while our Central Office revamped the sites.    I am delighted that today, the newly designed website has been launched and can be accessed at: www.wallaseyconservatives.com     The site is still ‘work in progress’ and will be populated with more content over the next couple of weeks.      To run alongside it we have also launched the Wallasey and Moreton Facebook page if you want to find us on Facebook click here

Weather Update – Ongoing cold spell from Met Office Regional Advisor – NW England

Perhaps I should start with a record (not the vinyl variety). Crosby,
just north of Liverpool, by the sea, smashed its previous record low
temperature last night with -17.0C (1.4F). A combination of snow cover,
clear skies, no wind and virtually the longest night possible all
combined to knock several degrees off the previous record. In comparison
with Shap’s -15.8C and Woodford’s -14.7C it just goes to show what can
happen when ideal heat-loss conditions come into play.

As for today, not a lot to say really. Mainly sunny and dry but bitterly
cold although little or no wind so ideal for a snowy winter walk in the
park well wrapped up. Maximum temperatures will, not surprisingly after
such a cold night, struggle to between zero and -3C typically although
the coldest spots may struggle to get above -5C. Any thawing of lying
snow restricted to areas fully exposed to the sun with any standing
meltwater freezing quickly once the sun sets.

As for tonight it’s almost a repeat performance although there is some
doubt whether temperatures will dip as low as last night, if only
because patchy freezing fog may form later in the night, perhaps more
likely over Cheshire and Merseyside. This will arrest the fall of
temperatures but could result in very difficult driving conditions for
tomorrow morning’s rush hour.

Tomorrow another bitterly cold day with temperatures mostly staying
below zero and particularly bitter where any overnight fog patches
linger on. It will be dry with, outside of any fog, further spells of

And on it goes……………..there is a slight doubt as to the
northern extent of some light snow edging up from the south later on
Monday night into Tuesday but even were this to reach the south of the
region amounts look very small. Through Tuesday and Wednesday the very
cold spell will continue with local severe frosts overnight with (<
-10C) possible in places and daytime temperatures strugling to get above
freezing. At this stage it looks like Wednesday will see more cloud than
Tuesday with perhaps a few snow flurries and more of a breeze which
would add a significant wind chill to the equation.

On current information in front of me I can’t see the cold spell ending
before Christmas Day so, if you’ve got a decent cover of snow on the
ground now, there’s a fair chance (some/most of) it will still be around
by Saturday morning.

In terms of severe weather warnings advisories and warnings remain in
force right through until Thursday (day 5). The ongoing ice risk is
obvious to all those with snow lying outside their front door. Further
Flashes may be issued for widespread icy roads but it is unlikely that
we shall need any snow warnings in the next couple of days at least.

The next update will be issued tomorrow morning,

Enjoy the winter landscape if you can,

Kind regards,

Alan Goodman; Met Office Regional Advisor – NW England

The Final Countdown!

When most people are winding down for the Christmas break, sadly (and I am not complaining) I have two Council related meeetings this week, a Standards Panel on Monday, and a Community Fund Joint Working Group on Tuesday, this alongside my work for Esther McVey MP and at Wallasey Conservatives, however I am hopeful that I will be able to get everything done that I need to do, and finish for the Christmas break on Wednesday 23rd, fingers crossed………

Its Taken Just Over Two Years But!

Readers of the blog and the wider Moreton community may be aware, and may recall the drugs raid that took place resulting in a closure order at 94 Curlew Way, Moreton.     It has taken a lot of time, and a few emails encouraging Wirral Partnership Homes (WPH) to bring the house back into use.    Well, finally I am delighted that  WPH will be starting work on the house in early 2011 and hope to have it back in use with a family in residence by March 2011.      Some things are worth waiting for, however I still think two and half years is far too long……..