A Great Night on The Knocker (AKA, Bye Bye Ron)

This evening, along with 14 others I was out knocking on doors on the Leasowe estate. The reception was absolutely amazing, with many people telling us how pleased they were with what Ian Lewis and Steve Smith had done for them. One hardened Labour supporter, who I never thought would vote for us, said they would be voting for Steve, and, if he was ‘half as good as Ian, he would be a great Councillor… Praise indeed.

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Unbelieveable!

Its seems the Labour Party has written to Wirral to ‘seek’ some form of sponsorship for its 2011 annual conference which this year is being held in Liverpool.   You can read the letter to the Council Leader, Jeff Green by clicking HERE

The Leader of Wirral Council, Jeff Green, received his letter from the General Secretary of the Labour Party, Ray Collins, with an invitation to an ‘open day’ to discuss ‘commercial opportunities’ with ‘independent experts offering advice on making the most out of the event for Exhibitors and Sponsors’.   Cllr. Green said: “Labour’s hypocrisy is breathtaking.     For months, their MPs in Merseyside have been complaining that councils do not have enough money for really important services such as Sure Start, free swimming or libraries.  Yet, their leaders nationally, believe we are so awash with cash that we will hand some of it over to the Labour Party to pay for their conference in Liverpool.   “I do not know about the other councils in Merseyside but Wirral Council will not be using Council Taxpayers money to advertise, sponsor or subsidise the Labour Conference.   Our priority is to provide the services that people in Wirral want while freezing Council Tax and avoiding compulsory redundancies.”

All Year Round, Not Just at Election Time!

Last week was just like any other week with teams door knocking in different parts of the constituency three nights every week.    It was great to have such big teams out, one of the teams is pictured here in Seacombe ward where the team was led by Cllr Denis Knowles.

Yesterday teams where out delivering in many parts of the constituency, however Me, Cllr Steve Williams and Cllr Simon Mountney were ‘on the stump’ in Moreton.    We met with loads of people and the response was absolutely fantastic, people commented how visible and accessible the Local Conservatives are, and how much they enjoyed our monthly Newslines.   

Unlike other parties, who only ever come out at election time,  we are out in the community All Year Round!

Zeebrugge 93

 
This morning as a representative of Merseytravel I attended the Royal Marines Remembrance and 93rd anniversary of the raid on Zeebrugge.  The service commemorates the actions of Zeebrugge in 1918, and Walcheren in 1944 in the memory of the Royal Marines fallen comrades.
 
The weather was thankfully really good and following the wreath laying at the remembrance stone in the car park of the Seacombe Ferry Terminal we all boarded the ‘Royal Daffodil’ for the service which took place mid river on the Mersey.   The service was very poignant with wreaths being cast into the river in remembrance of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.      

Another Telephone Mast Application!

Having lost the last three planning applications, including two they appealed, O2 and Vodafone (Telefonica) have submitted another application for a telephone mast, cabinets and ancillary equipment, this time on the central reservation on Moreton Road, (close to the M53 spur).   Application number: 11/00452.

This time the mast being proposed is 20 metres high with two cabinets and other pieces of equipment.    They say they need this permission in case they cannot extend their contract with the lattice mast located close by in Upton Woods?     in their accompanying paperwork they say if the do extend their contract on the existing mast they wont erect this mast?     Yeh, of course you won’t!

Anyway if you have any cooments to make on this application you can do so by emailing the planning officer dealing with it by clicking HERE

TEN Good Reasons (and more to follow)!

Wirral’s pensioners have their own election pledges this week as the Leader of the Council makes his ’10 Pledges to Pensioners’ ahead of the local elections on Thursday 5th May.  The pledges, a first for any Party in Wirral, follow the freeze in Council Tax and protecting the Council Tax discount for the over 75s.      Cllr. Jeff Green said: “Many of Wirral’s retired residents were appalled when the previous administration tried to close their libraries and leisure centres.  They were hit hard by the doubling of Council Tax and, too often, they felt their views were ignored by a Council that couldn’t care less.

“Our 10 Pledges for Pensioners mean that will never happen again.  As well as protecting the Council Tax cut for the over 75s, we are also committed to improving the care of the elderly so that Wirral is no longer ‘the worst in Britain’ and that we do all we can to help pensioners with the cost of living.” 

The 10 Pledges for Pensioners will form part of the Conservative Manifesto for Wirral, published next week.   Cllr. Green added: “We are committed to supporting our older residents and our 10 Pledges make it clear what they can expect, if a Conservative-led Council is elected on May 5th.”

The 10 Pledges are: 

  1. Every pensioner in Wirral will be eligible for free home insulation to help cut their fuel bills.
  2. People who need care will be given the option to have their own budget, spending it how they choose.
  3. We will enable people to live in their own home for longer with help to adapt their property.
  4. We will protect the Council Tax discount available to the over 75s, worth £100 in a Band C property.
  5. We will increase fostering allowances to help those grandparents who foster their grandchildren.
  6. We will protect free bus travel for pensioners and push for improvements to railway stations.
  7. We will tackle Labour’s failures in adult social care, as exposed by the Care Quality Commission.
  8. We will maintain free swimming for pensioners, unlike the Labour Council in Liverpool.
  9. We will help older residents to have their say on Council decisions and more ways to get involved in what we do.
  10. We will work more closely with community and voluntary organisations who work with the retired.