The Inspector he says NO

Early this year Vodafone applied for planning permission to erect a mast and ancillary equipment in Holt Avenue a residential area, I was happy to support local residents in opposing the application.   Wirral’s Planning Committee refused the application.   As expected Vodafone appealed to the Planning Inspectorate in the hope of having the Councils decision overturned.

I was delighted to receive a letter from the planning inspector today informing me that he had dismissed the appeal by Vodafone stating that in his opinion that the proposed mast would be seen as a visually obtrusive addition to the  local streetscene that would materially harm the character and appearance of the local area.

Now before anyone kicks off, yes I know we need masts in order to service the growing number of mobile phone users and the need to increase capacity on 3g coverage and I don’t have a problem with that, however the masts must be located in appropriate locations, and clearly this location is not and will never be appropriate.    

Surely now after two planning applications at this location, two planning refusals and two lost appeals the telecommunication companies must have got the message?    I suppose only time will tell

Merseytravel – Putting the Customer First?

I was delighted when the controlling Labour Group on the Merseyside Integrated Transport Authority (Merseytravel) finally conceded to our groups suggestion to merge some committees and rationalise the unwieldy structure with over 30 committees and sub committees, with the new structure containing only eight committees and two necessary sub comittees, Urgency and Appointments and Appeals Sub.

We were also delighted that the Womens Forum and the Transport Access Panel merged with each of the five Advisory Panels, Liverpool, St. Helens, Knowsley, Sefton and Wirral to create Customer Forums to maintain the ethos of putting customers first.    

Sadly whilst professing the customer comes first the Labour controlled ITA has moved from allowing each district to elect its own Chairman to imposing one on each forum – putting the customer first, hardly whilst dictating who does what, clearly a case of control freaks!

Do the Crime, Pay the Fine!

Readers of the blog and the wider community will be aware of our campaign to highlight and tackle the blight of fly tipping in our community.    There are two particular areas in Moreton that suffer badly, and ones that we have asked the Council to deal with, that’s Lingham Lane on the way to Leasowe Common and Carr Lane.

We are delighted to learn that Bernard Paul Doherty from Moreton was caught out by the Councils CCTV and following his prosecution he was fined £1200, with costs of £1050 as well as a victim surcharge of £15.    We hope this sends a clear message that this sort of behaviour will not be tolerated.