The Weeks Round Up!

A full week in work with loads going on, updates on the latest telephone mast application (word is Planning Officers will be recommending approval).  Lots of case work this week, from neighbour disputes to a rat infestation problem.   Thursday a very busy day.   Started with attendance at former Merseytravel Colleague, Bob Roberts funeral out in Thornton.  A different experience to the normal funeral service and typical of Bob.  RIP.  Then it was on to a full Merseytravel Authority meeting, followed by a briefing and Q&A session on Merseytravels new Customer Forums.    Friday another busy day, and then out today this morning with Esther McVey MP at the Hoylake Local Food Fair.   After lunch out, the afternoon was spent catching up with casework, Newslines, Letters etc…….    And it all starts again tomorrow!

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‘A Grand Day Out’

With Esther, cast and contributors outside No 10

Me on the way in!!Yesterday I was delighted to attend a reception hosted by the Prime Minister at number 10 Downing Street, there was a short delay to our plans with the Prime Minister made a statement to the press about the situation in Libya and the death of Colonel Gadaffi.   The reception was in recognition of Esther McVey’s book ‘If Chloe Can’ an Inspirational book aimed at school girls between the ages of 13 and 16, which she has distributed free to over 5,000 school girls across Merseyside.   Now the book has been turned into a stage play by the National Youth Theatre with its London Premiere on 2nd November at the Lyric Theatre in London, before it goes on tour around the country.    

Esther said, “I am absolutely thrilled that ‘If Chloe Can’, which portrays a wide variety of female ‘firsts’ who have overcome difficulties and hardships to become some of the most powerful and influential women in the world is to become a stage play.   Their talents and expertise range from science to finance, law to politics, fashion and arts.   In total, 50 world class women, and inspirational role models have taken part in the book including Myleene Klass, Vanessa May, Jo Salter (first female UK fighter pilot), Duffy, Eileen Collins (first woman to command a space shuttle), Christina Lamb (War Correspondent)  It’s great to have this work recognised by the Prime Minister, and hopefully the play, like the book will inspire young girls and show them that it is worth striving to be the best you can be in whatever they choose to do.”

I was delighted that the Prime Minister, despite the calls on his diary was able to spend 20 minutes chatting to everyone involved, a really succesful day.     As well as the couple of pics I have posted on this article you can see more by clicking HERE  

Another Telephone Mast Application!

Vodafone UK has submitted yet another planning application, via their agents, Mono Consultants to install a telephone mast, equipment cabinet and electrical meter pillar on the Pavement North of Hoylake Road, Outside Tesco Express, Moreton, Wirral CH46 6DG.  Application number: ANT/11/01235.  

If people wish to support or oppose this application they can do so by contacting the Council’s Planning Officer who is dealing with this application, Alexandra McDougall.   Alexandra can be emailed: alexandramcdougall@wirral.gov.uk  or Telephone: 0151 606 2218, or by writing to her at Cheshire Lines Building, Canning Street, Birkenhead, CH41 1ND ensuring you quote application number: ANT/11/01235.    All representations need to be submitted by the 7th November, 2011.

Whilst I recognise that we all use mobile phones so creating the need for more masts, I have always maintained they should be sited in appropriate locations.    Like previous applications by Vodafone and O2 I do not believe that this location is appropriate and I have made my views known to the planning officer dealing with the application.

The area that the application is proposed for is a paved and open grassed area to the front of Tesco Express on Hoylake Road, directly opposite residential and commercial properties and very close to a busy junction with Millhouse Lane and Saughall Road.   There are many  residential properties very close by in Hoylake Road,  Millhouse Lane, Saughall Road, The Paddock, Coppice Grange, Carr Gate, Broster Avenue, Amberley Close and Amberley Avenue etc.   The grassed area currently has a telephone pole, two trees, and road signage but still offers good sight lines to the junction.    I believe if approved that the proposed development would form a visually obtrusive feature by reason of its siting, size and design and it would result in an unacceptable level of roadside clutter which the Local Planning Authority considers would be detrimental to the general character of the street scene.

More Water Works Disruption!

As readers of the blog will be aware, here in Moreton we have over the last couple of years had our share of disruption as a result of works by United Utilities.    Just when you thought it was all over along they come again, this time creating some havoc around Moreton Cross for six weeks.    OK I know it has to be done, but why not do it during the six weeks of school holidays when at peak time there is not as much traffic on the roads.    But then I suppose that would mean using common sense!    You can read more from United Utilities by clicking HERE