Great Community Spirit

Earlier this evening along with my colleague, Cllr Steve Williams and a large crowd of local residents I went along to Amberley Close in Moreton to witness the switch on of the (second) Moreton Lights by Claire Bear who had come down from Claire House Childrens Hospice to perform the switch on.

This is the eighth successive year that the George family and the Williams family have put together such a tremendous display on the fronts of their homes, raising thousands of pounds for Claire House, it has grown so much that many other neighbours are now decorating their homes.    It makes me proud to live in Moreton and be part of such a wonderful community.   You can read more HERE.

Called into Review!

I have been notified that Merseyside Police has called into review the premise licence for the Lifestyle and Convenience Store, 82-84 Town Meadow Lane, Moreton, Wirral, CH46 7TB.  (known locally as Bhullars General Store).

I have not seen the report, however I have been informed by a licensing officer that the review has been asked for because the store has been caught seeling alcohol to under aged people and the sale of counterfeit alcohol 

The Notice is below:

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Merseyside Police have applied to Wirral Borough Council to review a Premises Licence in respect of the premises known as Lifestyle and Convenience Store, 82-84 Town Meadow Lane, Moreton, Wirral, CH46 7TB. 



NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Merseyside Police have applied to Wirral Borough Council to review a Premises Licence in respect of the premises known as Lifestyle and Convenience Store, 82-84 Town Meadow Lane, Moreton, Wirral, CH46 7TB. 

The grounds for review are in relation to the prevention of crime and disorder and the protection of children from harm.  

Any person wishing to make representation in respect of the above may do so by writing to the Licensing Authority, Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey CH44 8ED. 

The closing date for representations is 27 December 2011 

A copy of the application for the review of the above licence is kept by the Licensing Authority, Town Hall,Brighton Street,Wallasey CH44 8ED.  The application can be viewed Monday and Tuesday 9.00am to 5.00pm, Wednesday 10.00am to 5.00pm and Thursday and Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm, except bank holidays. 

It is an offence to knowingly or recklessly to make a false statement in connection with an application.  The maximum fine for which a person is liable on summary conviction for making a false statement is a Level 5 fine on the standard scale.    Date this 29 day of November 2011

Lights, Camera, Action!

The above is the nicely entitled Notice of Motion that I will be moving at Council on the 12th December.  (Thanks to whoever entitled it)

Last year when the Council was Conservative led we made it very clear that the Council should be open and transparent and part of that included the recording of all Council meetings, along with the use of social media, micro blogging etc.      It seems that recently some people dont want that and I am aware of one Council Officer saying they thought it was forbidden.    Clearly the message needs reiterating.   It will be interesting to see how the other party’s react……..    Watch this space!

Another Great Event in Moreton!

Angela with Herbert and me

What a great day afternoon at the Moreton Christmas Lights switch on!    The lights this year were made possible by the hard work of committee organiser Angela Pouncey, thanks Angela you did a great job, and were switched on by Celebrity Hairdresser ‘Herbert’

Before the switch on at 5pm  there was music and food in the Coach and Horses Pub, music courtesy of Mark from XLNights Disco.   At 5.00pm, surrounded by a huge crowd the lights turned on by the fabulous, ‘Herbert’ who took time out of his very busy schedule to light up our Town.

Many people know of ‘Herbert’ because of his work with, Queenie’s Christmas charity which he set up in memory of his late mum.   His next fundraising event is on Thursday 01 December entitled ‘Bonsoir Paris’ more details can be found below.

Let Battle Commence…. Again!

Chris at the proposed location

As I predicted, despite opposition at the pre-app consultation stage, Mono consultants on behalf of Voadafone and Telefonica have submitted a planning application for a telephone mast and ancillary equipment on Saughall Massie Road, close to the junction with Kingfisher Way.

Some people think I am anti mast, nothing could be further from the truth, like millions of people I rely on a mobile phone signal, however I am opposed to installations at what are clearly innappropriate locations, and this application is for just that.

This is a densely populated area, with lots of sheltered accommodation and a residential home close by, its on a main route and close to a bus stop.   I have already had calls from local residents, all absolutely appalled at this application, objections are flooding in and a petition has already been started.    I, along with my colleagues, Cllr Steve Williams and Cllr Simon Mountney am happy to support residents in opposing the application.

Should you wish to support or oppose this application you can do so by contacting the Council’s Planning Officer who is dealing with this application, Neil Williams.     Neil can be emailed:, Telephone: 0151 606 2138, or by writing to him at Cheshire Lines Building, Canning Street, Birkenhead, CH41 1ND ensuring you quote application number: ANT/11/01359.  All representations need to be submitted by the 8th December, 2011.

That Was The Week That Was!

Well another full varied hard working, tiring and really enjoyable week.  Monday, Tuesday two full days in work and two evenings on the knocker, great responses.   Wednesday it was on the early train to London and into Parliament to spend some time with Esther’s PA and go through the databases we use.    In the afternoon it was off to a reception in the Speakers House to meet with the Interns who have been succesful to take part in the Speakers Social Mobility Scheme, Esther was succesful in being selected to mentor one of the Interns, Luke starts tomorrow.     It was great to have a chat with the Speaker and to see his house, sumptuous .     After that it was on to a meeting of SIGOMA in the house before heading off for something to eat and a couple of beers before getting back to the hotel for the night.

Thursday morning I was at a meeting with the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) the body that administers MPs expenses.   The meeting was good and hopefully they will take on board many of the suggestions I made to make the system simpler.   Then it was on the train back to Liverpool to get back to Wallasey Town Hall for a Funds for you Panel, followed by a Licensing meeting to discuss Polling Stations, finally home at 7:50pm.

Friday it was back to work, then home to stuff envelopes.    Saturday I was out delivering, not forgetting catching up with casework.  And of course on Sunday I was honoured to be able to lay the wreath on behalf of the Council at the Moreton Cenotaph.    The service was really good and i think saw the biggest attendance for many years.    This week coming promises to be just as busy with four days of Merseytravel meetings, plus attendance at Councils planning committee and three days door knocking.

Moreton Brickworks, Carr Lane – Planning Application Submitted to Extend the Time for Mineral (Clay) Extraction

A new planning application has been submitted by the owners of the Moreton Brickworks, CARR LANE, MORETON, CH46 5NB, application number: 11/01286 to remove condition 28 from planning application 2001 / 6405.  

I asked planning officers just what condition 28 related to and the simple answer is it was a condition put in place in 2001 which told the owners that they had a maximum of 10 years to extract the minerals from the site, in this case that was clay.     Well the ten years are up and the owners have decided they want to extend that timeframe in order to be able to apply to extract minerals whenever they choose.

This site has been the subject of two withdrawn applications for clay extraction in the past in the early 2000s.   Both applications had massive public opposition and Planning Officers were recommending refusal, however  both were withdrawn on the day of planning committee at the last minute!      There is absolutely no value  in the clay, however there is millions of pounds value in a huge hole that could be used for Landfill!!    This is clearly linked to the Joint Merseyside Waste Development Plan!     I hope that planning officers recommend refusal, as extraction of clay and subsequent landfill at this location would be an absolute environmental disaster for local residents and the wider community! 

The planning application can be viewed by clicking HERE and the conditions linked to application 2001/6405 can be viewed by clicking HERE