Foxfield School Site – The Future

This week Wirral Council’s Cabinet will consider a report that recommends that the empty Foxfield School in Douglas Drive be demolished, that consultation be undertaken with the DfE about disposal of playing fields and once complete the land be sold.

Its clear that any purchaser will buy the site for a housing development and that in itself, will be subject to a planning application at some time in the future.    You can read the Cabinet report (Item 4) by clicking HERE

What do you think?

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Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service – Consultation? Sadly Not!!

The ‘So Called’ 12 week consultation into the closure of West Kirby and Upton Fire Stations with a new station being proposed on Green Belt land in Saughall Massie is now closed.

I say ‘so called’ simply because it was clear by his words, and actions that the Chief Fire Officer (CFO) had no intention of listening to local people’s objections and in fact point blank refused to hold a second meeting in Saughall Massie after over 200 people were locked out of the first meeting because in his words, “he did not believe he would hear anything different.”  Well, because of his intransigence we will never know will we……….

What’s next.   The CFO will take a report to the Fire Authority in June.    My prediction is that while he will state that there is a level of opposition, he will recommend that the proposal to build on the Green Belt moves forward to the planning application stage.

It’s clear from election literature that the Labour Party in Wirral support this proposal and as the Fire Authority has 16 Labour Members out of the 18, therefore its no wonder that local people believe this is a ‘Done Deal.’ However you can be assured that me and my colleagues, Cllr Steve Williams and Cllr Bruce Berry will support local residents in opposing this proposal.

Its my intention to attend the Fire Authority meeting that will consider this matter, which is a meeting held in public and if given an opportunity to do so I will represent the views of all those opposed to this unwarranted attack on our Green Belt.

Millhouse Pub Site – Planning Appeal

DEVELOPERS Galliford Try have lodged an appeal six months after their proposals for 38 apartments to be built at the site of the Millhouse pub in Millhouse Lane, Moreton , were thrown out unanimously by councillors during a meeting of Wirral’s planning committee last October.

Galliford Try have asked for the appeal to be conducted through an exchange of correspondence however I have asked for a public hearing of the appeal to be held locally.

I fully expected the applicant to submit an appeal. It was clear during the planning process the applicant had no interest in local peoples’ views and they just wanted permission to build this monstrosity that would not fit in with the existing street scene.

What is important now is that the appeal is heard in the public arena and we have asked planning officers to make representation to the Inspectorate to request this matter is heard in the public arena.  This really is too important a matter to be determined by a faceless bureaucrat based in Bristol.

While an appeal has been submitted as of yet no start date or inspector have been appointed as the Planning Inspectorate has a backlog.    As soon as I have more information I will make sure everyone who lives in the area and who magnificently opposed the planning application are informed.

Akbor’s – Coming Soon!

A huge welcome to Akbor’s ‘Authentically’ India Restaurant opening soon near to Moreton Cross at 226, Hoylake Road.

It really is important that we support local businesses to ensure the town we live in is vibrant with a great mix of shops to satisfy everybody’s needs.  Every empty shop is a sign of a failing town and as a local Councillor I want our town to succeed.

Yes I know we have our share of problems with parking, public transport, however I will continue to do all I can to make our Town the place that people want to come and shop, have a meal or simply enjoy a beer.

Tradition or Waste?

Tomorrow see’s Wirral Council meeting for the first time after the local elections. Tomorrows business is the election of the Mayor of Wirral and the Deputy Mayor of Wirral and comes with all the usual pomp and ceremony and of course the associated costs….

Now surely given the Labour Council are always pleading poverty, the election of Mayor and Deputy Mayor should be simple affairs carried out in the Council Chamber and not in the civic hall with guests and buffet provided?

Anyway as a Councillor it is incumbent of me to attend Council and I will duly do so, but I wont be taking a guest or participating in the post installation celebrations or the buffet.   This is not a slight on the Mayor or his deputy, whose positions I have the greatest respect for, no it is simply me practising what I am preaching………….

Dust and Noise Nuisance

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Residents living near the former brickworks on Carr Lane, Moreton, have contacted the Council following an increase in noise and dust from the site.

The increase in pollution coincides with talks taking place between the owners of the site and the Town Hall over its future use.

There has been an increase in activity at the site recently but there has been no explanation offered to residents. I have asked the Council’s Environmental Health and Planning Officers to meet with residents and to check whether existing regulations are being followed before we start to look at further uses for the site.

Located in the Green Belt between Moreton and Meols, the site was used many years ago to extract clay for making bricks. Since then, new homes have been built nearby, between Millhouse Lane and Carr Lane.

Local resident Alan Moore said: “We’ve all noticed an increase in activity on site – noise from heavy equipment and dust on cars, windows! Garden furniture etc.   We’re asking the Council to work with us to find out what’s going on and to tackle these issues.”

I’M Back

After three years of not blogging I have decided its time to come back and use this medium as a way of making sure readers are kept fully informed about issues in Moreton and Saughall Massie, as well as using it to hold the Labour dominated Council to account………