No Surprise from Merseysides Chief Fire Officer!

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Today, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service has published its agenda for its meeting next week on Tuesday 30th June.

As I predicted at the start of the consultation, the Chief Fire Officer has completely ignored the massive local opposition and has ‘Strongly Recommended’ that the Fire Authority accept his recommendation and proceed with the proposal to build a fire station on Green Belt land in Saughall Massie.  You can read his report to the Authority HERE

If you have concerns about this and you are available I would urge you to attend the Fire Authority meeting on Tuesday 30th, commencing at 1pm at their headquarters, Bridle Road, Bootle, Merseyside L30 4YD  commencing at 1pm.

Your three local councillors – Steve Williams, Bruce Berry and myself – will attend, as will representatives of the Saughall Massie Village Area Conservation Society.

MEANWHILE….    As another step to try to stop this attack on our green belt myself and my colleague Cllr Bruce Berry have called on all 66 Wirral councillors to give their backing to the protection of the Borough’s Green Belt as decision day looms for a fire station in Saughall Massie.

We have submitted a ‘Notice of Motion’  (Appended below) calling on Wirral Council to reject the proposal by Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) to build on the council-owned site.

Wirral’s Green Belt is one of the reasons why so many people choose to live here and there has traditionally been all-Party support for protecting it.  It’s disappointing that the Town Hall has enabled this particular proposal to reach this stage – especially after it was considered to be unsuitable for land in nearby Greasby.

I’m hoping all councillors will back residents in Saughall Massie and call on the Fire Service to work with us to find a ‘brownfield’ site elsewhere in the Borough.

Notice of Motion – Council Monday 6th July

NO TO THE PROPOSAL FOR FIRE STATION ON GREEN BELT LAND IN SAUGHALL MASSIE

Proposed by Councillor Chris Blakeley

Seconded by Councillor Bruce Berry

Council acknowledges the overwhelming public opposition to the proposal by Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service for a fire station on green belt land in Saughall Massie, as demonstrated by:

  • The 200 people who attended a public meeting arranged by MFRS, and a further 270 who were unable to gain admission to the venue.
  • The opposition of the Saughall Massie Village Area Conservation Society and the Wirral Society
  • The 970 people who have, so far, signed a petition against the proposal

Council impresses upon Cabinet:

(1) To maintain protection of Wirral’s Green Belt, as set by agreed policies and stop inappropriate development

(2) Not to gift, sell, lease the land concerned in Saughall Massie, because of the value it has for the community.

(3) To ask officers to continue to work co-operatively with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service in identifying and facilitating a more suitable brown field site for operational purposes and to maintain the amenity of the local people.

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