Earlier today I met up with my colleague, Cllr Bruce Berry and members of the Unison Union outside a very windy and cold Asda in Birkenhead to collect signatures opposing the closure of Girtell Court respite centre. (I am pictured above)
lots of people have not heard of Girtrell Court in Saughall Massie and the excellent work it does to help people with profound learning and physical difficulties and their families, when they did hear about it they had no hesitation in signing the petition.
This is the last respite centre that is in Council ownership and in order to save £155,000 (that’s less than the Council Chief Executive earns each year) they want to close it and throw the users and their families out into the independent sector.
We need to make this Council think again, so if you want to sign the petition you can use the online one which can be accessed by clicking HERE.
I have been informed today that Burtons have now submitted their planning application. Planning Officers are currently checking it is valid, once that’s done it will be published on the Council website and be open for people to make representations.
One of the service users of Girtrell Court who attended the meeting with Graham Hodkinson, the Councils Director of Adult Social Services at Wallasey Town Hall on the 22nd January took minutes of the meeting. Those minutes can be read by clicking HERE
Joel Mansell who works for Graham Hodkinson has asked attendees and others who may be interested to complete a feedback form and return to him via email to firstname.lastname@example.org the feedback form can be accessed by clicking HERE
While there is no deadline for completion we have to remember the ruling Labour Cabinet will be making a decision on Girtrell Court on the 22nd February so the sooner they are returned the better.
The words of the carers spoke from the heart and with compassion spoke more than I could ever write. I sincerely hope that the Council was listening.
So what ever happened to the Wirral Waters ‘Flagship’ scheme, The £175 million International Trade Centre?
Back in June, Peel Holdings pulled out of the joint venture, (you can read about that HERE) leaving it in the hands of the mysterious Stella Shui and her Sam Wa company.
In July in the Council Chamber i asked the Leader of the Council for an update. He answered that there would be an announcement in the next few weeks and asked me to be patient.
In December, having been patient I asked the same question of the Cabinet Member for Business and Tourism. Before he could answer the Leader of the Council was out of his seat saying he would answer my question. His answer was there would be some news very soon and asked me to wait for that. Why couldn’t the Cabinet Member give me that non answer? Just what is going on with the ITC.
Anyway I am still waiting…. So if anybody has heard any CHINESE whispers can they let me know…………
Thank you to all those people who took the time yesterday morning to attend the meeting at Wallasey Town Hall.
The meeting today demonstrated just how out of touch the Director of Adult Social Services and the Cabinet Member responsible, Cllr Christine Jones are. They have clearly misunderstood the strength of feeling and appear to be entrenched in moving forward with the closure of Girtell Court.
Despite what the Director and the Cabinet Member said or want the fight to save Girtell Court continues.
We have provided below all the email addresses for the Labour Councillors, showing who are the Cabinet Members and who are the Back Benchers.
While the Cabinet will make the decision in late February it will have to be ratified by the Council when it meets in March, it is therefore worthwhile everyone emailing the Labour Councillors to make them aware of your disgust over this proposal, perhaps reminding them that there are local elections in May.
It is important that we all continue to keep the pressure on the Labour Councillors if we are to save Girtrell Court.
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Thank you to all the people who have signed up to ‘Save Girtrell Court’ either by email, letter or telephone. The very many responses we have received show just how valued this facility is.
Last Tuesday we met with Paddy Cleary and David Jones from Unison to discuss the Councils proposal to close Girtrell Court and to share information so that we can work together on this campaign. It’s clear that together we are stronger. However we need your support to stop this Councils attack on vulnerable people.
Unison have arranged a meeting on Wednesday 20th January, commencing at 7:30pm at St Mary’s Church Centre, 127 Saughall Massie Road, Saughall Massie, Upton CH49 4LA (Next to the Premier convenience store) and it’s important that as many people who can, attend this meeting to hear first-hand how by working together we can stop this proposal.
In the meantime there other things you can you do now to help us stop this Councils attack on some of the most vulnerable people in our society.
- If you have not done so please sign the online petition which can be accessed by going to: https://t.co/k7BY1enacM
- Please make your views known on the Council’s online consultation (which closes on the 29thJanuary). As the Council uses these responses to inform Cabinet about peoples’ views it’s important that you register your opposition on this survey. You can access the Girtrell Court consultation page by going to: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/X33578S
As well as points 1 and 2 which are extremely important to do, you could also email your views and concerns (Please cc me in if you do) to the ten Labour Councillors who make up the Council Cabinet, and who will make the final decision on the future of Girtrell Court. Their email addresses are listed below:
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