An independent report into the flooding that devastated 100 homes in Moreton and forced others to be evacuated has concluded that authorities were too slow to share information and react to rising water levels.
Commissioned in the wake of the September floods that saw the Arrowe Brook break its banks and pour into homes around the Millhouse Lane, Tern Way and Wastdale Drive areas of the town, the report by AECOM, concludes: ‘Information about the scale and severity of the flooding was slow to surface and reach key decision makers’ and ‘misconceptions about roles and responsibilities of the different agencies impacted on the effectiveness of the flood incident response’
Local Councillor Chris Blakeley (Conservative, Moreton West & Saughall Massie) said: “This report confirms the views of the people most affected – that the response of the authorities was too little, too late and that, had authorities and agencies worked together instead of alone, some of the damage to property and distress to residents could have been avoided.”
The report was triggered by a clause in the Flood and Water Management Act (2010) which requires an authority, in this case Wirral Council, to review whether it has exercised it’s statutory functions effectively.
Councillor Blakeley added: “Before 2010, it is unlikely this kind of report would ever have been commissioned, let alone been published, and I hope that the Council will make the full report available on its website. Thanks to this Act of Parliament, residents can now see how, sadly, they were let down by the various authorities and agencies failing in their duty to work together quickly and effectively
“It is now up to councillors to ensure that the authority implements the improvements required. We’ve seen too many reports like this in Wirral in the past where, instead of ‘lessons learnt’, we have had ‘no further action’.
“For the people at risk of further floods in Moreton and elsewhere in Wirral, doing nothing is no longer an option.”
Following a huge campaign, led my mums, dads, grandparents and Caz Howarth, lollipop lady at Christchurch Primary School, fully supported by me and my colleagues Cllr Bruce Berry and Cllr Steve Williams (pictured above with Caz) the Council decided not to Axe the crossing patrol on the very busy Upton Road.
The Labour led Council earmarked this school crossing patrol, along with 47 others across the Borough as part of its penny pinching budget savings plan, despite having £108 million in reserves in the bank. The proposal caused a massive outcry with people coming together telling the Council individually as well as over 500 people signing a petition calling on the Council to drop its crazy plan that would put children’s lives at risk.
We are delighted that the Council has listened and dropped their plans at this location.
We would like to put on record our thanks to all the parents, children and teachers who decided that they would send a message to the Toen Hall. Thus is a victory for people power and common sense.
Campaigners fighting to save Wirral’s last remaining Council respite care centre have called on the Town Hall to reveal the companies and providers they are in discussion with.
The call follows concerns that the alternatives being lined up to replace the Saughall Massie-based centre have not previously met the same standards as Girtrell Court.
Councillor Chris Blakeley said: “I share these concerns. We know the Town Hall decided to start the process of closing Girtrell Court before they looked at the alternatives. Now, we hear that historically the Care Quality Commission and other agencies, may have raised concerns about some of the alternatives.
“This is the last thing the families of the 140 need to hear. The Town Hall needs to publish the details now and let us see the most recent inspection reports by the independent Care Quality Commission.”
“It’s not too late for the Cabinet Member, Cllr. Jones, and the Director, to admit they have made a terrible mistake and shelve the closure plan. If they did that, I would be the first in the queue to thank them.”
Thank you to everyone who has put their faith and trust in me. I am delighted, honoured and privileged to be elected to serve for a fifth consecutive term in Moreton and Saughall Massie. Be assured that I will continue to do my very best for you all.
I am also delighted that the voters of Moreton and Saughall Massie soundly rejected Labours dirty tactics campaign, with their onslaught of personal attacks on me questioning my commitment, honesty and integrity. The Labour campaign was one of, if not the dirtiest campaign I have ever seen in any ward or constituency throughout the UK. Here in Moreton and the Wallasey Constituency the Labour Party have shown themselves up for what they really are! Anyway enough of them.
The full result of the election is reproduced below
Candidate Party Votes %
Chris Blakeley Conservative 2384 57% Elected
Karl Greaney Labour 1425 34%
Beryl Jones UKIP 301 7%
Lindsey Stowell-Smith Green Party 86 2%
Total votes 4196
Number of ballot papers issued 4213
Number of ballot papers rejected 17
Share of the votes (%)
Chris Blakeley 57% Elected
Karl Gerard Greaney 34% Not elected
Beryl Rosina Jones 7% Not elected
Lindsey Stowell-Smith 2% Not elected
Rejected ballot papers 17