Sadly this evening at Wirral’s Business and Overview Scrutiny Committee, 9 Labour Councillors rejected my proposal to ask Cabinet to ditch their proposals to introduce parking charges in our Town, and other town centres and Country Parks. I have reproduced my proposal below.
1. Committee notes the numerous petitions of objection, totalling over 15,000 signatures to date.
2. Committee notes the level of public anger and opposition to these proposals.
3. Committee recognises the potential damage the introduction of car parking charges will do to the already struggling town centre shopping areas.
4. Committee also recognises that charging for parking in Country Parks, with an estimated drop in usage of 30% of users will have a detrimental effect on public health.
Therefore committee asks Cabinet to withdraw these proposals in their entirety, and, instead work with our local business and town centres to help regenerate our towns.
While we may have lost the vote this evening, Cabinet will make the final decision so it’s important people do two things to keep the pressure on the Council.
A).Sign our petition: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/…/say-no-to-car-parking-charge…
B) Make representation to the Council. Email Steve Atkins at: firstname.lastname@example.org and quote ref: SA/PS/2017
We can still stop this happening, so let’s do just that
You can print off a hard copy petition form by clicking HERE
I reported earlier this week about the sale of the Millhouse Pub Site from Galliford Try to the Symphony Housing Group.
I have today received an email response from the Group Chief Executive setting out their plans for the redevelopment of this site. I have reproduced that email below. LHT regers to Liverpool Housing Trust, part of the Symphony Group
As you will read they are going to ditch the plans for 38 apartments and submit a planning application for 28 x 2 bedroom 3 person flats for rent or buying, this seems to me to be a more acceptable proposal.
Dear Cllr Blakeley,
Many thanks for your e mail raising your concerns about the Millhouse site.
LHT purchased the site from Galliford Try in Mid November 2016 with planning as mentioned in your email. In our view the scheme with planning was too dense and we had indicative plans drawn up to enable a firm bid to be submitted to the HCA for 28 x two bedroom 3 person flats for rent to buy (general needs). I am pleased to tell you that this was successful and that we now have a grant allocation for the site.
As you observed, we have tidied and fenced the site and understand that there are no current concerns from neighbours about anti-social behaviour. We are about to tender for demolition works to clear the site. We are working with the Local Authority, have started all the site investigations and have a meeting in place this week with the architect to move the site forward. Our aim is to have a 2017/18 start on site subject to the revised planning.
We would be delighted to meet with you, maybe on site, to discuss our plans and to that end, I have copied in my colleague Lin Powell who is leading our work and asked her to get in touch with you directly.
I trust that this is of assistance.
With kind regards
Bronwen Rapley, Group Chief Executive
Symphony Housing Group, 12 Hanover Street, Liverpool, L1 4AA