A Look Back at 2016

Locally in Moreton and Saughall Massie this year has been dominated by two major issues, the Labour Councils closure of Girtrell Court and the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service plans to close Upton and West Kirby Fire Stations and build a new one on green belt land in Saughall Massie.   And nationally we had the vote to leave the European Union in June (Brexit), and of course against every prediction, Donald Trump was elected to become President of the United States of America.

So back in January we discovered that to save £155,000 the Labour led Council wanted to close Girtrell Court.   This resulted in a fight that ran right up until a special Council meeting in November when the battle to save this much loved facility was lost.    You can read more on that year long fight by clicking HERE

The proposal to build a Fire Station on Green Belt land in Saughall Massie started on December 9th, 2014, that was the date that the Leader of the Council withdrew the land in Greasby and offered up the green belt in Saughall Massie.  You can read more about the battle that took place by clicking HERE.

The battle really heated up in July this year when they submitted their planning application.   Sadly Planning Officers recommended approval of the application, this despite almost 4,000 people objecting, however on Thursday December 15th Wirral’s Planning Committee members voted 7 to 6 to refuse the application.   You can read more on that HERE.  A great victory for people-power.    Now we need to wait to see if the fire service submits an appeal to the planning inspectorate

There were also many other issues during the year, I will report on one for each month below, but remember this is but a snapshot of a packed year and all the articles can be found at www.chrisblakeley.com

In January I asked the Leader of The Council whatever happened to the much vaunted International Trade Centre which was destined for Wirral Waters.    We discovered that the proposal had been moved to the business park in Bromborough, then on December 19th the Leader of the Council said it would not be going ahead at all.   Another pipe dream bites the dust.

In February it was reported that despite pleading poverty the Council spent £66,000 on new furniture.   More on that here

In March we read about Wirral Council asking for lifetime leisure passes to be handed back from those Council employees with 25 or more years’ service. Read more here

In April I joined up with colleagues and the Saughall Massie Village Area Conservation Society to do a ‘Spring Clean’ in the community   More on that here

In May the local elections took place and I was delighted to be re-elected to serve for a fifth term in Moreton and Saughall Massie.  More on that here

In June we urged the Council to fly the flag of St George for the European football Championships.  More on that here     Following this I moved that the flag of St George  be flown every day and the Council finally agreed in October this year.

In July we reported just how out of touch the Council was. You can read that here

In August we called on Wirral Council to have all Councillors DBS checked  more here

In September we reported on the tremendous employment figures across the UK.  Read more on that here

In October we reported on the next attack on our green belt at Diamond Farm in Saughall Massie   You can read more about that here

In November we report on the Council becoming the first in Merseyside to adopt the Motor Neurone disease Charter.  More here

In December as well as having the planning application for the fire station refused, we also set up a petition to help protect the amenity of the people who live in the sheltered accommodation at Woodpecker Close.   More on that here

So that’s just a small snippet of the year.    Here’s to a peaceful and prosperous 2017

Life under Wirral Labour

This week we witnessed first hand, on more than one occasion how Wirral Labour control Council and Committees and stifle debate.

On Tuesday Councillors attended a special Council meeting to debate the Liverpool City Region Devolution.   I say debate, however that simply was not the case because after movers of the motions, former Labour Leader, Cllr Steve Foulkes moved that we went straight to seconders without any debate on the issues before us.    Even though we objected the Mayor put it to a vote, Labour won and no debate was allowed.    Seems we have been well and truly sold across the river by Labour.

The next day the Business Overview and Scrutiny Committee convened to hear the Call In of the proposal by Labour to gamble another £600,000 of Council Taxpayers money on the Hoylake Golf Resort.   Even before the process was completed, New BrightonLabour Councillor and Vice Chairman of the Committee, Cllr Christine Spriggs moved that the committee proceeded to the vote….  Quite rightly the Chairman put her in her place explaining the process to be followed.   However this is just another example of their Control Freakery.   It really is disgraceful and disrespectful to the people of Wirral and demonstrates that Wirral Labour simply are not interested in listening to anyone




Wirral Labour Council slammed by Ofsted for its failure to look after Children.

In a damning, and in places chilling report, Ofsted have rated Wirral Borough Council as INADEQUATE.   The full Ofsted report can be read by clicking HERE

Its clear from this that the Labour Group on Wirral, who have publicly stated that they are RULING this Council have been sleeping on the job, and it really is time that the Leader of the Council and his Cabinet resigned.   They have failed the most vulnerable children in our care.

You only have to look at Lyndale School and Girtrell Court to witness how callous and thoughtless this lot is.

Read what the Wirral Globe says HERE


Fly Tipping Again


Over the last week we have found another two instances of fly tipping.

Some moron(s) have dumped bags of garden waste on the grass verge in Millhouse Lane, and others have dumped old fencing in Carr Lane, Moreton

Me, Bruce and Steve have asked the Council to remove the dumped waste from these areas and also to consider the introduction of CCTV, particularly in Carr Lane, which appears to have become a magnet for fly tippers who simply have no concern for our environment



Wirral Council – Thoughtless!


Commenting on the introduction of an ‘app’ for carers by Wirral Council, Councillor Chris Blakeley said: “How disappointing that, having told carers with relatives at Girtrell Court, to fend for themselves, the Council should now decide to lecture the rest of us that ‘caring can be a daunting process’. Either the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing or, more likely, nobody thought about the families at Girtrell Court before sending out this press release.”

From: Glover, Nicholas
Sent: 10 August 2016 11:33
Subject: Are you caring for someone? Wirral to increase support for carers with free App

10 August 2016

· ‘Jointly’ app available for free to Wirral carers
· Brings together appointments, files, medication details
· Council working with charity Carers UK

Are you caring for someone? Wirral to increase support for carers with free App

Wirral Council is joining forces with a national charity to offer support to carers via an online ‘app’.

The app, which can be used on tablets and mobile phones, is called ‘Jointly’ and will help with setting up appointments, saving files and medical notes, managing medication and supplying information about your rights as a carer.

Managed by Carers UK, it includes the Upfront Guide to Caring, a simple tool which helps new carers to navigate the Carers UK website, and About Me, an online e-learning course to help people who feel overwhelmed by their caring responsibilities.

Cllr Chris Jones, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care said: ‘Caring for a relative can be a daunting prospect, but there is a great deal of support available. As well as accessing short breaks, home care and day care, carers can now use Carers UK’s free online app to manage their resources and their time.

‘The Jointly app helps carers to create a circle of care for their loved ones, bringing together information about medication, care files and appointments in one place.

‘This supports carers and loved ones to be independent and live well, as we have pledged through our 2020 council plan.’

To find out more about the Jointly app, visit http://www.carersdigital.org and create a new account using the free code DGTL2844.

To find out more about the support available for carers in Wirral, visit http://www.wirral.gov.uk/carers or contact the Carers Helpline 0151 670 0777.


Follow Wirral Council on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/WirralCouncil

For further information contact Nick Glover, Press Officer, Wirral Council.