The Beginning of the End

Earlier today, along with my colleagues Cllr Steve Williams and Cllr Simon Mountney I went along to the Valentines Day Community event which I organised with Wirral Partnership Homes (WPH).

The event was to celebrate the start of the long awaited demolition and redevelopment of the eyesore shops and maisonettes on Town Meadow Lane.          I have been campaigning for this day for 12 years and it was a very proud moment for me to see that campaign, with the total support of the local community, come to fruition.

It was a great couple of hours with music by Seven Waves Radio, fish and chips supplied by Sid from the Town Meadow Supper Bar, Cakes supplied by Debbie the Hairdresser and soft drinks supplied by Bhullars General Store, there was a bouncey castle, face painting, ballons and much much more.

I was absolutely delighted to be asked to perform the official ceremony, and instead of turning the first sod, I ‘Cut the Cake’ with WPH Chief Exec Brian Simpson.    The cake, baked and decorated by Debbie was designed to look like a replica of the development, really clever.

Well over 200 local residents, adults and children came along to celebrate the end of a long campaign.    Wates the developer is on site to start work in earnest on Monday 20th Feb and the whole project to demolish the site, provide three new shops and 24 new dwellings is expected to take around 18 months to complete.

Huge thank you’s to Sid, Debbie, Mr Bhullar, Seven Waves Radio, officers and the Board of WPH and most of all to the community who have been with me every step of the way.   Today is a testament to your perseverence, and together we have made this possible.

Great NEWS – Join Me on Valentines Day for a Community Celebration!

Readers of the blog and the wider community will be aware of my 12 year campaign to get the eyesore, that is the derelict shops and maisonettes on Town Meadow Lane redeveloped.       

 Today it was confirmed to me that Wirral Partnership Homes who I have been working with over the last 12 months on the proposal to demolish the flats and maisonettes and build three new shops and 24 new homes  have signed contracts with Wates Construction who will be doing the work and it is expected that they will start on site on the 20th February.  This  really is a great start to 2012!

Before the work starts I want to invite all the local residents to a community celebration event on the 14th February (Valentines Day).   The event will take place at the front of the shops starting at 11:30am and running until 1:30pm, there will be hot snacks, cakes and soft drinks and hopefully a real party atmosphere, so please come along and join with me celebratring this long-overdue development that will bring three new shops and 24 homes to the site, a massive £3 million pound investment in our town.

a bit of background:   In the early 2000’s the Council always favoured Birkenhead for investment, ignoring Moreton, the only scheme they tried to hoodwink us was the one for troubled youngsters, that was roundy defeated by the people of Moreton.   Then of course in 2005 the Council transferred the stock to Wirral Partnership Homes and of course their priority weas to bring the housing stock up to decent home standard and they had no money for building new homes.   We continued to bid for funds from all the Housing agencies, sadly the Council continued to ignore Moreton and favour, Birkenhead and Tranmere, even now the latest £2.7 million given by the Government is being spent in Birkenhead.      Without the investment of £3 million by WPH this eyesore would remain.

Called into Review!

I have been notified that Merseyside Police has called into review the premise licence for the Lifestyle and Convenience Store, 82-84 Town Meadow Lane, Moreton, Wirral, CH46 7TB.  (known locally as Bhullars General Store).

I have not seen the report, however I have been informed by a licensing officer that the review has been asked for because the store has been caught seeling alcohol to under aged people and the sale of counterfeit alcohol 

The Notice is below:

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Merseyside Police have applied to Wirral Borough Council to review a Premises Licence in respect of the premises known as Lifestyle and Convenience Store, 82-84 Town Meadow Lane, Moreton, Wirral, CH46 7TB. 

LICENSING ACT 2003 

NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR THE REVIEW OF A PREMISES LICENCE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Merseyside Police have applied to Wirral Borough Council to review a Premises Licence in respect of the premises known as Lifestyle and Convenience Store, 82-84 Town Meadow Lane, Moreton, Wirral, CH46 7TB. 

The grounds for review are in relation to the prevention of crime and disorder and the protection of children from harm.  

Any person wishing to make representation in respect of the above may do so by writing to the Licensing Authority, Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey CH44 8ED. 

The closing date for representations is 27 December 2011 

A copy of the application for the review of the above licence is kept by the Licensing Authority, Town Hall,Brighton Street,Wallasey CH44 8ED.  The application can be viewed Monday and Tuesday 9.00am to 5.00pm, Wednesday 10.00am to 5.00pm and Thursday and Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm, except bank holidays. 

It is an offence to knowingly or recklessly to make a false statement in connection with an application.  The maximum fine for which a person is liable on summary conviction for making a false statement is a Level 5 fine on the standard scale.    Date this 29 day of November 2011

Do the Crime, Pay the Fine!

Readers of the blog and the wider community will be aware of our campaign to highlight and tackle the blight of fly tipping in our community.    There are two particular areas in Moreton that suffer badly, and ones that we have asked the Council to deal with, that’s Lingham Lane on the way to Leasowe Common and Carr Lane.

We are delighted to learn that Bernard Paul Doherty from Moreton was caught out by the Councils CCTV and following his prosecution he was fined £1200, with costs of £1050 as well as a victim surcharge of £15.    We hope this sends a clear message that this sort of behaviour will not be tolerated.

I Dig This!

I am delighted with Government proposals that will allow Councils to ‘charge’ utility companies for digging up the roads at peak periods.

Under the proposals, utility companies would be charged for ‘renting’ the road while they carry out work, with higher charges at peak periods.    Any revenue raised from the lane rental charges would be used by councils to fund measures which could help to reduce future road works disruption.

Over the last nine months, we have seen major traffic disruption throughout many parts of Wirral as the various utility companies dig up the roads.    As well as causing delays to drivers, it is also expensive.    Here in Moreton we have seen the damage caused to trade in local shops along Hoylake Road and anything we can do to avoid this is good news.

 Transport Secretary Philip Hammond said “Everyone knows how frustrating it can be when you are sat in a traffic jam, unable to get to work or drop off the children at school because someone is digging up the road.    This disruption is expensive as well as inconvenient, with one estimate valuing the loss to the economy from road works congestion at £4bn a year.    We simply cannot afford this.   “That is why I am putting forward proposals which would incentivise utility companies and local authorities to carry out their works at times when they will cause the minimum disruption to the travelling public.”

A Round Up of Issues!

I thought I would let people know about some of the issues in this neighbourhood.    As well as our regular newsletters, I will try to keep residents informed by email and via the blog as well from now on.

  1. Town Meadow Lane: thank you to everyone who has replied to my recent letters on the demolition of the derelict flats and shops.    The planning application for new houses and shops on the site is expected to be voted on by the Planning Committee on 7th September.    I have submitted a petition to support the plan, signed by more than 300 local residents.
  2. Linear Park play area: I was contacted by a couple of mums, following damage and vandalism.   I would like to thank the Council’s staff for responding quickly to fix the fencing and the bench.
  3. Dog fouling: sadly, there is still a minority of owners who do not clean up after their pets.   I have asked the Council’s new Enforcement Team to visit this part of Moreton and, hopefully, identify some of those owners.
  4. Pasture Road Health Park: the long-awaited Health Park in Pasture Road has been delayed.   It seems that one of the four GP practices has withdrawn from the scheme.     A new planning application will now have to be submitted by the NHS to the Council, to relocate some of the GP practices in Moreton to this single site.
  5. Bermuda Road housing plan: I have spoken with many residents about the plan for six semi detached houses on derelict land at 91 Bermuda Road.   Planning officers have advised me that the current application is likely to be refused because there are not enough ‘affordable’ homes (for example, for first time buyers) in the scheme and therefore it fails to meet the Council’s Interim Planning Policy.   I’ll let residents know when I hear more.
  6. Upton Woods: some residents will be aware that, following the public meeting I attended, the Council has installed the fencing between the woods and Paulsfield Drive. Sadly, the Council’s new Cabinet has refused to install the ‘heavy duty’ barrier between the woods and the bypass. I will be looking for alternative sources for the money to pay for this.
  7. Christchurch School parking: following a meeting with the Headteacher, it has been agreed that a small ‘working party’ will be set up to see what can be done to reduce some of the parking problems around the school.   I will report back on this shortly.
  8. Hot food takeaways: many residents have been in touch with me following concerns about problems at some of the hot food takeaways around Moreton. I have asked for the Council’s Licensing Officers to check that conditions of trading, including opening hours, are not being breached.
  9. Deep clean: last month, the clean up of Moreton Cross saw bags of litter and rubbish removed, graffiti tackled and repairs to ‘street furniture’. The pavements were also power washed. I have asked the Council to make sure litter bins are emptied regularly from now on.

If you would like my help on any issue in your neighbourhood, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Vodafone Clearly Don’t Like The Word NO!

Readers will be aware that back in February Wirral’s Planning Officers refused a planning application made by Vodafone for a telephone mast, cabinet and ancillary equipment in Holt Avenue close to its junction with Hoylake Road.     I have just heard that Vodafone have now submitted an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate who are based in Bristol, asking them to overturn the refusal notice issued by the Council.

I have already written to the Inspector asking that he uphold the Councils original refusal decision for the reasons they gave.   If anyone wishes to oppose this appeal they can do so by writing (in triplicate) to the Planning Inspectorate, 3/18A Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6PN, ensuring you quote ref: APP/W4325/A/11/2153398.   All representations must be submitted and with the Inspectorate by 13th July, 2011