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:
  • 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:

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:,,,

Meals on Wheels – 175 volunteers sacked by Council; costs to rise for OAPs

image.jpgWIRRAL COUNCIL has sacked the volunteers who delivered the ‘Meals on Wheels’ service for older people.  Instead, a company in Lancashire is to provide the service, charging older people full price. 

Many pensioners in Moreton rely on the volunteers.  It’s not just about having a meal delivered; it’s also about making a friend and keeping in touch.  It seems the Council knows the price of everything but doesn’t understand the true value of this service. 

The Conservatives have ‘called in’ the decision made by the ruling Labour and Lib Dem administration, and a special meeting of the Ccouncil’s Social Care, Health and Inclusion Overview and Scrutiny Committee (OSC) will take place at Wallasey Town Hall, commencing at 6pm on Wednesday 20th February.   The meeting is open to the public and if you have an interest in this matter I would urge you to attend. 

We hope that by challenging this issue and gathering evidence from witnesses that the OSC will reverse the Cabinet decision.  

The reasons we have given for calling in this matter are detailed below: 

We believe that the Cabinet decision to axe a 25-year link with the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service (WRVS) to provide ‘Meals on Wheels’ to 400 pensioners following a five minute discussion by Wirral Borough Council’s Cabinet is ill conceived.  We also note that the decision has been made without any consultation with, or regard to the well being of the service’s users.    The WRVS has for many years provided more than just a hot meal delivered to people’s doors, 365 days per year, they have also been a lifeline to many, and in some cases the WRVS volunteers are the only point of contact for some of the most needy people in our society. We believe this added value should have been quantified and considered prior to the Cabinet taking this decision.    We note that the Council has received considerable additional resources from the Government over and above that expected and therefore believe that the decision made by Cabinet on 23rd January 2008 should be reversed, and that full open and transparent consultation takes place with service users, their families, the WRVS, and other relevant bodies.   This consultation, when completed, should be reported to an early future meeting of the Social Care, Health and Inclusion Overview and Scrutiny Committee for them to make a recommendation to Cabinet.