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