Community News

The latest newsletter from Councillors Bruce Berry, Steve Williams and Chris Blakeley, is being delivered to 11,000 people in Moreton and Saughall Massie over the next couple of weeks

Thanks to all our local volunteers who will be helping to deliver it and also to those residents who sent a donation, no matter how small, to help pay for it.

Read more here: https://electionleaflets.org/leaflets/13604/

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Thank you

Thank you to everyone who has put their faith and trust in me. I am delighted, honoured and privileged to be elected to serve for a fifth consecutive term in Moreton and Saughall Massie. Be assured that I will continue to do my very best for you all.

I am also delighted that the voters of Moreton and Saughall Massie soundly rejected Labours dirty tactics campaign, with their onslaught of personal attacks on me questioning my commitment, honesty and integrity.    The Labour campaign was one of, if not the dirtiest campaign I have ever seen in any ward or constituency throughout the UK.   Here in Moreton and the Wallasey Constituency the Labour Party have shown themselves up for what they really are!  Anyway enough of them.

The full result of the election is reproduced below

Candidate                              Party                    Votes                     %
Chris Blakeley                    Conservative           2384                57% Elected

Karl Greaney                      Labour                      1425                 34%

Beryl Jones                         UKIP                            301                 7%

Lindsey Stowell-Smith     Green Party                 86                  2%

Voting Summary

Total votes 4196
Electorate 10682
Number of ballot papers issued 4213
Number of ballot papers rejected 17
Turnout 39%
Share of the votes (%)
Chris Blakeley 57% Elected
Karl Gerard Greaney 34% Not elected
Beryl Rosina Jones 7% Not elected
Lindsey Stowell-Smith 2% Not elected

Rejected ballot papers 17

 

 

Demise of the Councils Streetscene Service – What next?

Recently all elected members received an email from Joe Blott, Strategic Director at Wirral Council informing us that the Councils Streetscene Department would cease and be replaced by an online reporting system for Members of the public, Councillors and MPs.  That email is reproduced below.

Its fair to say I have never been a fan of Streetscene for many reasons, not least of all the lack of a dedicated officer who can be held to account.  Consequently I remain to be convinced that this new system is any better.

This new system also disadvantages those people who do not have Internet access or are not internet savvy and I believe is an underhand way of dissuading people from reporting issues.   I believe the Streetscene telephone number will still be available with limited operators who will be able to ‘key in’ any issues that are reported by the public.   However the chances are you will be waiting a long time for your call to be answered, time will tell..

If you have any questions on this please contact Mr Blott on 691 8001.   Alternatively please contact me, Steve or Bruce and we will do our very best to help

Dear Councillor

This is a reminder that from 31st July 2015, the Streetscene@wirral.gov.uk email address will close.

All Councillors should report or request Streetscene issues through Councillor.Net, the dedicated site for all Wirral members.

If an email is received into the Streetscene@wirral.gov.uk email account on or after the 31st July the following will happen:

o From a Councillor
o An automatic email acknowledgment will be sent in reply informing the Councillor to submit a Streetscene request through Councillor.Net
o From an MP or MP’s staff
o An automatic email acknowledgment will be sent in reply informing the MP to submit a Streetscene request via a dedicated web link
o Customer
o An automatic email acknowledgment will be sent in reply informing the customer to go to Wirral.gov.uk

Submitting Streetscene requests via an online form on a web link automates the process, freeing up advisors to help those customers who can’t self- serve, either because their enquiry is too complex or because they are not able to get online.

Anyone without internet access can use a self-serve desk at any library or one stop shop for easy and quick access to online service. Our libraries also have free wifi so they can use their own phone, tablet or laptop if they prefer. Staff in our one stop shops and libraries can help people to get online, so in future they will be able to access more services on their own.

These changes in our customer services are nothing new and are not unique to Wirral. Councils around the country are encouraging residents to interact with more services online and, like Wirral, have been for a number of years.

As a Councillor, you can play a role in encouraging your constituents to use online services by becoming familiar with them yourself. As well as the public facing online services, as members you can use Councillor.Net to report issues or request services and track progress for services other than Streetscene. Councillor.Net is freely available to all members and can be accessed through the council website.

The changes in our approach will not only encourage more customers to go online, where it costs the council less to deal with their enquiry, but will also help us meet our ongoing financial challenges. The cost of a face to face transaction is over 20 times that of an online transaction

Regards
Joe Blott
Strategic Director – Transformation and Resources
Wirral Council
Telephone Number : 0151 691 8001
Email : joeblott@wirral.gov.uk

Reporting back #3

Over the last few weeks, and working with my colleagues Councillors Steve Williams and Bruce Berry, I have been calling on homes in this area to meet residents and discuss local issues. Thank you to everyone who answered their door and gave us their time.

This post is a report back on the action we have taken on some of the issues that were raised most often by residents. If you were out when we called, or if you have thought of an issue since then, please let me know using the contact details on this letter. We can’t promise to solve every problem, but we will try our best!

Meadowbrook Road: the issue raised by many residents was the ongoing problem of speeding traffic. The Town Hall has advised me that they prioritise the road safety budget on the roads with the highest recorded number of crashes and collisions. I have asked, again, for a new review of the traffic in this area and for possible solutions.

Dog fouling: sadly, a small number of owners are still not picking up after their pets. Some additional signage (for the owners, not the dogs!) would help, as would extra publicity for those people who are being fined for not picking up after their pets.

Harlian Avenue Pot Holes and flooding: people mentioned the condition of the carriageway and the ongoing flooding problem when it rains. We have asked the Council to look into the issues raised and come up with a solution.

Childwall Close and Oak Close parking: several residents asked about parking issues in this area and asked if improved lineage including yellow lines would bring about an improvement.

Childwall Avenue: residents raised concerns that Childwall Avenue was being used as a ‘rat run’ by vehicles to avoid Moreton Cross and have asked if any traffic calming measures could be introduced. We have asked the Council to look into this request.

Faulty street lights: we have reported those street lights that were ‘on’ during daylight hours.

Community Litter Pick

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Earlier today, along with my colleague Councillor Bruce Berry I carried out a community litter pick in Town Meadow Lane, Moreton.

We started on Town Meadow Lane close to Lingham Primary School and worked our way down to the junction of Kestrel Road collecting two full bags of litter on the way.   The litter consisted mainly of sweet papers of varying types, bottles (glass and plastic) McDonalds wrappers, takeaway boxes and empty cigarette packs.

We noted that in that distance there were no litter bins at all so I will be asking the Council to provide litter bins close to the school gates and near to the two bus stops were most of the litter appeared to gather.

If you want us to organise a community litter pick in your area of Moreton or Saughall Massie please let me know.   You can email me by clicking here or call me on 0151 606 9193 or 07803 614418

Say NO to the Fire Station!

Say NO To Fire Station

I am writing this post to keep residents up to date with the proposal made by Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service (MFRS) to build a new fire station on greenbelt land on Saughall Massie Road, adjacent to Woodpecker Close. It’s been great to have so much support from residents for our campaign.

The 12 week ‘consultation’ process carried out by MFRS has now finished. This included the meeting at St Mary’s Church Centre, when more than 200 people were locked out.

The Chief Fire Officer will now submit his recommendation to a meeting of those councillors who sit on the Fire Authority. These councillors are from across Merseyside but do not include any from our community.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday 30 June, and, while this meeting is open to the public, it is being held in Bootle. We asked for the meeting to be held in Wirral, but again, this was refused.

While I recognise the difficulties, I would encourage as many residents as possible to attend the Fire Authority meeting on Tuesday 30th June.   The meeting will be held at Merseyside Fire and Rescue Headquarters, Bridle Road, Bootle, Merseyside L30 4YD  commencing at 1pm.

Your three local councillors – Steve Williams, Bruce Berry and myself – will attend, as will representatives of the Saughall Massie Village Area Conservation Society.