Akbor’s – Coming Soon!

A huge welcome to Akbor’s ‘Authentically’ India Restaurant opening soon near to Moreton Cross at 226, Hoylake Road.

It really is important that we support local businesses to ensure the town we live in is vibrant with a great mix of shops to satisfy everybody’s needs.  Every empty shop is a sign of a failing town and as a local Councillor I want our town to succeed.

Yes I know we have our share of problems with parking, public transport, however I will continue to do all I can to make our Town the place that people want to come and shop, have a meal or simply enjoy a beer.

Another Great Event in Moreton!

Angela with Herbert and me

What a great day afternoon at the Moreton Christmas Lights switch on!    The lights this year were made possible by the hard work of committee organiser Angela Pouncey, thanks Angela you did a great job, and were switched on by Celebrity Hairdresser ‘Herbert’

Before the switch on at 5pm  there was music and food in the Coach and Horses Pub, music courtesy of Mark from XLNights Disco.   At 5.00pm, surrounded by a huge crowd the lights turned on by the fabulous, ‘Herbert’ who took time out of his very busy schedule to light up our Town.

Many people know of ‘Herbert’ because of his work with, Queenie’s Christmas charity which he set up in memory of his late mum.   His next fundraising event is on Thursday 01 December entitled ‘Bonsoir Paris’ more details can be found below.

Let Battle Commence…. Again!

Chris at the proposed location

As I predicted, despite opposition at the pre-app consultation stage, Mono consultants on behalf of Voadafone and Telefonica have submitted a planning application for a telephone mast and ancillary equipment on Saughall Massie Road, close to the junction with Kingfisher Way.

Some people think I am anti mast, nothing could be further from the truth, like millions of people I rely on a mobile phone signal, however I am opposed to installations at what are clearly innappropriate locations, and this application is for just that.

This is a densely populated area, with lots of sheltered accommodation and a residential home close by, its on a main route and close to a bus stop.   I have already had calls from local residents, all absolutely appalled at this application, objections are flooding in and a petition has already been started.    I, along with my colleagues, Cllr Steve Williams and Cllr Simon Mountney am happy to support residents in opposing the application.

Should you wish to support or oppose this application you can do so by contacting the Council’s Planning Officer who is dealing with this application, Neil Williams.     Neil can be emailed: neilwilliams@wirral.gov.uk, Telephone: 0151 606 2138, or by writing to him at Cheshire Lines Building, Canning Street, Birkenhead, CH41 1ND ensuring you quote application number: ANT/11/01359.  All representations need to be submitted by the 8th December, 2011.

Latest Community Newsline

Over the last month through our team of volunteer activists we have been out delivering our latest Community Newsline to residents of Moreton and Saughall Massie.   If you have not had your copy yet contact me either by leaving a comment on the blog or email: chrisblakeley@wirral.gov.uk


Planning Application Validated

Readers of the blog and the wider community will be aware of the planning application to erect six semi detached houses on the derelict land at 91 Bermuda Road.    You can check out the application by clicking  HERE.

Over the last few years, there have been several complaints from residents about problems at this site, and people have told us they are not opposed to development as long as its houses and not some hair brained scheme.       I am delighted that their wish has come true.

I think it’s really important that the people who live here are asked for their views on what is being proposed, so I have taken the opportunity to write to over 200 homes in the area, making them aware of this application.

If you wish to comment on the application you can do so by contacting the Council’s Planning Officer, Matthew Rushton ensuring you quote application number:   OUT/11/00397, closing date for comments is 10th July, 2011.     You can write to him:  Technical Services Department,Cheshire Lines Building, Canning Street, Birkenhead, Wirral CH44 1ND, alternatively via email:  matthewrushton@wirral.gov.uk or you can comment on line by going to www.wirral.gov.uk


Yesterday between 1pm and 7pm I was outside the shops on Town Meadow Lane, when I attended the Wirral Partnership Homes (WPH) Open Day, where local residents could look at the plans for the redevelopment and regeneration of the derelict Shops and Maisonettes.    As well as the architect being present there were also representatives of WPH who where taking on board peoples comments, mostly very positive, but with a few negative.

I was extremeley pleased with the amount of people who came along, all of whom were delighted that after so many years of neglect the site was going to be given a major redevelopment with all the existing properties being demolished and replaced with new shop units and 24 family dwellings, made up of:  3 x 2bed bungalows, 1 x 4 bed bungalow, 2 x 2 bed houses, 16 x 3 bed houses and 2 x 4 bed houses, all the properties will be for renatl and will be provided as social housing by WPH.   You can see the proposals by clicking HERE

Next step is for WPH to submit a planning application, I am told that will happen next week, if approved WPH hope to start work on site later this year and will first demolish part of the site to build the new shop units, it is hoped that they will be ready for occupation sometime in spring/early summer, and once the existing traders have moved to their new premises the rest of the site can be demolished and work started on the houses with an anticipated completion date of the project se sometime Autumn/Winter 2013.      It has been a long hard struggle to get this far, and there are still a couple of hurdles to overcome, but at last we have more than a glimpse of light at what has been a very dark tunnel