This week Wirral Council’s Cabinet will consider a report that recommends that the empty Foxfield School in Douglas Drive be demolished, that consultation be undertaken with the DfE about disposal of playing fields and once complete the land be sold.
Its clear that any purchaser will buy the site for a housing development and that in itself, will be subject to a planning application at some time in the future. You can read the Cabinet report (Item 4) by clicking HERE
This afternoon along with my colleague Cllr Steve Williams I attended my first School Summer Fair of the season at Foxfield School in Douglas Drive. The weather was overcast but very warm and the event was really well attended. It had all the usual stalls, raffle, auction and a baerbecue for burgers and hot dogs. One of the most popular attractions was throwing cold wet sponges at Andre Baird, the Headteacher, well done Andre!
I was delighted that the Mersey Tunnels Police attended bringing along one of their Landrovers for the kids to get an idea of what the Tunnel Police do, (Merseytravel have a very special relationship with Foxfield). Merseyside Fire and REscue Service als came along and you can imagine their Fire Appliance was a real draw for the youngsters, and the mums, dads and grandparents.
Sadly I did not win anything in the raffle (well I have not had a call yet?) but I did bid successfully for a bottle of Champagne. Set myself a top bid of £8, but got sucked into the bidding war and ended up paying £11, still great value.
Hopefully the event will have raised lots of money for the school and I would like to put on record my thanks to all those people who organised the event, all the local businesses that supported it by donating raffle prizes as well as auction items, and of course everyone who attended making the day the success that it was. Next Saturday its on to Christchurch School Summer Fair, follwed the following FRiday with Lingham Primary School………
After the euphoria of last nights election victory it was back to normal, albeit I did have a little lie in this morning. Then it was off to the Town Hall with Steve to get his declaration signed, sort his security pass and give him a quick tour of the building, it’s a lot to take in, but I am sure he will pick it up quickly.
This evening, with Steve and Leah, it was off to my first Christmas Fair of the season at Foxfield School. It was absolutely packed with all the usual stalls, cakes, bric-a-brac, raffle, sweets, guess the weight of the Christmas cake and an auction which was really attracting lots of bids. It was a tremendous effort by the staff, the parents and the students, and I am absolutely sure that lots of money will be raised, While there we chatted to Jill McTearney one of the teachers staff. Jill has asked Steve to give her a call in the next week or so to arrange a visit to the School and have a look around. Sadly I did not win anything in the raffle!
This was my last event of a very busy Saturday and I attended with my colleague, Cllr Leah Fraser, who is the Prospective MP for Moreton and Wallasey.
The Fair was extremely well attended and had loads of stalls, cake stalls, play your cards right, bric-a-brac, books, soak the Headmaster (good sport Andre), tea and coffee, barbecue and of course the traditional coconut shy. Yep thats me pictured with my catch from the coconut stall.
Leah and I chatted with the Chair of Governors, parents and children and everyone was having a great time. The School does a great job for the children who have special needs, and is a real asset to the local arera and the wider Wirral community.
Foxfield School, in Douglas Drive, Moreton, has received a record donation of £3,500 from Mersey Tunnels staff and tunnel users. Fundraising Tunnels staff (£2,000) and a slice of the overpayments made at the tunnel tolls booths (£1,500), has been made to the very special children at the school.
It will fund a group of children who are hoping to achieve Duke of Edinburgh awards, develop the school’s sensory garden and help build a new shelter in the school playground in memory of a former pupil.
Three young people from the school, Joshua Crane (18), Daniel Lee (16) and Katie Guinness (12) joined staff at the Wallasey depot of the Mersey Tunnels to collect the money.
Staff right across the Mersey Tunnels, including the Tunnels Police, maintenance, tolls, admin and systems teams, raised the £2,000 through a series of monthly prize draws and raffles throughout the year.
Councillor Alan Dean, Chair of the Mersey Tunnels Board, said: “Our staff have supported the school for more than 20 years, and I can see why. The children and teachers are an inspiration to us all. We know that the school will put this money to very good use.”