Fire Station in Saughall Massie – The fight goes on

Following Wirral’s planning committee refusing the application for a fire station on Saughall Massie Road, the Fire Authority met yesterday to decide what to do next.   Along with my colleague Cllr Bruce Berry and Les Spencer, Chair of the Saughall Massie Village Conservation Area I attended the meeting.

One of the Labour members on the Authority called local residents ‘Snobs’ for opposing the first application and suggested that Saughall Massie residents are only interested in their house values and the Chair of the Authority said the way Wirral Council behaved was despicable, and he suggested that all those Councillors who spoke against this application and voted against should hang their heads in shame.   After they had finished insulting residents, Councillors and the Council, the Authority resolved to submit an amended planning application in the next few weeks, as well as considering an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate, and consider requesting that the Council pays the costs.

Clearly we need to continue to oppose this attack on our green belt and the amenity of local residents, particularly those who are elderly and infirm who live in the nearby sheltered housing in Woodpecker Close and on Saughall Massie Road and to that end we have set up an online petition which can be accessed HERE   You can also help by clicking HERE and printing off a hard copy petition, collect as many signatures as you can and return it to me, Bruce or Steve at our home addresses. Alternatively you may want to return petitions to me, Steve and Bruce between 11am and 11:30am on Sunday 19th February when we will be outside the Willows Pub on Saughall Massie Road.

As soon as the planning application is submitted we will let people know.  In the meantime please sign the petition and ask your friends to do so to.  Sadly we have to fight this all over again.

 

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Fire Station on green belt in Saughall Massie – UPDATE

Following refusal of the planning application for a new fire station in Saughall Massie in December last year, the Chief Fire Officer, Dan Stephens is taking a report to the Fire Authority next Thursday 26th January recommending that the Authority give him permission to submit an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate as well as submitting a further planning application to Wirral Council.   You can read his report by clicking HERE 

It appears that the Chief Fire Officer is prepared to keep squandering public money in order to force this unwanted fire station on a community, who have made it abundantly clear that they don’t want it.   We will of course oppose any further attempts to build at this location.

The Fire Authority meeting starts at 1pm and is being held in the the Liverpool Suite at Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters, Bridle Road, Bootle L30 4YD.   The meeting is is open to the public, so if you want to attend you are very welcome to do so.

FIRE STATION – TODAY IS DECISION DAY

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Today we have ONE final opportunity to convince the Planning Committee to throw this application out, that opportunity is at 6pm this evening at Wallasey Town Hall when they will give its verdict on the application.

We need one last HUGE turnout of residents to reinforce our message. Please come along and let’s make this a night we can all be proud of, let’s make this the night when we win. Remember, together we are stronger.

Please don’t leave it to others to attend they may be leaving it to you.

Fire Station – Decision Day Tomorrow, Thursday 15th December

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So after two years and 6 days of opposing this attack on our green belt, tomorrow, Thursday 15th December Wirral’s Planning Committee will make a decision to say Yes or No to the fire station.

This piece of land was offered up to the fire service for consideration on the 9th December, 2014 after the Labour Leader of the Council withdrew the land at Greasby.

For the last two years we have fought this at every stage, during consultation, at Council meetings, through letters and leaflets, you name it we have done it.

Yesterday, when the Planning Committee visited the site they were given a very strong and clear message by over 200 people, and that message was ‘Hands off our green belt’

We have ONE final opportunity to convince the Planning Committee to throw this application out, that opportunity is at 6pm this Thursday 15th December at Wallasey Town Hall when they will give its verdict on the application.

We need one last HUGE turnout of residents to reinforce our message. Please come along and let’s make this a night we can all be proud of, let’s make this the night when we win.  Remember, together we are stronger.

Please don’t leave it to others to attend they may be leaving it to you.

Last Chance to Stop the Fire Station!

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This week will see the culmination of the proposal made by the Fire Authority to build a Fire Station on green belt land in Saughall Massie and whether our opposition has been enough to stop it

We have TWO FINAL opportunities to influence the planning committee’s decision and it is very important that we have a massive turnout of residents on both dates in order to demonstrate our strength of opposition.

The FIRST opportunity will be on TUESDAY 13th DECEMBER when the planning committee will visit the site at 11:10am and the public can attend. I, along with Cllr Blakeley and Cllr Williams will be at the site from 10:50am if anyone has any questions.

THEN ON THURSDAY 15th DECEMBER THE PLANNING COMMITTEE WILL MEET AT WALLASEY TOWN HALL AT 6pm TO MAKE ITS FINAL DECISION ON WHETHER TO APPROVE OR REFUSE THE APPLICATION. THE MEETING IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND GIVEN THE PUBLIC INTEREST THE MEETING WILL BE HELD IN THE MUCH LARGER CIVIC HALL AT THE TOWN HALL.

The decision whether to approve or refuse this plan will be taken by the 13 Councillors from all four political parties in Wirral who make up the Planning Committee. The Committee is chaired by a Labour Councillor from Leasowe.

I, along with my colleagues, Cllr Chris Blakeley and Cllr Steve Williams will be at the meeting and a HUGE TURNOUT OF RESIDENTS CAN INFLUENCE THE COMMITTEE AND WILL ALSO HELP SEND A VERY CLEAR MESSAGE. That message is simply “Hands off Our Green Belt”

This is our VERY LAST opportunity to have this application thrown out, so please don’t leave it to others to attend, after all they may be leaving it to you

Diamond Farm – More Green Belt Under Threat

diamond-farm-2A planning application has been submitted for a residential development and conversion of existing barns on green belt land at Diamond Farm, Saughall Road, Saughall Massie Village CH46 5ND (App/16/01334).   You can view the plans by clicking HERE

We understand that the existing barns are to be diamond-farm-1converted to 6 dwellings with a further 10 new homes being built within the curtilage of the existing farm buildings, a total of 16 new homes, while retaining the existing farm house.

If you wish to object to this application you can do so online at: http://bit.ly/2fLv0zQ or by emailing the Planning Department: planningapplications@wirral.gov.uk or by writing to them at Wallasey Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey CH44 8ED.  Ensure you quote the application number in any correspondence.  All representations must be submitted by 31st December, 2016.

UPDATE 17th February 2017.   Application refused.   You can read the decision notice by clicking  HERE

 

Golf Resort cash bid called in for questioning

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A move to spend a further £600,000 on Wirral Council’s hopes to create a ‘golf resort’ has been called in by 18 Conservative Councillors.

The ‘call in’ of the recent decision by the Council’s Cabinet means that the spending will be on hold until it can be scrutinised at a Town Hall committee.

Moreton and Saughall Massie Councillor Chris Blakeley said: “Wirral Council has already spent more than £230,000 on assessing whether this plan is feasible.

“We are now faced with an ever-rising bill, at a time when Council spending should be focused on priority services. We believe a decision to spend further money on the project should be looked at more carefully.

“The Council must also complete its consultation on the proposal before committing further cash. Otherwise, it will be exposing the Council Taxpayer to the risk of losing almost a million Pounds on a project that may never see the light of day.”

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The Call in document can be read by clicking HERE