Another Telephone Mast Application!

Vodafone UK has submitted yet another planning application, via their agents, Mono Consultants to install a telephone mast, equipment cabinet and electrical meter pillar on the Pavement North of Hoylake Road, Outside Tesco Express, Moreton, Wirral CH46 6DG.  Application number: ANT/11/01235.  

If people wish to support or oppose this application they can do so by contacting the Council’s Planning Officer who is dealing with this application, Alexandra McDougall.   Alexandra can be emailed:  or Telephone: 0151 606 2218, or by writing to her at Cheshire Lines Building, Canning Street, Birkenhead, CH41 1ND ensuring you quote application number: ANT/11/01235.    All representations need to be submitted by the 7th November, 2011.

Whilst I recognise that we all use mobile phones so creating the need for more masts, I have always maintained they should be sited in appropriate locations.    Like previous applications by Vodafone and O2 I do not believe that this location is appropriate and I have made my views known to the planning officer dealing with the application.

The area that the application is proposed for is a paved and open grassed area to the front of Tesco Express on Hoylake Road, directly opposite residential and commercial properties and very close to a busy junction with Millhouse Lane and Saughall Road.   There are many  residential properties very close by in Hoylake Road,  Millhouse Lane, Saughall Road, The Paddock, Coppice Grange, Carr Gate, Broster Avenue, Amberley Close and Amberley Avenue etc.   The grassed area currently has a telephone pole, two trees, and road signage but still offers good sight lines to the junction.    I believe if approved that the proposed development would form a visually obtrusive feature by reason of its siting, size and design and it would result in an unacceptable level of roadside clutter which the Local Planning Authority considers would be detrimental to the general character of the street scene.

United Utilities – Here We Go Again!

I have recently been alerted to further work to be carried out by United Utilities in Hoylake Road to the mains water line.    You can read more about that by clicking here

The work forms part of a wider series of projects across various areas of the Wirral that will enable United Utilities to improve the water supplies to over 190000 people.   The work in Hoylake road will involve laying a new water pipeline in the highway so there will be some disruption to traffic whilst we carry out our works.     The work will start in early May and take around twelve weeks to complete.    United Utilities have a communications plan in place for the work in Hoylake road that will include a letter drop to local residents, visits to local businesses, communications with local schools, emergency services, bus companies.  We will also install major road works signs along the route prior to stating works.       If you want further information please go to: United Utilities: Wirral water main cleaning

Sabs Kebabs

Yesterday morning I was at Wallasey Town Hall for the licensing application made by Sabs Kebabs on Hoylake Road.     Sabs had applied to Wirral’s Licensing department to stay open until the early hours of the morning, and I was at the appeal to speak on behalf of concerned residents who had opposed the application.   

Although Merseyside Police did not make an official representation, our local neighbourhood Inspector did write expressing his concerns about existing levels of anti-social behaviour and saying that if this license was approved it would add to the problems.

After hearing all the represenations from applicant and objectors the Licensing Panel took around 25 minutes to determine that the licence should not be granted and the premises should only stay open until 11pm Monday to Saturday and should not open at all on Sundays or Bank Holidays.     This decision matches exactly the planning conditions that Wirral imposed.

Vodafone and O2 Apply for Telephone Mast in Holt Avenue!

Mono Consultants, acting on behalf of Vodafone and O2 have submitted a planning application for the Installation of a Cu phoslo Mk3 shared vodafone and o2 street pole radio base station (15m high), housing 6no 3G antennas with a 480mm GRP shroud on the Pavement at the junction of Holt Avenue and Hoylake road, Moreton, Wirral CH46 6AJ.    Oh and There will also be 1no. radio equipment cabinet and 1no electrical meter cabinet.   Application number: ANT/11/00113.

If you want to sign the petition of objection then you can by calling into the ‘Nutty Butty’ on Hoylake Road (opposite Holt Avenue)

As well as signing the petition we would also urge people to object this application.  You can that by contacting Wirral’s Planning Department at Cheshire Lines Building Canning Street, Birkenhead or via email by clicking HERE.   All objections/representations need to be submitted by 28 February.   Please ensure you quote the application number when making your representation.

Skipton Building Society

I was absolutely delighted to be asked to perform the official opening of the Skipton Building Society on Hoylake Road in Moreton on Friday 28th.

The Skipton is the UK’s fourth largest building society, with approximately 830,000 members, over £14bn of assets and a national presence represented by branches covering the country from Aberdeen to Plymouth.   

Last year when the Halifax announced it was closing its entire nine agency branches in Wirral, which of course included Moreton, many people, particularly the elderly and less mobile people were left isolated.   I was really pleased when the Skipton Building Society picked up the baton and took over the Halifax agency in Moreton, as well as the other eight agencies in Wirral.

I had no hesitation in transferring my Halifax account to the Skipton, apart from the fact the interest rate is better, I truly believe that local services should be provided for local people, the Skipton has done that, and at the same time secured the jobs of those staff who had been loyal to the Halifax.      I wish the Skipton a long and prosperous future in Moreton and the wider community.

And The Winners Are?

R to L: Claire, Me and some of the backroom staff at the Moreton Skipton Branch

This afternoon, along with my colleague, Cllr Steve Williams I was at the Skipton Building Society on Hoylake Road to help draw the tickets for the raffle that was being held to raise funds for Ariella Byrne appeal.     The draw raised in excess of £120 for the appeal, which in total is trying to get together the huge sume of £60,000.00 to send Ariella to America for an operation.

Anyway I drew the first ticket and the winner was one of the Skipton’s customers, Tony.   Cllr Steve Williams drew the second ticket and would you believe it he pulled his own ticket out!   The third prize (and neither Steve or I pullled it out) went to the Leader of Wirral Council, Cllr Jeff Green and finally the fourth prize went to Alan, another Skipton customer.    

I would like to put on record my thanks to Paul, Claire and Denise and the Skipton Building Society and all the ‘backroom staff’ who helped with this, and I can tell you that Claire has other ideas for fundraising in the New Year, including bag packing at a local supermarket, both Steve and I have said we will be happy to do a stint of bag packing!     Moreton may well have lost the local Halifax branch, but it has gained a new partner, and a great team in the Skipton who have put Local back into the Local Community!

If you want to donate to Ariella’s appeal, you can do so online by visiting:

Greggs Told to STOP Work!

Readers of the blog and the wider community will be aware that Greggs submitted a planning application for a New Shop Front at 243 Hoylake Road  (application 10/01258), which has an earliest decision date of the 2nd December, however the work is now nearing completion.

I welcome businesses to Moreton, however surely it is not too much to ask that they follow the process laid down by the Council.  I asked Planning Officers to find out why Greggs had ignored the planning process, Greggs email response totally astounded me, putting the blame for their actions on a Planning Officer!    Their email is as follows:”

 —–Original Message—–
From: Craig Chatwin []
Sent: 25 November 2010 14:43
To: Elliot, Katie J.
Cc: Paul Fenney
Subject: App 10/01258 New Shop Front – 243 HOYLAKE ROAD, MORETON

Dear Katie,

 I write with an explanation into the reasons why the shopfront at 243 Hoylake Road, application no above is nearly complete. We received access to the property from the landlord earlier than what was originally anticipated and due to the scale of the work, it was decided to commence work. We understand that by doing this, we are taking a risk. However, following discussions with yourself, my understanding was that there were no preliminary objections with the proposed shopfront as it would be enhancing street scene due to the existing shopfront being of a poor state of repair and design. Also, the staffing is in place, creating employment in the local area during the current economic climate.

We do not normally operate in this manner, but given the above circumstances we decided to commence work at our own risk.      If you have any further queries or comments please contact me on the number below

Kind Regards

Craig Chatwin

(Greggs of the Midlands), Shop Design Department,  0121 605 1122 EXT – 27599 

I find it absolutely incredible and quite disturbing that Greggs are prepared to insinuate that the blame for the work going ahead is the responsibility of Wirral’s planning Officers, Just how low will they stoop?

The following response has been sent to Greggs by Wirral’s Planning Department:

Sent: 25 November 2010 16:04
To: ‘Craig Chatwin’
Cc: Day, Sheila H.; Rushton, Matthew
Subject: RE: App 10/01258 New Shop Front – 243 HOYLAKE ROAD, MORETON

Dear Craig, 

Further to your email regarding the works commenced on site prior to the grant of planning permission, I would like to clarify that at no point has the local planning authority encouraged you to proceed with the proposed works. Only today was I asked if I had any objections to the principle of a new shop front in this location, at which point the works were already well under way.

I would advise that you cease all works on site until the application has been determined. If you decide to continue with the works regardless then you must be aware that you do so at your own risk.

Kind regards,

Technical Services Department
Cheshire Lines Building
Canning Street
CH41 1ND

I believe Greggs actions in just plowing ahead with the work, without any regard for the people of Moreton and local businesses is indicative of a company that may just be driven by profit, without any concern for community.   I have now removed the application from delegated authority in order that the planning committee will ultimately make the decision, I hope that a clear message is given to Greggs by Wirral’s Planning Committee.