Live in New Brighton, Moreton, West Kirby, Heswall, Liscard, Bromborough, Bebington, Upton or Irby? – Will you be paying to park outside your house?

Last night I attended a Council Business Scrutiny workshop.   One of the items, and perhaps the most emotive was the proposals to increase the Council’s income by increasing car parking charges by 50p per hour at existing Council car parks and to introduce further car parking charges, on street and off street at nine locations across the Borough, as well imposing a £4.00 per day fixed charge at Wirrals Country Parks.

While I am waiting for further detail the hit list for the nine locations for introducing car parking charges is: New Brighton (including Fort Perch Rock), Moreton, West Kirby, Hoylake, Heswall, Liscard, Bromborough, Bebington, Upton and Irby.    The charges are likely to apply to many on street areas in our towns, so a an example in Moreton the two car parks, Holt Avenue and Garden Lane as well as on street charges on Hoylake Road, Upton Road, Pasture Road etc.    In West Kirby, along the promenade, The Crescent, Grange Road, Banks Road and side roads, In Hoylake on Market Street and the side roads etc; and so it goes on in other towns.

The Country Parks include, Wirral Country Park, Royden Park, Arrowe Park, Eastham Country Park etc and at £4.00 per day that is going to disadvantage thousands of people who simply want to visit for an hour or so, perhaps dog walkers etc.

I am aware that New Brighton resident, Darren May had the foresight to see this coming and last week started an online petition opposing the introduction of parking charges in New Brighton.   I would urge people to sign that petition ASAP and it can be accessed by clicking HERE.

I am sure other people will also be setting up petitions and you may want to sign them as well.

One thing is for certain we need to send a very strong message to this Labour-led Council if we are to stop this decimation of our Towns and Parks.

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Conservatives open up Golf Resort questions to public

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Residents in Wirral are being asked for their questions on Wirral Cabinet’s plan to spend a further £600,000 on the so-called Hoylake Golf Resort.

Last week, 18 Conservative Councillors ‘called in’ the Cabinet’s decision for further scrutiny.

A meeting of the Business Overview & Scrutiny Committee will now take place on Wednesday 7th December, 1600hrs at Wallasey Town Hall.

Now, Conservatives are inviting residents to submit the questions they would like asked at the meeting.

Cllr. Chris Blakeley said: “The decision to spend a further £600,000 on consultants, without even finishing the consultation, suggests the Cabinet has made up its mind on this project.

“However, judging by the response from residents, there are still lots of questions that need to be asked and answered about this spending.

“We’d like to hear from any resident of Wirral who has a question about this project – we’ll then put as many as we can to the witnesses we’ve asked to attend the meeting.  The public can also attend and hear the answers that are given.”

Residents with questions are asked to email hoylakegolfresortquestion@gmail.com and include their name and home address, or to write to Cllr. Chris Blakeley, Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey CH44 8ED.

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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

National Grid – Open Day!

Many people will have read in the press or seen on the TV the plans by National Grid, for their electricity cable from Scotland to come ashore in Wirral somewhere between Leasowe and Hoylake the cable is then planned to go underground across Wirral  and link up to Connah’s Quay.    The ‘Western High-Voltage Direct Current’ link has a webiste here.   The work on the cable across Wirral is expected to last two years and we are told there won’t be any local power cuts.

Many residents, as I do have concerns about the environmental damage this may cause to flora, fauna and wildlife habitat, if, as expected they come ashore in the region of the North Wirral Coastal Park they have to remember the there are many Sites of Special Scientific Interest at this location. 

In order to try to allay peoples fears National Grid have arranged a public open day at Moreton Community Centre in Maryland Lane on Wednesday 9 February between 2pm and 8pm when anyone can go along find out more and give their views.

Hoylake Food Fayre

Leader of Wirral Council, Jeff Green with Esther McVey MP

This morning I went along to the Hoylake Food Fayre, held at (what was my old school) Hoylake Community Centre in Hoyle Road.   Which is also where I work for Esther McVey MP.

Whilst there I met up with Esther, Council Leader, Jeff Green and local Councillors Gerry Ellis and David Elderton.     The event was absolutely choc a blok, with hundreds taking advantage of all the goods on offer, fresh Veg, meat, (the buffalo steaks looked good) cheese, bread, cakes, jams, ice cream etc, etc.   There was also cookery demonstrations from the Chefs at La Paz.

All in all a tremedous event, well attended and hopefully will be repeated on a regular basis.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words!

I was delighted to read on the Wirral Globe Website that Wirral West Conservative Member of Parliament, Esther McVey, a strong advocate and supporter of apprenticeship schemes is to launch her own.     During a debate in Parliament, she said, “It’s vitally important that we keep investing in our young people and lead by example,” and called on all Members of Parliament to make a difference.   “If every Member of Parliament were to employ apprentices it could result in around 1,000 jobs.”

Ms McVey said, “In Wirral we have a great apprentice scheme, and, while it is doing well, it is seriously over-subscribed.    Last year, more than 1,000 young people submitted 3,117 applications to the fewer than 150 businesses involved in the scheme.   To move forward, we need to build on what we have done well, and there is something that each and every one of us in Parliament can do.  It’s good to talk about apprenticeships, but surely it is better to turn our words into action, and to that end I am going to employ a modern apprentice to work and train in my constituency office, alongside my established Office Manager and Caseworker.”

Wirral has some of the worst unemployment rates for 16-24 year olds in the North West, ranked 7th worst out of 39 Local Authorities.  16.8% of young people aged 16 to 19 in Wirral are neither in education, training or work.    It is proven that the longer young people spend away from education or employment, the more likely they are to continue on this path. It is vital that the Government put every effort into getting young people into work or training as soon as possible after leaving the compulsory education system. 

“Young people are key to building and sustaining our future economy.    It is their innovation and skills; training and expertise; education and knowhow; that will shape the United Kingdom of the future, it is vital that we invest in them.    We should be ashamed of the fact that the UK has some of the highest levels of youth unemployment in Europe, and be very worried that this number is still growing,” added Ms McVey 

For more information on this fantastic opportunity contact The Office of Esther McVey MP, The Parade, Hoylake Community Centre, 31 Hoyle Road, Hoylake, Wirral CH47 3AG.    Telephone: 0151 632 4348 or email Chris by clicking HERE

Hoylake Lifeboat Day 2009

Today  sees the annual Lifeboat Day being held in Hoylake.   The event held on August Bank Holiday Monday every year, has grown from humble beginnings to one of the biggest shows in the calendar.    The Red Arrows are frequent visitors to the show and this year is no exception.     Many of the roads as well as the promenade are closed to traffic, so the best way to get there is by public transport.  For details of what public transport is available contact Merseytravels Traveline on: Call 0871 200 22 33