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.
Thank you to everyone who has supported the campaign to save the Green Belt and fight the plan for a Fire Station at Saughall Massie, and to those who attended the planning committee meeting on the 10th November.
You may be aware that at that meeting the Planning Committee Members deferred the decision in order to visit the site and see it for themselves. This will take place on Tuesday 13th December at 11:10am and the public can attend. I, along with Cllr Bruce Berry and Cllr Williams will be at the site from 10:50am if anyone has any questions.
So 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 for a new Fire Station on our green belt. 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.
At the last planning committee meeting on the 10th November around 150 objectors attended and their presence and opposition was clearly noted by the elected members. So for both the site visit on the 13th, and particularly the planning committee meeting on the 15th we need as many people as possible to attend.
Me, Bruce and Steve will be at the meeting and a huge turnout of residents will help to send a very clear message to the Council. That message is simply “Hands off Our Green Belt”
This is our FINAL 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
Thank you to everyone who has put their faith and trust in me. I am delighted, honoured and privileged to be elected to serve for a fifth consecutive term in Moreton and Saughall Massie. Be assured that I will continue to do my very best for you all.
I am also delighted that the voters of Moreton and Saughall Massie soundly rejected Labours dirty tactics campaign, with their onslaught of personal attacks on me questioning my commitment, honesty and integrity. The Labour campaign was one of, if not the dirtiest campaign I have ever seen in any ward or constituency throughout the UK. Here in Moreton and the Wallasey Constituency the Labour Party have shown themselves up for what they really are! Anyway enough of them.
The full result of the election is reproduced below
Candidate Party Votes %
Chris Blakeley Conservative 2384 57% Elected
Karl Greaney Labour 1425 34%
Beryl Jones UKIP 301 7%
Lindsey Stowell-Smith Green Party 86 2%
Total votes 4196
Number of ballot papers issued 4213
Number of ballot papers rejected 17
Share of the votes (%)
Chris Blakeley 57% Elected
Karl Gerard Greaney 34% Not elected
Beryl Rosina Jones 7% Not elected
Lindsey Stowell-Smith 2% Not elected
Rejected ballot papers 17
Over a week ago I wrote to the other three candidates who are standing for the Council Elections on May 5th in Moreton West and Saughall Massie asking them to join with me, and sign the ‘Clean Campaign Pledge’ by the deadline of Friday 15th April. More can be read on that by clicking HERE
As of writing this posting I have to report that disappointingly not one of the candidates, Labour, UKIP or Green Party have responded to my request to sign up to the pledge. You will have to draw your own conclusions as to why?
Here is the Clean Campaign Pledge:
1. To show by our actions that politics need not be a dirty game, but can be a clean and positive activity, engaged in genuinely for the good of all.
2. To tell the truth about what we stand for and have achieved, and about what others stand for and have achieved.
3. To refrain from personal attacks.
4. To make only honest and reasonable promises.
5. To ensure that our respective campaign teams abide by this pledge, whether in print or in conversation with residents
6. To fight a clean, positive and honest campaign around the issues that concern the people of this community
7. In particular, to be honest about public spending, and not to scaremonger in ways that may frighten the most vulnerable members of our society, such as children and elderly people.
Following concerns raised by campaigners fighting to save Girtrell Court, the Mayor of Wirral, Cllr. Les Rowlands, has agreed to calls for an extraordinary meeting of all 66 councillors.
The demand for the meeting followed concerns that public statements from members of Wirral’s Cabinet were confused and, at times, contradictory.
Cllr. Chris Blakeley said: “In the last 14 days, we have been told, ‘yeah, but no, but maybe’ by the Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health over the future of Girtrell Court.
“At the same time, the Leader of the Council pledged to be open and transparent only to then delegate the decision to the Cabinet Member and Director, out of public view and with no reference to the rest of his Cabinet.
“This whole sorry saga has proved to be traumatic to the staff and families; it has appalled the trade unions and ward councillors in Saughall Massie. I believe the Cabinet Member should now make it clear what, if anything, she has decided and on what evidence. Neither I, nor the families, believe the repeated claims about ‘extending choice’ – it is, in truth, about closing services.”
Councillor Blakeley has now emailed the Head of Law to seek confirmation of the date of the meeting and to ensure that notice is given to petitioners, families, staff and unions.
Campaigners fighting to save the Council’s only respite care facility have revealed that the Authority has now banned families from making any bookings at Girtrell Court after March. At the same time, staff have been issued with redundancy notices, stating their jobs are ‘to be deleted’.
At two meetings of Constituency Committees (Wallasey and West Wirral), members of the Cabinet and the Director of Adult Social Services assured families that ‘no decision’ has been taken and that the closure plan is ‘out for consultation’ ahead of the Council’s budget meeting next month.
Councillor Chris Blakeley said: “This week, we have learned that these public assurances are meaningless. Families are now in a state of limbo as they cannot make bookings for respite care after March while staff have been told to leave. Yet, even at this late stage, the Town Hall has failed to find acceptable, alternative provision.”