Western Link HVDC Project – Update.

Last month, along with my colleague, Cllr Bruce Berry I visited the new Western Link Flintshire Bridge Converter Station on the Deeside Industrial Estate.

The Converter Station is the final destination for the HVDC cable that has come down from Scotland, coming ashore by Leasowe Lighthouse and cutting right across Wirral.

The station converts the Direct Current (DC), to Alternating Current (AC) the energy comes from a renewable source, and once converted it can be used to power our homes and businesses.    The station is absolutely amazing and is so state of the art it can send power back up to Scotland if they need it, converting back from AC to DC.

You can read more about the work of National Grid and the community initiatives HERE 


Bag It and Bin It, or You WILL be Fined

Leah Fraser, Me and Cllr Ian Lewis pictured with 'Rover' the dog and members of the Council's Enforcement Team at Moreton Shore
Leah Fraser, Me and Cllr Ian Lewis pictured with 'Rover' the dog and members of the Council's Enforcement Team at Moreton Shore

Moreton shore, Leasowe Common and the embankment  is an excellent area for for taking a stroll with the family, the embankment has dedicated bike lanes and the common is used by day trippers who come along to enjoy our beautiful coastline, many people also come to visit the Lighthouse.      All of this enjoyment can, and often is spoiled by irresponsible dog owners who allow their dogs to defacate and don’t pick it up.   This is the most often repeated complaint from the electorate as my post bag and inbox  can testify.

I was therefore delighted that today Moreton was the focus of the “Don’t Give A Dog A  Bad Name” campaign by the council and other bodies.   The campaign is being rolled out across the Borough, and as well as covering the coastline it will also patrol parks and open spaces, and target known ‘hot spots’ with the very sincere promise that if you don’t bag it and bin it YOU WILL be fined £50.00.

Congratulations Rod

Last night it was my pleasure to attend the Wirral Tourism Awards ceremony at the Thornton Hall Hotel.     It was a night to celebrate all the good work done to promote tourism in our area.    In my opinion everyone who received a nomination was a winner, however as with all of these things the judges had the difficult job of selecting one from each category to receive an award.    I was delighted that amongst the winners was Rod Mercer, representing Friends of Leasowe Lighthouse, who received The Heritage/Culture Volunteer of the Year.     I know just how hard Rod and the Friends group work at the Lighthouse and it is fitting that the vountary work that they do is recognised with this award.    Well done Rod.    You can see the full list of winners by clicking here. 

A Lewis Double – Ian and Hamilton?

This weekend has already seen my colleague, Councillor Ian Lewis conquer his fear of heights, and successfully abseil down the 101 foot of Leasowe Lighthouse.    Will today see Lewis Hamilton complete a LEWIS double by winning the Hunagarian Grand Prix.   I do hope so.

PS.   Well unlucky, but one out of two ain’t bad!

Well Done Councillor Lewis


After spending the morning with the team mass delivering Community Newsline to Seacombe and Poulton, I went along to watch more than 150 people take part in today’s abseil down Leasowe Lighthouse to raise money for local good causes. 

Pictured here before, during and after is my colleague Cllr Ian Lewis – along with fellow ‘jumpers’ Lee Grimsley and Louis Home and Youth Worker Michelle Langan.   

Thanks to the Friends of Leasowe Lighthouse for organising the very succcessful event and to Ian’s sponsors – who now owe him £325 for the very good cause that he was raising the money for.