Car Parking Charges – Labour Vote to move to next stage

Sadly this evening at Wirral’s Business and Overview Scrutiny Committee, 9 Labour Councillors rejected my proposal to ask Cabinet to ditch their proposals to introduce parking charges in our Town, and other town centres and Country Parks. I have reproduced my proposal below.

1. Committee notes the numerous petitions of objection, totalling over 15,000 signatures to date.
2. Committee notes the level of public anger and opposition to these proposals.
3. Committee recognises the potential damage the introduction of car parking charges will do to the already struggling town centre shopping areas.
4. Committee also recognises that charging for parking in Country Parks, with an estimated drop in usage of 30% of users will have a detrimental effect on public health.

Therefore committee asks Cabinet to withdraw these proposals in their entirety, and, instead work with our local business and town centres to help regenerate our towns.
While we may have lost the vote this evening, Cabinet will make the final decision so it’s important people do two things to keep the pressure on the Council.

A).Sign our petition: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/…/say-no-to-car-parking-charge…

B) Make representation to the Council. Email Steve Atkins at: steveatkins@wirral.gov.uk and quote ref: SA/PS/2017

We can still stop this happening, so let’s do just that

You can print off a hard copy petition form by clicking HERE

Say NO to Parking Charges – IMPORTANT UPDATE

So today we reveal that the Labour Council is to publish a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) in the Wirral Globe tomorrow which sets out the proposed parking charges for the Country Parks and Fort Perch Rock as well as on road charges in New Brighton.    You can read that TRO by clicking HERE

Now having already started the procurement for Pay and Display Machines, along with this TRO before the matter goes to the Business Overview and Scrutiny Committee  for investigation, how are we to believe that this is not already a done deal.

It is now so important that you sign the petition opposing these charges in order that we can send the strongest message we can to this out of touch, uncaring, callous Labour Council.    Please sign the petition by clicking HERE

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.

Will car parking charges increase in Wirral and extend to other parks and open spaces?

So here we go again, Wirral’s Labour-led Council, while scrapping parking charges in Birkenhead are looking at options to increase car parking charges across Wirral, and look again at introducing new car parking charges at Fort Perch Rock in New Brighton, Eastham Country Park, Royden Park, Wirral Country Park and Arrowe Country Park.   Why else would the Cabinet Member sign off the procurement notice for pay and display machines in the wards that these parks and open spaces sit in?    That decision notice can be viewed HERE

Now tried this a couple of years ago and it caused uproar and outrage with people coming together, petitions being signed to tell this Labour lot where to get off, and thankfully that people power resulted in the plans being dropped.

Now we need everyone to come together again to oppose this madness.  I am aware that one New Brighton resident, Darren May has already started the ball rolling with an online petition to oppose charges being implemented at Fort Perch Rock.  You can sign that petition by clicking HERE.

Other friends groups may wish to set up their own petitions whether online or hard copy.     One thing is for certain we need to harness people power and send a message to this Council.

Councils Firework budget goes up in smoke as costs double!

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The cost of Wirral Council’s collaboration with Liverpool City Council to provide a ‘River of Light’ have risen from £30,000 to £56,000.

The latest figures, provided to Councillor Chris Blakeley, following complaints that the Town Hall is promoting the event as ‘free’.

Councillor Blakeley said: “Once again, we see those at the top of the Council playing fast and loose with people’s hard-earned Council Tax. It’s bad enough that half the local community bonfires had to be scrapped to make way for this event. Now, we find the costs have spiralled and, as usual, we’ll probably find out they are even higher after the event.”

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Girtrell Court – The Alternatives!

Earlier today, despite being told in a roundabout way that I would not be welcome by the Council’s Director of Adult Social Services and the Chief Executive I attended the ‘Market Place’ event organised by the Council at the Floral Pavilion that was offering alternative respite provision to that being provided at Girtrell Court which this callous uncaring Labour Council want to close.

It’s clear from listening to carers and their families that the alternatives on offer are not suitable for the users of Girtrell Court.

One provider was offering breaks in the Kielder Forest, very nice, however carers have to pay the costs of getting their loved ones there and that can be both difficult and expensive when you are having to transport people in wheelchairs.   Others were offering holiday breaks in Wales, again very nice but not really practical.   The costs of one alternative provider for 5 days respite is £1279, but you can get 7 days in Girtrell Court for £1400.  You do the math. There is no financial saving in closing Girtrell Court as the Cabinet Member would try to have people believe.

Talking to alternative providers they told me that they were considering commissioning dedicated respite facilities, one said with 22 beds.   Strange when you consider that Girtrell Court already has 20 beds.   Hey If it ain’t broken don’t fix it.   Girtrell Court is not broken.

 

Finally for now it appears that as well as the Council paying for the hire of the Floral Pavilion they were also paying for stakeholders displaying alternative provision to have vouchers for refreshments. Meanwhile, users of Girtrell Court had to pay for their own refreshments.   Wirral Labour Council simply has the wrong priorities!

Looking for Work or Advice?

Wirral Council in conjunction with Jobcentre Plus has organised a Jobs Fair & Information Day.   The event will be held between 10am-4pm on the 23rd May at the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton   The event will showcase the recruitment opportunities coming up at the Marine Point development at New Brighton as well as other employers with current vacancies across Wirral.      There will also be a range of advice on employment, career guidance, starting a business, training, volunteering, managing your money, benefits advice, health & wellbeing.     There is  a Jobs Fair helpline: 0151 691 8288 for people to book on to the event.