Earlier this evening, along with my colleague, Cllr Steve Williams I attended the Police ‘Have Your Say’ forum at Moreton Community Centre.   At the meeting a resident made us aware that someone had removed one of the perimeter fence panels from Linear Park!

After the meeting Steve and I went to have a look and sure enough some ‘Mindless’ idiot(s) for reasons only they could possibly understand (assuming of course they posessed a brain?) had forced away one of the pieces of fencing ( I am pictured below with the fence panel next to the gap it has left).    We only had this park refurbished last year at a cost of £80,000 and it is a lovely place for children to enjoy.    The last thing we need is idiots wrecking it!

The Police are on the case and they quickly got some information from some of the children in the park this evening, hopefully that will lead them to the moron(s) who did this.   In the meantime I have asked the Council to reaffix the fence ASAP.


Tackling Hate Crime


As Cabinet Member responsible for Community Safety I am delighted that Wirral’s Community Safety Partnership in conjunction with Wirral’s Equality and Cohesion Department has produced a new booklet in an effort to urge victims to break their silence.

Wirral Council tackles hate crime as part of a co-ordinated community response by involving representatives from statutory, community and voluntary agencies, there are many types of hate crime such as: Age – Disability – Race – Religion or Belief – Gender (including Transgender), and Sexual Orientation.

All victims or their friends or family are urged to report to the police and other agencies, either personally, or through a third party, such as Stop Hate UK (0800 138 1625, or Crimestoppers (0800 555111) each and every instance of hate crime, sadly too many victims don’t.

If you want a copy of the booklet, or advice or information contact Wirral’s Community Safety Team on 0151 606 5477

A Frosty Reception

Yesterday, along with Cabinet member colleague, Cllr Gill Gardiner I attended the launch of the ‘No Cold Calling’ initiative at Brookdale Close and Whitelands Meadow in Greasby.    The scheme is designed for tenants, both in social housing and in private home ownership  as a deterrent from high pressure sales, and basically makes an area a, ‘No Go Zone’ for cold callers.

The Brookdale Close initiative , is a new joint venture with Wirral Partnership Homes and is aimed at protecting their tenants from high pressure selling of products such as burglar alarm systems and mobility aids.  Whilst Whitelands Meadow is a more traditional no cold calling zone aimed at owner occupiers.

As the Cabinet Member responsible for community safety I am delighted that initiatives such as this, which cost a relatively small amount can bring reassurance to local people.  

An Unwelcome Business!

It seems that as well as the proliferation of hot food takeaways, the Tesco’s on the site of the Plough, and the new Greggs shop (where Barometer was) Moreton also has what can only be described as an ‘Unsavoury Business’ operating near the cross.   

The business is ‘By Appointment Only’  and describes itself,  Saying, ‘We are something different altogether….’   it goes on:  Our company is based on the belief that our customers’ needs are of the utmost importance.   Our team of ladies are committed to meeting those needs.    As a result, a high percentage of our business is from repeat customers and referrals.    We are dedicated to fulfilling your needs and requests.    Every request will be considered.   With a variety of ladies to choose from, we’re sure you’ll be happy with what we have to offer. 

I dont remember seeing a planning application submitted for this type of business!    The Councils Planning Department and the local Police have been made aware of the ‘hidden goings on’ at this premises.    

I have deliberately not named the premises or provided links to its web site.  I believe, as do local residents that this type of business, close to residential properties, with bus stops that many many school children use is simply not acceptable in our town.

Upton Woods For Sale

I have learned this evening that the area that houses the two telephone masts and the wider wooded area of Upton Woods, to the rear of Paulsfield Drive and Burrell Drive  is to be sold by auction on the 9th September.    Read more by clicking HERE   

The Auctioneers are a company called Pugh, and the auction will be held at Manchester United Football Club, International Suite, West Stand, Sir Matt Busby Way, Old Trafford, Manchester M16 ORA commencing at 12 noon

The wooded area, which is in private ownership has been the subject of anti-social behaviour, underage drinking and damage caused to the trees and the flora and fauna, there has been police involvement and Wirral Council’s Environmental Health Officers had to serve a litter enforcement notice on the current landowner to clear up all the empty beer cans / bottles and associated debris.  

It is to be hoped that any new owner will be more diligent about the maintenace of the land.

Crossbar, Moreton

Readers of the blog, and the wider Moreton community will be aware that an application had been submitted to the Council to open a  Sports Bar (Crossbar) at the premises formerly known as Sorellas, 17 Upton Road, Moreton CH46 0PA  

The application seeks to serve alcohol Sunday’s to Thursday’s from 10am until 11:30pm and on Friday’s and Saturday’s from 10am until 00:30.  With the premises open to the public, Sunday’s to Thursday’s 10am until 12 midnight, and on Friday’s and Saturday’s from 10am until 1am.   (Although I understand the applicant, on police advice may be reducing the late hours on a Friday and Saturday) 

Wirral’s Licensing Panel will be considering this application on Thursday 29th July at Wallasey Town Hall.     The meeting is open to the public, and will start at 10am or as soon as possible thereafter.     If you have sent in your comments to the Licensing Section, and you wish to speak at the hearing  then come along to the meeting.      Alternatively if you wish me to speak on your behalf you must notify the Councils Licensing Department  of that.    You can do that by emailing:, or write to them at:  Wallasey Town Hall ,Brighton Street , Wallasey CH44 8ED, making it clear that you give permission for me to speak on your behalf on the Crossbar application.

Song and Dance!

Last night, along with colleagues, Cllr Steve Williams and Cllr Simon Mountney I attended the opening of the first of four youth hubs in Wirral, one in each constituency.   

Last nights saw the opening of the Wallasey Hub, located at Merseyside Fire and Rescue’s (MFRS) Community Fire Station in Mill Lane, and was attended by many representatives from the Council, Merseyside Police, MFRS, etc.  The hub was officially opened by the Mayor of Wirral, Councillor Alan Jennings and was followed by a celebration of singing and dancing.    All in all a great facility that will hopefully attract a lot of youngsters.     Read more about the Youth Hubs by clicking HERE