Community News

The latest newsletter from Councillors Bruce Berry, Steve Williams and Chris Blakeley, is being delivered to 11,000 people in Moreton and Saughall Massie over the next couple of weeks

Thanks to all our local volunteers who will be helping to deliver it and also to those residents who sent a donation, no matter how small, to help pay for it.

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Thank 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%

Voting Summary

Total votes 4196
Electorate 10682
Number of ballot papers issued 4213
Number of ballot papers rejected 17
Turnout 39%
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



Reporting back #3

Over the last few weeks, and working with my colleagues Councillors Steve Williams and Bruce Berry, I have been calling on homes in this area to meet residents and discuss local issues. Thank you to everyone who answered their door and gave us their time.

This post is a report back on the action we have taken on some of the issues that were raised most often by residents. If you were out when we called, or if you have thought of an issue since then, please let me know using the contact details on this letter. We can’t promise to solve every problem, but we will try our best!

Meadowbrook Road: the issue raised by many residents was the ongoing problem of speeding traffic. The Town Hall has advised me that they prioritise the road safety budget on the roads with the highest recorded number of crashes and collisions. I have asked, again, for a new review of the traffic in this area and for possible solutions.

Dog fouling: sadly, a small number of owners are still not picking up after their pets. Some additional signage (for the owners, not the dogs!) would help, as would extra publicity for those people who are being fined for not picking up after their pets.

Harlian Avenue Pot Holes and flooding: people mentioned the condition of the carriageway and the ongoing flooding problem when it rains. We have asked the Council to look into the issues raised and come up with a solution.

Childwall Close and Oak Close parking: several residents asked about parking issues in this area and asked if improved lineage including yellow lines would bring about an improvement.

Childwall Avenue: residents raised concerns that Childwall Avenue was being used as a ‘rat run’ by vehicles to avoid Moreton Cross and have asked if any traffic calming measures could be introduced. We have asked the Council to look into this request.

Faulty street lights: we have reported those street lights that were ‘on’ during daylight hours.

Say NO to the Fire Station!

Say NO To Fire Station

I am writing this post to keep residents up to date with the proposal made by Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service (MFRS) to build a new fire station on greenbelt land on Saughall Massie Road, adjacent to Woodpecker Close. It’s been great to have so much support from residents for our campaign.

The 12 week ‘consultation’ process carried out by MFRS has now finished. This included the meeting at St Mary’s Church Centre, when more than 200 people were locked out.

The Chief Fire Officer will now submit his recommendation to a meeting of those councillors who sit on the Fire Authority. These councillors are from across Merseyside but do not include any from our community.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday 30 June, and, while this meeting is open to the public, it is being held in Bootle. We asked for the meeting to be held in Wirral, but again, this was refused.

While I recognise the difficulties, I would encourage as many residents as possible to attend the Fire Authority meeting on Tuesday 30th June.   The meeting will be held at Merseyside Fire and Rescue Headquarters, Bridle Road, Bootle, Merseyside L30 4YD  commencing at 1pm.

Your three local councillors – Steve Williams, Bruce Berry and myself – will attend, as will representatives of the Saughall Massie Village Area Conservation Society.

The Beginning of the End

Earlier today, along with my colleagues Cllr Steve Williams and Cllr Simon Mountney I went along to the Valentines Day Community event which I organised with Wirral Partnership Homes (WPH).

The event was to celebrate the start of the long awaited demolition and redevelopment of the eyesore shops and maisonettes on Town Meadow Lane.          I have been campaigning for this day for 12 years and it was a very proud moment for me to see that campaign, with the total support of the local community, come to fruition.

It was a great couple of hours with music by Seven Waves Radio, fish and chips supplied by Sid from the Town Meadow Supper Bar, Cakes supplied by Debbie the Hairdresser and soft drinks supplied by Bhullars General Store, there was a bouncey castle, face painting, ballons and much much more.

I was absolutely delighted to be asked to perform the official ceremony, and instead of turning the first sod, I ‘Cut the Cake’ with WPH Chief Exec Brian Simpson.    The cake, baked and decorated by Debbie was designed to look like a replica of the development, really clever.

Well over 200 local residents, adults and children came along to celebrate the end of a long campaign.    Wates the developer is on site to start work in earnest on Monday 20th Feb and the whole project to demolish the site, provide three new shops and 24 new dwellings is expected to take around 18 months to complete.

Huge thank you’s to Sid, Debbie, Mr Bhullar, Seven Waves Radio, officers and the Board of WPH and most of all to the community who have been with me every step of the way.   Today is a testament to your perseverence, and together we have made this possible.

A Round Up of Issues!

I thought I would let people know about some of the issues in this neighbourhood.    As well as our regular newsletters, I will try to keep residents informed by email and via the blog as well from now on.

  1. Town Meadow Lane: thank you to everyone who has replied to my recent letters on the demolition of the derelict flats and shops.    The planning application for new houses and shops on the site is expected to be voted on by the Planning Committee on 7th September.    I have submitted a petition to support the plan, signed by more than 300 local residents.
  2. Linear Park play area: I was contacted by a couple of mums, following damage and vandalism.   I would like to thank the Council’s staff for responding quickly to fix the fencing and the bench.
  3. Dog fouling: sadly, there is still a minority of owners who do not clean up after their pets.   I have asked the Council’s new Enforcement Team to visit this part of Moreton and, hopefully, identify some of those owners.
  4. Pasture Road Health Park: the long-awaited Health Park in Pasture Road has been delayed.   It seems that one of the four GP practices has withdrawn from the scheme.     A new planning application will now have to be submitted by the NHS to the Council, to relocate some of the GP practices in Moreton to this single site.
  5. Bermuda Road housing plan: I have spoken with many residents about the plan for six semi detached houses on derelict land at 91 Bermuda Road.   Planning officers have advised me that the current application is likely to be refused because there are not enough ‘affordable’ homes (for example, for first time buyers) in the scheme and therefore it fails to meet the Council’s Interim Planning Policy.   I’ll let residents know when I hear more.
  6. Upton Woods: some residents will be aware that, following the public meeting I attended, the Council has installed the fencing between the woods and Paulsfield Drive. Sadly, the Council’s new Cabinet has refused to install the ‘heavy duty’ barrier between the woods and the bypass. I will be looking for alternative sources for the money to pay for this.
  7. Christchurch School parking: following a meeting with the Headteacher, it has been agreed that a small ‘working party’ will be set up to see what can be done to reduce some of the parking problems around the school.   I will report back on this shortly.
  8. Hot food takeaways: many residents have been in touch with me following concerns about problems at some of the hot food takeaways around Moreton. I have asked for the Council’s Licensing Officers to check that conditions of trading, including opening hours, are not being breached.
  9. Deep clean: last month, the clean up of Moreton Cross saw bags of litter and rubbish removed, graffiti tackled and repairs to ‘street furniture’. The pavements were also power washed. I have asked the Council to make sure litter bins are emptied regularly from now on.

If you would like my help on any issue in your neighbourhood, please do not hesitate to contact me.