Another Telephone Mast Application!

Vodafone UK has submitted yet another planning application, via their agents, Mono Consultants to install a telephone mast, equipment cabinet and electrical meter pillar on the Pavement North of Hoylake Road, Outside Tesco Express, Moreton, Wirral CH46 6DG.  Application number: ANT/11/01235.  

If people wish to support or oppose this application they can do so by contacting the Council’s Planning Officer who is dealing with this application, Alexandra McDougall.   Alexandra can be emailed:  or Telephone: 0151 606 2218, or by writing to her at Cheshire Lines Building, Canning Street, Birkenhead, CH41 1ND ensuring you quote application number: ANT/11/01235.    All representations need to be submitted by the 7th November, 2011.

Whilst I recognise that we all use mobile phones so creating the need for more masts, I have always maintained they should be sited in appropriate locations.    Like previous applications by Vodafone and O2 I do not believe that this location is appropriate and I have made my views known to the planning officer dealing with the application.

The area that the application is proposed for is a paved and open grassed area to the front of Tesco Express on Hoylake Road, directly opposite residential and commercial properties and very close to a busy junction with Millhouse Lane and Saughall Road.   There are many  residential properties very close by in Hoylake Road,  Millhouse Lane, Saughall Road, The Paddock, Coppice Grange, Carr Gate, Broster Avenue, Amberley Close and Amberley Avenue etc.   The grassed area currently has a telephone pole, two trees, and road signage but still offers good sight lines to the junction.    I believe if approved that the proposed development would form a visually obtrusive feature by reason of its siting, size and design and it would result in an unacceptable level of roadside clutter which the Local Planning Authority considers would be detrimental to the general character of the street scene.

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.

Tesco at the Plough – Recommended for Approval!

Readers of the blog and the wider Moreton community will be aware that Tesco’s have applied for permission to demolish the Plough Public House and build a Tesco Express on the site.     I have just seen the report that Wirral’s Planning Officers have produced their recommendation to approve the application.   You can read that report by clicking HERE

Last Friday I attended a meeting of local businesses and residents.   It was clear that all those at that meeting opposed the application.   Read more on that here.    You can also read what the wirral Globe has to say by clicking here.

Tesco’s at the Plough?

Earlier this evening I attended a public meeting at Paninos Coffe Shop in Moreton.   The meeting, to discuss the planning application for a Tesco Express on the site of the Plough, was called by local traders, and it was well attended with around 60 people, both from businesses and the local community.    It was clear that all those in attendance were opposed to the application.       In my role as a Councillor, I was able to advise on the planning process and valid reasons for objecting to the application.    As a way forward I suggested it would be worth asking for a site visit, when the application is to be considered by Wirral’s Planning Committee on Tuesday 6th July.    For more news on this, watch this space………