Thank you to all the people who have signed up to ‘Save Girtrell Court’ either by email, letter or telephone.   The very many responses we have received show just how valued this facility is.

Last Tuesday we met with Paddy Cleary and David Jones from Unison to discuss the Councils proposal to close Girtrell Court and to share information so that we can work together on this campaign.   It’s clear that together we are stronger.   However we need your support to stop this Councils attack on vulnerable people.

Unison have arranged a meeting on Wednesday 20th January, commencing at 7:30pm at St Mary’s Church Centre, 127 Saughall Massie Road, Saughall Massie, Upton CH49 4LA (Next to the Premier convenience store) and it’s important that as many people who can, attend this meeting to hear first-hand how by working together we can stop this proposal.

In the meantime there other things you can you do now to help us stop this Councils attack on some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

  • If you have not done so please sign the online petition which can be accessed by going to:
  • Please make your views known on the Council’s online consultation (which closes on the 29thJanuary). As the Council uses these responses to inform Cabinet about peoples’ views it’s important that you register your opposition on this survey.  You can access the Girtrell Court consultation page by going to:

As well as points 1 and 2 which are extremely important to do, you could also email your views and concerns (Please cc me in if you do) to the ten Labour Councillors who make up the Council Cabinet, and who will make the final decision on the future of Girtrell Court.  Their email addresses are listed below:,,,

Councillors to set up the ‘Friends of Girtrell Court’

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Councillors in Moreton West and Saughall Massie are writing to those affected by the proposal to close Girtrell Court, asking for support to set up a ‘Friends’ group that would fight for the centre to remain open. 

Councillor Chris Blakeley said: “As we have seen with previous campaigns, the danger can be that those who oppose the closure of a facility don’t speak with a single voice and are then subject to ‘divide and rule’ tactics from the Town Hall. 

“By setting up a Friends Group, comprising people who use the centre, their carers and families, as well as staff and trade unions, I believe we can demonstrate to the Town Hall how important this Centre is – not least for the 140 people who depend on it.”  

“While the Town Hall has chosen to hide behind ‘data protection’, they have agreed to circulate a letter from the three councillors to service users and staff. I’m really keen to hear from anyone who receives our letter, either giving their own views on the closure plan or who wish to volunteer and help us set up the Friends.”     The letter to service users and staff can be read by clicking HERE


If you want to become a Friend please complete the form below.   Thank You

All Our Yesterdays!

At lunch time today, along with my colleague, Cllr Ian Lewis I attended a TUC fringe meeting ‘Transport in The Cities’, at Jury’s Inn Liverpool hosted by PTEG.  (Passenger Transpor Executives).  The speakers included, Jack Dromey Deputy General Secretary Unite (he is perhaps better known for being the hubby of Harriett Harman MP) Mike Jeram, Unison, Stephen Joseph, Campaign for Better Transport, and Neil Scales, Chair of PTEG and also Director General and Chief Executive of Merseytravel.

The speakers, and the subsequent question and answer session was ‘Interesting’ however I felt that the ‘Union’ big wigs were living in yesteryear, and could not or would not recognise current financial conditions.   I was also amazed by the sweeping statement of Jack Dromey, when he said ‘Deregulation’ of bus services was the worst thing that could of ever happened.   If that is the case, why has his beloved Labour Government not reversed the legislation in the last 12 years they have been in power?   Come on guys it’s 2009, time to wake up and smell the coffee, and feel the cuts!