On Friday, after accompanying Wirral West MP, Esther McVey to a morning assembly at Weatherhead School, at which she talked of her inspirational ‘bookazine’ “If Chloe Can’ and in my capacity as Wirral’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Community Safety, I went along to the official opening of Willow Bank, the new Housing 21 extra care facility for older people based in Gorsey Lane.
The Mayor and his consort were present, and I also met up with Cllr Denis Knowles and local campaigner, Geoff Dormand. After the usual speeches and a lovely buffet lunch, those who wished to, were given a guided tour of the complex. It is clear that no expense has been spared and the individual flats are state of the art with everything an older person would need. Speaking to the residents, they spoke as one in saying they are extremely happy to have ended up in such a great complex with caring staff and tremendous neighbours. This really is a facility and more importantly a community to be proud of.
The Wallasey and Moreton Conservatives website has been ‘offline’ for a couple of months while our Central Office revamped the sites. I am delighted that today, the newly designed website has been launched and can be accessed at: www.wallaseyconservatives.com The site is still ‘work in progress’ and will be populated with more content over the next couple of weeks. To run alongside it we have also launched the Wallasey and Moreton Facebook page if you want to find us on Facebook click here
This week has been a pretty hectic one. Started Monday with a visit from Theresa Villiers MP, Minister of State for Transport, with responsibility for rail, more on that here. Whilst behind the scenes Wirral Council and Merseyside Police were looking into the ‘New Business’ that had started trading in Moreton. More on that HERE Strangely, since the Police and the Council got involved the website says the business is closed due to ‘Unforseen Plumbing Works’
Tuesday was a full day in Esther McVey’s Office then in the evening of to Wirral’s Planning Committee to speak against Hot Food Takeaway #14, sadly that application was approved on a split vote 7 to 4. Read more on that here.
Wednesday was split between Esther McVey’s Office and the Wallasey Conservatives, then in the evening it was over to the Crowne Plaza to attend the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Community Safety Awards.
Thursday a full day in Esther McVeys office, and the day it was announced by David Cameron that Esther had been appointed PPS to Chris Grayling. Then in the evening I attended the Wirral Tourism Awards at the magnificent Floral Pavillion in New Brighton.
Today, another day in Esther’s Hoylake Office, then tonight it will be a night in, feet up and relax (I hope).
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
Thousands of people in the Moreton and Leasowe area had their water supplies cut off at 8pm last night without any notification by the ‘Giant that is United Utilities’ (UU). Some like me have been lucky and have their water supply restored, yet thousands, including schools, businesses and many of the most vulnerable in our society are still without water.
UU promised us that if are water supply was to be off for a major repair we would be notified by having a card (like the one on the left) delivered to us, yet we know learn that 6,000 homes were not carded, yet lost their water supply without that warning, and therefore were not prepared!
Last night I tried to get hold of a UU senior manager, but sadly all I got was fobbed off by the Call Centre, dont get me wrong the operator was very polite and very professional, but would not let me speak to a senoir manager. This morning I received a call from their ‘Complaints Escalation Department’ (Seems senior managers are still hiding from me) and all I could get was a sorry. Well UU heres a message for you, SORRY is simply not acceptable.
I would have thought that in the 21st century, a company such as UU, who make millions of £’s profit year on year with their exhorbitant water charges would be able to act in a more professional manner. Seems to me that all they are interested in is profit at the expense of their customer, and when it goes wrong they simply say sorry and thats it! It’s time this out of control giant known as UU was held to account, they simply cannot continue to do what they want at the expense of us, after all we pay huge amounts for this service!