Diamond Farm – More Green Belt Under Threat

diamond-farm-2A planning application has been submitted for a residential development and conversion of existing barns on green belt land at Diamond Farm, Saughall Road, Saughall Massie Village CH46 5ND (App/16/01334).   You can view the plans by clicking HERE

We understand that the existing barns are to be diamond-farm-1converted to 6 dwellings with a further 10 new homes being built within the curtilage of the existing farm buildings, a total of 16 new homes, while retaining the existing farm house.

If you wish to object to this application you can do so online at: http://bit.ly/2fLv0zQ or by emailing the Planning Department: planningapplications@wirral.gov.uk or by writing to them at Wallasey Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey CH44 8ED.  Ensure you quote the application number in any correspondence.  All representations must be submitted by 31st December, 2016.

UPDATE 17th February 2017.   Application refused.   You can read the decision notice by clicking  HERE



Millhouse Pub Update

Over the last few days there has been an exchange of emails between myself and Darren Leary of Galliford Try, (reproduced below) who are the owners of the Millhose Pub site.

The site has been neglected over the months and has become a real eyesore.    Hopefully the promises made by Mr Leary regarding tidying the site and securing it will come to fruition.    Time will tell

From: “Darren Leary (Galliford Try)” <darren.leary@gallifordtry.co.uk>
Date: 7 September 2016 at 19:33:37 BST
To: “Blakeley, Chris (Councillor)” <chrisblakeley@wirral.gov.uk>
Cc: “Williams, Stephen M. (Councillor)” <stephenwilliams@wirral.gov.uk>, “Berry, Bruce (Councillor)” <bruceberry@wirral.gov.uk>
Subject: RE: Millhouse Pub Site

Mr Blakeley,

Galliford Try is currently in the process of arranging to remove the fly tipping and erecting some further security measures with a view to restricting access to the site. This will be done in the next 7 days. Vegetation will also be trimmed back in the near future.


Darren Leary
Development Director

Tel: +441925885700

Galliford Try Partnerships North West
Innovation House
Kelburn Court, Birchwood
Cheshire WA3 6UT

From: Blakeley, Chris (Councillor) [mailto:chrisblakeley@wirral.gov.uk]
Sent: 06 September 2016 13:55
To: Darren Leary (Galliford Try)
Cc: Greg Fitzgerald (Galliford Try plc); Williams, Stephen M. (Councillor); Berry, Bruce (Councillor)
Subject: Millhouse Pub Site

Dear Mr Leary

I am aware that my colleagues and local residents have contacted you regarding the appalling state of this site, which has become a magnet for fly tippers and all kinds of trouble.

Having seen many emails I am also aware that you have chosen to lay the blame for the lack of development and the subsequent condition of the site on local Councillors, who supported local residents in opposing the planning application. Before you deny that please read this direct quote from one of your emails. The scheme was refused only once by local councillors at Committee influenced by some fairly spurious statements by one local member in particular.

Regardless of that, the maintenance, protection and upkeep of this site is the sole responsibility of Galliford Try, a multi-billion £ company that boasts revenues of £2.3billion. Yet for reasons clearly best known to yourself you appear to want to leave this site, located in a densely populated residential area on a main thoroughfare in a forlorn and unkempt state, is this to punish local residents for having the audacity to object to your original planning application?

On behalf of local residents I request that you stop delaying and take immediate action to clean up this site, remove the fly tipping, cut back the vegetation and maintain to an acceptable standard until such time that you have a development ready to be started, and or you sell the land to another individual or company.

Myself, my colleagues and local residents do not believe that this is too much to ask. I have attached photographs taken by me this morning that are representative of the condition of this site.

I look forward, to hopefully, a positive response

Yours sincerely

Chris Blakeley
Councillor for Moreton West and Saughall Massie Ward

74, Grampian Way, Moreton CH46 0PZ

Tel: 0151 677 9040

Mob: 07803 614418

Twitter: @CllrCBlakeley

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.

Read more here: https://electionleaflets.org/leaflets/13604/

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



I’m Backing Chris Because…

Les Spencer“Everyone I speak to in Saughall Massie really values the support Chris is giving us against Labour’s crazy plan for a fire station on our Green Belt.

“The Town Hall and the Fire Authority did a deal without any consultation with residents. That’s not democracy.  That’s a stitch up. We really need Chris to be re-elected so he can keep challenging this plan and, we hope, find a more suitable site elsewhere.”

Les Spencer, Saughall Massie Village

Chairman, Saughall Massie Village Area Conservation Society

Speaking up for our Community


Readers will be aware of my recent post on fly tipping and the Councils response.   You can read more on that HERE 

I am delighted that having challenged the Councils unacceptable initial response the area has today been cleansed as can be seen by the before and after photograph.   It’s always a pleasure to speak up for the communities I am elected to represent

Perhaps Dante would like to comment, perhaps even using his or hers real name?


Fly tipping – Labour Council response.

imageLast week I reported some fly tipping and littering on a small piece of fenced off grass area in Lingham Lane and asked for it to be cleaned up ASAP.    The response I got from the Council absolutely astounded me saying it would be collected next time the road was due it’s 12 weekly clean and that’s not due for another 4 weeks.    I have appended the Council response below.

Dear Councillor Chris Blakeley,

Thank you for your report to Wirral Council.

Date of report: 12/04/2016

Street and Town: Lingham Lane; Moreton Ward: Moreton West And Saughall Massie

Reference number: 1010328

Details: grassed area in Lingham Lane, close to its junction with Harvest Lane that is subjected to fly tipping

The street cleansing inspector has visited to inspect and reports that this area will be cleared as per the scheduled cleanse.


Carol Decker

While it may seem a small amount of debris it is located in a densely populated area and people who live there should not have to put up with this.   The Councils response is totally unacceptable and I have now escalated this matter to a Stategic Director asking that this is actioned in the next few days, not in a months time.