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The Council meeting at the Town Hall on Tuesday was the last in the year for Mayor, Councillor Gerry Ellis. On this day he presents the Andy Day Memorial Cup. This is awarded annually to a backbench member of the Council who has demonstrated the qualities of dedication and selflessness possessed by the former councillor. I was delighted to be this years recipient of the award.
On Monday I was delighted to attend Foxfield School where a new Variety Club Sunshine Minibus was handed over to the school by Stan Boardman. The Minibus will be used to transport pupils to many different events, including swimming, residential experiences to the Lake District & North Wales, and for educational visits to Mainstream schools.
The money raised to buy this Minibus came from a “Silver Heart Award” Dinner held to celebrate Stan Boardman for his outstanding achievements in the world of comedy and his dedication to the Charity in presenting over 100 Sunshine Coaches to schools and organisations on Merseyside. Stan was great with the children, keeping them laughing throughout the morning.
Yet again fly-tippers have dumped rubbish at the back of the Industrial Estate on Tarran Way South alongside the railway line. I have been liaising with our Waste Disposal Department and the local Police to try and stamp out this selfish behaviour. It’s a shame that the rural parts of the Ward are being spoiled for walkers and dog walkers.
I am pleased to have just learned that despite Thomas Cook closing up to 200 retail stores across the UK, our local branch on Hoylake Road is not presently under threat. This is particularly good news as we have just lost ‘Fun Times’ the cafe and soft play for children shop, which was next door, and closed last month.
Thomas Cook is very well established at it’s current site, 294 Hoylake Road. Prior to Thomas Cook, the site has been occupied by AT Mays, Worldchoice Carlson and originally Deeside Travel, all Travel Agents. There is another business opening shortly and I will update on that when I can.
My colleague Cllr Chris Blakeley and myself are extremely concerned about Moreton losing High Street Businesses and are currently having talks with the Council’s Interim Strategic Head of Development & Regeneration to see what we can bring to Moreton’s High Street.
During the current budget problems, one option is to close one of the Adult Day Centres, which could include the Moreton Centre in Pasture Road. I and my fellow Moreton Councillors, are pleading for all the Centres to be saved and will vote accordingly if we have to. Many residents are contacting us, appalled at the prospect of closure and have started a Facebook Page.
Please visit this page and give your support.
Tomorrow, Monday 28th January sees the start of a new Bus Service, the Route No. 47 operated by Impera. The service starts at Moreton, Tarran Way Industrial Estate and travels to Moreton Cross, then Hoylake Road, Saughall Road and Saughall Massie Road to Upton By-Pass. Along the By-Pass the route then goes to Upton Village, though Beechwood, Bidston, Claughton Village and termintes at Birkenhead Bus Station.
The route operates a 30 minute service from 6.00am to 6.00pm Monday to Saturday. For the full timetable click here http://bit.ly/VgsaSL
Well, after 2 months of knocking on doors and delivering leaflets telling the residents of Moreton East & Leasowe how good it would be to get Ian Lewis back as their councillor, the hard work has paid off. On Thursday the by-election was held and Ian was elected. Despite the ward being historically held by Labour, Ian again beat the Labour candidate, and is already working on issues for residents in the ward.
Also the night was a double win for Conservatives, as Kathy Hodson pictured here with Ian, won the Heswall by-election and is now a Ward Councillor there. An excellent result and one that I was glad to be part of.
Yet again the Williams and the George families of Amberley Close, Moreton have excelled together with other local residents in creating a lighting extravaganza in their road. Last Friday Cllr. Chris Blakeley and myself attended the switch on kindly performed by Liverpool’s Herbert. There was a fantastic turn out with about 100 people crowding the close. The children were entralled with the real life ‘Claire Bear’. As usual all proceeds will go to Claire House. Please try and visit and donate over the next few weeks.
On Friday I was delighted to attend with Cllrs. Chris Blakeley and Simon Mountney, the official opening of the shops on Town Meadow Lane. After many years of campaigning, patricularly by Chris it was great to see the development coming to fruition. The work will continue at the location with the new houses and bungalows scheduled for opening during 2013, and hopefully more cake!
Last week I went to the ‘Your Future, Your Choice’ event at the Floral Pavilion. The event was very well attended by children, parents and carers from all over the Borough. The day was a display of available resources for youngters with learning difficulties and disabilities. There were many stands offering advice and an explanation of their services. Many of the children had a chance to try different experiences : -
Some of the children made me fully participate : -
There were numerous organisations to help. If you missed the event and would like details of these helpful groups please contact me.