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Archive for May, 2010

Conservative Led Council

Monday, May 24, 2010 posted by Steve Williams

I have just returned from the Town Hall and we now have a Conservative led council for the first time in 24 years.  Following a coalition agreement between the 27 Conservative Councillors and 15 Liberal Democrats, Councillor Jeff Green is now the Leader of the council.

Our priority will be working with the Coalition Government to freeze Council Tax for Wirral residents.

Our immediate proposals are a 5% pay cut for Cabinet Members. We will publish details of all Council spending of £500 or more.   We shall appoint an all-Party Commission to look at ways of including more people in the decision making.  We have pledged to involve more local people in the decisions affecting their communities. 

All in all we aim to run a better council for all residents.

Leasowe Lighthouse

Saturday, May 22, 2010 posted by Steve Williams

Last night with Councillor Ian Lewis I attended the AGM of the Friends of Leasowe Lighthouse, at the Lighthouse. Shamefully this is the first time I have been to the Lighthouse even though I have lived here for 52 years. Now I now how good it is I will certainly be supporting it. I joined the Friends group last night. They have many exhibitions about the hovercraft service which ran from Moreton to Rhyl in 1962, the world’s first passenger service. I do have a picture of me by the hovercraft aged 5, so I nearly did get to the lighthouse! 

After the usual reports the meeting was addressed by Ian Brand, Head of Asset Management for Wirral Borough Council. After introductions with Ian we realised that we had previously met, at school in 1969! Ian described the asset transfer plans which if successful would give the Lighthouse to the friend’s group. There were many interesting questions raised, and there is still a long way to go, however the council hopes for all asset transfers to be finalised by January 2011. 

Now finally having visited the Lighthouse I am keen to make sure that this historic landmark is properly preserved and maintained. They even mentioned me abseiling down it, which Ian Lewis has done, but watching his facial expression when he described it, I don’t think it’s for me.

Ken Fox

Friday, May 21, 2010 posted by Steve Williams

I have just heard the sad news that Ken Fox has died. Ken was a former Labour councillor and was very well known around Moreton.  I remember Ken being involved in politics during the 60’s and 70’s when I was still at school with one of Ken’s sons. It was in 1975 he became Mayor. 

Ken was at the Town Hall last Monday at the Mayoral Installation proudly wearing his ex-mayors badge. I also saw him last Friday at Christchurch, Moreton, where he left me smiling. As he left, he engaged in loud good humoured banter with the kitchen staff, I think it was something to do with a piece of toast!

I send my sincere condolences to his family and friends.

New Mayor for Wirral

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 posted by Steve Williams

Last night at the Town Hall I attended the installation of the new Mayor, Councillor Alan Jennings.  Alan has been a councillor for 8 years and having listened to his inaugural speech he will make a great mayor.  Prior to the ceremony we were entertained by three exceptionally talented Wirral youngsters.  Jess Yung, Wirral’s poet Laureate, then fifteen year old Stephanie Keilaus who sang ‘allejuah’, and finally a fantastic violin solo from Alex Stead who is only nine years old. After the installation we were entertained by dancers from Wirral Met College, who were brilliant.

New Phone Mast Proposals

Monday, May 17, 2010 posted by Steve Williams

I have received two letters of intent from Mono Cosultants Ltd who may wish to submit planning applications for two new mobile phone masts. The first is on the bypass towards three lanes end just outside Saughall Massie Village. Whilst this has avoided a residential area it would be plonked right in the middle of a nice green area of bushes, grass and panoramic vistas toward Wales.

The second is right outside The Card Factory on Hoylake Road, opposite Rosslyn Drive.  This location is already crowded with street furniture, including an already existing mobile mast, bins, bench, bus shelter, lampost,  concrete bollards and a telephone box.

I have replied to the letters saying I will more than likely oppose any planning application for these locations, as has Councillor Chris Blakeley. Should you have any views on this or require further information please contact me.

Johnsons the Cleaners

Thursday, May 13, 2010 posted by Steve Williams

I learnt the sad news this morning that Johnsons the Cleaners on Moreton Cross is to close. The branch will cease trading on the 21st May.  I don’t know exactly how long the shop has been there but I am sure I remember it there at least 40 years ago. The nearest branches are now Birkenhead or Heswall. Another trade loss for Moreton.

Townmeadow Lane Shops

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 posted by Steve Williams

Today with Councillor Chris Blakeley I had a meeting about  the future of the shops in Townmeadow Lane.  We met with Steve Eaves from Wirral Partnership Homes, and the shop owners.  At last things are looking optimistic.  Preliminary agreements with Wirral Borough Council and Wirral Planners have been reached.  Wirral Partnership Homes are meeting later this week with a prospective developer.

If all this is successful then Planning Permission would be sought and some form of Government funding applied for.  We are due to meet again in July with hopefully more good news.

Birds & Trees Residents Association

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 posted by Steve Williams

The second meeting I attended last night was the Birds & Trees Residents Association at St. Mary’s Church Centre, with Councillor Chris Blakeley.  The meeting was well attended and we welcomed a new secretary, Dave Berry. Dave is already updating communications within the group by starting a web site and developing electronic information distribution.

A few residents spoke on the ongoing problems regarding the Dairy on Saughall Massie Road. Speeding was another hot issue and Constable Roger Hatton informed that group that they had been addressing the problem and 42 speeding tickets had been issued in April.  Litter is another topic that many are having problems with. Reported Crime figures for the area are continuing to be quite good. Cllr Blakeley and I have noted all the concerns and will advise and assist if we can.

Brooke Community Association

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 posted by Steve Williams

Last night I attended two local resident association meetings, firstly the Brooke Community Association at the Community Centre with Councillor Simon Mountney.  Sadly the Chairman, Bob Seddon announced his resignation due to health reasons. Bob has done much work for the community and I wish him well.  Due to this announcment not much else was discussed and the Vice Chairman, Richie Braithwaite is to meet with other members and report back with decisions made.  I will keep you informed on this site.

Election Over

Sunday, May 9, 2010 posted by Steve Williams

I think many people will be glad that the election is finally over.  I would like to thank everybody that took the time to vote, and particularly those who voted Conservative in our ward, re-electing my colleague Simon Mountney. Together with Simon and Chris Blakeley I will continue to fight for what the people of  Moreton West & Saughall Massie need, and of course, oppose what the people don’t need!

A sadder note is the great loss of Councillors Leah Fraser and Bill Duffey in Liscard and New Brighton repectively.  They were excellent councillors and did fantastic work for their communities.  Both were an enormous help and encouragement to me personally when I was campaigning for my first election last year and I thank them both. 

Looking on the positive side however, we have gained four new conservative councillors in Hoylake, Greasby,  Pensby, and Clatterbridge.

With the election over we now have to work on a number of ongoing local issues and a few new ones needing consideration.  I will keep reporting any relevant information here and of course, I am always available to discuss any concern anyone may have, that I may be able to assist with.