Archive for December, 2010
Well that was my first full year as a councillor. I have thoroughly enjoyed it and have hopefully made a difference, by doing what I was elected to do. It has been an interesting, and testing time but much progress is being made.
I hope everyone has enjoyed Christmas and I would like to wish you a very Happy New Year. I will be continuing to try and help to make improvements to services and facilities in the community. If you have any queries or issues you wish to discuss, or think I may be able to help with, please contact me by phone, text, email or letter.
This afternoon Cllr Chris Blakeley and I went to the new Skipton Building Society in Moreton for the draw that they have been running in support of the Ariella Byrne Appeal. Over £120 was raised for Ariella whose appeal has now passed the £6000 mark. Still a long way off the £60,000 needed but it is now over 10%. A big thanks go to the staff at the Skipton, Claire, Paul, Denise and Barbara for organising the draw. Claire is planning a further fundraising for Ariella, possibly a bag packing event at a supermarket, which Chris and I will gladly assist with.
The draw itself took place with Chris picking the first ticket, a Skipton customer named Tony. I picked the 2nd winner, and true to form, picked one of my own tickets and walked away with a Vodka miniature, glass and chocolates! Chris then picked the 3rd prize ticket, which had been bought by the leader of Wirral Council, Cllr Jeff Green! The 4th prize was another Skipton customer, Alan.
Due to the continued frozen roads, many bins have not been emptied as it is not safe for Bin Wagons to travel on residential roads. In an effort to help the situation the Council and Biffa have set up 6 temporary waste reception centres across the Wirral.
The nearest for our ward is Leasowe Common Car Park, (where Leasowe Road meets Pasture Road). The reception will be open Wednesday 22nd, Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th from 9.00a.m. to 1.00p.m. Both green bin and grey bin waste will be accepted.
Further details on the Council Website
I have had a very busy week. Monday was full council, during which I made my maiden speech. I applauded the budget proposal for reducing the council debt. The plans should bring savings of about £48m without any compulsory redundancies or reduction in essential services. The meeting got very heated with the police having to expel one person from the public gallery.
Tuesday morning I went to Foxfield School where I had mince pies and coffee with class 5.4. There was a definite buzz at the school, which I think was due to the countdown to Christmas.
Tuesday night was the Christmas Dinner of the Wirral Committee of The Federation of Small Businesses. This was held at the Peninsular Restaurant in New Brighton. It was my first visit to this establishment, but after that meal it won’t be the last.
Wednesday with my colleagues Cllrs. Chris Blakeley and Simon Mountney I went to the Pensioner Christmas Lunch at Moreton Community Centre. We had an excellent 3 course lunch, and were entertained by a three girl Irish band. It was nice to chat with our elderly residents, and learn a thing or two from them!
Thursday morning I met with two of the borough’s highway engineers in Town Meadow Lane to discuss parking and traffic flow problems.
Thursday evening I was at the Town Hall on a course entitled “Dignity in Care”. This was a very interesting and thought provoking seminar highlighting issues that can easily go unnoticed.
Friday was an important event that I wasn’t invited to. It was at Buckingham Palace where our Moreton resident, Jo Wood, received her MBE from The Prince Charles, Prince of Wales. Well done Jo, what a great honour for all your hard work. A brilliant end to a busy week.
Yesterday I called at the newly opened Skipton Building Society at 248 Hoylake Road, Moreton. It is great to report a new company opening in the Town when so many have closed recently. The Skipton opened when the Halifax decided to close our local branch. Other good news on this is that the Manager Claire, and Barbara and Denise who ran the Halifax, have been taken on by the Skipton.
Yesterday I met with the new Customer Advisor, Paul While, who opened a new account for me, whilst I had Tea and mince pies. I think that’s a seasonal thing and wont get this every time I call!
Even better news is that the Skipton have kindly organised a charity raffle in aid of Ariella Byrne, the little girl that helped us at the Moreton Christmas Lights switch on. Ariella has Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy and can only get around with the use of a wheelchair or by leaning on a standing frame as her legs can’t hold her weight. Ariella who is 7, would love to dance but she desperately needs a £60,000 operation to be able to walk.
Raffle Tickets are on sale now, and only cost a £1 each. The draw will take place at the Skipton on the 23rd December at 5.00p.m. Mince pies and Sherry will be served during that afternoon.
Donations can be made at
I have had a busy few days with Christmas Fundraisers. Friday evening with Councillor Chris Blakeley I attended Foxfield Christmas Fair. It was well supported and we tried various stalls. I didn’t win the draw this time, but did manage to win a bottle of lemonade on the tombola.
Saturday was the Wallasey Conservative Associations’ Christmas lunch hosted by Councillor Karen Hayes. This entailed sandwiches, mince pies with tea or coffee. We even had a game of bingo, which surprised me, as I got quite into it, ’sweating’ on one number!
The highlight of this event was Leah Fraser announcing that having consulted with solicitors, she had receieved an apology from the Wallasey Labour Party for being misleading and highly offensive towards her in the run up to the General election. Leah’s report on this can be found here.
Saturday afternoon, again with Chris Blakeley I attended Christchurch Primary School’s Christmas Fair. This too was well attended with the stalls, Grotto and coffee bar all doing very well.
This morning I attended the opening of The Wirral Recovery Convention at the Floral Pavilion. The event was supported by about 30 local agencies all concerned with the recovery and rehabilitation of users of drugs and alcohol . Each had a stand full of information and advice, and seminars all day in the main hall.
The convention was opened by Dr. Stefan Janikiewicz who gave a powerful and poignant speech, but lightened by good humour. I stayed for the first session with many ex users openly expressing their thanks to groups such as Arch Inititiatives, Wirral Drug Service, Phoenix House and the Alcohol Service. Some of these people were proclaiming that certain services, and the staff involved, had literally saved their lives.
The event was an excellent way of displaying how much help there is available for those who need it.
Further details from the Wirral DAAT website