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Archive for February, 2011

2011-2012 Budget Proposals

Thursday, February 24, 2011 posted by Steve Williams

Although I’ve been away this week I’ve been keeping up with the budget proposals set by our leader Cllr Jeff Green.   The key points are looking really good for Wirral.  The highlights for me are the £732,000 to enhance the Sure Start service, the freezing of Council Tax and the allocation of funds to regenerate town centres such as Moreton.  You can see the full budget proposals here.

These are the proposals that will be recommended to full council next Tuesday, 1st March, and I hope to report their implementation next week.

Moreton’s empty shops

Sunday, February 20, 2011 posted by Steve Williams

I am saddened by the amount of empty  shops appearing in Moreton.  My fellow councillors and I are due to have a meeting with the Interim Director of Corporate Services for Wirral, Kevin Adderley.  We will seek to find ways to regenerate the area and hopefully fill our available business premises. The meeting should take place at the beginning of March.

150 YEARS

Sunday, February 20, 2011 posted by Steve Williams

Thursday saw Cllr Chris Blakeley and I attending Christchurch school to celebrate the  150th anniversary.  I was honoured to be invited and it brought back many memories.  Memories of my childhood, and my daughters who both attended the school.  Of course my memories were of the school when it was on Hoylake Road, where Rightway is now.  The Headteacher in those days was Mr Appleyard and it was a privilege to meet and chat to him. 

Throughout the school, on most walls was work that the children had done on the school’s history over the 150 years.  A very enjoyable afternoon.

Valentines Dance

Sunday, February 20, 2011 posted by Steve Williams

Last Wednesday saw myself and Cllr Chris Blakeley  attending Moreton Community Centre to support the Age Concern Valentines Tea Dance. The centre was full and so was the dance floor.  I was even dragged up to do the twist!   The event as usual was organised by Addy Brady who did a fantastic job.

Age concern

This year Addy raised £1360.  This is a staggering amount these days when it is so hard to raise funds. Our sincere thanks goes out at Addy yet again.

National Grid Cable Link

Thursday, February 10, 2011 posted by Steve Williams

Yesterday I went to Moreton Community Centre to see the Public Information Event hosted by  National Grid and SP Transmission.  These are the companies that are planning  the HVDC (High Voltage Direct Current) link from Scotland to Connahs Quay.  It was good to see many people from various parts of the Borough attending obviously concerned about the plans.  Most people were most interested in the proposed route which would come ashore with by Moreton Shore or Meols.

It was also pleasing to see so  many other councillors attending, during the period I was there.   Chris Blakeley, Ian Lewis, Wendy Clements , Don McCubbin and also Leah Fraser, were all there showing great interest.

I will wait for residents reactions to the plans. You can follow the developments on their site by clicking here.

Claire House

Monday, February 7, 2011 posted by Steve Williams

Today I had an enlightening experience when I was invited to Claire House Children’s Hospice at Clatterbridge.  I was shown around by the Area Fundraiser, Lynn Taylor, and her colleague Abby Smith.  What a fantastic place.  It is very sad that we need a resource like this but it’s a fact that we do.

To see first hand how much the staff do to ensure the best for the children and young people is remarkable. They are truly dedicated.  It is such a shame that the centre needs so much donated money to operate.

There has been a lot of work done improving the facilities and I was told of future plans which are continuing to make the hospice better.  All the work going on appears to be very thoughtfully planned with the children’s need foremost.  I admire the innovative ideas from the staff. There were things that I would never have thought of.  

Thanks to Lynn and Abby for the time they took to explain and show me everything.  I would urge anyone who feels they could support the charity in any way to do so. They emphasise they would be really grateful for help or donations no matter how small or large.

Twopence to cross the Mersey?

Friday, February 4, 2011 posted by Steve Williams

Yesterday there was bad news for Wirral Car Drivers when Mersey Tunnel tolls were increased yet again.  Despite strong objection from my colleague Cllr Chris Blakeley who sits on Merseytravel as the Conservative Group Leader, the Labour-Led committee forced through the rises. 

Objections had been voiced by many residents and in particular, small businesses who need to use the tunnels on a daily basis. Chris proposed two amendments to freeze the tolls and even a reduction for fast tag users. He was unfortunately voted down, by the group who keep telling us they are on the side of the working people.

Wirral Holocaust Memorial Day

Wednesday, February 2, 2011 posted by Steve Williams

This afternoon at the Floral Pavilion I attended the Wirral Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration.  This is an event attended by about 800 pupils from eight senior schools.  The event was opened, and closed, by the Mayor of Wirral, Councillor Alan Jennings. 

Many pupils were involved in presentations about their experiences, including some who have visited Auschwitz.   The highlight of the afternoon was a talk from Rudi Oppenheimer who tells his story before, through and after the Holocaust. He and his family spent quite a lot of time in Bergen Belsen camp.  You could tell how good was his talk, as even with 800 youngsters in the theatre, you could hear a pin drop, and the applause at the end was rapturous.

I have heard Rudi’s talk before and that of his brother Paul, who died 4 years ago.  Every time it is totally enlightening and puts a lot of our every day troubles into perspective.  Thanks to organiser Deidre Smith, (and her team) who is Wirral’s Principal Manager for Humanities, for an excellent afternoon which should benefit many of our school pupils.

Second mast refusal in one day

Tuesday, February 1, 2011 posted by Steve Williams

It’s a day for phone mast results.  Last summer an application was received for a new phone mast on the bypass just outside Saughall Massie Village. This we objected to and it was refused.  However a week or so ago a similar application was made, which again we objected to. This has been dismissed by Wirral’s Planning Authority.

Mast Appeal Dismissed

Tuesday, February 1, 2011 posted by Steve Williams

You may recall there was an application for a mobile phone mast in Townmeadow Lane adjacent to Linear Park Play Area.  This was quite correctly refused by Wirral Borough Council.  However Vodaphone were not content with that and decided to lodge an appeal.  Myself and fellow councillors objected and local residents organised a petition.

I am pleased to say the appeal was dismissed by the Planning Inspectorate following a site visit. Full details can be seen here.  Thanks to all the local residents who helped and supported us regarding this.