Archive for May, 2012
Yesterday morning I called in at the ‘Nifty After Fifty’ at Hulme Hall in Port Sunlight. The event was hosted by Wirral’s Older People’s Parliament in partnership with Age Uk Wirral. There were many stands with lots of information available directed at the over 50′s (which unfortunately includes myself). Those present included, Wirral Borough Council, Alzheimer’s Society Wirral, the 3L’s, Health Departments, Merseyside Fire Service, Solicitors Services, and Wirral Partnership Homes. The were also many private businesses including housing assistance, leisure activities etc.
Another good event highlighting the help and assistance that is available for the residents of Wirral. If you missed attending and would like any such information please contact me and I can put you in touch with the relevant organisation.
Last night was the first full council meeting of the municipal year. It was chaired by our new mayor Cllr. Gerry Ellis. The main change was that the council has now gone back to Labour control, due to the local election results. Cllr. Phil Davies is now the leader of Wirral Council. We accepted this proposal, but our leader Cllr. Jeff Green warned that we will remain very active in opposition and hold the new administration to account.
With regard to council committees I will continue to serve on the ‘Sustainable Communities’ and the ‘Council Excellence’ overview and scrutiny committees. I have also been appointed to the committee of the ‘Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority’, and to the ’Merseyside Strategic Transport Committee’. I will remain a Management Board Member of ’Arch Initiatives’, and a Governor at Foxfield school.
My fellow ward councillors Cllr. Chris Blakeley and Cllr. Simon Mountney and I will continue to work hard for better things for Moreton West and Saughall Massie and deal with any local issues that are highlighted by residents.
Last Thursday together with Cllr Chris Blakeley I went to the Moreton Community Centre which was playing host to the BBC’s Roger Philips Show. It was the first time the show had been broadcast live from Moreton. It was very interesting to watch how the show is managed. Having regularly listened to the show I had an idea how things fitted together. It’s extremely different when you actually see it. At the event sometimes things were a bit manic but the output to the radio sounded as everything was running smoothly. Roger Philips does a brilliant job of staying calm and collected when all around him he is getting phone messages, e-mails and notes from his producer, as well as holding his microphone to the mouth of one of the audience members.
As well as myself and Chris there were representatives from Wirral Partnership Homes, Merseyside Police, Moreton Townswomens Guild, VCA Wirral and Citizen Advice Bureau. There were lively discussions on a range of subjects from Pensions, Strikes, Moreton’s history, Crime to local services. The event was hosted by Mike Griffiths, the Manager of the Centre who explained to Roger all the good activities that take place there and about the differing users availing themselves of the choices.
All in all a great day and a good positive event for our area.
After a very busy number of weeks the elections are now over and I am delighted that my colleague Cllr. Chris Blakeley was re-elected with a 900 majority. We knew that these elections were going to be difficult across the Wirral. We were correct in that we lost 5 excellent councillors, Ian Lewis. Sue Taylor, Sheila Clarke MBE, James Keeley and Tom Anderson. I wish them all well and I’m sure we will see alot of them again politically in the future.
On a happier note, another reason for me being so busy was that I became a Grandad to a Grandaughter Elsie May. After her birth both she and my daughter were in and out of hospital so that was a little distracting. However both are now doing fine.
Back to Moreton & Saughall Massie and on the run up to the elections Chris, our other colleague Cllr. Simon Mountney and I worked tirelessly around the ward. We tried to talk to as many residents as we could and got literature to every house in the ward. We also had days walking around the Town Centre again talking to people and distributing leaflets. We feel we have learned many of our residents feelings and concerns. It will be tough at the Town Hall as the Labour Group have gained 7 seats, but we three will be pushing even harder for the good of Moreton West & Saughall Massie. Another welcoming result in the elections was the return of Cllr. Leah Fraser who won the Wallasey ward by a convincing 1062.
Thanks to all that voted for Chris, and keeping our ward 100% Conservative Councillors.