70 Year Anniversary Commemoration

Thursday, January 9, 2014 posted by Steve Williams

Today Bruce Berry & I were privileged to attend the commemoration of the crash of a warplane in Saughall Massie  in 1944. The accident happened on the 9th January 1944 when 2nd Lt. Jay Frederick Simpson was killed.  The event was organised by Doug Darroch from Fort Perch Rock, who heads the Warplane Wreck Investigation Group.  Flowers were placed on the plaque on the bridge on the by-pass near to the site of the crash.  The flowers were laid at 3.08pm, the exact time of the crash

The aircraft was a US Airforce  P47 Thunderbolt, the engine of which now resides in the museum at Fort Perch Rock.  The engine was recovered by the group in 1973.  2nd Lt Jay Frederick Simpson was laid to rest at the American Cemetery, Madingley, Cambridge.

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Himalayan Balsam at Saughall Massie

Saturday, October 12, 2013 posted by Steve Williams

For some time, the brook at Saughall Massie Village has been suffering from Himalyan Balsam.  This plant is a relative of the ‘Bizzy Lizzie’ and is quite pretty, however it grows very fast and becomes invasive to the brook and surrounding areas.  It has threatened the brook for some considerable time.  Finally, the Environment Agency have attended and cut back the plant and will keep it under control each year.

This excellent news has been mainly due to the efforts and persistence of village resident Peter Bolt.  Peter is the Heritage Officer for the Saughall Massie Village Conservation Area Society, who works tirelessly to maintain the ethos of the village.  More details of the Society can be found by clicking this link.

All change on the Buses

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 posted by Steve Williams

Having had complaints from residents about local bus services I have met with a number of operators to discuss their routings in our area.  The complaints were particularly from the Millhouse Lane area with the re-routing of the Route 39 not going through the estate.  The good news is that Impera have agreed to change the route again, and the 39 will go through the Millhouse Lane estate.  Due to legislation though this will not commence until the 29th July.

I asked if the new Route 98 (Town Meadow Lane to Liverpool) could be re-routed though Millhouse Lane instead of Bermuda Road.  Impera have also agreed to this, again from 29th July. 

I have also spoken Arriva about the Route 437 (West Kirby to Liverpool) with a view to asking if certain services could call at Saughall Massie via the Upton-By-Pass.  I am awaiting a meeting with the General Manager of Arriva to try and further this.  This will be particularly important as it looks like the Route 47 which presently runs from Birkenhead to Saughall Massie will be re-routed to go to Arrowe Park Hospital from Upton, thereby not routing via Saughall Massie at all.

I will keep campaigning for good services to our area and if you have any views regarding transport please let me know.

Andy Day Memorial Award

Thursday, May 2, 2013 posted by Steve Williams

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.

New Variety Minibus for Foxfield

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 posted by Steve Williams

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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.

Many thanks from myself and my fellow Governors to The Variety Club for this fantastic donation, which will be heavily used by the school.

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More Moreton Fly-Tipping

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 posted by Steve Williams

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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.

Business in Moreton

Friday, March 8, 2013 posted by Steve Williams

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.

Moreton Day Centre

Friday, February 8, 2013 posted by Steve Williams

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.

New 47 Bus Route for Moreton & Saughall Massie

Sunday, January 27, 2013 posted by Steve Williams

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

 

New Councillors for Moreton East & Leasowe and Heswall

Sunday, January 20, 2013 posted by Steve Williams

Ian Lewis

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.