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I am Councillor Steve Williams, one of three Conservative Councillors for the Moreton West & Saughall Massie Ward.

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Archive for January, 2011

Another shop to go

Monday, January 31, 2011 posted by Steve Williams

In Moreton this morning I was sad to see a For Sale sign up at the Grosvenor Paint Stores on Hoylake Road.  I called in to see the staff and was told that due to falling sales the shop was up for sale.

If it closes it will be a big blow for Moreton trade. Yet another independent business closing and jobs lost.  This business in particular has a long history having been in Moreton since 1933.  I remember it clearly through the sixties, having grown up a few streets away, we regularly played at the side of it by the wall and railings.  Then when married we used the Grosvenor to decorate our first house in Millhouse Lane.

Let’s hope something changes and it doesn’t have to be sold, but if it does thanks to the owner and staff for year of excellent service to the town.

Lingham Lane Tip

Sunday, January 30, 2011 posted by Steve Williams

We have yet again been blighted with fly tipping in Lingham Lane between the railway line and Moreton Shore. I think some people think it’s a new council tip.


This area, together with Carr Lane where we have similar problems,  is supposed to be our beauty area where many people walk to get to the Wirral Coastal Park.  The sad thing is that this is probably being done by Wirral residents. They and us are having to pay for this destructive behaviour.


I am in contact with the Council Enforcement Officers and will try and make some progress. If you have any information that may lead to the culprits being identified please let me know.

Moreton Library

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 posted by Steve Williams

Yesterday I went to Moreton Library and met with Councillor Don McCubbin.  Don is the Wirral’s Library Champion and is currently visiting all Wirral libraries meeting with staff and members to collate their views and opinions, and will strive to continually improve the service.

Cllr McCubbin with Anne Ramsay


We had a good talk with the librarian Anne Ramsay, who told us of the many excellent services she and her staff were offering.  Moreton Library is fantastic for the number of differing resources it is offering.  As well as the obvious books, they hold a Cancer Drop-in-Centre, Baby Bounce & Rhyme, Adult Reading Group, Under 5’s Storytime and Citizen Advice Bureau.  There is also a computer centre.

Cllrs Don McCubbin & Steve Williams

Tam O’Shanters Birthday

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 posted by Steve Williams

Today I went to Tam O’Shanter Urban Farm on Bidston Hill.  I was there with the Mayor of Wirral, Councillor Alan Jennings, the Mayoress, other councillors and the Farm volunteers to support the 25th birthday of the farm. 

The Mayor planted a commemorative tree.

The Farm is hoping to build a brick footpath with each brick being sponsored and personalised by individuals or local companies. Further details available from

It was many years since I had visited the farm but it is an excellent  resource
and particularly educational for children from across Wirral. I would recommend a visit.

More Fly Tipping

Monday, January 24, 2011 posted by Steve Williams

Following complaints from a few residents I went and had a look down Carr Lane.  It was sad to see so much litter in what should be a beautiful country lane walk area.   Just before the railway line is where someone has decided to dump their rubbish, including 8 bin bags into the stream.

It’s hard to understand why the perpetrator had bothered to drive down here, probably in the dark, and dump all this rubbish.  It would have been just as easy to drive through the lanes to West Kirby council tip.

We will get the area cleaned and attempt to prevent further disgusting behaviour. If anyone sees anything like this taking place please let us know or just phone the police.


Burton’s “Taking the Biscuit”

Friday, January 14, 2011 posted by Steve Williams

I was devastated on Wednesday when Burton’s Foods announced closure of the Moreton Factory, with the loss of 342 jobs.  This is despite them having had substantial council funding and excellent service from the dedicated workforce.

This would be a terrible blow for the area. Not only for the job losses at the factory, but the associated losses of small local businesses who supply Burton’s and all the local amenity businesses such as newsagents, garages and foodstores who the work force would call on.

I have known the plant since I was a child.  Cadburys as it was known then had opened in 1953.  Everyone in Moreton knew someone at Cadburys including my Grandad, Mother and many neighbours and friends.  It was well known by many children for it’s summer and Christmas Fairs which were always excellent.  Over the years names came and went, Cadburys, Schweppes, Premier, Horizon and finally Burton’s.

Together with my colleagues Councillors Chris Blakeley,  Simon Mountney and Ian Lewis I will be pushing to see if anything can be done to stop the closure or rescue jobs.  I have liaised with Council Leader Councillor Jeff Green and he is arranging a meeting as soon as possible with himself, Jim Wilkie (Interim Chief  Executive of Wirral Council) and Burton’s Management.  I will report on any developments.