Today I dropped in to Irby Methodist Church because I’d heard that the toddler group is celebrating 50 years of operation. That covers a good few generations, and I found a room full of parents, grandparents, children and friends all having a wonderful time. It was such a happy celebration. Groups like this are really valuable to families, and create all manner of links in the community. Irby is fortunate indeed to have such a dedicated team of volunteers.
Everyone is invited to join in with the First Annual Bulb Planting on Wednesday 28th October.
If you’d like to join in with this community activity then please come to the grass verge at the end of Rylands Hey, opposite Greasby Methodist Church from 11 am.
Bring a trowel or bulb planter if you have one. It is easy to plant bulbs and people will be there to meet you and show you how! Children are very welcome with an adult. Please walk, or park away from the planting site so that there is room to work.
I’ve been hearing a lot of stories from local people about anti-social behaviour. I’m keen that we don’t immediately assume that groups of young people are up to no good, they may just be out with their friends. On the other hand, there have been some incidents of damage and threatening behaviour. So if you see something – what should you do?
Otherwise it is more a question of reporting what you have seen so that there is a trail of reports which create a story over time. You can report anti-social behaviour to the council on 0151 606 2020 or the police on 101
You can also contact the Wirral Community Patrol 24 hours a day to request attendance at an incident of anti-social behaviour.0151 666 5265
Its really important that we work together as a community on this. If no one reports problems, then there will be no record of the incidents and no data to support deployment of resources to tackle the problem. Please do play your part.
Calling all Greasby residents!
Come and celebrate everything that is good about Greasby.
Find out what is available in our village by visiting various activities and displays in the Greasby centre and Greasby library. This day falls on one of the regular Councillor Surgery dates and we will be available in the library for as much of the day as possible, and around the area the rest of the time. Why not come and say hello?
Our Lady of Pity Church and Greasby Methodist Church will also be open.
The programme at the Greasby Centre includes many table displays by local groups and activities, including the Group Practice, Greasby Infants’ School, St John’s Church, Greasby Community Association and the Greasby Action Group.
There are also various performances planned:
11:00 Greasby Players (Wyrd Sisters)
12:00 Greasby Ukes (ukelele group)
2:00 – Greasby Ukes
2:30 Karate Club
3:00 Greasby Junior School recorders
3:15 Greasby Players (Dad’s Army)
In addition, at Greasby Library Mike Curtis will give a talk about Greasby at 1:30 and 3:30.
John Smith, Chairman of Greasby Community Association is leading on this. His email is chairman@greasby community centre.com
I am sure that many of you, like me, will be affected by this news. Western Link have written to say that they will be closing Pump Lane for the period above and also between Monday 19th October nad Friday 30th October.
This is part of their work to install an underground electricity cable as part of the Western Link project. They need to close Pump Lane so that they can “pull” the cable through the ducts which were installed last year, for safety reasons. The road is not wide enough to fit cars and people through at the same time as the cable drum trailer. There is a website to give updates on the timing, http://www.westernhvdclink.co.uk/news.aspx .
Alternatively if you have any queries, you could call Western Link on 0800 021 7878 or email email@example.com
CQC will be inspecting Wirral University Teaching Hospitals during September. I am keen to help local people engage with that inspection so here is some information.
Patients and families who have used the Trust services (particularly in the last year) are invited to attend a Listening Event and speak with an Inspector in a small group. This is about their experiences of care – whether good, bad or mixed. You might want to say where you would like to see the Trust make improvements in the future.
If you are unable to attend the listening event, you can still share your experience by visiting the CQC website, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 03000 61 61 61
Short time frame!
Act now before 28th August
Council officers have put forward a proposal to create parking bays and limit parking times on Thingwall Road in Irby village. As a local councillor I know that this will be welcomed by some, and not by others. Now is the time to have your say.
The consultation ends on 28th August so please respond to this as soon as possible by visiting the webpage and using the reference TO/15/04
The proposal refers to an action plan which was developed for Irby Village some time ago, aiming to enhance the village as a local centre and which considered parking as one way to achieve that.
It is stated that this scheme will bring:
* Improvements to parking on Thingwall Road to allow persons to park for 90 minutes between 9am to 4pm Monday to Saturday. No restrictions in parking bays will apply on a Sunday.
* Prevention of parking all day outside of shops by commuters who are preventing potential customers from accessing the local centre.
* The creation of limited waiting bays will assist local businesses by providing a turnover of short stay parking spaces.
* A turnover of spaces is more likely to assist with providing ‘on the run parking’ to take place for a quick visit to a shop(s), which will help sustainability and provide shops and businesses with ‘passing trade’.
For me, its important that local people have their say and feed into this consultation. If you are / or know of someone who would be affected by this proposal then you need to spell it out on the web form above. Feel free to let me know too.
At it’s meeting last week Wirral West Constituency Committee received a report about the above named project. Wirral West has the largest population aged 75+ of any of Wirral’s constituencies and the Committee allocated public health funding to address this issue during last winter. By working with partners including Wirral Age UK, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, Magenta and Wirral CCG a relatively small amount of funding was able to achieve a great deal. 300 winter warmth packs were given out to help older residents to stay warm, and nearly 200 referrals to the partner agencies and council services. Another partner was Energy Projects Plus.
Energy Projects Plus can be contacted on 0800 043 0151, email@example.com or www.epplus.org.uk They can advise on switching energy supplier and also on keeping warm at home and this advice is available to anyone. Energy Projects Plus is a charity which offers this advice to anyone who needs it.
We are all noticing the cut in library hours, from the regular users of the library, to those who deplore the sight of the shuttered library in the centre of the village. Last week a council report was published showing changes in library usage since the cuts in hours implemented in March by Wirral Labour.
The report shows a decline in library visitors, issues and borrowers of around 1/3 for affected libraries (including Greasby and Irby). This is not done by library but over all the affected sites, so there can be significant variation. It is interesting to note that there is a decline in usage of the central libraries too, people are obviously not able or willing to travel too far for a library.
Its hardly surprising that the usage is down – there are less opportunities to visit the library, so if you value the library it is important to think about planning to visit and borrow a book or two. It used to be said of the post office, “use it or lose it”. While there are no published plans to remove libraries from our villages, still I recommend using the library whenever possible and joining either Friends of Irby Library (FOIL) or Friends of Greasby Library (FOGL) as appropriate.