Wendy Clements


10 Neale Drive,
Greasby
Wirral,
CH49 1SL

0151 677 4045

wendy@wirralwestconservatives.co.uk

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#loveparks

Well as Love Parks week continues, there are plenty of reasons to enjoy and celebrate our parks. Today I was in Coronation Park Greasby and heard from the parents there how much they appreciate having a park which is conveniently close, where they and their children can meet friends and the activity ensures their children get plenty of fresh air. For some local people, this park is on the way home from school which makes it even better.

More than one person mentioned, as pictured, that if you need to drive here, the parking is still free…… if Wirral Labour have their way, that won’t be the case in Arrowe Park or Royden Park… as well as others further away from us in Greasby and Irby.

Both Greasby and Irby have wonderful local parks where children can play, there is plenty of space to rush around and also sit down for a picnic. You can play tennis or join the bowlers, and in Greasby, play on the multi-use games area.

Lets make sure we keep on using them and appreciating them!

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Lets make it clear how much we need our libraries and parks!

The council is finally having a consultation about Leisure, Libraries and Cultural Services until 26th July. There really isn’t very long to take part – so please don’t miss your chance, visit the survey here

The libraries in Greasby and Irby are already opened for extra hours by volunteers who want to make sure that they are available to the local community. The parks are valued too, and we want to make sure they stay available to the coming generations.

I think its vital to show just how important these council facilities are to our communities, and I’ll be one of those responding.

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Fresh attempt to kill of country park charges

Wirral Council’s plan for 8 parking meters to be installed in the Borough’s Country Parks has been called in for closer scrutiny by Conservative Councillors.

Initial plans to impose a £4 a day a charge in Country Parks were scaled back in January following a public outcry. On Monday, Conservatives submitted a further petition of 1,185 signatures opposing the plan, bringing the total opposition in the Borough to 20,085.

The latest ‘call-in’ follows the Cabinet’s decision, on 19 June, to proceed to the next stage of the plan by applying a Traffic Regulation Order at country parks in Eastham, Arrowe Park, Thurstaston and Royden.

Pat Gibson-Saxty of Mimosa Tea Gardens in Eastham, said: “Our Country Parks were set up to provide enjoyment for everyone in Wirral, not just those who can afford to pay.  For many people, our Country Parks offer a break from the stresses of daily life. Discouraging people from using our Parks will have a detrimental impact on their health as well.”

Councillor Tom Anderson (Conservative, Greasby, Frankby & Irby Ward) said: “The fact that we are scrutinising this decision in the same week as the Council launches its ‘Visitor Economy Strategy’ shows how perverse this policy is.

“It’s common knowledge that imposing charges on some of the most popular tourist destinations in Wirral will deter visitors. This will have a knock on effect for the small businesses based within the Country Parks – directly contradicting some of the Town Hall’s so-called ‘2020 pledges’.” Locally we would also be concerned about the cafes in Arrowe Park and Royden Park too.

A special meeting has been arranged for Tuesday 18 July, 4pm, at Wallasey Town Hall, and Councillor Anderson is urging residents opposed to the plan to attend: “It was people power in January that forced Labour to rethink their original plan. Next week is the last opportunity for residents to kill off the charges altogether.”

Travellers on Upton Meadow

Councillor Wendy Clements pictured at Upton Meadow with travellers vehicles in the background

On Thursday 29th June, a group of travellers with around 20 vehicles including wagons and caravans parked on Upton Meadow. Local people were quickly in touch with me to express their concern on the matter so I investigated what could be done.  The council is used to dealing with this kind of situation and acts promptly. However on this occasion it was the responsibility of the Woodland Trust to act. With intervention from local councillors the council was commissioned by the Woodland Trust to undertake the necessary legal proceedings and on Thursday 6th July the eviction notice was issued by the court. The travellers moved on with out waiting for the notice to be served, the same day. The council has subsequently undertaken a clean up of the site on behalf of the Woodland Trust, and installed rock boulders at the access points to try to make sure there is not a repeat of the event.

Scrap the Wirral View

I’ve signed the petition calling on the Leader of the Council to drop his £270,000 newspaper. You can too, just click here

 I speak to a lot of people in Greasby and Irby -virtually no one seems to receive the Wirral View. What a waste of time and our money!

Recently a picture has been published which shows loads of newspapers still bundled up and put into a recycling bin.

It can be seen here – total waste of our money!  It’s outrageous.

Greasby and Irby Libraries – volunteers get stuck in

I was really pleased to visit Irby library twice this week. On Thursday the Friends of Irby Library held their monthly coffee morning and I joined the many local people there. Together we raised money to support our local library and buy books and resources – as well as borrowing some books to read. The raffled Easter cake (looked lovely) raised £50!

Friends of Irby Library are now opening on a Friday morning – new this week and I called in to say hello to the volunteers today. This means the library is open every day except Wednesday, although not necessarily all day. You can be sure that when their new distinctive sign is out the library is open and the council website carries the details (though at the time of writing it hasn’t yet been updated to show the Friday opening).

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Greasby Library is also now open every day except Wednesday, with the Friends opening Tuesday and Friday mornings. Its great to see the library open for more hours once again, and I look forward to being there tomorrow (8th April) for part of the Celebrate Greasby Day event.

Parking charges update

On Monday the Labour Cabinet brought forward their budget. Thankfully they have listened to the thousands of people who signed petitions and wrote comments… they will not be introducing parking charges for Irby. That is really good news and I know that many local people and businesses are really pleased. 1439 people signed the petition in Irby against the introduction of charges and it was really interesting to see how far some people travel to visit Irby – what a wonderful village we have!

Sadly though, they are still pushing forward with the  introduction of parking charges in the country parks. The level of charging is not as high as once threatened, but for those who use our country parks regularly this will still be a challenge. The young footballers and their parents and carers will face this extra burden.  As widely reported, the cost is 50p for one hour, £1 for two and £2 for all day. While this is better than £4 per day, the principle has now been established and I suspect the price will only go up next year.

 

Huge support for petition over parking charges

Cllr Jeff Green’s petition on Labour’s proposed introduction of parking charges has passed the 2500 signatory mark and continues to grow.

There is huge opposition to the proposal to charge £4 a day for parking at Royden Park, Arrrowe Park, Eastham Park and Wirral Country Park. I’ve signed the petition, and you can too by following this link:

https://www.change.org/p/phil-davies-no-to-car-parking-charges-at-wirral-s-country-parks?utm_medium=email&utm_source=notification&utm_campaign=signature_receipt&share_context=signature_receipt&recruiter=521117240

 

Labour urged to come clean over car parking charges

 Labour Councillors are being urged to come clean over planned car parking charges at Wirral’s beloved country parks. A seemingly innocuous decision, authorised by Councillor Stuart Whittingham, and sneaked through in the run up to Christmas, instructed officers to begin the process of buying new pay and display equipment. Cryptically, the report stated the only wards affected would be Greasby, Frankby Irby, Pensby and Thingwall, West Kirby and Thurstaston, Eastham and New Brighton.

Councillor Jeff Green, Leader of Wirral’s Conservative Group said: “Having seen this decision and investigated the intention behind it has been confirmed that this equipment is destined for the introduction of car parking charges at Royden Park, Arrowe Park, Wirral Country Park and Eastham Country Park (along with Perch Rock in New Brighton). I’m sure Labour Councillors are conscious of how unpopular the suggestion was last time it was tabled but it appears they are determined to try and sneak this through with the bare minimum of consultation.

He continued: “I understand from senior officers that public notices will shortly be issued at the sites and in newspapers however any “consultation” has been rendered meaningless as budget information clearly shows that Labour Councillors expect to generate an additional £1million from car parking revenue with no alternative options proposed, so naturally residents will assume this is a foregone conclusion.”

Councillor Green continued: “I would urge anyone who is against this proposal to sign my petition at https://www.change.org/p/phil-davies-no-to-car-parking-charges-at-wirral-s-country-parks to demonstrate to the Leader of the Council and his Labour colleagues that they have got it wrong yet again and if the Leader of the Council needs any alternative budget savings I suggest he looks a little closer to home and scraps his expensive Executive Policy Support Officer post or his Town Hall Pravda and keeps our country parks free for everyone to use and enjoy.

 

Where is the Wirral View?

Labour-run Wirral is now producing a monthly newspaper, in defiance of Government guidance to local authorities. At a recent Council meeting, when challenged about the plans for the newspaper, Labour members informed us that they did not receive a copy of local free newspapers and that was why their new paper was required. They said that local people need to be made aware of what the council is doing. One member of the Labour group implied that the newspaper was needed because the Wirral Globe didn’t print what they wanted said!!!!!!!!

I have news for them! The initial copy of Wirral View, paid for by local taxpayers has not even been delivered in large parts of this area. I have not received one through my door, so we are being charged for something that is not even delivered. Long after the fireworks display promoted on the front page (and such a disappointment to many) local people still don’t have a copy of the paper which is costing them dear.

 

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