I attended the official commemoration of Somme100 at West Kirby yesterday morning, led by the Bishop of Birkenhead, where The Mayor of Wirral laid a wreath, and as did Councillor Geoffrey Watt and others. It was a cold, but mercifully dry start to the day, and a good number of people of all ages were there to hear the whistles, piper and Last Post.
More locally the Greasby Knitters have made a marvellous contribution to this week’s commemoration of the Battle of the Somme. Like all their displays these too encourage conversation and build community in our village. While taking these photos I had a lovely chat with a lady whose father fought in the First World War as we admired the skill of these gifted people.
If you go down to the park today you’re in for a big surprise.
The Friends of Coronation Park Playground (and their friends) have been very busy. All the play equipment has had a fresh coat of paint and everything is looking fresh, bright and clean. They will tell you, and I have to admit, that I wasn’t able to be there for the hard work – but I was pleased to be able to get there before they had gone home and congratulate them. Its a wonderful improvement, and once the new safety surface has been installed the park will be hugely improved for everyone to use.
The good news is that local people have been voting already – 2,000+ votes have been cast in the community vote to decide the allocation of £50,000 for local projects. These projects will make a real difference by improving our area and peoples’ lives.
The money comes from Wirral West Constituency Committee, which has funded nearly 170 local projects in the last two years, including the installation of community noticeboards, improvements to parks and luncheon clubs that provide support for vulnerable residents.
I want as many people as possible to use their vote to be part of deciding where this funding goes. We have so many wonderful projects in Greasby and Irby, as well as across Wirral West.
THE VOTE CLOSES AT NOON ON FRIDAY 18th MARCH
visit www.wirral.gov.uk/wirralwest and click on “Get involved” to find the link to the voting.
Wirral West Community Fund is now open for you to vote on your preferred projects.
The voting closes on Friday 18th March at 12 noon so don’t delay!
There is no limit to the number of projects that you can support, but I do think that in Greasby, Frankby, Irby we have a wonderful selection of projects. Read the General instructions for the fund and then start your vote. The projects cover improving our green landscape, planning ahead for Christmas lights, improvements at Irby library and at Irby cricket club, a project to improve the play area in Coronation park and front covers for the Greasby Messenger. There is also a bid to help fund this year’s Celebrate Greasby Day on 11th June. (more information will be available soon).
There is a new planning application for the Donkey Field in Greasby. (described in the application as Land to the East of Kinloss Road.
The application 15/01507 seeks permission for two blocks of one and two bedroom apartments, comprising 19 apartments in all. There is considerable concern that this will have a detrimental effect on the amenity of the local people and represents an overdevelopment of the site. I’ve taken action to ensure that the application will be heard by the Planning Committee so that there will be public scrutiny of it.
You can see details of the application at www.wirral.gov.uk/planning and make a comment online there. Alternatively you can email email@example.com.
Why not email me too, and let me know your comments on the matter, and how it could affect you.
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.