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.
I was made aware of concern about the Park and vandalism via Greasby village facebook page at the weekend. Of course I made sure that the council officers were aware of this as soon as possible.
I can report that one of the swings has had to be removed as it was so damaged, but will be replaced in the next fortnight. None of us want to see our park spoiled, and so if you see any antisocial behaviour / vandalism in the park please let the police know on 101 and also call the Community Patrol on 666 5265. Creating a record of the problem can then bring resources to address it. I have also made the Anti-Social Behaviour team aware of the problem.
Earlier this year our newsline highlighted that as local councillors we had put forward a long list of roads for repair. Some of them I had highlighted over a number of years, and so I was delighted that almost all of them were finally agreed for repair.
I’m glad to say that the promised road improvements are beginning to happen. Signs have been put up warning local people not to park on specified dates because there will be resurfacing works undertaken. Individual roads won’t take very long, and the whole program across Wirral is expected to be complete by the end of August. If yours is one of the affected roads, then keep an eye out for the warning signs and park accordingly.
Today we have the good news that the Leader of the Council has withdrawn the availability to MFRS of the Greasby library site.
Since MFRS began its consultation about proposals to build a fire station in Greasby the opposition of local people has been clear. As we said from the beginning – it was important that local people had their say. We had given MFRS a clear indication of the likely response but they wanted to hear it from the people, not from us.
Well they certainly heard it!
The huge turnout at public meetings, approaching 2000 strong petition and formation of an Action Committee are testament to the determination of the whole of Greasby to fight this prospect. It is very good news that Wirral council has listened to us all and withdrawn the offer of land in the centre of Greasby, even before the official consultation period was over. This is a victory for local action but I do wonder what the Labour-run Council was doing offering our village centre to MFRS in the first place?
The news emerged shortly after local councillors Tom Anderson and Wendy Clements had submitted a motion to Council calling for Cabinet not to offer the site. Together Tom, Wendy and Mike have worked to represent the voices of Greasby to the council and the many voices of Greasby have been heard.
Everyone involved in the fight will be celebrating this weekend, and thanks to the efforts of Knit for Greasby the village is looking ready for a party! Pictures to follow on another occasion – this is news to celebrate.
Tonight people poured from all over Greasby to attend the public meeting at Greasby Methodist Church held by the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service. Remarkably the building was full long before the start time of the meeting and hundreds were left outside. (The picture of people outside is gleaned from the Greasby facebook page, thank you.)
In an unsurprising development it was very clear that people in Greasby oppose any suggestion of a Fire Station in the middle of our village.
As the meeting started I realised just how many people were outside and so I went out to speak with them, knowing that my colleagues would be part of the meeting inside. Everyone was very frustrated that they had been unable to get inside to take part. Obviously it is important to hear views, and that was what I was about. As the evening wore on and some left from the meeting a few others were able to get inside. We also heard a promise to hold a second meeting in Greasby and as soon as I hear any news on that I’ll pass it on.
The overwhelming message that I heard from everyone I spoke to was:
Greasby really doesn’t want a fire station.
with a close second:
We think you should keep the Upton site which already exists, and really don’t understand the logic of moving to Greasby.
Today I was privileged to join local people and others in Irby. The occasion was the unveiling by my good friend Esther McVey of a plaque to commemorate Private Frank Lester VC of Irby. Sadly his Victoria Cross was awarded posthumously as he died on 12 October 1918, and the local parish website gives some of the details. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission provides information about the cemetery where he lies at Neuvilly in France.
The plaque has been installed at Millers Hey, the home from which he left to join the army and the current owners of the property had really organised a wonderful afternoon to mark the occasion.
This “rubbish” image comes from a post on the Greasby village facebook page.
I’ve noticed the comments on facebook, and agree that this needs to be addressed. I have reported this problem to the council – because its really not acceptable for the bins to be in this state.
If you are aware of a bin which has not been emptied frequently enough, please let me know.
As I posted last week, there is a plan to decorate tree trunks in Greasby and here are some more details.
National Tree Week is 22nd to 30th November and the new GREASBY YARNS group are planning to decorate trees in the village. Just how many depends on how many donations are received. The volunteers will gather them all and sew them together to decorate the trees. The plan is that all the work will be complete by Tree Dressing Day
If you knit or crochet the suggestion is that you provide squares, rectangles and strips in any colour or texture. If you prefer you could make woolly pompoms. Could you make individual pieces that are between 3 inches and 9 inches wide and no more than 18 inches long. (in centimetres those are 7.5, 23 and 45).
If you would like to chat to someone from the Greasby Yarns group then you are invited to meet one of the group in the library 10:30 – 12 on Thursdays 17th, 24th and 31st July. If you can’t come then there is a red collection bin in the library for donations.
Enterprising Greasby folk are planning to bring colour to our village in the dark days of winter. You may have seen one of the posters, but if not I’ve reproduced one here. Why not join in and meet some new people at the same time as contributing to this community project. The details of how to join in are all there.