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.
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:
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.
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.
August may be holiday time for some, but responses are needed to these items by early September, so please don’t miss out.
Council launches food recycling and waste consultation
The six-week consultation runs until September 9. 2016. Please do take part by visiting www.wirral.gov.uk/food –
I’m sure that you have an opinion on the two options -either
- to keep the existing 240 litre green bin, but have this collected every three weeks OR
- replace the existing bin with a new 140 litre, smaller green bin that is collected on the current two week schedule.
I don’t know about you, but the waste in my green bin isn’t anything close to 40% food and I have put that in my response. No one I’ve spoken to has that proportion of food waste either, so where does that figure come from???
Wirral West Community Fund 2016
This year Wirral West Constituency Committee has made available £50,000 for local organisations to bid for funding for local projects that will positively impact on the area through its community fund grants programme. The Wirral West Constituency team is inviting bids for projects that will improve quality of life in Wirral West and positively impact on local people and places. Up to £10,000 is available per ward, with a maximum grant for each project of £1,000. Further details about who can apply and the application form are here.
The closing date for applications is Thursday 8 September 2016 at 12 noon.
I know that the money provided by this fund has made a significant difference to local groups and projects in Greasby and Irby in the past and I’m delighted that the Constituency Committee, chaired by Councillor Jeff Green has once again made it available.
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).