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.
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.