Harrison Drive: Perseverance does pay off! In the summer I suggested that the railings along Harrison Park needed painting and received the stock answer that it was ‘non-essential’. In the present climate who would argue with that, however, I’m pleased to say that the council are liaising with Community Payback to see if they can assist them – so all it will cost is a couple of tins of paint! I’m hopeful that the railings at the junction of Grove Road will be included as well
Paignton Road: There’s no point the council making white marks on roads to highlight deep potholes and then do nothing about it – as happened in Paignton Road. I was alerted by a resident and I’m pleased to say that the work was carried out within a few days. A new road sign is also on order after the original one was stolen. It’ll take about six weeks but should be here mid-January. If the council have ‘white marked’ a pothole in your road and done nothing further about it, let me know. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or 630 2939
Rake Lane Cemetery: I’ve had a number of complaints about the condition of the ground at the entrance to Rake Lane Cemetery from Seaview Road. With the heavy rain we’ve had recently, the water soaks/drains down from the library and meets stagnated water in the road/pavement. It’s recently got worse and the ground is very unstable which stops people from visiting graves, which is particularly sad especially at Christmas time. I’ve asked the Council to investigate as a matter or urgency and get back to me.
Need Funding: The ‘Need Funding?’ page at the top of my blog has been updated with the latest funding streams available. So if you know any young people between 14 and 25 years old who are working on volunteering projects which transform the community and green spaces – take a look!
It’s also good news for all Wallasey groups who applied for Area Forum funding earlier this year but were told by the Labour-run Council that the funding was ’non-essential’ and had been suspended. After considerable pressure from groups, ‘friends’, volunteers and councillors (not Labour councillors obviously) the funding has now been released and a meeting to discuss the allocation of funding for Wallasey and New Brighton will take place in the New Year.
Earlston Library: Last Monday, I attended a public meeting organised by the ‘Friends’ groups across Wirral who were concerned that the Labour Council’s ‘proposed budget savings’ may mean that some libraries across Wirral might close. Altogether over 80 ‘Friends’ attended including nearly 30 from Wallasey Village Library. Good discussion with lots of positive suggestions put forward on keeping libraries open right across Wirral.
Wallasey Village Station: It’s been nearly a month since the Council issued Network Rail with an Abatement Notice to stop them working through the night – and they haven’t been seen since. Local residents in Kinross Road have been left with a job half done. Only some of the trees have been removed and the promised new fencing hasn’t been erected. I’ve written to Network Rail to ask them to clarify the situation and when they proposed to complete the work.