Post Office at 260 Wallasey Village

imagesI’ve just received a further letter advising me that thanks to Government investment, the Post Office at 260 Wallasey Village along with the branch on Wallasey Road, is also to be included in the modernisation programme.

The Post Office in Wallasey Village will close on Thursday 23 July and re-open on Saturday 8 August.  Posters will be displayed to let customers know the details.

For many residents, the local post office is one of the hubs of their community and I’m delighted that the Post Office in our village is to be one of the 8,000 which are being modernised.

Hollywood comes to Wallasey

Twickenham Studios will be filming Florence Foster Jenkins, today Monday 15th June, and will feature Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, along with a crew of 100.

Filming is weather dependent but should take place at Green Lane between 4pm and 6pm today – a road closure has been put in place at Green Lane (the entrance to the North Wirral Coastal Park, ‘the gunsite’).  Filming is also taking place this morning at Caldy Golf Course between 11am and 3pm.

Apparently, the geographical features are similar to Long Island on the East Coast of America (me neither!) which is why they’ve chosen to come here.

On a practical note the film company has been liaising with the council and fees for the road closure have been raised accordingly.

194 Wallasey Road

Another local Post Office in Wallasey is being modernised.  The branch at 194 Wallasey Road is the latest in a programme that will see 8,000 modernised, thanks to Government investment, and the largest modernisation programme in the history of the network.

The Post Office have advised that the branch is due to close on 8 July and reopen on 24 July.  The new-look branch will be open longer on a Saturday (until 5.30pm) and will offer the same services with the addition of car tax.

Over the years, I’ve consistently opposed the Post Office closure programme of the previous Labour government, so this investment now is great news.

Wallasey planning applications

Wirral’s planning department has received an application for a ‘change of use’ of Wallasey Village Medical Centre (on the corner of Perrin Road and Wallasey Village) which has been vacant since the practice merged with Grove Medical Practice last June.  The current owners would like to change the premises from a doctor’s surgery to offices, for an expanding software company.

It’s good news that an empty building is being put to use and does not become derelict.  You can find the details here.

Other recent planning applications:

Thorndale Business Centre, Wallasey Road – An application has been received to demolish the above building to be replaced with a three storey building accommodating 4 apartments.  Residents in Harrow Road are concerned about being overlooked and I have written to the Council objecting to this application on a number of grounds; the light, peace and quiet currently enjoyed by residents will be eroded, the development it dominant, overbearing and not in keeping with other buildings in the area and disturbance from vehicles.  More details are here.

St Hilary’s Church, Claremount Road – The above application is for a ‘proposed upgrade to an existing telecoms installation and associated works’.  All the details can be accessed here.

8 Green Lane, Wallasey Village – I was surprised to read this planning application as it proposes to demolish the existing house and construct three new dwellings!  I’ve read the proposals and I have objected on numerous grounds, most specifically that it’s an overdevelopment in the area.  If the planning officer recommends approval then it will go to the planning committee for a final decision.  Read more here.

Another chance to vote

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Wallasey Village in Bloom needs your help.

They have applied for funding from AVIVA Community Fund and the only way they have a chance of winning is by votes, votes and more votes!

Michelle, Anne and Suzanne got together in 2013 with the aim of improving Wallasey Village.  All the planters on railings and tubs that you see around WVIB 3plus the ‘circle’ outside St Nicholas’s Church are all maintained by the group.  They raise money by fundraising and have bought all the flowers, soil and planters themselves.

But they want to expand and make the whole Village look brighter and better, so please support them.  Your vote counts.

Please click here which will take you to AVIVA’s funding page – you are able to vote up to 10 times.

Extra parking in Wallasey Village

I have been in discussions with the council during the last twelve months to try to resolve the lack of parking in Wallasey Village which affects residents and local businesses alike.  I’m pleased to report that the council eventually agreed with me, and after consultation with local residents they will reduce the length of the double yellow lines in Probyn Road and Ponsonby Road, which will allow for two extra car parking spaces in each road.

At the same time, they have also agreed to remove the yellow lines which mark the unused bus stop on Leasowe Road (between Ponsonby Road and Probyn Road), allowing for at least three more parking spaces.  Altogether this will give an extra seven to eight spaces in a built up residential and commercial area.  This will make a huge difference to those living and working here.

Streetscene will consult by writing to local residents in the next couple of weeks asking for their views, and, subject to agreement, the work will be carried out towards the end of June/early July.

It’s taken some robust conversations to get council officers to review this problem in Wallasey Village but it will help to make life easier for everyone who lives and works here and, as many of the double yellow lines painted on Wirral’s roads are historical – in some places they are not needed any more, and in other areas actually adding double yellow lines would help drivers considerably – perhaps they should carry out a review across the borough?

If they do, Wallasey first please!

Councillor Paul Hayes

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Congratulations to my colleague, Councillor Paul Hayes who was re-elected in Wallasey Ward, with a majority of 522 over Labour and the highest Conservative vote for 11 years.

Last Thursday, local Conservatives held the seats they were defending in Wallasey and Moreton on the same day that the country elected the first majority Conservative Government for 23 years.

The Conservative vote across the five council wards we contested was higher than five years ago as 11,703 people voted for their local Conservative candidates on Thursday.

  • Councillor Steve Williams was re-elected in Moreton West & Saughall Massie, with a majority of 133 over Labour and the highest Conservative vote for 11 years.
  • Labour held the seats they were defending in Liscard, Seacombe, New Brighton and Leasowe & Moreton East.
  • Support for the Greens increased.
  • Support for the Liberal Democrats collapsed.
  • UKIP again failed to make a breakthrough in any of the six wards.

The full results for all wards in Wirral can be found here