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

UKIP supporters switching to Conservatives

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Analysis of the latest doorstep and postal surveys across the Wallasey constituency shows around 30% of people who had previously pledged to vote UKIP have now switched to the Conservatives ahead of Thursday’s election. The news comes as a UKIP Councillor has also joined the Conservatives, following Monday’s news that Conservatives will cut, and probably scrap, the tunnel tolls.

Councillor Ellio Nicholls said: “The prospect of an Ed Miliband government supported by the SNP, poses great dangers, an economy in free fall and the Union in peril.  In short, a vote for UKIP is now a vote for Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon – nothing else.”

“If we want a strong economy and an EU referendum then there is no alternative to a strong Conservative majority, led by David Cameron, sticking with the plan, finishing the job and offering people a real choice of ‘in’ or ‘out’ on Europe”

Here in Wallasey, the results last time show that UKIP cannot win here – they received just 2.9% of the vote but a vote for UKIP this time could help Labour.  UKIP’s candidate this time is a former Labour candidate for Wallasey.  Vote UKIP? Get Labour!

At last year’s council elections, local Conservative Councillor Ian Lewis lost to Labour by 186 votes, while UKIP’s vote was 433. Vote UKIP? Get Labour.

Now, even Nigel Farage has urged voters who live in seats where UKIP cannot win to switch to the Conservatives. Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, the UKIP Leader urged people to use their votes ‘as wisely as they can’.

Across Wallasey and Moreton, UKIP voters are pledging to support the strong team of local council candidates – Paul Hayes, Steve Williams, Denis Knowles, Tony Pritchard and Chrissy Jones.

Largest increase in Minimum Wage for seven years announced

Conservatives have announced the largest increase in the Minimum Wage since start of the recession.  More than 1.4 million of Britain’s lowest paid are set to benefit. The rate will increase to £6.70 from October 1st. Conservatives have also over-ruled the Low Pay Commission and will increase the rate for apprentices by more than inflation.

From 1 October 2015:

  • the adult rate will increase by 20 pence to £6.70 per hour
  • the rate for 18 to 20 year olds will increase by 17 pence to £5.30 per hour
  • the rate for 16 to 17 year olds will increase by 8 pence to £3.87 per hour
  • the apprentice rate will increase by 57 pence to £3.30 per hour
  • the accommodation offset increases from the current £5.08 to £5.35

Helping people become financially secure for the future is at the heart of our long-term economic plan – no more so than Britain’s lowest paid workers who were amongst the hardest hit by Labour’s Great Recession.

This is the largest rise since 2008 and is only possible because of the Conservative Party’s careful stewardship of the economy these past five years. We will also be raising the minimum wage for apprentices by 20 per cent.

Compare this approach to Ed Miliband’s ludicrous proposal to ‘increase’ the minimum wage to a lower level than it would be at its current long-term growth rate.  As ever, at this election is it is a choice between competence with the Conservatives and chaos with Labour.