Earlier today, I met with a resident and officer from the Highways Department at the Aldi crossing on Hoylake Road/Reeds Lane/Fender Lane after the resident raised concerns about the safety of crossing on the Aldi entrance.
While three of the four crossing points have phased, pedestrian controlled crossing points, the entrance road to the store does not. This causes difficulties for people walking from the ‘Redrow estate’ or Fender Farm towards Moreton. The only safe alternative is to cross at all three crossings to avoid the road, which isn’t ideal…
Anyway, during the visit, the officer from the Highways Department has agreed to see if it is techincally possible to phase the lights differently, without causing traffic delays on the other three roads, and if money is available in the budget.
Plenty of people want to be…
For those that don’t, a few of us are again running the Christmas Day dinner at Leasowe Community Centre. It’s open to anyone who would otherwise be on their own and who may fancy a full Christmas dinner at around midday(ish).
Transport is available to and from the Centre (expertly driven by Emma) while the dinner is also cooked by experts, so that rules me out. I serve and wash up…
The event is made possible due to the goodwill of the volunteers who give up their time on Christmas Day and due to the support of the people and organisations who make a donation.
If you would like to attend (or know someone who may), either as a guest or a volunteer, let me, Jen, Emma know or Sandra at LCH.
Last week, along with councillors Steve Williams and Leah Fraser, I visited the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre. I organised the visit with the Chairman of the Trust because I wanted to see for myself how the centre has benefitted from major investment over recent years. As a member of the Trust, I often receive updates and reports but you can’t beat seeing it for yourself.
With more than 850 staff treating 28,000 patients a year, this is one of the UKs largest specialist cancer treatment centres and it’s one that has a bright future in Wirral, while also expanding its services elsewhere, in the interests of patients who travel from further afield.
Alan White, the Chairman, introduced us to the Chief Executive and many of the staff, as we walked around the Centre, seeing some of the new equipment and ‘state of the art’ facilities. You can see why this centre is so important and so respected for its work.
If, like me, your life or those of people near you has been affected by this terrible disease, then please do look at how you can support Clatterbridge – as a member, volunteer, fundraiser or donor.
Following my meeting with a couple of residents in Ivy Lane, I asked the Town Hall to check on the condition of the pavements. Since then, some damage has been ‘white canned’, indicating that repairs will be done but I’ve asked to them to check on the trench that was dug to install cable is not also in need of some attention.
Meanwhile, behind Blackthorne Close, Magenta Living has agreed to replace the flags near the garages that were damaged by their contractors and I’ve also asked for a low wall to be repiared as well.
Paul Cardin, whistleblower and ‘Freedom of Information’ campaigner, has reported on the training for councillors. As I said on this public website a few weeks’ ago, I have not undertaken any training courses at the Council’s expense since I was (re) elected in January.
That’s because I have either paid for training and briefings myself or have undertaken training in other capacities (such as a school governor). If training is offered, that I can’t obtain elsewhere at no cost to the Council and that will directly help me in my role as councillor, then I’ll look at it.
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Along with the other 65 councillors we have received this update from Mark Camborne, the Council’s ‘man with a plan’ in emergencies…
I am pleased to report that the weather and flood warnings that were in place across Wirral are no longer in force. This now allows the council and businesses to move into the recovery phase, dealing with the aftermath of the event. It might be useful for councillors to aware that the combination of gale force winds, high tides and river and sea surges, have not been experienced on Wirral since 1990. Tide levels recorded at Liverpool indicated that the achieved level of the midday tide reached 11.1m Above Chart Datum (6.1m AOrdnanceD). Predicted tide levels were 9.9m ACD. The recorded levels therefore identify a 1.2m surge in tidal still water levels. The extreme sea levels were made worse by the gale force winds which reached Force 7 gusting Force 10 in a westerly direction and caused additional wave action on top of the extreme still water tide levels.
In terms of moving forward and the recovery / clean-up operation I have listed below the general areas of activity:
Sea Defences – You will be aware that Wirral maintains its sea defences to a very high standard. There has been some weather related damage to the coping stones and some short lengths of prom. The Coastal Engineers are out undertaking inspections of the sea defences, and repairs will begin as soon as possible.
Highways and Coastal Clean Up – A full clean up operation is now underway. Extra crews from Biffa will be working around all the affected areas. Contractors are underway with clearing large areas of debris from the highways and council land. This clean up operation will probably last over the weekend. For information there is a voluntary clean up being organised by members of the local community meeting at Vale Park on Saturday morning at 10.00.
There have also been reports of some areas of highway and street furniture damage, this will be inspected and prioritised accordingly.
Structural Damage – Building Control Officers have been working throughout yesterday and into the evening, assessing all reports of dangerous structures. It is the responsibility of all private owners to carry out repairs and keep safe their own respective properties safe – the majority will do this via their insurers.
If any Councillors or members of the public wish to report any damage or areas requiring clean up, then can they please report them in through Streetscene 0151 6062004 or email@example.com