News From Our Green & Pleasant ‘Asset Rich/Cash Poor’ Borough
Wirral Council’s Planning Department is trying to avoid being put into ‘Special Measures’. It, along with 14 other English Councils, was named last year by the Department for Communities & Local Government (DCLG) as not having met its ‘Local Plan’ deadline. The Council had been given until the end of January to offer its reasons for not meeting this requirement. The Council has now submitted its explanation. We hope it is accepted; if not, we all, as Council Tax payers, will have to bear the extra burden of covering the cost of Continue reading “Wirral Planning, Green Belt, Golf & Scrapes!”→
Margaret Greenwood MP Raises The Issue Wirral Council Are Reluctant To Address
As our members will already know, we are vehemently opposed to our council leader’s seemingly unstoppable quest to foist upon us, his project to build a ‘Golf Resort’ plus 200 ‘luxury’ houses on North West Wirral’s Green Belt. Rod Tann, our Chairman, wrote to Councillor Phil Davies in June asking many questions about his project, for which we are still awaiting a reply. In the meantime, the ‘Stop The Golf Resort’ group have stepped up their action to help spread the word about the Golf Resort plans to a wider demographic – with results.
As well as setting up a Facebook page and a Twitter account, they have been out and about Wirral collecting signatures against the development and have met with local MP, Margaret Greenwood to further reinforce her awareness about the public’s continuing opposition to the scheme. This opposition has now escalated after it has been revealed the council want to spend £50,000 of council tax payer’s money on a transport study for a new link road for Golf Resort traffic, as if enough public money hasn’t been spent already! Furthermore, the opposition to the scheme has attracted the interest of the BBC who featured it on their North West edition of the Sunday Politics show, in which they interviewed people opposing the scheme including our Chairman. Nobody from Wirral Council appeared on the programme though they did make a statement supporting the idea for tourism.
Having assessed the public feeling, Margaret Greenwood has organised a public meeting about the proposed Hoylake Golf Resort which we are hoping a council representative will attend to answer questions. Seeing as this is very much an Executive leadership project, we would expect no one less than Council Leader, Phil Davies to attend and answer questions about something that he clearly holds as a personal ambition for the area.
The meeting will take place at Hoylake Community Centre, Hoyle Road, Hoylake, CH47 3AG on Saturday 9 December between 9:30am and 11am. We sincerely hope Councillor Davies will be in attendance to explain why we should be as excited as he is about sacrificing our Green Belt for what is at the end of the day, a political initiative.