29 Jan 2010

Trinity Lane

Wirral Green Party recently submitted the letter below to Wirral's planning department. This was in support of residents on Price Street concerned, in part, about the potential closure of Trinity Lane as a public right of way. This could seriously inconvenience residents on Cleveland Street and Wood Street who use Trinity Lane to access Birkenhead town centre.

I'm pleased that at last night's planning meeting a decision was taken to defer judgement pending further investigation of the rights of way issue. A final decision is expected in the next month or so.


Re Application Number APP/2009/6404

This relates to the above application for fencing/gates on Trinity Lane, Birkenhead. We wish to make two points:

Firstly we support the petition raised by local residents in objection to this application.

Secondly, we are completely opposed to any loss of public access via Trinity Lane. This is a well used thoroughfare providing access to local amenities for many residents. As you are no doubt aware, Wirral Council is publicly committed to supporting easy access to facilities via sustainable modes. Indeed it is part of the Council's vision for the borough as detailed in the current consultation on the Core Strategy Development Plan.

Blocking access via Trinity Lane would run counter to Council policy and seriously inconvenience many residents. We strongly urge you to reject this application.

Yours sincerely

on behalf of the Green Party in Wirral

Pat Cleary and nine other named individuals

27 Jan 2010

Mill Street sees the light

Great news today that residents on Mill Street (off Derby Road) will have new street lighting by April at the latest.

Thanks to the Street Lighting team for their prompt and positive response to my request.

20 Jan 2010

Another disappearing act

Glad to see this graffiti at the bottom of Kinmel/Birchwood Close is now a thing of the past.

Well done to the graffiti team for another swift response.

19 Jan 2010

New Traffic Regulation Orders

Wirral Council has issued a slew of traffic regulation orders as follows:

Introduction of waiting restrictions at the junction of Rodney Street and Whetstone Lane (to improve visibility and road safety)
Revocation of waiting restrictions at Belmont (to increase available parking for local businesses)
Modified waiting restrictions in the St. Anne Street area (to improve safety and assist local businesses)

If you need further details of any of these schemes, please get in touch using the contact details on this page.

4 Jan 2010

Activity report for December

Welcome to the first update for the New Year. News below on affordable housing, road safety and a particularly busy streets update.

Shocking revelations on social housing

Our latest ward newsletter is currently being delivered and includes a special focus on social housing. It recently emerged that it would take over 7 years to clear the current waiting list for affordable housing locally. This is completely unacceptable in my view. Many decisions taken by Wirral Council have added to the problems facing those on low incomes needing suitable accommodation. If you are affected I would welcome your input so please get in touch.

“Wirral slammed over road safety”

There has been a great response from the media to my concerns regarding the poor road safety in Wirral, especially for children. As well as appearing on Radio City the issue was also taken up by the Wirral Globe and the Birkenhead News. As a result there is now increasing pressure on local officials to take road safety more seriously and give our children the protection they need.

Streets update

Street issue developments this month include:

  • Residents on Hinderton Road have seen a huge improvement after encroaching vegetation was cleared from their alleyway by the owners of the Argyle industrial estate. This was followed by a deep clean of the alleyway by the Council
  • There has been an even more striking improvement on Rodney Street where the alleyway running adjacent to Clifton Road is unrecognisable from a few months ago as you can see here.
  • The offensive graffiti I reported on Bentinck Street is gone as is the graffiti on the Netto store off Grange Road.
  • The longstanding broken light on Conway Drive has now been repaired as has the light on Hampden Road by the junction with Church Road. Day burning lights on Frodsham Street and in the car park on Victoria Road are now fixed.
  • The damaged street sign on St Laurence Drive has been replaced while residents on Convent Close also have a new sign.

If there are any outstanding street issues in your area please let me know.