26 Feb 2010

Breakthrough on road safety

Our campaign to improve road safety is bearing real fruit. According to the Wirral Globe , the borough will see 20mph established across all residential areas. While it is disappointing that this will take four years to complete it nevertheless looks like a real step forward. Hopefully this will see Wirral drop down the national leage table and prevent many families enduring the heart-ache that accompanies road casualties.

24 Feb 2010

Broken lights reported

Our residents' survey always throws up street lights that are out of order. Today I have reported the day burning light pictured on Briardale Road as well as the following lights that are currently not working:

Columns 14A and 16A on Carnforth Close, CH41 2TX
Column 4 on Victoria Road, CH42 (outside the Victoria Lodge pub)
Column 1 in St Catherines Gardens, CH42 7JJ (by junction with Derby Road)
Column 4, Oak Bank, CH41 2TS

21 Feb 2010

Borough Road clean up

Glad to see that this eyesore behind the houses on Borough Road by Victoria Fields has now been cleared.

Well done to the street cleaning team for responding so quickly to my request.

12 Feb 2010

Congestion on Derby Road

Congestion on Derby Road has been a real problem since the road was resurfaced. Unfortunately, the Council has been very slow about replacing road markings. I was, therefore, glad to hear this week that, following my complaint, the single yellow line running from opposite St Catherines Hospital as far as Harrowby Road will be replaced "asap".

1 Feb 2010

Wirral Dog Wardens

Had a very useful chat today with one of Wirral's dog wardens (there are three in total). Dog muck is a huge problem and something I get more complaints about than anything else.

So what can you do?

If you know someone is failing to clean up dog mess you can report them to the local dog wardens. Just ring 647 8799. You will need an address or alternatively a car registration number. A warden will pay the dog owner a visit and explain their obligations with respect to handling dog waste. If a second complaint is received then a warning letter can be issued. Subsequent complaints can lead to a prosecution but this does require a witness prepared to give evidence. You can also report a stray dog on the same number.

Anyone caught allowing their dog to foul can be issued with a £50 penalty notice by a warden or a police community support officer. The whole of Wirral including all beaches are covered by the 1996 Dog Fouling Act.

As long as it's in a tied bag, dog waste can be placed in any litter bin or a green wheelie bin. It does not have to be placed in a dog litter bin.

Wirral, unlike most authorities, has its own dog kennels. Around 1,000 dogs were handed in last year. If you are interested in adopting a stray call 647 8799. There is a charge of £55. The kennels are on Corporation Road, CH41 4JZ.

There will be a dog wardens clinic on Seymour Street on February 19th. This will include a microchipping id service costing £5 per animal. I understand that anyone using an RSPCA approved clinic needs to have their dog microchipped.