Cllr Chris Blakeley (Chair)
Cllr Ian Lewis
Cllr Steve Williams
Cllr Anita Leech
Tracey Smith, Area Forum coordinator
Steve Preston, Community Safety
Inspector Peter Kolokotroni, Merseyside Police
Chris Begya (Head of Branch, Personal Support (Department of Adult Social Services)
Graham Hodkinson (Director of Adult Social Services)
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service
and about forty members of the public
The Chair, Cllr Chris Blakeley welcomed the public to what he said was sadly the last Area Forum as the Council wanted to move to Neighbourhood working based on the four constituencies. Cllr Blakeley said that this would not be as local and as the constituency the Area Forum was based in was Wallasey that it might involve travelling further to meetings. He thanked those involved with the Area Forum over the last ten years.
Two items in particular [on the Area Forum agenda] had generated interest locally, the Moreton Youth Club and Moreton Day Centre, on the latter Graham Hodkinson, the Director of Adult Social Services had been invited to answer questions. Cllr Blakeley said that Tracey had been a “fantastic Area Forum coordinator” and he wanted to thank Tracey who he thought was the best Area Forum coordinator.
He introduced Cllr Steve Williams and Cllr Ian Lewis and told them that the latter had been elected in the recent byelection. Cllr Ian Lewis asked that as this was the first Area Forum since the death of former Cllr Anne McArdle for a minutes silence. There was a minute of silence for former Cllr Anne McArdle.
Cllr Blakeley asked for apologies? Apologies were given for Cllr Simon Mountenay, Cllr Ron Abbey and another. He asked if there were any questions arising from the minutes? None were asked. He then asked Peter Cummings to give an update on United Utilities. However Peter Cummings wasn’t present. Cllr Blakeley commented on the widespread nature of current United Utilities roadworks in the local area.
Continued at Part 2.