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Posted by: John Brace | 23rd June 2017

13 councillors on Wirral Council’s Planning Committee agree to site visit over controversial Saughall Massie fire station planning application (APP/17/00306)

13 councillors on Wirral Council’s Planning Committee agree to site visit over controversial Saughall Massie fire station planning application (APP/17/00306)

                                                 

Wirral Council’s Planning Committee 22nd June 2017 (the site visits item starts at 2:38)

Cllr David Elderton (right) proposing a site visit for-planning application APP/17/00306 at Wirral Council's Planning Committee meeting on the 22nd June 2017

Cllr David Elderton (right) proposing a site visit for-planning application APP/17/00306 at Wirral Council’s Planning Committee meeting on the 22nd June 2017

ED – updated 26.6.17 to include time of site visit

Prior to Wirral Council’s Planning Committee meeting starting yesterday evening, the sprung floor bounced as over a hundred people came through the doors into the Civic Hall at Wallasey Town Hall.

Most were there to see what would happen to planning application
APP/17/00306
(which was an amended planning application following the refusal of application APP/16/00985). Application APP/17/00306 was a revised planning application for a new fire station in Saughall Massie on greenbelt land owned by Wirral Council.

Those present patiently sat through the Chair’s regular speech about procedure, followed by approval of the minutes of the last Planning Committee meeting and a request for any declarations of interest to be made.

Finally, nearly three minutes into the meeting came the moment many were waiting for.

Councillor David Elderton (Conservative spokesperson) pictured above requested that the Planning Committee agree a site visit for planning application APP/17/00306 before a decision was made on it.

He explained that the layout and size had changed since the previous application.

The Planning Committee agreed for a site visit to be held on the 18th July 2017 starting at some point after 10.15 am (the minibus is scheduled to leave Wallasey Town Hall at around 10.00 am).

So what is a site visit?

It’s an opportunity for the Planning Committee to visit the site and see for themselves the site that the planning application is about.

Below is what happened at the site visit for the previous planning application (that was refused) that is related to this one held on the same site on the 13th December 2016.

Planning Committee (Wirral Council) Site Visit (APP/16/00985).

A time of day for the site visit has not yet been finalised now been given as 10.30 am, but Wirral Council will request that the applicant Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service “peg out” the proposed outline of the building and site.

The planning application is then expected to be determined at a Planning Committee meeting scheduled to start at 6.00 pm on the 20th July 2017 in the Civic Hall at Wallasey Town Hall, Brighton Street, Seacombe, CH44 8ED.

Related to this matter, ward councillor Councillor Blakeley has also proposed a notice of motion on the green belt that will be discussed at the Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting on the 5th July 2017 in Committee Room 1 at Wallasey Town Hall, Brighton Street, Seacombe, CH44 8ED starting at 6.00 pm. His notice of motion calls upon Wirral Council to “confirm its unconditional guarantee to protect Wirral’s green belt and further resolves that it will not release or allow Council owned green belt land to be developed under any circumstances.”

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Responses

  1. G’day John

    Six years since the great whistleblowing of Wirral “Funny” Bizz is upon us.

    Ooroo

    James

    • It’s 6 years and a month since I blew the whistle on what Wirral Council councillors were up to.

      First they suspended me.
      Then subjected me to a disciplinary hearing.

      The result of the disciplinary hearing was:-

      (a) I was cleared of the allegations of something that I hadn’t done (it had been done by someone else but I was accused of it),

      (b) They (the disciplinary panel) agreed I had had grounds to blow the whistle, however

      (c) I would be punished for 5 years for telling the public.

      I appealed the decision and was told the appeal wouldn’t be accepted as I was never given a copy of what the disciplinary hearing was about. The Chair of the Disciplinary Panel has since died. So asking her would be difficult. 😛

      Since that time there’s been (to my knowledge):

      a) a court case (result councillors broke the law),
      b) a series of standards decisions about politicians,
      c) a whitewash and
      d) a change of government in charge at Wirral Council.

      But an apology takes longer it seems!!! Even if a court of law found you broke it!

      Instead they are quite happy to tell the world I am a liar instead!

      You see it’s impossible to apologise without a culture change and for that you’ve got to wait about 70-80 years!!!

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