Posted by: John Brace | 22 January 2015

Decision expected soon over whether to consult on plans to build new fire station on green belt land in Saughall Massie

Decision expected soon over whether to consult on plans to build new fire station on green belt land in Saughall Massie

Dan Stephens Chief Fire Officer, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service at Greasby Methodist Church Hall, Greasby Road, Greasby on 10th November 2014 at a consultation meeting on closure of Upton and West Kirby fire stations and merger at Greasby

Dan Stephens Chief Fire Officer, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service at Greasby Methodist Church Hall, Greasby Road, Greasby on 10th November 2014 at a consultation meeting on closure of Upton and West Kirby fire stations and merger at Greasby

Last year, one of the more high-profile stories was the consultation on plans to close Upton and West Kirby fire stations and replace them with a new fire station in Greasby village. In a dramatic U-turn last year Wirral Council decided to withdraw their offer of the land in Greasby part way through the consultation.

Next week a public meeting of the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority (which comprises 18 councillors representing the various districts in Merseyside including four from Wirral Council) will decide what happens next. The outcome of the consultation is agenda item 4 (Wirral Fire Cover consultation outcomes and what’s suggested to do next is agenda item 5 (West Wirral Operational Response Considerations (Post Consultation).

Councillors will choose from one of three options which are:

1) deferring a decision on the closure of West Kirby Fire Station and holding a further 12-week consultation starting on 2nd March. This consultation would be very similar to the last one with the main difference between this and the last consultation being that the new fire station would be built on a piece of land on Saughall Massie Road, Saughall Massie not Frankby Road, Greasby.

2) have a six-week consultation on the closure of West Kirby Fire Station and keep Upton Fire Station. Councillors would then make a further decision in April 2015.

3) have a six-week consultation on the closure of West Kirby Fire Station, reporting back to make a further decision in April 2015 whilst at the same time looking for an alternative site for Upton Fire Station before a further 12 week consultation.

Although no decision on which option to go for has yet been made, the proposed site for the new fire station can be found here thanks to a map given to the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority by Wirral Council and published as part of the reports for the meeting.

According to Wirral Council’s asset register this piece of land is down as “Saughall Massie Road Open Space” and is described as “public open space (amenity)”. It’s also in Wirral’s green belt.

What is also revealed in one of the reports for the meeting was that Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service spent £6,244.20 with a firm of architects on the aborted plan for a fire station in Greasby (these were the plans on display that were on display at the second Greasby consultation meeting).

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  1. Far be it for me to say, but if you treat all these matters as an “IF CASH BET” For instance ” Motion ” (Bowel Movement) ” Long or Short Term Defence Strategy ” Your not Listening Phil ” or Mitigation, you decide?

  2. G’day John

    I trust you and your good lady are well.

    Sorry to hijack this blog again.

    It is now 1,299 days since I blew the whistle to “The Football Shirt” and “The Chamber Potty” on “Wirral Funny Bizz”.

    You are no doubt aware of the volume of evidence “Highbrow” has dumped on the officers and councillors on an almost daily basis.

    It appears now as the day is about to dawn they want to see evidence.

    They are unbelievable.

    They got rid of of Bev, they got rid of Garry they got rid of “him with the alphabet after his name” and they obviously have ignored anything they have said and as for Grant (Here have a £50,000.00) bonus for a report we will ignore.

    We know “The Chamber Potty” kept her gob shut under orders, her words.

    We know they continued to pay “Wirral Funny Biz” for 18 months after “The Chamber Potty” wanted them closed down, her words.

    John I don’t think the people who know of this debacle that must now be costing the good people of Wirral up to about £200,000.00 to protect a couple of chancers down Campelltown Road who got away with super profits and made officers and councillors look as stupid as them are not fit for purpose or indeed voting for.

    My morning rant is over my boy but if anyone thinks “Highbrow” has not got a lot more in his locker they have another think coming.

    The man is a genius with a memory as large as the “The Dunny Chain Wearer’s” over-egged ego and “Phil the Dill’s ever increasing bald spot that your new camera points out perfectly and will no doubt pick up “The Pretend Friends” snoring in the chamber..



    Do you think they will be able to ignore the European Auditors if the DCLG do not do the right thing by the council taxpayer?

  3. I wonder what it is like to be on the Front Page of Every Newspaper in the English Speaking World and not because your Top Gun!!!!

  4. G’day Reprahnehpets

    I wonder what it is like to know wrong and not speak up (like Wirral Councillors and Officers) and cowardly act dumb or use a pseudonym?



    • Thankyou for your mention again. Your a Nice Man, a Very, Very Nice Man

      • Further Mr G, its better to be a LIVE Coward, than a Dead HERO and before you return, I have died already a Thousand deaths, so it makes no difference to me!!!

  5. G’day John

    Happy Australia Day to you. Wish I was there.

    Can I just remind your viewers in no particular order about Big, ISUS and Working Neighbourhoods.

    “Highbrow” and I agreed a plan to tell Wirral that they were getting ripped off to the tune of hundreds and hundreds of thousands of pounds by Wirral “Funny Bizz.

    Just before I was to be sacked for sussing them I phoned “The Chamber Potty” at Invest (In thyself) Wirral to blow the whistle.

    She made me wait a week or so until “The Football Shirt” was available and was vaguely offering me a job that I wasn’t interested in just wanting to report criminals.

    She was appalled at what I said but I sensed she knew the truth and asked me about forged signatures that I didn’t know about at that time but she did.

    “The Football Shirt” just boasted about his brilliant career in audit and accounting and said there was nothing wrong looking cock-eyed up at his name on his red football shirt.

    “The Chamber Potty” wanted Wirral “Funny” Bizz closed down immediately but was told to keep her gob shut her words to “Highbrow” at a twee coffee shop that is successful unlike “The Blue Spotty Teapot” that other fraud and disaster.

    So they effectively just ignored me until “The Pretend Friend” got them to get Internal Audit involved and Beved was on my side and she knew “Highbrow” and I were telling the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

    She was right on the case but just vanished never to be seen again but left a report that is closely guarded until this day.

    “The Shyster” then sent out his as usual threatening letter about harassment and his usual crap.

    Davgar then rewrote the report that was a crock of shit and not fit for purpose full of lies and make believe and then he was paid off and retired, probably like Gra Gra and working somewhere else.

    Then “The Pretend Friend” still being on “Highbrows” side arranged for Grant here is £50,000.00 for doing an audit report that will be ignored to this day.

    Then Gra Gra turned up after a few pay offs and asked why this hadn’t been sorted it was simples………….

    So Gra Gra why didn’t you sort it and who stopped you??????

    Then DCLG sent in an auditor that finished his report over a year ago and that has not seen the light of day as yet.

    So after ignoring 4 audits and spending about £200,000.00 protecting reputations and criminals “Highbrow” actually got an email the other day before sparrow’s fart asking for evidence he has given to all the councillors and at least 4 auditors.

    I sense people are getting nervous particularly after their ridiculous statements and lies at Gra Gra’s public farce of 8 October 2014

    Won’t bore you any more I am off to bake some lamingtons and buy one can
    of Fosters as that is all I can afford to celebrate Australia Day.



    • Enjoy your lamington and happy Australia Day to you too.

  6. Mr G, I wish you a happy day, perhaps a little crass and insensitive, however it is your Country. One instead of moaning all the time. You and your cohorts go to the place that this matter needs reporting too. The DCLG, (Government) and Responsible body for Local Government.

    Are you sure that the “Shyster” sent you the letter? and not people dear to your Heart ?(Satire). If she was told to keep her gob shut, she is as much in the Shit as others are. I can say that the Pretend Friend and others are in as much Shit. I can say also if you check the Expenses Sheet, as advertised on Mr Braces Blog, you may find the Signature your Looking for off the letter you have and it will give me great pleasure for you.

    All the contributors to this and other Blogs Have done a Bloody Good Job, I could not have done better myself and I look forward to hearing from all of you after the Report goes in. I know you are all in contact with each other and would suggest that each of you has the Evidence in support of the other