What are 3 public meetings happening this week about?
Below is a list of details of three public meetings of local government this week by date along with a short commentary on what they are about.
Monday 29th October
Body: Wirral Council
Committee: Pensions Committee
Location: Council Chamber, 2nd floor, Birkenhead Town Hall, Mortimer Street, Birkenhead, Wirral, CH41 5EU
Transport: within walking distance of Hamilton Square train station and within walking distance of both Birkenhead Bus Station and Woodside Bus Station, car parking available in Hamilton Square (charges apply)
Public wifi: yes (but password protected by 8 digit number)
Description: The agenda to this meeting is published on Wirral Council’s website and is about matters relating to Merseyside Pension Fund (Wirral Council is the Administering Authority for this). Ten councillors from Wirral Council sit on this committee, plus a councillor each from Knowsley Council, Liverpool City Council, St Helens Council and Sefton Council plus representatives from those involved in the Pension Fund. Items 1 (Declarations of Interest) to item 16 (exclusion of press and public) expected to be held in public. Access to the room on an upper floor of Birkenhead Town Hall is either via a lift from the ground floor or a number of flights of stairs. Meeting is expected to be webcast live by Wirral Council. Note the public are usually admitted to the meeting room at around 5.45 pm due to a regular briefing before the meeting.
*Note looking ahead to the following week the Wirral Council Cabinet meeting on Monday 5th November scheduled for 10.00 am has been cancelled. However there are additional special meetings of the Standards and Constitutional Oversight Committee (7th November 2018) and a Joint Special Meeting of the Children and Families Overview and Scrutiny Committee & Adult Care and Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (12th November 2018). Both of these meetings have a start time of 6.00 pm at Wallasey Town Hall. It is also possible there may be last-minute changes to rooms used for public meetings at Wallasey Town Hall up to the 22nd November 2018 due to the Upton byelection.
Tuesday 30th October
Time: 1.00 pm
Body: Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority
Location: Liverpool Suite, ground floor, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters, Bridle Road, Bootle, L30 4YD
Transport: short walk from Aintree train station, bus routes serve nearby roads, visitors’ car park available
Public wifi: yes (ask at reception for unique username and password)
Description: The agenda for this meeting is published on Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority’s website and provides scrutiny of the work of Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority. 9 councillors sit on the newly formed Scrutiny Committee (this is its first public meeting). Agenda item 1 (Preliminary Matters) to agenda item 8 (Final Forward Plan for People Scrutiny) expected to be in public. There is ground floor access to this room. Coded visitor passes need to be issued at reception before entry which have to be worn and returned to reception on leaving.
Thursday 1st November 2018
Body: Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
Committee: Transport Committee
Location: Authority Chamber, 1st floor, No 1 Mann Island, Liverpool, L3 1BP
Transport: within walking distance of James Street train station and within walking distance Pier Head ferry terminal, also on a number of bus routes
Public wifi: no
Description: The agenda for this meeting is published on Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s website and provides scrutiny of the work of Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and Merseytravel. 24 councillors sit on the Transport Committee (previously called the Merseytravel Committee). Agenda item 1 (Apologies for Absence) to 11 (Any Other Urgent Business Approved by the Chair) expected to be held in public. Note the deadline for questions by the public, petitions or statements is 5.00 pm on Monday 29th October 2018. The meeting is expected to discuss Mersey Ferries, Mersey Tunnels, buses and other matters. Access to the room is either a lift from the ground floor or stairs from the ground floor to first floor.
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