Posted by: John Brace | 29th October 2018

What are 3 public meetings happening this week about?

What are 3 public meetings happening this week about?

                                     

MV Snowdrop (one of the iconic Mersey Ferries) on the River Mersey with Liverpool skyline in the background

MV Snowdrop (one of the iconic Mersey Ferries) on the River Mersey with Liverpool skyline in the background

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
Time: 6.00pm
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
Committee: Scrutiny
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
Time: 2.00pm
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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Responses

  1. I was hoping there was going to be one about the state of our roads and pavements, added to the fact of the useless streetlighting, leaves/litter all over the place, dog muck under our feet etc etc.
    Makes you wonder why no one wants to invest in the place?

    • Well the Transport Committee which is part of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

      However the responsibility for the state of the roads is the responsibility of the local council in that area, with some major roads being the responsibility of the Highways Agency.

      I agree that a better environment would improve the chances of inward investment.

      I’ve also noticed bits of the Wirral are much better cared for than others.

      Whether they are parts of the Wirral with lower dog ownership or more responsible dog owners, I’m not sure!

      As to leaves, it’s Autumn so very little can be done about nature (other than the gutters need to be kept clear to prevent flooding)!

    • Oh and strangely enough today I wrote about a Judge that in two cases where Wirral Council was the Defendant and in front of three Wirral Council employees referred to “traffic chaos”.

      Sadly the three employees present were a solicitor from Wirral Council’s legal department and I think two from the antisocial behaviour & housing side. They were not from the highways side of Wirral Council.


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