Proposed ‘Community’ Fire Station at Saughall Massie
Much to the surprise of many, the Planning Officer’s recommendation to approve this application, which was narrowly rejected by the Council’s Planning Committee recently. The majority of the Committee accepted the very slender argument in the report that there were ‘Very Special Circumstances’, which would allow a new station to be built on Wirral’s Green Belt to replace the Upton station one mile away. However, the Application was subsequently rejected because of its close proximity to sheltered housing.
Having spent so much public money on failed attempts to build this new station, first in Greasby and now in Saughall Massie, we are concerned the Fire Authority will now Appeal to the Government to overturn this locally-made decision. We note the Upton station (along with Heswall) has successfully served the North West corner of Wirral since the closure of the West Kirby station in April 2015, and there seems to be no good reason for change.
We continue to work with the Saughall Massie Residents’ Association to try and ensure that should there be an Appeal, the Inspector is made well aware of defects in information provided to Members by both the Council and the Fire Authority.
The Society is delighted to learn that Wirral Council is to take action to tackle ‘grot-spots’. We note from the Wirral Globe, that the Council is ‘re-investing’ some of the proceeds from littering fixed penalty notices; many of which are on privately-owned or unregistered land.
It is also good to record that the Government has withdrawn funding from the ‘Underground Coal Gasification’ process which, it was generally expected, would have affected the Dee Estuary.