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Wirral Council issues

Dear Editor,

It looks as though Wirral Council will not be reducing the number of councillors from 66 to 44 members anytime soon.  Pity they did not take the same protective attitude with staff numbers.

With that in mind, perhaps local residents, already feeling the pinch from rising council tax, sky high parking fees and a general decline in the quality in public services, would appreciate assurances that councillor allowances would remain frozen in the years to come.

More services such as waste collection are now pooled together with the rest of Merseyside but residents are not seeing any benefit whatsoever. Now it seems, the council are intent on introducing new parking charges on the borough’s country parks whilst hiking existing charges on the high street.

The Labour controlled council would quite happily tax the air we breathe if they had their way just so they can spend it on something daft like unnecessary newspapers that amount to nothing more than blatant vanity.

As the Liverpool City Region grows in power and importance, you do have to wonder whether 66 councillors in Wirral will be left twiddling their thumbs looking for something to do. Sooner or later, Wirral council will just become a scrutinising body for the Metro Mayor so it makes sense to adapt to the changes now and save money for the local taxpayer in the process.

Yours faithfully,

Louise Bours MEP

Give Liscard a boost

Dear Editor, 

Wirral Council’s decision to extend free car parking on Saturdays in their Birkenhead car parks for the rest of the month is fine and dandy for those traders – but what about Liscard?

For far too long Liscard has been the Cinderella in terms of investment and improvements on Wirral. Once upon a time the centre attracted shoppers from other parts of the peninsula but it has long since gone downhill and is used just out of convenience by those who live close by.

The Labour council always seems to prioritise Birkenhead over Wallasey and here we go again with this free parking venture. This will benefit the former over the latter and meanwhile shops are continuing to close in the Cherry Tree centre.

I assume the three Labour Liscard councillors fight for their residents but the council must think outside the Birkenhead box and actively encourage investment to the area. 

Plenty of attention has been given to New Brighton and it is good to see how it is flourishing. Now it is time for Liscard to be given a boost.

Yours faithfully

Louise Bours MEP