Thank you to everyone who contacted us following our recent advert in the Wirral Globe, urging the council and city region authority to scrap the current plan and to consult with residents on alternative routes. We received more than 200 more emails and calls from people in Liscard, New Brighton and Seacombe who knew nothing about the plan.
Supporters and opponents of the scheme have given their comments to the Liverpool Echo here
During the walk along the route with a council director on 25 September, we met (socially distanced) many residents who gave us their views. It was also interesting to hear from those residents who are cyclists who said they would not use the proposed route but had alternative suggestions. Sadly, they were not given the opportunity to comment either.
Summary of councillor responses:
- Paul Hayes (Conservative, Wallasey Ward): against
- Adrian Jones (Labour, Seacombe Ward): no response
- Christine Jones (Labour, Seacombe Ward): no response
- Tony Jones (Labour, New Brighton Ward): undecided
- Ian Lewis (Conservative, Wallasey Ward): against
- Lesley Rennie (Conservative, Wallasey Ward): against
- Sarah Spoor (Labour, Liscard Ward): in favour
- Christine Spriggs (Labour, New Brighton Ward): in favour
- Paul Stuart (Labour, Seacombe Ward): no opinion given
- Thomas Usher (Labour, Liscard Ward): no response but leaflet delivered in support
- Janette Williamson (Labour, Liscard Ward and Leader of the Council): in favour
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If any councillor listed wishes to amend or correct the list above, please let us know.
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Top three questions asked:
Q: Who came up with this plan?
A: A Labour Councillor from Birkenhead, Liz Grey, was, until September, the Cabinet Member leading on the plan, along with officers from Wirral Council and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. From this month, Cllr. Grey is the new Chair of the Environment Committee.
Q: Why was nobody consulted?
A: Officers from Wirral Council say that you were. They even promised us that a leaflet would be delivered to 30,000 homes and businesses about the plan and now claim it WAS delivered.
Q: What were the consultants paid:
A: The London-based consultants appointed to draw up this plan are being paid £336,431, according to this Freedom of Information Act request that we submitted.