Earlier today, Conservative Councillors from across Wirral, as well as local volunteers, delivered letters to 3,300 homes in New Ferry and Port Sunlight, following the terrible explosion on 25 March.
The letter explained how Wirral Council has around £10 million set aside for ‘emergencies and unforeseen circumstances’. This is money that is not already allocated to services such as schools, roads and social services.
Shortly after the Council debate on New Ferry on 10 July, it was revealed that the Council’s first formal request for Government help was made on 7 July - almost three months AFTER the explosion on 25 March.
In their reply, the Government said they expected the costs of the recovery work in New Ferry to be met from the Council’s £10 million reserves.
On 17th July, the Council’s own report said that “Costs relating to the New Ferry incident have not yet been finalised but will be met from General Fund Balances”.
In other words, the Council knows it will have to use some of the £10 million for New Ferry.
Speaking on BBC Radio Merseyside last week, Councillor Ian Lewis, Leader of Wirral’s Conservative Councillors, called for this money to be released NOW.
We are also asking for other funds that the council holds to be checked to see if they could be used as well, such as the unspent £41,485 for help with empty shops and businesses.
A copy of the letter to the Leader of the Council is below.
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