16 December 2014
fighting to save New Ferry's youth club, school crossing patrols and
public toilets were able to celebrate a small victory tonight as it
became clear that these public services have escaped the axe in Wirral
Council's budget slashing programme.
the Council voted through a package of £2.5 million worth of cuts that
will reduce some Council services. The cuts have been imposed on
them by central government.
Steve Niblock emerged from the Monday evening meeting, and arrived back
in New Ferry at midnight to reveal that public opinion and petitioning
had saved some of the best loved and most appreciated services from the
cuts. Councillor Niblock said: "In these awfully depressing times
for local government, it is good to announce that some of the best loved
services will continue ....for now. Of course, we can't say these
services won't find themselves under threat again in the future.
Nobody can promise that when the government keeps taking more and more
away from local authorities in the north, but for now these services are
safe and will continue."
will be particularly welcomed by New Ferry shoppers who, last week, had
been concerned that the Council had started to demolish the public
toilets in Woodhead Street which were facing closure under the
budget-cutting proposals. Mark Anthony Craig, Chair of New Ferry
Residents Association said: "Hopefully, with the plans to close the
toilets having been dumped [pun intended], the Council will now hurry up
and get the building repaired. The longer the toilets are out of
action, the more inconvenience will be caused to New Ferry shoppers
caught short during their shopping trips".
will also be greeted by campaigners who had set up a petition to keep
New Ferry's famous dancing lollipop lady Kath (seen in the photo above)
as had been reported in the
several weeks ago.