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NEW FERRY'S PUBLIC SERVICES ESCAPE THE AXE IN WIRRAL BUDGET CUTS


16 December 2014 

Campaigners 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.

Last night, 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.

Councillor 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."

The news 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".

The news 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 Liverpool Echo several weeks ago.

 

 
 
 


     
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