Alison McGovern MP

Wirral South

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This morning Alison McGovern MP joined a group of local campaigners and Labour Party Candidate for the area Jo Bird to publically express their concerns over the proposed plans to build new homes on the site of the former Professional Excellence Centre on Acre Lane.

Local residents are objecting to the current planning application from Morris Homes and urging Wirral Council to reject it and a petition about the issue has attracted 1000 signatures. The campaigners have now set up a group known as the Acre Lane Action Group to fight the proposals.

Speaking on the issue Alison said: “I stood in solidarity with local residents today to back their calls for more consultation with the community regarding this application. There is strong feeling about this which has been reflected in the petition. There are very legitimate concerns about how this application will impact on the local area and its services. Bromborough needs more social housing but the concerns that residents have about the nature of the housing proposals and the impacts on the area need to be allayed.”

Speaking about today’s gathering Jo said: “There are plans to build 217 houses on the Acre Lane site – with no consideration for how it affects public services, traffic and the needs of local residents. A thousand people have signed the Acre Lane Action Group’s petition. We are asking Morris Homes to withdraw their application to Wirral Council and to consult with the community. We are asking the Council to reject the application, if it’s not withdrawn, and to consult with the community. We want homes here – for people not for profit.”

 

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Alison McGovern MP joins Acre Lane Action Group to call for more consultation on housing plans

This morning Alison McGovern MP joined a group of local campaigners and Labour Party Candidate for the area Jo Bird to publically express their concerns over the proposed plans to...

Today marks one year since an explosion devastated New Ferry. That night will bring back haunting memories for those people who witnessed the impact first-hand and also for the people who have had to deal with the impact ever since. I was in New Ferry on the night and the panic and carnage will be something that will stay with me. But I will also remember the kindness displayed by people on that night also.

Given the severity of the situation in the initial aftermath and after meeting with government ministers I was under the impression that they would be able to offer New Ferry help but not long after the explosion a general election was called and the government halted discussions on New Ferry because of this.

This obviously came as a frustrating blow to everybody affected by the explosion who were already dealing with so many issues and local residents and traders made their voices heard about how this had left them feeling. Following the election discussions resumed with the government but the process still remained quite slow and drawn out and no emergency relief funding was ever forthcoming from the government despite government minister Jake Berry coming to New Ferry and seeing the damage for himself. The council have submitted all the information the government required and the latest situation is that the regeneration plans are with Homes England. I have met with Homes England and pressed the urgent need for this rebuild to happen.

We lost established businesses in the explosion such as Griffiths the local butchers and this has been a sad loss to New Ferry. However some of the traders have since moved premises and have continued to be able to trade in the local area. I am pleased that these businesses have continued to manage to trade here and they are an important part of our community. New Beginnings have just reopened in their new premises and are offering many services to the community. New Beginnings now serves as a much needed hub for the community. As you will know they were set up after the explosion to help the community and they have continued their work.

On this anniversary I want to pay tribute to everybody who was impacted by the explosion. It’s been a really difficult year for the community. Those who suffered injuries, lost businesses and had to leave their homes have all had a dreadful ordeal to overcome. Thank you to those who rallied round and looked after people in New Ferry in the initial aftermath and I want to also give credit to Wirral Council for their work in assisting people.

New Ferry is in urgent need of regeneration and there are still a lot of empty buildings blighting the town. However I do believe that with the determination that has been shown by everybody in New Ferry that we will get there and it will come back from this stronger if we continue to pull together.

I want you to know that I will do all I can to assist with New Ferry as the town moves forward and that I will continue to fight for our town.

Statement about the New Ferry explosion one year on

Today marks one year since an explosion devastated New Ferry. That night will bring back haunting memories for those people who witnessed the impact first-hand and also for the people...

Last week Wirral MPs Alison McGovern and Frank Field attended a meeting at the Department for Health to raise the plight of their young constituents who have both received a diagnosis of Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma otherwise known as DIPG

Alison and Frank met with the Under Secretary of State for Health Lord O’Shaughnessy to bring to his attention the cases of Lucy Moroney and Edie Molyneux. Both children are from the Wirral and are battling against DIPG which is a form of brain tumour.

Lucy and Edie have both received local and national coverage in the press for campaigns to send them to Mexico. The Wirral community have got behind both of them to help fund treatment in Mexico.

Mexico offers treatment for DIPG that isn’t available in the UK which means Lucy and Edie have to travel with their families all the way to Mexico to undergo treatment there. Their families believe this treatment offers the best chance for them.

Speaking about Lucy and Edie Alison said: “I have met with both the parents of Lucy and Edie and their situation is heart breaking. Receiving such a diagnosis is devastating and the families haven’t only had to deal with this but they have also needed to fundraise to travel all the way to Mexico for treatment. They explained to me how hard this has been for them.

Adding: “Wirral people will have been following Lucy’s and Edie’s stories in the local media and I want to thank them for getting behind the fundraising efforts. I wanted to raise the issue of treatment for DIPG with the government. I believe it is really important the government look at this issue and I want the government to explore what can be done to help not just Lucy and Edie but other children facing the same situation.”

Edie’s MP Frank Field said: “Alison and I have been so touched by the experiences of Edie, Lucy and their families. We are now really anxious, having shared those experiences with the Minister, to ensure the Government follows up our request for the NHS to contribute the remainder of the sums required to cover all the costs associated with their treatment. The contributions made so far by Wirral residents have been stunning. We now need the Government’s efforts to be equally stunning in meeting what is left of the shortfall.’



 

Alison joins Frank Field MP to call on government to explore DIPG treatment options

Last week Wirral MPs Alison McGovern and Frank Field attended a meeting at the Department for Health to raise the plight of their young constituents who have both received a...


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