Alison McGovern

Wirral South

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At the weekend Port Sunlight River Park hosed an event to celebrate one year having passed since it opened to the public.

Thanks to the volunteers and organisers the event was a success and reflected the community spirit that has been shown towards the park in its first year.

The range of exhibits on the day included an owl display, a stall providing information about the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, a bike that makes smoothies as people peddle it and Bebington Soroptimists were in attendance to talk about the work that they do.

There were also opportunities for learn more about the Friends Group representing the park and a raffle for people to participate in.

Bromborough Fire Station provided a fire engine and people enjoyed stepping inside of it and having their photographs taken whilst learning about the vital work that they do in the community.

Volunteers were also kind enough to produce and serve refreshments to sell to raise funds for the park.

Luckily the weather was on side and people in attendance could enjoy their picnic in the sunshine as they listened to live music and watched Wirral’s Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Pat Hackett cut the birthday cake to officially mark the occasion.

I know a lot of effort went into organising the day and I’d like to pass on my thanks to all involved for hosting what was a great community event for all ages to enjoy. The event relied on the good will of volunteers to plan the event and work on the day to keep people entertained and safe.

I’m looking forward to working alongside volunteers over the next year to build on the success of the River Park and seeing what opportunities arise for the park’s development. 

By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News 

Community pull together to celebrate one year since opening of Port Sunlight River Park

At the weekend Port Sunlight River Park hosed an event to celebrate one year having passed since it opened to the public. Thanks to the volunteers and organisers the event...

You might know that the Red Cross charity works in Merseyside to provide lots of help to people who need some extra support. I recently met up with them to understand more about the challenges they face. 

I spoke to people who help with responding to emergencies, people who support those who need a bit of extra help that they are unable to get from the NHS or council, and those who work with refugees.

The work that the Red Cross do for refugees is vital, given the scale of the refugee crisis happening at the moment around the world. The conflict in Syria has caused people to have to flee their home, profoundly disrupting their life at best, and often risking their life. It is a situation many of us find hard to imagine

We are all concerned about what is happening in Calais. The impact of this crisis on those individuals concerned, and also all the businesses, hauliers, and travellers affected is really damaging. The Government must get control of the situation.

It still takes us too long to assess people who are already here. Meanwhile, in other areas of Europe, too, where people seeking refuge are arriving in southern countries such as Greece and Italy which may struggle to cope.

As a country we have helped fewer vulnerable refugees than others, so back in June I questioned the Prime Minister about Britain’s role in assisting child refugees. We are still waiting for action.

Harriet Harman rightly pointed out the need to control our ports and get a normal situation back for the businesses who depend on cross-channel routes. 

Meanwhile, this week Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond used the word “marauding” to describe African people. I find the language used by the government concerning, and with the crisis in Calais ongoing I would urge the government to get a grip on the situation. Everyone affected - from whenever in Britain or the world - is an individual who wants to get on with their life. Governments should work together to make that happen.

By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News 

Learning more about the vital work of local Red Cross services

You might know that the Red Cross charity works in Merseyside to provide lots of help to people who need some extra support. I recently met up with them to...

I would like to begin my column this week by congratulating New Ferry Butterfly Park on its 20 year anniversary.

 

To mark the occasion there will be a community BBQ this Sunday, August 9, at noon. Attractions will include garden and environmental games and a display on the development of the park over the last 20 years. Lord Lyndon Harrison, who opened the park in 1995 will be in attendance.

New Ferry Butterfly Park is a great community asset and contributes to all that the local area has to offer, including the successful Farmers Market held at New Ferry Village Hall on the second Saturday of every month and shops that have won the You and Yours best food retailer of the year category in the BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming awards.

However, there are still too many derelict buildings and not enough diversity in the use of the buildings in New Ferry, which is of concern to business owners and residents alike. Yet there is little or no help from the Conservative government.

This is why I have secured a debate in Parliament on September 8 on regeneration as I believe the government need to do more.

I have raised the issue of regeneration in the House of Commons on previous occasions. The cuts to our local authority budget and the ending of the North West Development Agency have hindered regional growth and the development of our area.

I believe the government should take action and I will be making the case for the need for regeneration, not just in New Ferry but across Wirral as well.

It is important that the Government understand how the restraint on regeneration has impacted on local areas and residents.

By Alison McGovern MP for Wirral News 

Congratulations to New Ferry Butterfly Park on 20 year anniversary

I would like to begin my column this week by congratulating New Ferry Butterfly Park on its 20 year anniversary.   To mark the occasion there will be a community...


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