Agenda and minutes
Venue: Council Chamber, Wallasey Town Hall. View directions
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Members of the Council are asked to consider whether they have any disclosable pecuniary interests and/or any other relevant interest, in connection with any matter to be debated or determined at this meeting and, if so, to declare it and state the nature of such interest.
The Members of the Council were invited to consider whether they had any disclosable pecuniary and/or any other relevant interest in connection with any matters to be determined at this meeting and, if so, to declare it and state the nature of such interest.
No such declarations were made.
CIVIC MAYOR'S ANNOUNCEMENTS
To receive the Civic Mayor's announcements and any apologies for absence.
The Civic Mayor indicated that he had been notified of three petitions to be submitted In accordance with Standing Order 21, and that as one of those related to Girtrell Court he would allow all three of the following petitions to be submitted by -
Councillor Cherry Povall on behalf of 163 Wirral signatories calling on the Council to resurface correctly, Beechway, Bebington, Wirral.
Councillor Cherry Povall on behalf of 96 Wirral signatories calling on the Council to prepare a Residents’ Parking Scheme for roads adjacent to Spital Station
Councillor Wendy Clements submitted an additional 30 Wirral signatories calling on the Council to halt the closure of Girtrell Court.
Resolved –That the petitions be noted and referred to the appropriate Chief Officer (or relevant organisation) in accordance with Standing Order 34.
Prior to consideration of the item Councillor P Davies stated that as the submitted Notice of Motion in relation to Girtrell Court contained no material changes to the information previously considered he would move that the Council only hear the Movers and Seconders and then move immediately to the vote, this was seconded by Councillor A McLachlan.
Councillor J Green and Councillor P Gilchrist expressed their dissatisfaction at the proposed motion to curtail the debate.
Prior to consideration of the motion, Councillor Jeff Green and five Conservative Members rose to request a ‘card vote’ on the proposed Motion from Councillor P Davies.
A ‘card vote’ was then taken on the proposed motion by Councillor P Davies and the Council divided as follows:
For the motion (35) Councillors R Abbey, P Brightmore, A Davies, G Davies, P Davies, W Davies, P Doughty, S Foulkes, P Hackett, T Johnson, A Jones, C Jones, B Kenny, A McLachlan, M McLaughlin, C Meaden, B Mooney, C Muspratt, S Niblock, T Norbury, M Patrick, D Realey, L Reecejones, D Roberts, J Salter, PA Smith, W Smith, C Spriggs, J Stapleton, M Sullivan, J Walsh, S Whittingham, I Williams, KJ Williams and J Williamson.
Against the motion (23) Councillors T Anderson, B Berry, C Blakeley, E Boult, A Brighouse, D Burgess-Joyce, C Carubia, P Cleary, Mrs W Clements, D Elderton, G Ellis, L Fraser, P Gilchrist, J Green, P Hayes, A Hodson, K Hodson, D Mitchell, T Pilgrim, C Povall, L Rennie, A Sykes and G Watt.
One abstention – Councillor L Rowlands.
Resolved (35:23) (One abstention) –
That as the submitted Notice of Motion in relation to Girtrell Court contained no material changes to the information previously considered that the Council only hear the Movers and Seconders and then move immediately to the vote.
Proposed by Councillor Chris Blakeley
Seconded by Councillor Bruce Berry
Council recalls that, at the Council meeting on the 14th March, 2016, the Leader of the Council and the Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health gave assurances that there was no timetable for closure of Girtrell Court.
Council noted this included a promise that Girtrell Court would remain open until such time as acceptable and alternative respite provision could be provided for users of Girtrell Court and that the Cabinet Member stated that no decision on Girtrell Court would be made until all the statutory 'one to one' consultations had been completed.
Council is therefore deeply puzzled and disappointed that 48 hours later, in the Wirral Globe online version, the Cabinet Member announced that Girtrell Court will close at the end of August.
Council resolves that any budgetary decision about Girtrell Court is made in the public arena by Council as required by the Constitution of Wirral Borough Council.
Two amendments which had been circulated in advance of the meeting were submitted in accordance with Standing Order 12(1) and (9), as follows:
Proposed by Councillor Chris Jones
Seconded by Councillor Phil Davies ... view the full minutes text for item 131.