Councillors say 'no more' to Birkenhead residents living in fear of gangs

Councillor Brian Kenny said it is

Councillor Brian Kenny said it is "unacceptable" for people to be living in fear in their own homes.

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COUNCILLORS have called a public meeting in an attempt to put a stop to Birkenhead’s antisocial behaviour spiralling out of control.

Families on the Tranmere and Rock Ferry boundary have flooded the authorities with complaints about gangs terrorising their streets - which has seen car windows and wing mirrors smashed, as well as eggs thrown at homes.

Councillor Brian Kenny, who represents the Birkenhead and Tranmere ward, told the Globe many homeowners are living in fear each night as what they have described as “gangs of youths” terrorise the streets between Mersey Park and Victoria Park.

The complaints are focused on several streets in the area, including Church Road and Ivydale Road.

Cllr Kenny said: “It is not acceptable that people are in the homes in a situation where they say they are being victimised by gangs damaging cars and homes.

“Residents are sitting in their homes worried about what is going on outside, with these gangs of youths going down the streets smashing car mirrors, car windows and throwing eggs at homes.”

Representatives from Merseyside Police and Wirral Council’s antisocial behaviour team are expected to be in attendance at the meeting to discuss ways of tackling the growing problem.

Cllr Kenny, who visited homes in the area with fellow ward councillors Phil Davies and Jean Stapleton and handed out letters, added: “It is not acceptable and as local councillors we have called this public meeting to allow people to air their views and all the problems they have at the moment and we hope, with representatives from the police, to find a way forward.”

Councillors from neighbouring Rock Ferry have also been invited to the meeting.

The meeting will be held at Rock Ferry library on Monday, January 27, at 7pm.

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1:33pm Thu 23 Jan 14

WirralAl says...

Yes its terrible and needs dealing with!



They are roaming the streets acting like Councillors in the town hall!
Yes its terrible and needs dealing with! They are roaming the streets acting like Councillors in the town hall! WirralAl
  • Score: 9

1:58pm Thu 23 Jan 14

bigfoot says...

A letter,who wrote was it the spin meister? Is the pen still mightier than the sword?
A letter,who wrote was it the spin meister? Is the pen still mightier than the sword? bigfoot
  • Score: 4

2:15pm Thu 23 Jan 14

ballacrain says...

This sort of behaviour is deplorable and should be stamped out, however the council and the courts should stop granting licenses to premises that wish to sell alcohol. There are far to many outlets, it is time the number was reduced and the hours for the sale of alcohol were reduced.
Ballacrain
This sort of behaviour is deplorable and should be stamped out, however the council and the courts should stop granting licenses to premises that wish to sell alcohol. There are far to many outlets, it is time the number was reduced and the hours for the sale of alcohol were reduced. Ballacrain ballacrain
  • Score: 7

2:42pm Thu 23 Jan 14

artemis81 says...

Three comments so far, none of which have said anything of worth or indeed relevant to the story. Well done chaps, your self-righteousness is transcending boundaries.
Three comments so far, none of which have said anything of worth or indeed relevant to the story. Well done chaps, your self-righteousness is transcending boundaries. artemis81
  • Score: 1

10:25pm Thu 23 Jan 14

benny07 says...

cllr brian kenny,s latest photo call were has he been for the last 4 years,,OH DONT TELL ME HE THINKS YOUR ALL GOING TO VOTE FOR HIM,at the spring local election ,when is it ? april or may,,you dont give a monkeys m8,for any one who lives in our town ,go back to your mansion off manor drive upton,or your penthouse in NEW BRIGHTON,,YOU HAVE GOT NO CHANCE OF BEIN RE,ELECTED,how much tax payers money was wasted on a fire escape at wallasey town hall,?? eight hundred & fourty thousand pounds,,what a waste of tax payers money,not to mention all the other over priced contracts,..!!!
cllr brian kenny,s latest photo call were has he been for the last 4 years,,OH DONT TELL ME HE THINKS YOUR ALL GOING TO VOTE FOR HIM,at the spring local election ,when is it ? april or may,,you dont give a monkeys m8,for any one who lives in our town ,go back to your mansion off manor drive upton,or your penthouse in NEW BRIGHTON,,YOU HAVE GOT NO CHANCE OF BEIN RE,ELECTED,how much tax payers money was wasted on a fire escape at wallasey town hall,?? eight hundred & fourty thousand pounds,,what a waste of tax payers money,not to mention all the other over priced contracts,..!!! benny07
  • Score: 5

10:26am Fri 24 Jan 14

artemis81 says...

benny07 wrote:
cllr brian kenny,s latest photo call were has he been for the last 4 years,,OH DONT TELL ME HE THINKS YOUR ALL GOING TO VOTE FOR HIM,at the spring local election ,when is it ? april or may,,you dont give a monkeys m8,for any one who lives in our town ,go back to your mansion off manor drive upton,or your penthouse in NEW BRIGHTON,,YOU HAVE GOT NO CHANCE OF BEIN RE,ELECTED,how much tax payers money was wasted on a fire escape at wallasey town hall,?? eight hundred & fourty thousand pounds,,what a waste of tax payers money,not to mention all the other over priced contracts,..!!!
Hiya Pat, you alright? How's West Kirby?
[quote][p][bold]benny07[/bold] wrote: cllr brian kenny,s latest photo call were has he been for the last 4 years,,OH DONT TELL ME HE THINKS YOUR ALL GOING TO VOTE FOR HIM,at the spring local election ,when is it ? april or may,,you dont give a monkeys m8,for any one who lives in our town ,go back to your mansion off manor drive upton,or your penthouse in NEW BRIGHTON,,YOU HAVE GOT NO CHANCE OF BEIN RE,ELECTED,how much tax payers money was wasted on a fire escape at wallasey town hall,?? eight hundred & fourty thousand pounds,,what a waste of tax payers money,not to mention all the other over priced contracts,..!!![/p][/quote]Hiya Pat, you alright? How's West Kirby? artemis81
  • Score: 4

3:09pm Fri 24 Jan 14

benny07 says...

WHY WAS THE HARD SHIP FUND FOR COUNCIL TAX DENIED FOR 6 MONTHS AFTER THE NEW LAW IN APRIL, 2013,CAME IN,FORCING SICK & VUNERABLE PEOPLE IN BIRKENHEAD TRANMERE & THE REST OF THE WIRRAL TO PAY 22% COUNCIL TAX THE CUD,NT AFFORD IT LAST YEAR ,2012,,SO HOW CAN THEY FIND IT IN 2013/14. ?? & WHATS THE RESPONSE OF THIS LABOUR COUNCIL ON THE MOST VUNERABLE, ? THEY PROSICUTED OVER 17,500,PEOPLE,CHARGI
NG £ 65.00 FOR 1 COURT APPEARENCE PLUS £ 22.00 LIABILITY ORDER ,AT WIRRAL MAGISTRATES IN BIRKENHEAD,,YOU DO THE SUMS ,!! WHAT A DISGRACE FROM A LABOUR CONTROLLED COUNCIL,,!!! WHILE THEY WASTE MILLIONS ON RUBBISH UNEEDED CONTRACTORS,& WALLASEY TOWN HALL FIRE ESCAPE,& EXECUTIVE LIFT,,MY ADVICE IS TO TAKE THIS TO THE OMBUDSMAN,THEN ON TO A JUDICIAL REVIEW YOU WILL WIN ,BECAUSE THIS TAX IS ILLEGAL ,AS IS THE BEDROOM TAX ,UNDER THE ECHR,,DISCRIMINATION & RIGHT TO LIFE ..!!
WHY WAS THE HARD SHIP FUND FOR COUNCIL TAX DENIED FOR 6 MONTHS AFTER THE NEW LAW IN APRIL, 2013,CAME IN,FORCING SICK & VUNERABLE PEOPLE IN BIRKENHEAD TRANMERE & THE REST OF THE WIRRAL TO PAY 22% COUNCIL TAX THE CUD,NT AFFORD IT LAST YEAR ,2012,,SO HOW CAN THEY FIND IT IN 2013/14. ?? & WHATS THE RESPONSE OF THIS LABOUR COUNCIL ON THE MOST VUNERABLE, ? THEY PROSICUTED OVER 17,500,PEOPLE,CHARGI NG £ 65.00 FOR 1 COURT APPEARENCE PLUS £ 22.00 LIABILITY ORDER ,AT WIRRAL MAGISTRATES IN BIRKENHEAD,,YOU DO THE SUMS ,!! WHAT A DISGRACE FROM A LABOUR CONTROLLED COUNCIL,,!!! WHILE THEY WASTE MILLIONS ON RUBBISH UNEEDED CONTRACTORS,& WALLASEY TOWN HALL FIRE ESCAPE,& EXECUTIVE LIFT,,MY ADVICE IS TO TAKE THIS TO THE OMBUDSMAN,THEN ON TO A JUDICIAL REVIEW YOU WILL WIN ,BECAUSE THIS TAX IS ILLEGAL ,AS IS THE BEDROOM TAX ,UNDER THE ECHR,,DISCRIMINATION & RIGHT TO LIFE ..!! benny07
  • Score: 6

9:07pm Fri 24 Jan 14

benny07 says...

DONT FORGET THIS LABOUR COUNCIL HAS LOANED OUT OVER £ 34 MILLION OF OUR COUNCIL TAX ,TO OTHER LABOUR COUNCILS ,ALL OVER THE NORTH WEST ,WITH INTEREST FEE,S THAT CAN ONLY BE DESCRIBED AS VERY VERY DUBIOS,AND NEEDS A VERY CLOSE LOOK ,BY AN OUTSIDE POLICE FORCE,,ALONG WITH ALL THE OTHER SHINANIGANS GOIN ON AT WALLSEY TOWN HALL .!! LABOUR COUNCILORS.!!& THE REST OFF THE OTHER PARTIES.!!!
DONT FORGET THIS LABOUR COUNCIL HAS LOANED OUT OVER £ 34 MILLION OF OUR COUNCIL TAX ,TO OTHER LABOUR COUNCILS ,ALL OVER THE NORTH WEST ,WITH INTEREST FEE,S THAT CAN ONLY BE DESCRIBED AS VERY VERY DUBIOS,AND NEEDS A VERY CLOSE LOOK ,BY AN OUTSIDE POLICE FORCE,,ALONG WITH ALL THE OTHER SHINANIGANS GOIN ON AT WALLSEY TOWN HALL .!! LABOUR COUNCILORS.!!& THE REST OFF THE OTHER PARTIES.!!! benny07
  • Score: 2

1:40pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Thepleb says...

This council has year upon year cut all the resources associated with anti social behaviour in the borough including anti social team,they have cut the Wirral community patrol service down to the bare bones and closed the Control room along with the cuts to the police
This council has year upon year cut all the resources associated with anti social behaviour in the borough including anti social team,they have cut the Wirral community patrol service down to the bare bones and closed the Control room along with the cuts to the police Thepleb
  • Score: 2

5:51pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Positive thinker says...

They should look to the parents to take some sort of responsibility
They should look to the parents to take some sort of responsibility Positive thinker
  • Score: 0

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