Wirral MP Esther McVey urges council to bid for pothole repair funding

Wirral West MP Esther McVey

Wirral MP Esther McVey urges council to bid for pothole repair funding

First published in News

WIRRAL West MP Esther McVey is today urging the council to bid for new Government funding for pothole repairs.

The £168 million Pothole Fund, announced in chancellor George Osborne's budget earlier this month, has today opened for bids from councils, with applications closing next month.

The funding will be used to repair more than three million potholes across Britain. It comes on top of £10 billion already given to councils in England for local roads maintenance between 2010 and 2012.

Authorities who get funding will have to sign a pothole pledge setting out clearly how many potholes they will fix by March next year so that local communities can have confidence that action will be taken.

Ms McVey said: "One of the biggest issues constantly being raised by my constituents is the state of roads in Wirral West.

"When it comes to pothole repairs and resurfacing programmes it seems that Wirral West comes way down the line with the council.

"This funding is a great opportunity to improve the roads in Wirral West and deal with the blight of potholes and Wirral Council needs to step up and bid for this money.

"There can be no more excuses from the council for not helping the people of Wirral and I will be checking with the treasury when they have submitted their bid to ensure the best service is delivered for the people of Wirral."

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3:25pm Fri 25 Apr 14

WirralAl says...

As we pay road tax for our cars surely all the roads should be looked after by Central government as local councils do not appear capable AND do not get the funding levels required. Our roads are full of pot holes even on motorways which is a disgrace.

They collect £35 Billion in road tax per year and they only spend £10 Billion of it on the roads.

Amazing that Ester wants to get her wand out tell the council what to do !
As we pay road tax for our cars surely all the roads should be looked after by Central government as local councils do not appear capable AND do not get the funding levels required. Our roads are full of pot holes even on motorways which is a disgrace. They collect £35 Billion in road tax per year and they only spend £10 Billion of it on the roads. Amazing that Ester wants to get her wand out tell the council what to do ! WirralAl
  • Score: -8

4:26pm Fri 25 Apr 14

mickey1more says...

Esther, never mind just West Wirral, it's the whole of the Wirral that needs pot holes repairing ! The roads are a disgrace.
Esther, never mind just West Wirral, it's the whole of the Wirral that needs pot holes repairing ! The roads are a disgrace. mickey1more
  • Score: -1

5:23pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Roadkill says...

Wirral Foodbank has just reported a massive increase in people using their service and all this woman can devote her time to is bleating about pot-holes. Talk about being out-of-touch.
Wirral Foodbank has just reported a massive increase in people using their service and all this woman can devote her time to is bleating about pot-holes. Talk about being out-of-touch. Roadkill
  • Score: -2

5:55pm Fri 25 Apr 14

davepeddie says...

Surely Wirral Council don't need 'urging' to bid for cash to fix the roads. You'd think that they would be biting the Government's hand off for the funding. But then....
Surely Wirral Council don't need 'urging' to bid for cash to fix the roads. You'd think that they would be biting the Government's hand off for the funding. But then.... davepeddie
  • Score: -4

5:56pm Fri 25 Apr 14

PeggyPig says...

Perhaps Esther, this was already submitted weeks ago. Looking to take the credit for pothole repairs are we ?? Oh I forgot , election coming up !
Perhaps Esther, this was already submitted weeks ago. Looking to take the credit for pothole repairs are we ?? Oh I forgot , election coming up ! PeggyPig
  • Score: 0

9:10pm Fri 25 Apr 14

keen gardener says...

Hmm...suspect the potholes will be sorted in time for the "Open"...cannot do with bumps in the road before hitting a bunker can we!!!!??? PS Just a thought - the old carpet from the Town Hall could have been recycled to even out the potholes! :-)
Hmm...suspect the potholes will be sorted in time for the "Open"...cannot do with bumps in the road before hitting a bunker can we!!!!??? PS Just a thought - the old carpet from the Town Hall could have been recycled to even out the potholes! :-) keen gardener
  • Score: -10

7:15am Sat 26 Apr 14

uncatom says...

As usual a self centred view from Ms McVey, no food banks in Wirral West Esther? it shows how life in the "fast lane" puts you out of touch with reality.
As usual a self centred view from Ms McVey, no food banks in Wirral West Esther? it shows how life in the "fast lane" puts you out of touch with reality. uncatom
  • Score: -7

8:46am Sat 26 Apr 14

David Scott says...

It's says a lot about the bureaucracy we now have that local councils have to 'bid' for funding on a basic matter like this and sign a 'pothole pledge'.
It's says a lot about the bureaucracy we now have that local councils have to 'bid' for funding on a basic matter like this and sign a 'pothole pledge'. David Scott
  • Score: -7

11:16am Sat 26 Apr 14

PaulCa says...

But since her own botched attempt at repairing it, who will reinstate the pothole in Esther's credibility on Merseyside?
But since her own botched attempt at repairing it, who will reinstate the pothole in Esther's credibility on Merseyside? PaulCa
  • Score: -8

11:20am Sat 26 Apr 14

PaulCa says...

Could Frank Field step up to the plate and do a 3 parts sand / 1 part cement / 1 part unsold, pulped copies of the Birkenhead Pravda Newspaper permanent repair. That would be humane. That would create jobz...
Could Frank Field step up to the plate and do a 3 parts sand / 1 part cement / 1 part unsold, pulped copies of the Birkenhead Pravda Newspaper permanent repair. That would be humane. That would create jobz... PaulCa
  • Score: -13

5:45pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Growl Tiger says...

Not all potholes are evil.
Some potholes are a deterrent to overzealous drivers and a natural traffic calming device. I agree not on A roads or motorways where they are a danger, but on residential roads in semi-rural environments.
The last thing we want is for Esther to encourage WBC to fill in ALL pot holes and turn every road on Wirral into a race track.
Not all potholes are evil. Some potholes are a deterrent to overzealous drivers and a natural traffic calming device. I agree not on A roads or motorways where they are a danger, but on residential roads in semi-rural environments. The last thing we want is for Esther to encourage WBC to fill in ALL pot holes and turn every road on Wirral into a race track. Growl Tiger
  • Score: -15

10:38am Sun 27 Apr 14

Wirralrob says...

I'd prefer to allocate council resources in a far more sensible manner, and use the tarmac to seal up Esther McFail.
I'd prefer to allocate council resources in a far more sensible manner, and use the tarmac to seal up Esther McFail. Wirralrob
  • Score: 1

12:49pm Wed 30 Apr 14

pooboy says...

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  • Score: 0

1:02pm Wed 30 Apr 14

pooboy says...

I would agree with some comments that this lady is trying to fool the common voter.Of course WBC are going to ask for funds for potholes.Any council in the country that doesn't should not be in power.
Also on a sidenote,I have no political preferences whatsoever,yet she is getting a hard time over tweeting during the hillsborugh memorial.
I had family and friends there on that fateful day and I respect any silences for anyone passing away,however I don't stop work when there is a memorial service for armistice day,or Dianas funeral,so why should she not tweet? Just people jumping on the bash Esther bandwagon and those with any common sense will realise this. I may vote for her now for having the common sense to keep on working and believing in her own priciples rather than **** footing around.Good on her.
I would agree with some comments that this lady is trying to fool the common voter.Of course WBC are going to ask for funds for potholes.Any council in the country that doesn't should not be in power. Also on a sidenote,I have no political preferences whatsoever,yet she is getting a hard time over tweeting during the hillsborugh memorial. I had family and friends there on that fateful day and I respect any silences for anyone passing away,however I don't stop work when there is a memorial service for armistice day,or Dianas funeral,so why should she not tweet? Just people jumping on the bash Esther bandwagon and those with any common sense will realise this. I may vote for her now for having the common sense to keep on working and believing in her own priciples rather than **** footing around.Good on her. pooboy
  • Score: 18

7:58pm Wed 30 Apr 14

uncatom says...

pooboy wrote:
I would agree with some comments that this lady is trying to fool the common voter.Of course WBC are going to ask for funds for potholes.Any council in the country that doesn't should not be in power.
Also on a sidenote,I have no political preferences whatsoever,yet she is getting a hard time over tweeting during the hillsborugh memorial.
I had family and friends there on that fateful day and I respect any silences for anyone passing away,however I don't stop work when there is a memorial service for armistice day,or Dianas funeral,so why should she not tweet? Just people jumping on the bash Esther bandwagon and those with any common sense will realise this. I may vote for her now for having the common sense to keep on working and believing in her own priciples rather than **** footing around.Good on her.
But then you are not a representative of the people, and Ms McVey being such a representative, one would expect a bit more support or empathy with the people she allegedly represents on Merseyside, what is the title they bestow on themselves ? honourable! and as to your comment that you may vote for her, that is your right, but might I add you are very easily pleased, you seem quite proud of your comment regarding not observing the silence on Armistice day, again your choice, just remember many gave their lives so you could have that choice.
[quote][p][bold]pooboy[/bold] wrote: I would agree with some comments that this lady is trying to fool the common voter.Of course WBC are going to ask for funds for potholes.Any council in the country that doesn't should not be in power. Also on a sidenote,I have no political preferences whatsoever,yet she is getting a hard time over tweeting during the hillsborugh memorial. I had family and friends there on that fateful day and I respect any silences for anyone passing away,however I don't stop work when there is a memorial service for armistice day,or Dianas funeral,so why should she not tweet? Just people jumping on the bash Esther bandwagon and those with any common sense will realise this. I may vote for her now for having the common sense to keep on working and believing in her own priciples rather than **** footing around.Good on her.[/p][/quote]But then you are not a representative of the people, and Ms McVey being such a representative, one would expect a bit more support or empathy with the people she allegedly represents on Merseyside, what is the title they bestow on themselves ? honourable! and as to your comment that you may vote for her, that is your right, but might I add you are very easily pleased, you seem quite proud of your comment regarding not observing the silence on Armistice day, again your choice, just remember many gave their lives so you could have that choice. uncatom
  • Score: -10

10:53am Thu 1 May 14

pooboy says...

uncatom wrote:
pooboy wrote:
I would agree with some comments that this lady is trying to fool the common voter.Of course WBC are going to ask for funds for potholes.Any council in the country that doesn't should not be in power.
Also on a sidenote,I have no political preferences whatsoever,yet she is getting a hard time over tweeting during the hillsborugh memorial.
I had family and friends there on that fateful day and I respect any silences for anyone passing away,however I don't stop work when there is a memorial service for armistice day,or Dianas funeral,so why should she not tweet? Just people jumping on the bash Esther bandwagon and those with any common sense will realise this. I may vote for her now for having the common sense to keep on working and believing in her own priciples rather than **** footing around.Good on her.
But then you are not a representative of the people, and Ms McVey being such a representative, one would expect a bit more support or empathy with the people she allegedly represents on Merseyside, what is the title they bestow on themselves ? honourable! and as to your comment that you may vote for her, that is your right, but might I add you are very easily pleased, you seem quite proud of your comment regarding not observing the silence on Armistice day, again your choice, just remember many gave their lives so you could have that choice.
If you read the comment correctly,it says I do not stop work when there is a "memorial" service,i.e. a 1 hour service.It goes without saying I resepectfully observe the minutes silence.As for seeming quite proud? How is that? Where does it say that? Nowhere!!! You are attempting to twist words like a politician!(and failing miserably...........
......) Ms.Mcvey also respected the minutes silence by not tweeting during that minute.End of thread.
[quote][p][bold]uncatom[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pooboy[/bold] wrote: I would agree with some comments that this lady is trying to fool the common voter.Of course WBC are going to ask for funds for potholes.Any council in the country that doesn't should not be in power. Also on a sidenote,I have no political preferences whatsoever,yet she is getting a hard time over tweeting during the hillsborugh memorial. I had family and friends there on that fateful day and I respect any silences for anyone passing away,however I don't stop work when there is a memorial service for armistice day,or Dianas funeral,so why should she not tweet? Just people jumping on the bash Esther bandwagon and those with any common sense will realise this. I may vote for her now for having the common sense to keep on working and believing in her own priciples rather than **** footing around.Good on her.[/p][/quote]But then you are not a representative of the people, and Ms McVey being such a representative, one would expect a bit more support or empathy with the people she allegedly represents on Merseyside, what is the title they bestow on themselves ? honourable! and as to your comment that you may vote for her, that is your right, but might I add you are very easily pleased, you seem quite proud of your comment regarding not observing the silence on Armistice day, again your choice, just remember many gave their lives so you could have that choice.[/p][/quote]If you read the comment correctly,it says I do not stop work when there is a "memorial" service,i.e. a 1 hour service.It goes without saying I resepectfully observe the minutes silence.As for seeming quite proud? How is that? Where does it say that? Nowhere!!! You are attempting to twist words like a politician!(and failing miserably........... ......) Ms.Mcvey also respected the minutes silence by not tweeting during that minute.End of thread. pooboy
  • Score: 13

1:44pm Thu 1 May 14

uncatom says...

pooboy wrote:
uncatom wrote:
pooboy wrote:
I would agree with some comments that this lady is trying to fool the common voter.Of course WBC are going to ask for funds for potholes.Any council in the country that doesn't should not be in power.
Also on a sidenote,I have no political preferences whatsoever,yet she is getting a hard time over tweeting during the hillsborugh memorial.
I had family and friends there on that fateful day and I respect any silences for anyone passing away,however I don't stop work when there is a memorial service for armistice day,or Dianas funeral,so why should she not tweet? Just people jumping on the bash Esther bandwagon and those with any common sense will realise this. I may vote for her now for having the common sense to keep on working and believing in her own priciples rather than **** footing around.Good on her.
But then you are not a representative of the people, and Ms McVey being such a representative, one would expect a bit more support or empathy with the people she allegedly represents on Merseyside, what is the title they bestow on themselves ? honourable! and as to your comment that you may vote for her, that is your right, but might I add you are very easily pleased, you seem quite proud of your comment regarding not observing the silence on Armistice day, again your choice, just remember many gave their lives so you could have that choice.
If you read the comment correctly,it says I do not stop work when there is a "memorial" service,i.e. a 1 hour service.It goes without saying I resepectfully observe the minutes silence.As for seeming quite proud? How is that? Where does it say that? Nowhere!!! You are attempting to twist words like a politician!(and failing miserably...........

......) Ms.Mcvey also respected the minutes silence by not tweeting during that minute.End of thread.
I think you will find that commemorative memorial services are held at Cenotaphs across the globe, on the eleventh month of the eleventh year at eleven 'o' clock, at these ceremonies hymns are sung and words of remembrance are spoken and a two minute silence is observed, this is because the nation is united in its paying its respects, as far as I am aware there is no standard length of time allocated for a memorial service and in actual fact the silence is for two minutes, but I wouldn't accuse you of misrepresentation, not being Ms McVey's keeper I would,nt know if she tweeted through your incorrectly quoted minutes silence, perhaps she thought is was a minute too.
[quote][p][bold]pooboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]uncatom[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pooboy[/bold] wrote: I would agree with some comments that this lady is trying to fool the common voter.Of course WBC are going to ask for funds for potholes.Any council in the country that doesn't should not be in power. Also on a sidenote,I have no political preferences whatsoever,yet she is getting a hard time over tweeting during the hillsborugh memorial. I had family and friends there on that fateful day and I respect any silences for anyone passing away,however I don't stop work when there is a memorial service for armistice day,or Dianas funeral,so why should she not tweet? Just people jumping on the bash Esther bandwagon and those with any common sense will realise this. I may vote for her now for having the common sense to keep on working and believing in her own priciples rather than **** footing around.Good on her.[/p][/quote]But then you are not a representative of the people, and Ms McVey being such a representative, one would expect a bit more support or empathy with the people she allegedly represents on Merseyside, what is the title they bestow on themselves ? honourable! and as to your comment that you may vote for her, that is your right, but might I add you are very easily pleased, you seem quite proud of your comment regarding not observing the silence on Armistice day, again your choice, just remember many gave their lives so you could have that choice.[/p][/quote]If you read the comment correctly,it says I do not stop work when there is a "memorial" service,i.e. a 1 hour service.It goes without saying I resepectfully observe the minutes silence.As for seeming quite proud? How is that? Where does it say that? Nowhere!!! You are attempting to twist words like a politician!(and failing miserably........... ......) Ms.Mcvey also respected the minutes silence by not tweeting during that minute.End of thread.[/p][/quote]I think you will find that commemorative memorial services are held at Cenotaphs across the globe, on the eleventh month of the eleventh year at eleven 'o' clock, at these ceremonies hymns are sung and words of remembrance are spoken and a two minute silence is observed, this is because the nation is united in its paying its respects, as far as I am aware there is no standard length of time allocated for a memorial service and in actual fact the silence is for two minutes, but I wouldn't accuse you of misrepresentation, not being Ms McVey's keeper I would,nt know if she tweeted through your incorrectly quoted minutes silence, perhaps she thought is was a minute too. uncatom
  • Score: -9

2:48pm Thu 1 May 14

pooboy says...

uncatom wrote:
pooboy wrote:
uncatom wrote:
pooboy wrote: I would agree with some comments that this lady is trying to fool the common voter.Of course WBC are going to ask for funds for potholes.Any council in the country that doesn't should not be in power. Also on a sidenote,I have no political preferences whatsoever,yet she is getting a hard time over tweeting during the hillsborugh memorial. I had family and friends there on that fateful day and I respect any silences for anyone passing away,however I don't stop work when there is a memorial service for armistice day,or Dianas funeral,so why should she not tweet? Just people jumping on the bash Esther bandwagon and those with any common sense will realise this. I may vote for her now for having the common sense to keep on working and believing in her own priciples rather than **** footing around.Good on her.
But then you are not a representative of the people, and Ms McVey being such a representative, one would expect a bit more support or empathy with the people she allegedly represents on Merseyside, what is the title they bestow on themselves ? honourable! and as to your comment that you may vote for her, that is your right, but might I add you are very easily pleased, you seem quite proud of your comment regarding not observing the silence on Armistice day, again your choice, just remember many gave their lives so you could have that choice.
If you read the comment correctly,it says I do not stop work when there is a "memorial" service,i.e. a 1 hour service.It goes without saying I resepectfully observe the minutes silence.As for seeming quite proud? How is that? Where does it say that? Nowhere!!! You are attempting to twist words like a politician!(and failing miserably........... ......) Ms.Mcvey also respected the minutes silence by not tweeting during that minute.End of thread.
I think you will find that commemorative memorial services are held at Cenotaphs across the globe, on the eleventh month of the eleventh year at eleven 'o' clock, at these ceremonies hymns are sung and words of remembrance are spoken and a two minute silence is observed, this is because the nation is united in its paying its respects, as far as I am aware there is no standard length of time allocated for a memorial service and in actual fact the silence is for two minutes, but I wouldn't accuse you of misrepresentation, not being Ms McVey's keeper I would,nt know if she tweeted through your incorrectly quoted minutes silence, perhaps she thought is was a minute too.
To get back to my original point,which for some reason you have steered conveniently away from.
She did not tweet during the minutes silence for the 96,which was at 3.06pm
She tweeted during the service.
The service finished at 4.25pm.
As stated,I did not stop working between 310pm-425pm.
Neither did she,otherwise the general taxpayer would be asking why not.
That is my point.
I am glad you know so much about Commerative memorial services.
If you ever find out if there is a standard length allocated for a memorial service,please feel free to enlighten me further.
Kind Regards.
[quote][p][bold]uncatom[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pooboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]uncatom[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pooboy[/bold] wrote: I would agree with some comments that this lady is trying to fool the common voter.Of course WBC are going to ask for funds for potholes.Any council in the country that doesn't should not be in power. Also on a sidenote,I have no political preferences whatsoever,yet she is getting a hard time over tweeting during the hillsborugh memorial. I had family and friends there on that fateful day and I respect any silences for anyone passing away,however I don't stop work when there is a memorial service for armistice day,or Dianas funeral,so why should she not tweet? Just people jumping on the bash Esther bandwagon and those with any common sense will realise this. I may vote for her now for having the common sense to keep on working and believing in her own priciples rather than **** footing around.Good on her.[/p][/quote]But then you are not a representative of the people, and Ms McVey being such a representative, one would expect a bit more support or empathy with the people she allegedly represents on Merseyside, what is the title they bestow on themselves ? honourable! and as to your comment that you may vote for her, that is your right, but might I add you are very easily pleased, you seem quite proud of your comment regarding not observing the silence on Armistice day, again your choice, just remember many gave their lives so you could have that choice.[/p][/quote]If you read the comment correctly,it says I do not stop work when there is a "memorial" service,i.e. a 1 hour service.It goes without saying I resepectfully observe the minutes silence.As for seeming quite proud? How is that? Where does it say that? Nowhere!!! You are attempting to twist words like a politician!(and failing miserably........... ......) Ms.Mcvey also respected the minutes silence by not tweeting during that minute.End of thread.[/p][/quote]I think you will find that commemorative memorial services are held at Cenotaphs across the globe, on the eleventh month of the eleventh year at eleven 'o' clock, at these ceremonies hymns are sung and words of remembrance are spoken and a two minute silence is observed, this is because the nation is united in its paying its respects, as far as I am aware there is no standard length of time allocated for a memorial service and in actual fact the silence is for two minutes, but I wouldn't accuse you of misrepresentation, not being Ms McVey's keeper I would,nt know if she tweeted through your incorrectly quoted minutes silence, perhaps she thought is was a minute too.[/p][/quote]To get back to my original point,which for some reason you have steered conveniently away from. She did not tweet during the minutes silence for the 96,which was at 3.06pm She tweeted during the service. The service finished at 4.25pm. As stated,I did not stop working between 310pm-425pm. Neither did she,otherwise the general taxpayer would be asking why not. That is my point. I am glad you know so much about Commerative memorial services. If you ever find out if there is a standard length allocated for a memorial service,please feel free to enlighten me further. Kind Regards. pooboy
  • Score: 8

9:02am Fri 2 May 14

uncatom says...

As you say back to the original point, I did not state nor imply that she tweeted during the silence, I believe her tweet was a disparaging comment about a Wirral councillor, could not this important piece of government business have waited until after the service? or just maybe she has nothing better to do at the expense of the "general taxpayer" whatever your thoughts it showed a lack of consideration to send a needless, nay frivolous message during that time, however to her credit she did apologise, as to her working to her own principles, if parroting the more odious policies of her party makes her principled, then I must disagree.
As you say back to the original point, I did not state nor imply that she tweeted during the silence, I believe her tweet was a disparaging comment about a Wirral councillor, could not this important piece of government business have waited until after the service? or just maybe she has nothing better to do at the expense of the "general taxpayer" whatever your thoughts it showed a lack of consideration to send a needless, nay frivolous message during that time, however to her credit she did apologise, as to her working to her own principles, if parroting the more odious policies of her party makes her principled, then I must disagree. uncatom
  • Score: 0

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