Paying the price for Wirral council's incompetence

First published in Letters

WIRRAL people are all aware that our council is in financial dire straits, but why should we lose out to pay for their incompetence?

Residents in Leasowe have been informed of the proposal by Tranmere Rovers FC to develop a new training facility to the rear of the Solar Campus building, on the Leasowe playing fields.

Doubtless this will raise capital for the authority, which would be happy to see it quietly go through.

I have a number of reasons for my own objections.

Firstly, it is unlikely to have a positive effect on the property values of houses on Hayes Drive, Shackleton Road or Ross Avenue, whose outlook will be spoilt by the development.

Secondly, although the current planning proposals don't show any, I should be surprised if there were no floodlights at the centre, which would cause considerable light pollution.

Last but not least, there would be an enormous increase in noise with several football pitches in use well in to the evening throughout the week.

I have personally written to the planning department with my concerns, as well as a local councillor and our MP.

I would strongly urge all other concerned residents to do the same, before we pay the price for the council’s financial problems in our house values.

A M Riley by email

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8:55am Wed 26 Mar 14

bickyboy says...

I can't imagine that the development of a training facility for Wirral's premier soccer club is likely to have much effect on local house prices. There may be some short term noise during building work, but after that, then surely the only disturbance will be the tedious barrage of shouting and swearing that provides the customary soundtrack to an average soccer pitch on match and training days. Plus, you'll be able to look out of your rear bedroom windows and see some of the best players on the Wirral, up close and personal, and maybe even shout over the fence to get their autographs?
I can't imagine that the development of a training facility for Wirral's premier soccer club is likely to have much effect on local house prices. There may be some short term noise during building work, but after that, then surely the only disturbance will be the tedious barrage of shouting and swearing that provides the customary soundtrack to an average soccer pitch on match and training days. Plus, you'll be able to look out of your rear bedroom windows and see some of the best players on the Wirral, up close and personal, and maybe even shout over the fence to get their autographs? bickyboy
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2:50pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Pollexfen says...

Dear A M Riley
You have every right to be concerned about Tranmere Rovers plans to switch their training pitch proposals from Woodchurch to Leasowe,prsumerably because it will be cheaper to do that and give them even more profit from the sale of Ingleborough Road Memorial Playing Fields.
Firstly it is certainly the case that floodlights will be required. This reason was cited as one of the objections to the Club staying at Ingleborough raised by neighbours. Perhaps their concerns count more than you do or maybe its because the Club don't wnat to 'bother' you with the small detail at this stage?
Also I sympathise about your concerns about lose of house value but more importanatly do not automatically assume that Wirral Council will get any capital for the site. In the case of Woodchurch it was agreed by the Council Cabinet that they would give the majority of the Woodchurch site away free to Tranmere Rovers having first spent around £1.67 m on it.
Finally with an absent owner unwilling to put any financial resources into the Club don't imagine that there will be any players on the training pitch that will justify you calling over the garden fence for their autograph.
Dear A M Riley You have every right to be concerned about Tranmere Rovers plans to switch their training pitch proposals from Woodchurch to Leasowe,prsumerably because it will be cheaper to do that and give them even more profit from the sale of Ingleborough Road Memorial Playing Fields. Firstly it is certainly the case that floodlights will be required. This reason was cited as one of the objections to the Club staying at Ingleborough raised by neighbours. Perhaps their concerns count more than you do or maybe its because the Club don't wnat to 'bother' you with the small detail at this stage? Also I sympathise about your concerns about lose of house value but more importanatly do not automatically assume that Wirral Council will get any capital for the site. In the case of Woodchurch it was agreed by the Council Cabinet that they would give the majority of the Woodchurch site away free to Tranmere Rovers having first spent around £1.67 m on it. Finally with an absent owner unwilling to put any financial resources into the Club don't imagine that there will be any players on the training pitch that will justify you calling over the garden fence for their autograph. Pollexfen
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