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John Mullins - West Kirby &Thurstaston 2022

April 11, 2022 3:28 PM

We live in a wonderful part of the country, but that does not mean we do not have real challenges: We need to attract real, well paid jobs to the Wirral, we need affordable housing and we need services which deliver a good quality of life for all residents, both young and old.

None of this will happen without having a long term plan and working collaboratively with all parties to deliver it quickly and efficiently.

I have not served on the council before, I have great respect for the people who dedicate their time to help run our community. That said, the council needs to be effective, efficient and with open, visible decision making.

We don't all need to agree with every decision, but we need to be able to see who voted for what and why. I think the move to a more open committee management approach is leading to improved decision-making and accountability.

I am broadly in favour of the regeneration plans for the borough. I think the Birkenhead focus is big enough to make a real, lasting difference, not only for the people in Birkenhead, but for all of us in the surrounding areas if done well.

Central government policies also play a part: Housing created must be of good quality, future-proofed and affordable to those working locally, all Conservative policies do is encourage more borrowing and keep pushing prices up.

To go with good housing, we need to ensure that there is good, well-funded education with meaningful training and development opportunities for young people.

None of us want crime, but it's only a symptom of wider problems: Investment in housing, jobs and education will go a long way in supporting the cash-strapped police and social services in dealing with it on our behalf.