Rainhill Village Life - Supported by your Labour Councillors

Monday, November 12, 2007


As previously published in the blog, there are currently three planning applications with St Helens Council concerning the empty Briars Hey site:

1259 BRIARS HEY, MILL LANE - Work to trees.

1262 BRIARS HEY, MILL LANE - Demolition and replace secure unit, demolition and replacements of extension of listed building. New 2 storey detached HMO property, refurbishment of listed building to provide discharge units and office.

1263 BRIARS HEY, MILL LANE - New build 20 bed medium secure unit in the location of the existing medium secure unit, which is to be demolished. New build 40 bed low secure unit attached to existing Grade II listed property.

A large number of local residents and parents/carers of pupils of Tower College School have voiced opposition and held several meeting to discuss the applications. The mental health service providers, Raphael Healthcare, have been contacted and have met concerned representatives at Tower College last week.

A newsletter published by the group has been circulated and a post box has been installed in the Post Office in Warrington Road to allow residents to make their feeling known. A number of representatives have also met with their local M.P. Shaun Woodward. Local councillors have been contacted by many concerned residents. The current position will be relayed on this blog as and when there are developments.

PLEASE NOTE - This planning issue will be reported on this blog in an unbiased and factual way. I, Councillor Glover, have declared a personal and prejudicial interest and will remain detached from any viewpoint. Any contact by concerned residents will be re-directed to either Councillor Doyle or Councillor De Asha.

7 comment(s):

  • the objections are from a load of whinging snobs who are only interested in house valuations.
    i cant remember any of them being concerned about the proposed car park at the top of my road.
    sod em.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:36 pm  

  • I have moderated a comment which was somewhat abusive and derogatory to the individuals who are mentioned in the piece, i.e. local residents and family/carers of Tower College kids. I have left this abridged comment:
    "I have just finished perusing a totally biased piece of propaganda entitled Rainhill community newsletter.They are a small minority who are panicking because their property values may plummet."

    "I would like to think the vast majority of Rainhill residents will welcome this new establishment for not only offering new employment opportunities but also as a safe and much sought after place for any relatives requiring it. It could be one of their relatives."

    "There are hundreds of properties who have HIGH security units nearby,Scott clinic,T wards in Whiston hospital etc.
    so I hope that it is because of their "NOT ON MY DOORSTEP" attitude that will put off many residents from offering any support."

    By Blogger Cllr. Steve Glover, at 9:01 pm  

  • I believe that the people writing these comments should do some research on the proposed development, especially around risk settings. Scott Clinic and Whiston are both medium secure units. Because of this and a new site being built in Warrington there is no local need for this facility. This is simply a private company trying to make as much profit as possible, at the expense of local Rainhill children. I am not opposed to mental health units - indeed they have an important part to play in our community and I have a relative who has had to use these facilities. However their location needs careful consideration both for the patients and for the local residents. I believe it is inappropriate to post this next to a school and within 400 metres of 3 other schools. In addition to this the development is on a massive scale, which will be detrimental to the local infrastrcuture especially the traffic around Mill Lane when parents are taking their children to and from St Barts, Oakdene and Tower College as well as the many workers trying to get onto Warrington Road in time for work in the morning.
    In addition to this the type of work undertaken requires specialist skills which are in short supply in Merseyside so the recruitment and employment will have to take place from further afield which will mean no local employment just more commuters on an already busy road

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:39 pm  

  • I have just moved back to Rainhill after being down South for my job. One of the reasons I moved back was because I missed the community spirit of Rainhill and how everybody looks after each other. It appears that Rainhill has lost its community spirit and there is a "sod em" attitude as per the first comment which makes me rather ashamed. I'm sure if the residents had been made aware of your car park they would have helped and supported if not this is not the Rainhill I used to know

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:42 pm  

  • I would like to say that I have lived on Mill Lane for the last 11yrs and I have no objection to the proposals for this building.I would only hope that the council plan for the increased traffic on this road as in peak time it can be a nightmare.However no one appears to raise any objections to the fact that Tower college use numerous coaches to transport a few children on a daily basis.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:13 am  

  • Should Labour be elected in the by-election will the new Labour cllr declare an interest in the development and not vote on the issue?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:52 pm  

  • In response to your question, the application is due to decided at Planning Committee in a few weeks time. As Barrie is not a member of that committee, he would not be able to vote on the application.

    By Blogger Cllr. Steve Glover, at 7:07 pm  

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