Petition response a 'kick in the teeth'

WARRINGTON Borough Council has been accused of turning its back on hundreds of children campaigning for a park to be protected.

Pupils from St Bridget’s Primary School on Capesthorne Road in Fearnhead want council bosses to apply for Peel Hall Park to be given Queen Elizabeth II Fields status.

A petition with almost 1000 signatures was taken to the Town Hall by children on Thursday when council leader Clr Terry O’Neil posed for a picture.

Clr Bob Haskew Jones, who runs the Friends of Peel Hall Park group, also attended.

The Houghton Green parish councillor claims that when he tried to hand the petition over, he was told the council would not be considering it.

Clr Haskew-Jones said: “On receiving the petition, the council leader told me he was going to do nothing with it.

“I told him this was dreadful because it has almost a thousand signatures.

“He replied ‘no, we don’t have to’.

“When you meet this kind of attitude, it makes you wonder if it’s worth the effort for volunteers to do valuable work for this town, with all the restrictions constantly thrown at them and this kind of attitude of rejection to residents’ requests.”

The Friends of Peel Hall Park group has helped improve the green area, with funding secured to build a £112,000 play area.

If the park was awarded Queen Elizabeth II Fields status it would be eligible for further grants, plaque and sapling from the Royal estate.

Clr Terry O’Neill (Burtonwood LAB), responded to the claims and said: “After careful consideration, we decided not to apply to the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge because our current policies and procedures are already committed to protecting Warrington’s green spaces.

“Whilst we still consider our own policies protect Peel Hall Park we will review the issue as a result of receiving this petition.

“We were pleased to welcome the children from St Bridget's and the petition holders to the Town Hall.”

Clr Ian Marks (Lymm LD), leader of the Liberal democrats, said, "The Friends group do a huge amount of excellent work in the Park and it is wonderful how they have involved the local children.

“It is a real kick in the teeth that the Labour administration is dismissing the petition without a second thought."

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11:13am Thu 17 Jan 13

grey_man says...

I suppose what Terry O'Neill meant is that they have already received a petition with one name - 'Satnam' - on it.

As for WBC being committed to protect the town's green spaces? In a word - arf!
I suppose what Terry O'Neill meant is that they have already received a petition with one name - 'Satnam' - on it. As for WBC being committed to protect the town's green spaces? In a word - arf! grey_man

1:31pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Nick Tessla says...

Notice no response from Geoff Settle and Billy Lines-Rowland.


Probably embarassed by the actions of the Labour junta.
Notice no response from Geoff Settle and Billy Lines-Rowland. Probably embarassed by the actions of the Labour junta. Nick Tessla

3:16pm Thu 17 Jan 13

grey_man says...

You wonder how often the residents of Warrington need to bother themselves with consultations, planning meetings, volunteering and whatever before they realise the only submissions the council are interested in are those from a developer's cheque book.

Geoff? You awake?
You wonder how often the residents of Warrington need to bother themselves with consultations, planning meetings, volunteering and whatever before they realise the only submissions the council are interested in are those from a developer's cheque book. Geoff? You awake? grey_man

3:22pm Thu 17 Jan 13

yazhoo1 says...

This is a disgusting disgrace.

So pupils from St Bridget’s Primary turned up just to be told "no" by O'Neill? Another spiteful decision from a filure of a council. O'Neill should be ashamed of himself.

Where is Geoff Settle's concern for Poulton north now? Why wasn't he there with these school children?
This is a disgusting disgrace. So pupils from St Bridget’s Primary turned up just to be told "no" by O'Neill? Another spiteful decision from a filure of a council. O'Neill should be ashamed of himself. Where is Geoff Settle's concern for Poulton north now? Why wasn't he there with these school children? yazhoo1

4:20pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Nick Tessla says...

yazhoo1 wrote:
This is a disgusting disgrace. So pupils from St Bridget’s Primary turned up just to be told "no" by O'Neill? Another spiteful decision from a filure of a council. O'Neill should be ashamed of himself. Where is Geoff Settle's concern for Poulton north now? Why wasn't he there with these school children?
I woukd have certainly expected some response from one one of Poulton North's Three Labour Stooges by now - Geoff, Billy or even that other one (Graham something or other, looks like Baron Bomburst from Chiitty Chitty Bang Bang) - mind you I don't think he's ever had the nerve to come on here.


Perhaps they've got to clear what they say with Chris Vobe.
[quote][p][bold]yazhoo1[/bold] wrote: This is a disgusting disgrace. So pupils from St Bridget’s Primary turned up just to be told "no" by O'Neill? Another spiteful decision from a filure of a council. O'Neill should be ashamed of himself. Where is Geoff Settle's concern for Poulton north now? Why wasn't he there with these school children?[/p][/quote]I woukd have certainly expected some response from one one of Poulton North's Three Labour Stooges by now - Geoff, Billy or even that other one (Graham something or other, looks like Baron Bomburst from Chiitty Chitty Bang Bang) - mind you I don't think he's ever had the nerve to come on here. Perhaps they've got to clear what they say with Chris Vobe. Nick Tessla

6:48am Sun 20 Jan 13

Cleopatra says...

Terry O'niel should bear in mind that, come the next election, when he is expecting the electorate to vote for him they just might tell him, "We will not be considering it."
Terry O'niel should bear in mind that, come the next election, when he is expecting the electorate to vote for him they just might tell him, "We will not be considering it." Cleopatra

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