Lib Dem priorities dominate Wirral’s budget debate

An amendment to Labour’s budget proposed by Wirral’s Liberal Democrat councillors was passed by the Council last night.

The Lib Dems called for:

  • • more action on tackling empty houses and re-starting council house building;
  • • practical measures to meet the Council’s goal of reducing CO2 emissions by 60% by 2025, such as installing bio and solar roofing on all Council properties with flat roofs
  • • the introduction of 20 mph zones in residential areas to make our streets calmer and safer, particularly around schools.

These were all issues which had gained Council support over the past year, but had not been progressed sufficiently by the Labour Cabinet.

Labour leader, Councillor Pat Hackett, agreed to accept the Lib Dem amendment and the whole budget package then passed, with support from Lib Dem, Green and Independent councillors. The Conservative objection was rejected.

Neither the Green group nor the small Independent group made any proposals of their own.