Frank Field MP
Your MP for Birkenhead
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School breakfasts, two planning victories, and the safety of Magenta's tower blocks


Might I please thank Birkenhead residents for sponsoring a group of local volunteers who completed the Wirral Coastal Walk for Feeding Birkenhead?

Our volunteers raised over £1,500 on the Walk.

Every penny of this sum will be going towards healthy school breakfasts – porridge, fruit drinks, fruit snacks, and cereal – for hundreds of children across the town, to ensure they are ready to learn at the beginning of each school day.

Thanks to Birkenhead residents’ generosity, enough money was raised to cover a whole year’s worth of supplies for a dozen schools.

There was further good news last week at a meeting of the local authority’s Planning Committee.

Two applications to convert one building in the Woodlands and another in Charing Cross into cramped houses of multiple occupancy, which Councillor Jean Stapleton and I united with local residents to oppose, were refused.

I also met last week with Magenta Living to seek assurances over the safety of the tower blocks under its ownership.

Magenta’s team has undertaken work on all the blocks in Birkenhead.

The insulation and rendering installed was such that the materials used have the highest fire safety rating and have met with the Building Regulation requirements.

There is a small section of cladding on one tower block which is a different system to that being removed elsewhere in the country and which again has a high fire safety rating.

Magenta inform me that they are currently working with the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service to ensure any new requirements arising from the awful fire in London will be implemented.

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