Brexit tops concerns of Old Swan residents

Brexit uncertainty, parking and traffic and improving the local environment were the hot topics at my latest coffee afternoon, held in the Old Swan Ward of the Liverpool Wavertree constituency.

Letters, emails and telephone calls have been coming in at a rate of 10-1 in favour of a People’s Vote on the final Brexit decision that has now been delayed by the rattled Prime Minister, so it was good to once again discuss the issues face-to-face with constituents and hear local concerns.

The meeting was the latest around the six wards that make up the constituency – Picton, Kensington and Fairfield, Church, Childwall and Wavertree.

Thank you to the Joseph Lappin Centre, who hosted the coffee afternoon, and to Sway with Ray and the dancers who provided some welcome musical entertainment after the event.

Thank you to everyone who came and raised such vital questions about the possibility and impact of a second referendum, the protection of workers’ rights and what one resident warned of as the risk of ‘self-imposed economic sanctions’ if we see the Withdrawal Agreement implemented or, even worse, a no-deal Brexit.

Some residents were frustrated about parking in the streets, particularly around schools when children are being dropped off and picked up and how some roads were being used as race tracks by speeding cars.

People really care about the area and want to see pavements cleared of dog mess and the environment better supported.

I will be raising all these issues in the coming weeks and working with Labour councillors in the Ward and the council to address them.

I hold regular surgeries if you want to speak to me about community issues in your area or have other issues you want to raise. Please book an appointment by telephoning 0151 228 1628 or emailing