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Saughall Massie is a village on the Wirral Peninsula, England. It is bordered by Moreton, Upton, Meols and Greasby. The conservation area is located in the heart of the village and was designated in January 1974 by the Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council. Saughall Massie was one of the four ancient townships in the parish of Bidston. The surrounding area is rural and within the conservation boundary there are two farms and six listed buildings, some of which date back to the 17th century.
The conservation area society exists to promote the well-being of the inhabitants and the village within the conservation area. It is non political and inclusive, having an open membership to every householder who resides within the conservation area boundary. It acts as a consultee to the local authority on matters of planning, traffic, conservation, environment, security and heritage.
The Saughall pub has been a centre piece of the village for many years. Initially the pub was an hotel with the villagers obtaining their beer from the cottage/brew house next door. The Saughall road was part of the old Toll Road from Upton through to Meols so there would have been a demand for accommodation in those days.
Since its refurbishment and new tenant, Clint, the pub has been completely revitalised. With a new Winter menu, quiz evenings on Tuesdays and live music on a Friday the Saughall is now the place to be! Clint has recently introduced a carvery on a Sunday too which is proving very popular.
The pub is also branching out with a darts team and other entertainments including an aviary for guests so that they can see rare birds, ducks and peacocks! The land at the back of the pub has also been turned over for allotment use which harks back to its earlier days when previous tenants also ran the land as a market garden. Flowers were collected on a regular basis from several families in the village as well as the pub tenants and taken over to Covent Garden market in Liverpool to be sold to the restaurants, hotels and city dwellers.
Vyner Estates have now put in a planning application to clear all the farm buildings from Diamond Farm and build houses on the site. Currently the farm is still a working unit with the Reed family having worked there for many, many years. They wish to continue farming in our area but if their lease is terminated (if planning permission is granted) they will have nowhere at this end of the Wirral to base themselves so the fields would be left untended. Apart from the field adjacent to the house, they also farm a significant acreage off Garden Hey, running up to the Carr Farm fields so that land, too, would be left. Please register your views about this proposed development with the Council's planning department by clicking on Diamond Farm Planning Application.
Following the Planning Committee meeting visit to Saughall Massie on Tuesday, 13 December there was a Council Planning Committee meeting on Thursday, 15 December at Wallasey Town Hall. During the meeting Cllr Chris Blakeley put a very strong argument forward, urging the committee to reject the application and citing the many concerns that local residents had about the unsuitability of the site. Two motions were proposed - one that the Fire Station application be approved and the second said that it should be refused on the grounds of the considerable inconvenience and stress it would cause to the residents of the nearby Magenta Sheltered Housing. Although the first motion was carried by 7 votes to 6 meaning that the Fire Station was approved, the second motion was also approved again by 7 votes to 6 - resulting in the application being rejected. A considerable crowd had come to hear the committee make their decision and this result was welcomed. However, the MFRA are now quoted in the Wirral Globe as saying that they will be appealing to the Secretary of State so unfortunately this is unlikely to be the end of the matter. Many thanks to all those who have supported this campaign to protect our green belt land and particularly to our three councillors, Chris Blakeley, Bruce Berry and Steve Williams who have all worked extremely hard - particularly Cllr Blakeley - to keep the public aware of the issue and encourage support for the protest.
The full planning application (Application number 16/0985) can be viewed by clicking on Fire Station Planning Application.
Although the Fire Services's original proposal has been scaled down slightly, the Conservation Society feel that the application to build on Green Belt land is unnecessary and will result in the loss of open space for no good reason. We fully accept the valuable work that the Fire Service does but that work has been done extremely efficiently from their Upton base for some considerable time. There is also plenty of room for expansion at the current Upton site if that is what is required. In addition the heaviest demand for their services comes from Upton, Woodchurch, Noctorum and possibly Arrowe Park Hospital so - to us - it makes sense to stay within the area of greatest need. The site in Saughall Massie is on a busy road which gets extremely congested at peak times, is next to sheltered accommodation for vulnerable adults and the route up to West Kirby or even Hoylake is by narrow country lanes which are totally unsuitable for emergency vehicle rapid response. It also increases their response times for the Upton area by a couple of minutes. EVEN LOOKING AT THE WORST SCENARIO FOR A FIRE IN WEST KIRBY - THE RESPONSE TIME FROM UPTON IS WELL UNDER THE 10 MINUTE GOVERNMENT GUIDELINE TIME. We now wait and see what the next few weeks will bring.
Our Chairman and his father recently visited Ypres and Thiepval - With 2016 being the Somme anniversary read the account of their trip which is very moving. You can also see on our Gallery the picture of local men marching through the village in September 1914. To commemorate World War 1 the Society hosted two talks in the Saughall Pub. The first was about the Wirral Pals regiment and the second about Battlefield Remains. To read more see our News & Events page click here for more information.
Throughout the site you will also see paintings by local artist, Grace Horne. Grace visited the village as a child and has happy memories of picking blackberries in the local hedgerows. As an accomplished artist, she painted many views of the village in the 'sixties and 'seventies which she has kindly allowed us to photograph for the website. Some of these views no longer exist but others have hardly changed at all but you are unlikely to see geese wandering around in front of the Saughall pub these days! See our Gallery for more views of the village, both old and new including more paintings by Grace Horne and also works by Harold Hopps and Mavis Blackburn (courtesy of the Williamson Art Gallery.
For reminiscences about old Saughall Massie which includes pictures and memories of years gone by, captured by some of our residents - see our new Memories tab on the left of this page.
POST CODE CH46 5ND
N 53° 23•369"
W 3° 07•438"
OS grid reference SJ247882