People in Wirral will head to the polls next month to vote in what could be the most crucial Local Election in years. With the ruling Labour group holding the balance of power by a single seat, every vote will count on May 2, with the possibility of the local authority going into No Overall Control. Last year , there were margins as narrow as 23 votes, so candidates, campaigners and elected councillors have been out on the streets battling for the support of every one of the peninsula's residents. The ECHO has already brought you details of what each party is promising , the full list of candidates you can vote for, and a comprehensive breakdown of the issues that will win and lose the election for the various groups. Each polling station will be open from 7am until 10pm on the day, with most located in public buildings like schools or local halls. If you're already registered, you will have been sent a polling card in the post telling you which … [Read more...] about Wirral Local Elections 2019: Where is my polling station?
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PUBLISHED: 07:00 04 April 2019 Hannah Somerville The entrance to the upper school in West Heath Road and, right, Melissa Remus, Heathside's headteacher and proprietor. Pictures: Polly Hancock Archant Staff and pupils have quit an independent school in droves and council chiefs have stepped in amid claims of “appalling” management, safety issues and mis-selling. The middle school's main building at 16 New End. Picture: Polly HancockBarnet Council has applied to the High Court for an injunction to stop Heathside Preparatory School running as a day school – even as the school is trying to expand to a new site in Hampstead.Since the start of this academic year scores of pupils have been pulled from Heathside, which is spread across six sites and charges between £9,000 and £18,900 a year in fees.The school’s recent attempt to take over a seventh premises has prompted a furious backlash from the local community, where parents … [Read more...] about Investigation: Council tries to shut down Hampstead private school denounced as a ‘circus’