Details released for Wirral Council £2.2m borough cleanup

New details have been released about a £2.2m spent to help clear up Wirral.

Councillors at a Wirral Council policy and resources committee on 13 February unanimously agreed to spend £2.246m from April until March 2025 on “specific improvement activities that will have a visible impact across the borough.”

This will include improving green spaces, street cleanliness, cleaning gullies and replacing litter bins. Now ahead of a policy and resources committee on 20 March, the council has revealed what it will be spending the money on.

£80,000 will be spent on tackling weeds and £300,000 will fund two cleaning teams “to tackle grot spot areas” while £380,000 will be spent clearing blocked alleyways that can be routinely cleaned. Grot spots are areas where issues like weeds, overgrown vegetation, dog fouling, litter, and flytipping are more of a problem.

The council will also pour £150,000 more into maintaining its parks and grounds to improve standards while £300,000 will be spent creating pollinator areas to improve habitats for bees and other wildlife. There are also plans to spend £260,000 on gully cleaning and repair, while £100,000 will be spent on new street furniture.

At the meeting in February, Cllr Phil Gilchrist said the fund would help the local authority “turn one corner and it will help us get the basics right as I have always seen it. I have to say without that diligence, people would have continued to point out what they see as decay and decline in the borough.”

He urged the council to “drive on with that and see early results,” adding, “If we can get it off the ground quickly and we can tackle the things that people complain to us about the most and the way they see the place, I think we’ll be on a better road.”

Wirral Council leader Cllr Paul Stuart said, ”The council has had a challenging time in recent years balancing its budget and this year has been no different but I am pleased we have been able to find a way to put some additional funding into these types of measures which I know people want to see.

“This is about having pride in the place where we live and I hope these improvements will help people feel more of that. Wirral is a fantastic place to live, work, bring up a family and I hope these additional measures will help that even more.”

Image: Flytipping in Bebington

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