Mick Whitley, Birkenhead’s Member of Parliament, welcomed the news that the town’s ferry terminal at Woodside is to get a total overhaul.
The site is already enjoying a revival with its attractive food court and the pop-up stalls that Independent Wirral and the Chamber of Commerce have been running. And visitor numbers are up.
But much more can be done to make the most of this historic site. Instead of the U-Boat simply being a stand-alone monument, Liverpool City Region has partnered with Big Heritage and plans to establish a Battle of the Atlantic Experience.
This will highlight the importance of combating the threat posed by submarines to the 100 plus ships that were built next door at Cammell Laird during the war. Birkenhead’s vital role in World War Two will be deservedly commemorated and visitors can take advantage of a new landing stage at the terminal when they arrive on the ferry.
Wirral Borough Council’s Regeneration team have performed very well in applying for money from the government’s Levelling Up Fund and their success is part and parcel of a coherent plan to turn our town’s fortunes around.
Mick Whitley said, “Since getting elected I have worked in partnership with the Council Regeneration team. I have been really impressed at how they have pushed for government money, developed plans, and are now beginning to implement a series of projects that will turn my campaign slogan of Building a Better Birkenhead, into action.
“As well as opening up Woodside I am excited by the plan to make this river gateway part and parcel of a joined-up revamp of the docks, the town centre and the area around the tunnel entrance and Central Station.
“Homes will be built; business premises will become available and community wealth building can begin to happen. This is what partnership working can achieve and I am delighted to be part of it along with the Council and its officers.”
Mick was also very happy when he learnt of the £710m transport investment announced for LCR. It’s the highest per capita allocation across the country. Mick added, “I am hopeful that an important part of this investment can benefit Birkenhead and improve connectivity across the town. Funding for improvements around Hind Street, Central Station, Argyle Street, Rock Ferry Station, and the Dock Branch Park development would be very welcome indeed.”
There is real optimism now and along with the #LeftBank cultural renaissance in the town the future is getting brighter even as the winter nights grow darker. Birkenhead is bouncing back.