Preparatory work ahead of the construction of the West Kirby flood wall is continuing with the removal of some of the memorial benches along South Parade.
The benches will be removed in batches as the significant engineering and piling works on the project progresses from June.
As will be the case with all the benches along South Parade, they are being retained and safely stored before they can be re-purposed or re-positioned elsewhere in line with the request of those who own the memorials.
Any unclaimed benches, or ones where the owner did not express a preference for a new home, will also be re-used – no benches will be lost.
New memorial plaques, identical to the originals, will be mounted onto the new flood wall – once it is built – in the same location as the original or as nearby as possible.
The majority of owners had come forward after a number of public appeals by Wirral Council over the past two years.
As we approach half-term week, which incorporates a long weekend in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, residents and visitors are reminded that the car park at Dee Lane in West Kirby is closed.
Parking will still be possible along South Parade for the time being as the construction work on the flood wall is not due to start until later in June. Visitors are urged to use public transport to travel to West Kirby if possible due to the limited parking facilities.