Sunday Snippets, 10 September 2023

Welcome to “Sunday Snippets” a weekly feature from birkenhead.news. It is a round-up of important local news stories from the last seven days. Click or tap on each story to read the full article.

Port Sunlight named as a top destination in Which? survey

Which? surveyed 9,340 members in June 2023, and asked them to rate destinations on seven categories including food and drink, tourist attractions, scenery, attractiveness, shopping, peace and quiet, and value for money.

Port Sunlight came out in third place with a destination score of 80 per cent, tied with Dorset’s Corfe Castle.

Port Sunlight offers visitors a unique glimpse into the past. The village was built by William Hesketh Lever from 1888 to provide 900 homes to house the workers of his soap factory, and is named after his popular ‘Sunlight’ soap.

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Wirral Council to award Glenda Jackson Freedom of Borough

Wirral Council has taken a step towards giving the late Glenda Jackson the borough’s highest honour.

Glenda Jackson, an Oscar-winning actress and Labour MP for 23 years died peacefully following a brief illness on June 15 2023 at the age of 87. The star was born in Birkenhead and her family later moved to Hoylake in west Wirral as a child.

Wirral Council is now looking to give the late actress the title of the Freedom of the Borough posthumously, the highest honour it can give. A regulatory committee unanimously recommended that the award be given at a full council meeting on 9 October.

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Deadline approaches for community group hoping to take over Woodchurch Leisure Centre

A community group is “quietly optimistic” it can save a Wirral leisure centre from demolition.

Woodchurch Leisure Centre was closed in 2022 after Wirral Council voted to close a near £19m gap in its budget with nine libraries, five public toilets, and two golf courses shut down.

The cuts came after the local authority was heavily criticised for its financial management and told to look at cutting services back after it requested emergency government funding in 2021. The council has also seen its budget cut by a quarter since 2010.

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Wirral man’s life saved by local Team NWAS volunteer

Cardiac arrest survivor, 72-year-old Bill Halliday from Wallasey has been reunited with our community first responder (CFR) who helped save his life.

Earlier this year, Bill’s wife Ann called 999 after he was feeling unwell with severe chest pains all day. CFR Chris Pentecost was quickly dispatched along with an ambulance crew.

Chris, who volunteers for the ambulance service  to attend emergencies in the local area, was about a mile and a half away from Chris’ home and arrived within a couple of minutes.

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New dining and events concept to open in Wirral

The Wirral dining and events scene is set to welcome an exciting new addition this autumn, with the launch of LOST at Claremont Farm, Clatterbridge.

The stunning new venue is housed in beautiful stone farm buildings, which date back to the early 18th century.

Part of the Claremont courtyard space, LOST promises to be a totally unique dining and events venue offering an exciting range of exclusive supper-clubs in partnership with local dining specialists, Cheeky Chilli.

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Birkenhead St Werburgh Quarter masterplan announced

A new market will be one of the key improvements to bring more people into the town centre and help underpin major plans being put forward for Birkenhead.

A masterplan now published outlines how the St Werburgh’s area can be developed to help Birkenhead town centre flourish.

St Werburgh’s Masterplan covers the location around the St Werburgh’s and St Laurence Catholic Church and the adjacent square as well as the former House of Fraser site and Princes Pavement plus parts of Argyle Street extending as far as Clifton Crescent.

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Three-year-old with rare condition has wish granted for perfect princess party

Princess Elsa made a rare appearance in Wirral last week, when wish-granting charity Rays of Sunshine invited her to a party for a very special three-year-old.

The party was for Birkenhead local, Arla, and her family and friends were in attendance alongside her favourite princess.

Arla was born with Infantile Pompe Disease, a rare genetic condition that causes muscle wastage. The three-year-old has weekly treatments to manage her condition, but there is no cure and her life expectancy is considerably shorter than those without the disease.

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Further strike action at Wirral hospitals

UNISON has announced a further period of strike action for Clinical Support Workers at Wirral University Teaching Hospital, in a dispute relating to retrospective re-grading. This is part of a UNISON national campaign.

The next period of strike action will take place from 7am on 11 September to 6:59am on 14 September 2023.

When this issue was raised in May 2023, The Trust immediately pledged its commitment to ensuring that Clinical Support Workers are paid the right banding for the work we are asking them to do. The Trust also made an initial offer in relation to back pay. That offer was rejected by UNISON.

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Residents speak out as West Kirby masterplan develops

Parking is the most urgent issue to be addressed as Wirral Council prepares to develop its masterplan for West Kirby.

The coastal town sits on the northwest corner of the peninsula and is known for being a “holiday place” filled with independent bars, cafes, and shops according to visitors and residents alike.

Wirral Council is in the process of building on its draft local plan, a policy that outlines different developments across the Wirral with at least 13,000 homes built on non-greenbelt sites.

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Three calls in three days for Wirral RNLI crews

Soaring temperatures and big ‘spring’ tides sparked a surge in emergency call-outs for Hoylake RNLI’s volunteer crew as hundreds of people headed to beaches around the Wirral coast.

Following the spike in incidents as warm weather continues, RNLI lifesavers are urging visitors to our coast to respect the water by checking tide times and taking particular care when heading out on the water.

Hoylake RNLI hovercraft was requested to launch on Monday 4 September at 5.32pm by HM Coastguard when six children on paddleboards were feared to have been swept out to sea by the outgoing tide in Leasowe Bay.

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Wirral West Labour candidates gear up for final selection vote

The remaining candidates still in with a chance to stand for Labour in Wirral West in the next general election have made their case ahead of a final vote.

The Wirral West Labour Party will decide next week who will be its candidate at the next general election. This is after current MP Margaret Greenwood announced she would be standing down at that election.

The party will be looking to hold onto the seat it has had since 2015 when they beat Conservative Esther McVey. Though things may be tighter this time around as boundary changes are set to add more Conservative areas to the seat.

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Share your thoughts on making Wirral’s air cleaner

Residents are being asked to help make Wirral’s air cleaner than ever.

A survey launched on 4 September, asks locals to help set the vision for cleaner air in Wirral. Responses to the survey will help shape an Air Quality Strategy for the borough.

While Wirral has not previously been required to have a strategy in place, earlier this year, central government directed all local authorities to produce an Air Quality Strategy by the end of 2023, regardless of whether they have identified high pollution levels.

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Care home nurse suspended for eighth time

A Merseyside nurse who gave incorrect doses of medication to a patient and falsely recorded it has been suspended a decade on from the incident.

In July 2013, while working at Benham Care Home in Bromborough, Ruth Patten was found to have administered the wrong amount of painkillers to a resident and made false records claiming she had completed the tasks correctly.

Now, more than 10 years on, Mrs Patten has been sanctioned by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for the eighth time.

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Seacombe school’s play area rebuilt following vandalism

Following the vandalism which was reported in the summer holidays, Riverside Primary School is celebrating the restoration of their play area.

Benches and fences were smashed in an area that had been created by the staff and pupils as a “little haven” to be enjoyed by everyone.

When Magenta Living colleagues saw the story of the vandalism, they contacted the Council Leader, Cllr Paul Stuart, offering help to restore the playground.  Cllr Stuart then put them in touch with the school.

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Warriors shine in European Deaf Games and World Pentathlon Championships

During August, the Warriors enjoyed the end of the season in both Modern Pentathlon and track.

Nine athletes competed for Great Britain in Bath at the World Pentathlon Championships, and one athlete competed for Great Britain at the European deaf games in Poland.

First up was Evie Smith, who has been profoundly deaf since birth. She has been coached by Sarah and Ronan Kearney since she was nine years old, and this Summer received her first international call up.

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Loss at Colchester as Tranmere’s poor run continues

Tranmere Rovers suffered a 2-0 loss at Colchester United, with goals scored by Joe Taylor and Brad Ihionvien.

The home team began the match strongly, with Dan Pike making a vital block when Samson Tovide found room in the penalty area.

Colchester took the lead in the 11th minute, as Joe Taylor broke through the Rovers’ defence.

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Wirral Police weekly news round-up

This is the Birkenhead News weekly round-up of police activity in and around Wirral during the previous seven days.

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What’s On? Guide

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