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.
A group of young schoolchildren, led by 8-year-old Amelia Parsons, have initiated an effort to encourage dog owners in Wirral to clean up after their pets.
Tired of navigating around dog poo on her way to Riverside Primary School in Seacombe, Amelia approached her headteacher, Mrs. Lahive, for a solution.
The two decided to collaborate with the school council on a contest open to all pupils, challenging them to create posters that would inspire dog owners to act responsibly.
As part of Project Adder, the Wirral Local Community Policing team is leading a groundbreaking art initiative as part of a national effort to steer individuals away from drug use and towards support services.
During their regular visits to the hostels, Constables Diane Park and Emily Scarratt have been interacting with service users. It became evident during these interactions that some of the service users possess a hidden talent for art that was going unrecognized.
The idea of using art to connect with difficult-to-reach individuals was originally proposed by Constable Diane Park and was later supported by Inspector Alan McKeon. This led to the development of the “We’ve Got HeART” project.
Bebington boy, 5, unable to walk with arthritis returns to golfing thanks to hospital care in Wirral
A five-year-old boy left unable to walk due to arthritis recovered thanks to staff at Wirral University Teaching Hospital and has returned to competitive golf.
Talented young golfer, Bobby Harry, from Bebington, was left unable to walk and in extreme pain last summer after developing a form of juvenile arthritis.
His mother Rachael Harry has now thanked staff at Arrowe Park Hospital after Bobby made a recovery and is back competing in golf competitions.
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Margaret Greenwood, the MP for Wirral West, has spoken out against a decision by the government to approve an emergency authorisation for the use of Cruiser SB – a pesticide which contains a neonicotinoid that is extremely harmful to bees – on this year’s sugar beet crop.
It is the third year in a row that the government have taken this decision, and it came despite a warning from the independent UK Expert Committee on Pesticides that “a reduction in survival of honey bees and impacts on homing flight ability (which also influences survival of foragers) could occur.”
The Health and Safety Executive also said that the risks posed to bees foraging on the pollen and nectar from flowering crops planted in fields of treated sugar beet posed “a potential concern”.
Councillors have given the green light to plans to massively extend the number of Wirral roads with speed limits reduced to 20mph.
The aim is to help create safer and healthier street environments, which will benefit the whole community and help them live active, healthy lives in areas of good air quality.
Between the start of October and the end of November 2022, the authority consulted on the first 15 areas earmarked for the introduction of the speed limits. These are areas that are predominantly residential, shopping, or have schools within them.
A talented young performer from West Kirby is set to dazzle audiences across the UK and Europe as a dancer in the award-winning production Totally Tina.
Liverpool Theatre School graduate, Georgia Amery, was invited to join the cast after impressing the panel during auditions for the smash-hit show, which brings together the best of Tina Turner’s iconic performances.
Georgia, who has been dancing since she was three years old, attended Hilbre High School before training to become a professional performer at Liverpool Theatre School.
Consultation is now underway on proposed major improvements to key routes in Birkenhead town centre.
The public are being asked for their views on three plans for better walking, cycling and public areas on Conway Street, Europa Boulevard and across part of the existing Europa Car Park and Claughton Road.
The scheme proposals follow funding awards totalling £7.2 million from the Government’s Future High Streets Fund, Active Travel Fund and private funding, to help areas to make their high streets and town centres fit for the future and support increased levels of active travel.
An arts market will once again be held on Market Street in Hoylake, alongside the popular The Ship Inn, where you will find areas to relax, catch up, enjoy a handcrafted craft ale, and take in some refreshments.
After piloting a series of outdoor art markets with local pub owners Lol and Vic from the Ship Inn in 2022, the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, resulting in the return of this beautiful Hoylake Artisan Market in 2023.
The market supports local businesses and encourages vibrancy in the high street.
Councillors are due to meet to consider proposals to close a budget gap of £32 million for Wirral Council in the coming year 2023-24.
Wirral Council, like the majority of councils across the country, is seeing the costs of providing services increase, at the same time as demands for many of those council services are also rising, stretching the limited budget.
Members of Wirral Council’s Policy and Resources (P&R) Committee will look at a series of recommendations to set a balanced budget.
Port Sunlight’s Church Drive School has become the first school in the Liverpool City Region to receive a full-fibre connection from LCR Connect, a new 212 km digital network that offers the highest internet speeds in the nation.
According to Joanna Jones, headteacher at the school, the pupils have had their ‘learning experience enriched, creating a myriad of opportunities.’
Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region said, “The world around us is changing faster than ever and I want to ensure that we keep up – LCR Connect is helping us to do that.”
Tranmere Rovers in the Community collaborated with Tranmere Rovers Trust and Wirral Ways to distribute 60 food parcels to hostels around Wirral.
The Tranmere Rovers Trust assembled the parcels, which were distributed to hostels where individuals facing a variety of challenges, such as substance abuse, addiction, chronic homelessness, mental health problems, and domestic violence, are residing. Many of these individuals are receiving support from Wirral Ways.
Hostels, like those established by the Forum Housing Association where the parcels were delivered, provide support services to individuals who are at risk of homelessness, about to become homeless, or already homeless.
Word had reached Eastham that Winnington Park had a depleted squad due to a prior engagement but they managed to push their hosts and put up a competitive display.
Saints are fully aware that every game remaining in this seasons league campaign is a cup final if they are to reach their season’s ambition of reaching level 5 of the RFU pyramid.
On a perfect day for rugby with a firm dry pitch and no wind, Saints welcomed Winnington Park.
A first-half goal from Kieron Morris proved to be the deciding factor as Tranmere beat Salford 1-0 in their latest game of the League Two season at Prenton Park.
This result saw Tranmere climb back into the top half of the standings, while Salford missed the opportunity to move into fourth place.
The proceedings got off to a quick start when Louis Barry launched a shot from 25 yards, but it missed its mark. Shortly after, Kieron Morris redirected a header onto the crossbar, all within the first five minutes.
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