Sunday Snippets, 12 May 2024

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

Questions over ‘active travel revolution’ promises

People walking and cycling across Merseyside feel promises of an active travel revolution are “decades away.”

In May 2023, the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, which manages travel across the six boroughs of Liverpool, Wirral, Halton, St Helens, Sefton, and Knowsley, said promised plans to “kickstart an active travel revolution” were on track with nearly £70m of funding.

Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram, who has just been re-elected, said millions had already been invested to start creating a network of 600km of walking and cycling routes.

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Work could soon begin on new Moreton development

Work on 66 new homes that would redevelop the site of a former school is expected to begin soon.

The former Foxfield School site in Moreton was cleared in 2015 after the school relocated to the Woodchurch Estate.

It was approved for sale by Wirral Council’s former cabinet in 2015 and was finally sold for £2.6m to Lovell Partnerships, a housing developer, in 2023.

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Historic lifeboat returns to Mersey

The William & Kate Johnston historic lifeboat is set to return to the River Mersey for the first time in decades.

On Monday, 13 May, this piece of maritime history will return to the water once more, where she will move under her own steam across the river to Liverpool, to be stored at Sandon Half-Tide Dock.

In this historic voyage, the former New Brighton lifeboat will be accompanied by the current New Brighton RNLI Atlantic 85 lifeboat and volunteer crew.

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Gaia’s three-day visit set to surprise, inspire, and entertain

An exciting programme of events has been unveiled to accompany the world-famous Gaia art installation, which is coming to Birkenhead Park later this month.

The iconic three-dimensional Earth exhibit by Luke Jerram will be on display as part of Wirral’s year as Borough of Culture for the Liverpool City Region from Tuesday, 28 to Thursday, 30 May.

Each day will see a different themed event will take place in the shadow of the exhibit, starting on Tuesday, 28 May, with Dance Around the Globe. Morris dancing, as well as other traditional dancing and even a relaxing yoga session by local yogi will be performed under the large scale globe.

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Planning application mentioning ‘local alcoholics’ prompts ‘uproar’ in Hoylake

A Wirral town is in “uproar” after comments were made about “local alcoholics” using a bench outside a former library building.

The row has arisen after a planning application was submitted, aiming to turn the former Hoylake Library on Market Street into a new gym.

The plans were submitted by Peter and Jennifer Hackett. Reports associated with the plans suggested the applicant wanted two trees and a bench outside the building removed.

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Calday student to tackle gruelling Welsh 3000s Challenge for charity

An ambitious A-level student from Calday Grange Grammar School, Leo Ferdenzi, along with his brother and two friends, are setting their sights on conquering the formidable Welsh 3000s Challenge to raise vital funds for the Neuro Therapy Centre in Saltney.

Since September 2023, Leo has been volunteering at the Neuro Therapy Centre, a facility dedicated to providing support and rehabilitation to individuals with neurological conditions and their families.

His experiences at the centre have profoundly impacted him, fueling his commitment to raise funds and awareness for the invaluable services the Centre offers.

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Nine abandoned staffy pups taken in by Heswall animal rescue

A Heswall-based animal rescue is appealing for donations after taking in nine abandoned Staffordshire bull terrier puppies.

The dogs were handed in to Celandine Wood Animal Rescue at the weekend and appear to be around just five weeks old.

The five girls and four boys have been named Brie, Stilton, Babybel, Leicester, Camembert, Wensleydale, Cheddar, Halloumi and Feta. The pooches are now with foster carers and are looking for their forever homes. Little is known about the background of the pups. 

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Wirral schools take part in Scooting Stars road safety project

Young people from local primaries have been given a boost to get them to and from school quicker and more safely.

Pupils from eighteen primary schools in Wirral have taken part in the ‘Scooting Stars’ road safety programme.

Scooting Stars is just one of the many road safety activities and resources available to Wirral Schools. There is a full programme of activities available to all ages delivered by the council’s road safety team and by partners including cycle training, bling your ride, bike marking, Key Stage 2 Independent Travel Session, Modeshift Accreditation and the Junior Travel Ambassadors scheme.

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Wirral teen’s satellite idea wins space competition

A global leader in satellite communications has announced Wirral teenager, Ash Goldsmith, as the winner of its first-of-its-kind Viasat Beyond: Space STEM competition.

Ash wowed a panel of expert judges including Royal Institution Director Katherine Mathieson, Space Influencer Camille Bergin, aka ‘The Galactic Gal’, Viasat’s VP of Space Systems Dr. Mark Dickinson, Delivery Director of the Ministry of Defence’s Skynet satellite system Steven Fisher, and Ray Fielding, Head of Space Sustainability at the UK Space Agency.

At the competition, Ash presented his concept for a ‘housekeeping’ satellite that would launch into space before repairing, refuelling or upgrading existing satellites, and then safely return home.

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Daughters join veteran runner Simon to make their first half marathon a family affair

Business owner Simon Kirkby is preparing to compete in his 14th half marathon which is set to be a very special affair as he will be joined by his two daughters.

The 57-year-old, who has run oven cleaning service Ovenu Wirral South since 2006, is raising funds for Clatterbridge Cancer Charity, while Charlotte, 24, and Lucy, 20, are running in their first-ever half marathon in support of The British Heart Foundation.

They will tackle the Chester Half Marathon, one of the UK’s most established and most highly regarded half marathons, on Sunday, 19 May.

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New Brighton RNLI Tea Party interrupted by call for help

A fundraising tea party day at New Brighton RNLI was interrupted twice by the sound of the pagers as volunteer crews were tasked.

On Monday, 6 May, New Brighton RNLI’s bank holiday got off to an early start as the volunteer crew were tasked just after 8am to assist with an ongoing incident in Rock Ferry, at which HM Coastguard and marine fire units were already responding.

The incident was concluded and all units stood down just after 10am, in time for the B class Atlantic 85 lifeboat to return to station and finish preparations for New Brighton RNLI’s fundraising event.

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Supported housing manager in Birkenhead shortlisted for industry award

The team at Cardigan House in Birkenhead, a supported housing service for people with a range of learning disabilities, are celebrating after their manager was named as a finalist at a national industry awards.

Liam Randles, Local Service Manager at Sanctuary Supported Living’s Cardigan House, has been shortlisted for the Housing with Care Manager award at the 2024 Housing with Care Awards, after being put forward by his colleagues.

He was recognised for his ‘people first’ approach to management, which has fostered a positive work environment and translated into high-quality support for residents—evidenced by excellent audit scores and inspection results from the regulator.

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Wirral Met students enhance woodland haven with bird boxes and bug hotels

Students from Wirral Met College harnessed their skills to build bird boxes and bug hotels for the new tranquil woodland area for staff, patients, and visitors at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust.

The ‘Woodland Glade’ at Clatterbridge Cancer Centre – Wirral has recently been developed as a landscaped outdoor area for anyone needing a moment of rest and relaxation.

The transformation of the space comes with the implementation of Clatterbridge’s first ever Green Plan – Creating a Greener CCC – that aims to drive sustainable change across the Trust.

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Data shows where in Wirral is worst for flytipping and dog fouling

New data shows which areas of Wirral have the highest rates of fly tipping and dog fouling.

Data from 14 April 2023 to March 26 2024 show there were 3628 reports of fly tipping across the borough and 373 reports of dog fouling from people not clearing after their pets.

Between April and March, more than 1,000 fewer streets were cleaned with 1,415 street cleansing activities carried out compared to 2,446 the previous year.

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Man takes on Ultra Mountain Marathon in memory of loving partner

Rufus Carter is taking on another Ultra Marathon to help others facing similar circumstances to him and his family, affected by cancer.

Rufus’s partner Pippa was first diagnosed in September 2020 with an aggressive form of breast cancer. She underwent a mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy before being given the all clear.

Sadly, in June 2021 scans revealed that Pippa had 10 brain tumours and at that stage Pippa was told she had six months to live. Pippa sadly passed away in February 2023, leaving behind Rufus along with her two children.

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Wirral Police weekly news round-up

This is the Birkenhead News weekly round-up of police and crime news in and around Wirral during the last seven days.

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