Sunday Snippets, 13 August 2023

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Britain in Bloom judges visit Birkenhead community garden

Judges from Britain in Bloom visited a small plot of neglected land in Birkenhead that local residents have turned into a ‘blooming good’ community garden.

The Grange Neighbourhood Residents Association took over the land a couple of years ago and entered Britain in Bloom last year, gaining a Level 1 award. This is the lowest score given, usually to brand new community spaces that are just beginning to be cared for.

During the first visit by the Britain in Bloom judges last year, there were just a couple of large planters with bedding plants. But the residents haven’t stopped since and now there is a small children’s area, a hedge and flowering plants have been planted around the outside, and wood chip put down on the path.

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Prenton postal workers fired amidst tea break dispute

Six postal workers have been fired from their jobs at a delivery office in Wirral according to the Communication Workers Union (CWU).

This follows the controversial suspension of 11 postal workers at the Prenton Delivery Office over a dispute reportedly involving postal workers having cups of tea and coffee at two pubs while on their break.

The suspensions have led to widespread disruption of postal services since July across Prenton and Oxton with mail not arriving and some people missing hospital appointments as a result. One resident, Joe Thomas, even described the situation when picking up a parcel from the delivery office as “chaos.”

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Tyre flip event from Seacombe to New Brighton to raise funds for men’s health service

A Wirral community interest company (CIC) is holding a sponsored tyre flip from Wallasey Town Hall to New Brighton Promenade to raise money to support men with their mental and physical health.

Two teams of the organisation’s supporters and users will flip two 100kg tyres two miles on Sunday, 13 August, to raise money for Kaizen Wirral Mindset CIC  a physical and mental health service for men.

This is the second time the organisation, based at the Wirral Wellness Centre on Price Street in Birkenhead, has held the event, with the teams raising £5000 last year for various men’s and military veterans’ charities in the North West.

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Inquiry begins into plans for 39 homes in West Kirby

A developer has made a final pitch to allow 39 homes to be built on West Kirby’s last remaining farmland as a four-day inquiry begins.

Greenfield Estates Trustees and Emery Planning had their application to build houses on a field off Grange Road rejected by Wirral Council in February after objections from local residents over the plans. It then appealed, leading to a Planning Inspectorate inquiry that began on 8 August.

On the first day, around 60 protestors from Natural Wirral and other community groups turned up at Birkenhead Town Hall to show their opposition to the plans on what is known as the “sheep field.”

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Live music returns to Birkenhead Central Library

One of the country’s most-touted, up and coming singer-songwriters is coming to Wirral next month as live music returns to Birkenhead Central Library.

The stage will be set up between the bookshelves on Sunday 10 September as the library hosts a special matinee performance from London-born, artist, DJ, and model, Iraina Mancini.

The Birkenhead show is part of a 14-date tour of the UK she is embarking on in support of her debut album, ‘Undo The Blue’, which is released this month and contains the BBC 6Music playlisted singles ‘Cannonball’, ‘Undo The Blue’ and the latest single, ‘What You Doin’.’

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Praise for Maternity Services at Arrowe Park and Seacombe Birth Centre

Doctors, nurses, midwives and support staff in Maternity Services at Arrowe Park and Seacombe Birth Centre received a boost today as their care was praised and rated as good by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Some areas of the service were described as ‘outstanding.’ Staff were delighted to see their hard work and above all, their dedication to patients, babies, women and birthing people, recognised in the CQC inspection report.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection of Maternity Services at Wirral University Teaching Hospital Trust rated the services as ‘Good’ for safe care and ‘Good’ for well-led services, with areas of outstanding practice being reported in the Trust’s joint work with Wirral Maternity and Neonatal Voices Partnership.

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Over 400 Wirral NHS staff set to strike

More than 400 health staff at Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (WUTH) at Arrowe Park and Clatterbridge hospitals have voted for strike action over pay, says UNISON today (Friday 11 August).

An overwhelming majority of clinical support workers voted to strike in a recent UNISON ballot. Industrial action is now imminent unless the trust makes an improved offer to staff, says the union.

Clinical support workers (CSWs) deliver essential care alongside nursing staff on the wards. They’re employed across the trust’s sites at Arrowe Park and Clatterbridge hospitals in Wirral.

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Tranmere fall short as MK Dons secure victory

Tranmere Rovers suffered a 1-0 defeat against MK Dons in their second league match of the season, despite a strong second-half effort that fell short of securing an equalizer.

MK Dons took the lead in the 7th minute when Alex Gilbey’s free kick from 30 yards out was nodded in by Mo Eisa.

Tranmere Rovers pressed for a goal to level the score, and Kieron Morris unleashed a powerful shot from the edge of the box that was expertly saved by MK Dons’ goalkeeper, Craig MacGillivray.

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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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