Sunday Snippets, 14 April 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.

Seafront residents ‘felt safer’ because of West Kirby sea wall

A nan who lives on the West Kirby seafront said she “felt safer” despite water coming over the top of the nearly £20m sea wall.

As stormy weather battered Merseyside on 9 April, water from waves crashing against the West Kirby sea wall spilled over the top onto South Parade.

The flooding forced staff at Tanskeys Bistro to be evacuated by the RNLI, caused damage to some properties, moved cars, and trapped people inside their homes.

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Woodside U-boat museum plans set for greenlight

In October 2023, Big Heritage CIC which runs the Western Approaches museum in Liverpool revealed its plans to revamp and completely transform the U-Boat Story Museum in Birkenhead as it seeks to get planning permission from Wirral Council.

The project is being funded by part of a £19.6m levelling up grant which looks to introduce a new green space, improve the Woodside ferry terminal, and create a new international Battle of the Atlantic attraction.

The company said it is expecting to get planning approval later this week with spades in the ground by early summer. The new museum is currently expected to open sometime in August 2025 but will fully launch once £21m plans to improve the wider area are complete.

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Overnight parking to be banned on New Brighton seafront

Overnight parking will be banned on New Brighton promenade after more than 100 vans were parked there for months.

Wirral Council is planning to bring in an experimental parking restriction from 17 April which will last for 18 months until October 2025. Before this expires, the council will look at whether it should continue indefinitely but this would be subject to public feedback by 17 October 2024.

This will see “waiting” banned on much of the prom from 11pm to 6am. The roads affected include Coastal Drive, King’s Parade, and Bayview Drive with restrictions extending to the car park near the Wallasey Boating Lake near Marine Point.

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Concerns raised in ‘nice and peaceful’ area as bar hopes to stay open till midnight

A row has broken out in “a nice and peaceful” area as a new bar hopes to stay open till midnight.

The Cow Shed on Broadway in Bebington opened last year, replacing an old dry cleaners on the small high street.

Opposition and concerns were raised at a Wirral Council licensing meeting regarding the bar being allowed to serve alcohol until 10.30pm with added conditions such as regular meetings with neighbours.

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Therapy dog brings joy to Arrowe Park Hospital’s Children’s Ward on National Pet Day

In celebration of National Pet Day on April 11, Wirral Women and Children’s Hospital at Arrowe Park, welcomed a special guest.

Spartacus, a gentle therapy dog, accompanied by his handler Eileen Slattery, made a heartwarming visit to the children’s ward.

Organised by the Birkenhead based charity Therapy Dogs Nationwide, these visits aim to provide comfort, distraction, and stimulation.

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Tranmere Rovers host Eid prayers at Prenton Park for second year

Tranmere Rovers opened the doors at Prenton Park to the local Muslim community to host the Eid al-Fitr prayers on 10 April, for the second year running.

Rovers became the second football club in the UK to host the Eid prayers on a football pitch last year, and working in partnership with Wirral Deen Centre Mosque and Community Centre, hosted prayer again this morning.

Eid al-Fitr follows the completion of the fasting month of Ramadan, were Muslims typically fast by refraining from eating and drinking during daylight hours.

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Guided walks return to Flaybrick Memorial Gardens

Wirral charity, the Friends of Flaybrick, has kick-offed its annual programme of guided walks on Saturday, 13 April, from 10:40am.

The guided walks cover the final resting places of some of the more well-known residents from Birkenhead’s history, as well as the interesting stories of ordinary folk.

Edward Kemp, who designed the site, and who was the first curator of Birkenhead Park, is buried at Flaybrick, along with the architects responsible for the design of the cemetery chapels and other structures within the site, Charles Lucy and Charles Littler.

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Letters to the Editor: Why isn’t ‘None of the Above’ an option on ballot papers?

Dear Editor,

It’s that time again, when we are asked to vote in some very important public officials, such as a Police Commissioner and Liverpool [Metro] Mayor.

Democracy in action one might say, except it’s not.

Unless residents of the region actively seek information on the candidates, which few will nobody actually knows who they are and what they stand for.

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Street market won’t be coming to New Brighton in May but August dates approved

A continental street market will not be coming to New Brighton in May following opposition from local businesses.

Wirral Council decided to approve only one market on the New Brighton promenade in August after concerns were raised by a community group representing independent businesses that some could close as a result.

RREvent Solutions had applied for three markets to take place in 2024 with two in New Brighton and one in Liscard.

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Calls for compensation for flooded West Kirby business

Councillors are calling for a business to be compensated after flood waters got trapped behind a £20m sea wall.

As stormy weather battered Merseyside on 9 April, water from waves crashing against the West Kirby sea wall spilled over the top onto South Parade.

The flooding forced staff at Tanskey’s Bistro (manager, Hannah Cleator pictured above) to be evacuated by the RNLI and the West Kirby Sailing Club to save their boats, caused damage to some properties, moved cars, and trapped people inside their homes.

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Wirral school team representing Tranmere Rovers win Utilita Girls Cup at Wembley

A team from Wirral Grammar School for Girls representing Tranmere Rovers were victorious in the EFL Utilita Girls Cup national final on the pitch at Wembley on Sunday, prior to the Bristol Street Motors Trophy final.

The girls’ team progressed all the way from local finals at Weatherhead High School against Wirral schools, on to the area finals where they beat North West-based teams such as Wrexham, Stockport County, and Stoke City.

They then progressed to the regional finals where they defeated the likes of Sunderland, all the way to the national final against Norwich City.

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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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