Sunday Snippets, 18 December 2022

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First residents move in at Wirral Waters Redbridge Quay

Arthur and Doreen, from Liverpool, have become the very first residents to move into Redbridge Quay at Wirral Waters.

The new development includes a mix of the award-winning ‘Town House’ and ‘Row House’ modular homes, designed by Liverpool architects Shedkm. 

Wirral estate agent, Jones & Chapman, has been appointed by Peel L&P to market and sell the highly sustainable two, three and four-bedroom, modular homes now complete development.

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Wirral Council considering seeking powers to enforce traffic laws around school

Wirral Council is seeking the views of residents on a proposal that would see local authority enforcement officers given powers to take action if they see drivers committing a moving traffic offence.

Currently, enforcement of these offences is only carried out by police officers. However, under the Traffic Management Act (2004), local authorities outside London are able to apply to the Department of Transport (DfT) for delegated powers to allow the authority to do this directly. 

In the first instance, the council would be seeking permission to allow enforcement officers to take action in one distinct location – around Green Lane and Greenleas Close in Wallasey. This location has been chosen as it is the site of the first School Streets scheme introduced in Wirral.

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Wirral Hospice St John’s 2023 Christmas Tree collection dates announced

From Friday 13 January 2023, and for a busy few days afterwards, a highly motivated band of Wirral Hospice St John’s staff, volunteers and supporters, will re-assemble at the hospice, ready to drive, or co-pilot, around thirty large vans around Wirral picking up used real Christmas trees from outside people’s homes and businesses.

One person takes the wheel to navigate a pre-planned postcode route, while one or two crew members will pick up the tree from each address and load it onto the back of the van.

The hospice tree collection makes a significant contribution to funding the hospice’s specialist care and support services.

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Refugee and asylum seeker ukulele band brings festive joy to Bromborough dementia care home residents

A ukulele band formed from refugees and asylum seekers brought festive joy to people living with dementia – while helping boost their own English language skills.

The group of English language students – including people from Syria, Sudan, and Iraq – were joined by members of the Neston Strummers, who have been teaching the instrument.

The event was the latest from the Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotheram and the Combined Authority’s pioneering Test and Learn initiative to encourage innovate ways to improve adult education.

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Gifts galore for Stick ‘n’ Step thanks to local supporters

Staff, children and their families at cerebral palsy charity Stick ‘n’ Step have once more been bowled over by the generosity of local people.

Liscard’s Cherry Tree Shopping Centre selected Stick ‘n’ Step as its chosen charity this Christmas and has been running a Give a Gift campaign, asking kind-hearted shoppers to donate a present for children who attend sessions at the charity’s centres. Sacks and sacks of wonderful presents were donated to the special giant Christmas gift at the shopping centre.

Stick ‘n’ Step’s Community Fundraiser, Rhianna McDermott, said, “We simply couldn’t believe our eyes when we saw the stack of gifts that had been donated by local people in Wallasey.

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Tranmere Rovers take food hampers to local schools

Tranmere Rovers have delivered 75 food hampers to Co-op Academy Portland in Birkenhead, Riverside Primary in Seacombe, and Christ Church CE Primary, also in Birkenhead, over the last week to help parents who are struggling to provide for their children get through the festive period.

The deliveries were part of our Super White Christmas campaign, where we will be helping deliver over 150 parcels to families in need during the festive period.

Mrs Tolcher of Co-op Academy Portland said, “Once again Tranmere Rovers have been amazing and helped our community out.”

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Veolia employees set to strike in new year

Members of Unite, the UK’s leading union, employed by Veolia on household waste and recycling sites throughout Merseyside, will take extensive strike action after Christmas, due to the company’s “Scrooge-like pay offer.“

Veolia operate household waste and recycling centres at West Kirby, Clatterbridge, and Bidston.

The 180 workers will begin strike action at the 22 sites where they are employed on Wednesday 28 December with the initial strike ending on Saturday 31 December.

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RNLI crew turn Santa to surprise rescued Wirral family

A family from Birkenhead have thrown themselves into supporting the RNLI following a dramatic incident during the summer.

RNLI crews from Barmouth delivered surprise Christmas gifts to the family and the emotional reunion comes as the RNLI launches its Christmas appeal asking for help to continue its lifesaving work.

Milena Smith from Birkenhead is certain her family would have been facing a very different Christmas this year had it not been for the RNLI crew who saved the life of her eldest daughter Mabel, 12.

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Wirral MP speaks out on local primary schools’ financial challenges

Margaret Greenwood MP has spoken out about the “severe financial challenges” that Wirral primary schools are facing.  

The Wirral West MP was speaking in Business Questions – a session which usually takes place weekly in parliament and provides an opportunity for MPs to put forward issues on which they believe the government should schedule time for a debate. 

Her intervention comes following a meeting between Wirral MPs and headteachers representing local primary schools. 

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Wirral Ways ‘Change Grow Live’ awarded outstanding in latest CQC report

Drug and alcohol misuse treatment service, Wirral Ways, run by Change Grow Live, has received an “outstanding rating” following an inspection from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The inspection found that Wirral Ways had a “strong person-centred culture”, with staff treating clients with “dignity, respect, compassion and kindness.”

The staff were reported to be “committed to working collaboratively and developed innovative and efficient ways to deliver more joined-up care to people who use services and relevant services outside of the organisation.”

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Support to help local people with the rising cost of living

A multi-partner Cost of Living campaign has launched in Wirral providing a one-stop guide to support for residents.

Led by Wirral Council, the campaign brings together the charities, grass-roots organisations, NHS teams and community groups that are working to help local people who are struggling with everyday costs.

The ‘Here to Help’ campaign is designed to make information as easy as possible to find, with colour coded icons linking to key themes including living costs, families, housing costs, energy, utilities and heating, food, employment and training, business and keeping safe and well.

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Wirral Police weekly news round-up

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

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