Sunday Snippets, 19 June 2022

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.

Residents in Bebington set to help design safer streets

Residents in Bebington will be asked to help to design safer, healthier and more attractive streets, as part of a new ‘By Ours’ community project led by the charity Sustrans, with Wirral Council.

Households in a one square mile residential area between Town Lane, Heath Road and Mayer Park, will receive a survey through their doors to gather views about what they like and dislike about their neighbourhood. Questions include topics such as safety, accessibility, traffic levels and green space.

The survey is also available online at by-ours-bebington.org.uk 

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Ladybird books exhibition will bring back childhood memories at the Williamson Art Gallery & Museum this summer

This summer, visitors to Williamson Art Gallery & Museum can uncover the story of the talented artists who illustrated Ladybird books for more than 30 years in The Wonderful World of the Ladybird Book Artists.

From 29 June until 9 September, this beautiful and colourful exhibition puts on display an unparalleled collection of books, original artworks and artefacts and shows how the numerous, talented Ladybird illustrators played such an enormous role in the extraordinary success of the company in the 20th century.

Tracing the interconnected work of these artists, the Ladybird story itself is recounted over its ‘golden years’ – 1940 to 1975. Visually rich and varied, the exhibition will evoke many memories of childhood. Hundreds of books are made available for visitors to browse through and share.

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Port Sunlight announces World Heritage bid

The UK Government’s open call for applications to the Tentative List for World Heritage Site (WHS) inscription gives the exemplary worker village Port Sunlight a once-in-a-decade opportunity to be considered for global recognition.

Since 2000, the question of Port Sunlight’s eligibility for WHS inscription has been raised by the community and local politicians. As part of its strategic and conservation planning in 2018, village custodians Port Sunlight Village Trust (PSVT) and key stakeholders reconsidered WHS inscription and this time determined that it was a realistic opportunity for Wirral, the community and the heritage site.

PSVT are putting together a bid for Port Sunlight to be recognised as a World Heritage Site, with support from strategic partners Wirral Council, National Museums Liverpool and Unilever.

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Wirral’s Tiny Forests helping tackle climate change

To celebrate Clean Air Day, we’re looking at how 1,200 trees planted as part of the Tiny Forest initiative are getting on. 

Seven months after trees were planted by school children and community groups at Citrine Road in  Seacombe  and The  Delph  in Wallasey, the miniature forests have grown rapidly with some trees now over one metre tall.  

Lynn Struve, Wirral Council’s Eco Schools Co-ordinator, said, “It’s incredible how quickly the forests are growing and what a  dramatic difference the trees have made to the local biodiversity. There are already more animal and plant species and we’ll see more and more as the years progress.”

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Flood defence piling works to close section of South Parade in West Kirby

Piling works on the first phase of the construction of the new flood defence wall along South Parade in West Kirby will begin next week.

That means the first road closure will need to be in place from Tuesday 21 June to allow these works to take place on the section of the waterfront between Riversdale Road and Dee Lane.

Wirral Council’s construction and engineering partner on the project, VolkerStevin, have written to residents who live in the area affected to give them prior notification of the closure and how it will impact on their access.

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Extra time to comment on Wirral’s Local Plan

Opportunity to comment on what will be one of the most important documents underpinning future development in Wirral for the next 15 years has been extended to July 25. 

This provides an additional chance for residents, local groups and communities, businesses and other interested stakeholders to make formal representations on the Submission Draft Local Plan for Wirral. 

The Local Plan is important for showing where various types of developments are possible, and therefore where resources and additional infrastructure such as walking and cycling links, or new schools are needed and will help support bids for Government funding.  

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Liscard by-election set for Thursday 14 July

Electors in the Liscard Ward are encouraged to make sure they are eligible to vote in the forthcoming by-election.

Voting will take place between 7am – 10pm on Thursday 14 July 2022. The votes will be verified and counted that evening and a councillor for the Liscard ward will be elected.

Those who are eligible to vote should receive their polling card by Thursday 23 June 2022. Residents who have not received a polling card by this date can check they are on the electoral register by contacting the helpline number 0151 691 8046.

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New dog walking trails introduced in Wirral

New dog walking trails have been introduced in Wirral as part of an innovative partnership with the Council and national organisations Dogs Trust and Keep Britain Tidy.

The ‘Walk This Way’ campaign, initially launched in 2017, is being extended to Wirral after successful trials in other parts of the UK.

The project to help reduce mess left by dog fouling will see two new dog walking trails introduced at Birkenhead Park and three at North Wirral Coastal Park.

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Heswall Library to reopen as community library

A well-loved Wirral library, which was a key staging post during the borough’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, is set to be returned to normal operations next week.

Heswall Library was the first indoor testing site for COVID-19 to open in Wirral in November 2020 and it remained an important place for people with symptoms to go to be tested during the pandemic, right up until the requirement for testing was removed on 1 April this year.

Now it is set to resume as a community library from next week after improvements to the ventilation system have been put in place and a comprehensive programme of cleaning, repairs and renewals, which were part of the process to decommission it as a testing centre. Library staff have also been working flat out to reinstate shelving, update and restore book stocks and reinstall IT equipment.

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Cammell Laird 1907 FC looking for volunteer match day stewards

Cammell Laird 1907 FC, who reside in the North West Counties League First Division South, are looking for volunteer stewards for match days.

Match days are on a Saturday, but also include mid-week fixtures on occasions.

The home venue is situated in St Peters Road, Rock Ferry and is known as Kirklands, but also known as the Prabhu Ventures Arena.

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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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What’s On? Guide

Visit our “What’s On?” guide for Wirral and the surrounding areas in the coming weeks.

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