Sunday Snippets, 22 May 2022

Welcome to “Sunday Snippets” a weekly feature from 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.

Report shows overwhelming support for low traffic neighbourhoods

A major new study of walking, wheeling and cycling in the Liverpool City Region has shown that 69% of people support low traffic neighbourhoods.   

The first Walking and Cycling Index for the Liverpool City Region, published by Sustrans in partnership with the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, is one of 17 reports released as part of the largest assessment of walking, wheeling and cycling in cities and regions in the UK.

The findings are being released just one week ahead of the Liverpool City Region’s first Active Travel Summit, which will bring together activists and experts to discuss the future of walking and cycling in the region.

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Items from John Peel collection up for auction

Wirral born pioneering DJ, broadcaster, producer, and journalist, John Peel arguably did more for modern music than any single broadcaster.

He helped launch the careers of countless musicians, including The Sex Pistols, Joy Division, Nirvana, The Undertones, The Fall, Pink Floyd, T-Rex, David Bowie, The Cure, The Clash, The Damned, and Queen.

Creator of the famous Peel Sessions on Radio 1, his legacy was marked with a stage named in his honour at Glastonbury Festival – ‘The John Peel Stage’ – a tribute to the late and great DJ, commemorating his influence on new music culture.

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Charlie Landsborough ‘delighted’ with mural at Birkenhead North railway station

A mural of a North Birkenhead legend was officially revealed at a special ceremony last Thursday and was there to have a chat with the man portrayed, Charlie Landsborough.

Charlie attended the ceremony which took place at the site of the mural at Birkenhead North railway station and then progressed to the St James Centre where he met more of his adoring fans.

The music legend topped a vote by local residents who were asked to choose a local hero that they wanted to see immortalised on the side of North Birkenhead Train Station. The leading country and folk musician received 46% of the vote, and beat the likes of Dixie Dean and the town’s first female mayor, Lady Mary Ann Mercer. 

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List of Wirral streets holding Jubilee parties

Friends and neighbours in nearly 80 Wirral streets have been given the green light to stage street parties during the long weekend to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Special traffic orders have been put in place which will allow the below 78 locations to be closed to traffic while street parties take place at various times between Thursday 2 and Monday 6 June 2022.

The deadline for people to arrange road closures has now passed and no further traffic orders can be implemented in time for the Jubilee weekend.

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Care provider Belong begins initial works at Wirral Waters site 

Not-for-profit dementia specialist Belong has begun enabling works at its site at Peel L&P’s Wirral Waters, appointing Caddick Construction to carry out the work as the organisation commences development of its £20 million leading-edge care village.  

Belong Wirral will be the hub of a dementia-friendly neighbourhood within one of the largest and most sustainable regeneration projects in the UK, on the ‘Left Bank’ of the River Mersey.  

Designed to support people as their needs change, the village will provide a range of specialist dementia services, including home care and day care under the Belong at Home and Experience Days brands, 34 independent living apartments and a range of amenities open to the wider community.  

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It’s a Knockout charity fundraiser for the Tiny Stars Appeal 

People are being challenged to join the first-ever It’s a Knockout event at Arrowe Park to help Wirral University Teaching Hospital’s charity raise £1.5million for its neonatal appeal. 

WUTH Charity’s It’s a Knockout! takes place on Saturday 2 July from 11am to 4pm in Arrowe Country Park. 

People can get together a team of 12 or sign up as an individual, have a great time and raise money for the Tiny Stars Neonatal Appeal, competing with your team on the legendary assault course. This will help WUTH Charity to raise £1.5million to create a new space for babies in need of neonatal care at Wirral Women and Childrens’ Hospital. 

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Wirral Council recognised as first Carbon Literate Council in Merseyside

Three years after declaring a Climate Emergency, Wirral Council has received international recognition for its commitment to carbon reduction.

The council has achieved Bronze status as a Carbon Literate Organisation, awarded by the Carbon Literacy Trust, and becomes the first authority in Merseyside to do so, joining councils such as Stockport, Salford and Warrington.

Carbon literacy is defined as ‘an awareness of the carbon dioxide costs and impacts of everyday activities and the ability to reduce emissions, on an individual, community and organisational basis’.

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Morgan Sindall Construction and Wirral Met College launch Wirral Knowledge Quad

Morgan Sindall Construction, working with Wirral Met College, has launched its second Knowledge Quad in the Liverpool City Region as part of its work building two Grade A office buildings in Birkenhead town centre for the Wirral Growth Company.

The Knowledge Quad is a multi-purpose training and learning facility located within a live Morgan Sindall Construction site. It delivers value by undertaking activity focusing on the four key areas of skills, education, employment and discovery.

The Knowledge Quad also creates a vital link between industry and education through the Education Partnership with Wirral Met College, ensuring that curriculums align with employer requirements and that students, trainees and apprentices at all levels are provided with the relevant knowledge and skills to help them succeed.

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New Mayor of Wirral elected

Wirral’s new mayor has taken up his chains of office for the year 2022-23.

Cllr Jeff Green was formally elected at the council’s Annual General Meeting Part I at Wallasey Town Hall on Wednesday 18 May. He takes over from Cllr George Davies who served as mayor from May 2021-2022.

Cllr Green was first elected to Wirral Council in 1986 as a member for Thurstaston Ward and, following boundary changes in 2004, he was again elected for the West Kirby and Thurstaston Ward which includes Caldy, Grange and Newton.

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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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What’s On? Guide

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

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