Sunday Snippets 24 April 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.

Birkenhead man publishes memoirs of Falklands War

A book sharing the personal experiences of a 30-year career serving the special forces will be released at the end of April and features a foreword by Tranmere Rovers chairman, Mark Palios.

‘SAS South Georgia Boating Club’ tells the story of author Tony Shaw, beginning with an account of his upbringing in Birkenhead and enduring support for Tranmere before charting his rise through the military ranks to the eventual role as a Major.

One of the key areas explored in the 256-page story is the Falklands War of 1982, a period during which the author kept a personal diary of the adversity faced during raids and ambushes on South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. Tony Shaw also opens up on life since leaving the army, as well as providing an insight into the career he later pursued as a security consultant in various Middle East terrorist hotspots.

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Wirral mum launches RNLI ‘Mayday Mile’ in memory of son, Sam

With demand for its lifesaving services at a high and the continued popularity of staycations, the RNLI is putting out its own ‘Mayday’ call.

The RNLI is urging the public to take part in the Mayday Mile, to raise essential funds to provide vital training and equipment to keep their lifesavers safe, while they risk their lives to save others.

Leah Hunt, a police officer from Birkenhead, has officially launched this year’s Mayday Mile fundraiser by meeting her local RNLI crew at West Kirby for the first time, and revealing details of her own Mayday walking challenge on 22 May.

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Plans submitted for first phase of new industrial campus set to bring hundreds of jobs to Wirral Waters

Plans for a specialist waterside logistics and manufacturing campus, which will target priority sectors for Wirral and the Liverpool City Region, have been submitted to Wirral Council by Peel L&P. 

The planning application submitted is for the first phase of the proposed Marine, Energy and Automotive (MEA) Park. The first phase is a £9m highly sustainable, 70,000 sq. ft multi-unit industrial and warehouse scheme that targets industrial and logistics companies and supply chains. 

MEA Park at Wirral Waters, part of the Liverpool City Region Freeport, will be focused on attracting priority industries for the area, including from the marine, renewable energy, automotive, distribution, R&D and general manufacturing sectors. It will also accommodate Port related manufacturers and logistics occupiers. 

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‘Beat the Street’ adventure game launches in Wirral

Parts of Wirral are to be transformed into a huge adventure which residents of all ages can take part in. 

From Wednesday 27 April until Wednesday 25 May, residents are asked to ‘Beat the Street’ by walking, cycling, running, scooting, or skating as far as they can over the four-week period, clocking up points as they go by checking-in at special ‘Beat Boxes’ placed around the areas. 

The game takes place across the wards of Moreton East & Leasowe and Seacombe and can be played by individuals or teams.   

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Merseyrail announces return to 15-minute services

Merseyrail has announced that it will begin to operate a 15-minute service across most of its network from Monday 2 May.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Merseyrail services were reduced due to the impact the virus had on staffing numbers. However, with restrictions removed and more staff available, the rail operator has announced a return to its pre-COVID frequency.

Andy Heath, Managing Director at Merseyrail, said, “I’m thrilled that we are able to announce a return to a 15-minute service across most of our network. We have worked hard throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to deliver the most reliable service possible to the people of the Liverpool City Region.

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456-mile cycle across Portugal raises £7,000 for Claire House

Three financial advisors from Equilibrium Financial Planning have completed a mammoth cycling challenge across Portugal’s mountains to raise money for their chosen charities, donating a final total of £7,000 to each charity.

Andrew Hirst, Jason Lowe and Dave McKendrick spent six days cycling from Chaves in the country’s north to Faro in the south – a route that totalled 456 miles, reaching elevations of 960m, in temperatures up to 32 degrees.

The charities chosen by the cyclists were Glossop based Reuben’s Retreat, which supports families of complexly poorly children and families of child loss, Claire House, based at Clatterbridge, and Edinburgh based My Name’5 Doddie which seeks to help sufferers of motor neurone disease.

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Wirral Council owned outdoor education centre named as one of The Best Residential Experiences in the UK

Outdoor education centre, Conway Centres, has been shortlisted by schools as one of The Best Residential Experience in the UK, in this year’s School Travel Organiser awards.

Edsential’s Conway Centres, which is partially owned by Wirral Council and Cheshire West and Chester Council, has four residential centres located across Cheshire and North Wales.

Every year Conway Centres welcomes over 20,000 school children and young people to enjoy a residential visit full of real-life true adventure and immersive cultural arts.

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Earth Day action plan spotlights Wirral Waters’ green credentials

Ten ‘step-change’ actions were unveiled on Earth Day (22 April), by Peel L&P’s Wirral Waters through the launch of its Sustainability Action Plan. 

The plan seeks to tackle climate emergency head-on and reflects the extraordinary scale of the ‘code red’ transformation that is required, as set out at COP 26 and in more recent announcements by the United Nations IPCC. It also incorporates the lifestyle changes that have been triggered by the global COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Wirral Waters Sustainability Action Plan expands on the United Nation’s (UN) Sustainable Development Goals and combines them with Wirral Waters’ Vision Statement Goals, to create five key themes, which are being delivered through the Plan.  

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Full list of candidates for all Wirral wards in 2022 local elections

The 2022 Wirral local election is due to take place on 5 May 2022 to elect members of Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council. This will be the last election where a third of councillors are elected, following recommendations from a government report into the Council’s finances.

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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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