Sunday Snippets, 26 May 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.

Wirral unveils further details of ‘world’ events

Exciting new details have been revealed about the amazing events lined up to accompany the renowned art exhibit, Gaia, in Birkenhead Park from Tuesday 28 May to Thursday 30 May.

Luke Jerram’s iconic ‘Gaia’ exhibition – a three-dimensional representation of our planet Earth – is coming to Birkenhead Park for three days this half term as part of Wirral’s year as Liverpool City Region Borough of Culture 2024.

To celebrate the exhibit coming to Wirral, world-renowned outdoor arts organisation Walk the Plank has created a brilliant programme of events for families to enjoy this half term.

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Nationally rare habitat being cleared at West Kirby beach

One of Britain’s rarest habitats is being cleared at West Kirby. Saltmarsh which is transitioning to embryonic sand dune is being cleared off the beach after authorisation was given to Wirral Council from Natural England.

In 2022, Wirral Council was given permission again to rake a small area of beach in the town “to provide a clean, litter free area of beach” but this did not include any removal of vegetation that had grown since permission expired in 2021.

Natural England has said that Wirral Council must ensure its actions don’t breach international law and further says that the site lies within or may affect the Dee Estuary Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The site is also covered by a Ramsar Special Protection Area (SPA) and is a Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

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Record numbers attend Wirral’s second ever Youth Market

More than 5,000 people flocked to Wirral’s second Youth Market, which took place in New Brighton’s Victoria Quarter. 

The outdoor market saw talented young traders, aged 13-29, selling everything from handcrafted gifts and jewellery to gym clothing and mouthwatering food and drink. 

Charlie Phillips, who sold potted plants at her stall Blossom and Green said, “This is my first ever market stall and I’ve had a great time.”

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Merseyrail celebrates work of community volunteers at Bebington and Spital

Community and volunteer workers at Merseyrail stations throughout the city region are being celebrated this week by the rail industry.

Dozens of volunteer and ‘Friends Of’ stations groups work tirelessly throughout the year to make their local stations brighter and more attractive for Merseyrail customers and local residents.

National Community Rail week organised by the Rail Delivery Group, sees their efforts recognised up and down the UK.

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Map shows where Wirral sewage is being discharged in real time

A new map shows where in Wirral sewage is being discharged right now after warnings of heavy rain.

On 30 April, water company United Utilities published a new map showing where sewage has been discharged from points across the borough in real time.

Following rainfall across north west England on 22 May, it shows sewage still being discharged or in the last 24 hours from 11 points across Wirral and 35 across the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

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Seacombe man ‘very grateful’ to ‘great people’ of Merseyside

A Seacombe man said he is “very, very grateful” after more than 1,500 people supported his legal challenge against the Home Office.

Nelson Shardey moved to the UK in 1977 as an accountancy student from Ghana and has now lived and worked in the country for over 46 years. He has three adult children and in 1991, he set up Nelson’s News on Borough Road in Seacombe.

In 2019, Nelson found out that he was not a British citizen, coming as a shock to him and his family. They are currently taking legal action against the Home Office but will have to pay their legal fees if the family lose the case.

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New video shows how Birkenhead Market traders hope to transform Marks and Spencer

A new video shows how traders hope to turn a vacant Marks and Spencer store into an independent market.

Birkenhead Market traders are currently exploring how to set up a trader-led independent market within the former Marks and Spencer unit in Birkenhead.

A market has existed in some form in the town since 1835 but traders are currently looking to go their own way following a controversial decision by Wirral Council to turn a former Argos unit on Princes Pavements into the market’s new location by 2026.

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Seacombe family say they’re being treated ‘like animals’ by housing association

A family once delighted to be moving into a new home claim their housing provider is treating them “like animals”.

Nicole Smith moved into a new house managed by Torus, a Merseyside-based housing association, with her partner Tom Hampson and daughter Sydney in August 2022 and started to make it their new home.

But after a severe leak forced them to move out of their Seacombe home and into a hotel, she feels the housing association is “literally treating us like animals” and ignoring her.

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David Bowie’s iconic stylist Suzi Ronson to hold book signing in Heswall

Suzi Ronson, the renowned hair stylist behind David Bowie’s legendary Ziggy Stardust look will be hosting a special book signing event at a Heswall bookstore.

Suzi will be signing copies of her new book, Me & Mrs Jones, at Linghams Booksellers on Telegraph Road, on Saturday, 8 June, from 2 – 3pm.

This is a unique opportunity for fans and readers to meet the woman who played a pivotal role in one of the most iconic transformations in rock history. She will also be sharing fascinating anecdotes from her extraordinary life with David Bowie.

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Charity improving health of ethnic minority communities in Wirral wins top UK health award 

Birkenhead-based charity the Wirral Multicultural Organisation has won a major national award for the support it provides to people from ethnic minority backgrounds across the Borough of Wirral.

The award judges praised the services the charity has developed, including its help to overcome barriers in accessing health care.

Following a rigorous selection and assessment process, the Wirral Multicultural Organisation was chosen from more than 500 charities across the UK as one of the 10 winners of the 2024 GSK IMPACT Awards, which are delivered in partnership with leading health and care charity The King’s Fund.

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Staff evacuated as UXB found at Port Sunlight factory

Merseyside Police confirmed that officers were in attendance at Unilever in Port Sunlight on Tuesday, 21 May.

Workmen uncovered what is believed to be an unexploded ordnance device.

At around 4.10pm, police received a report that the device had been uncovered by the workmen. The Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team were called and staff were evacuated. 

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Friends of Wirral Libraries to host author talks as part of National Crime Reading Month

Throughout June, the Friends of Wirral Libraries is funding a selection of talks by crime authors Martin Edwards, Kate Ellis, Gina Kirkham, Luca Veste, David Jackson, and Mary Torjussen.

Martin’s novels include eight Harry Devlin mysteries set in Liverpool, eight Lake District Mysteries and four books featuring Rachel Savernake, two of which have been nominated for The Crime Writers’ Association Dagger Awards.

Kate was born in Liverpool and she is the author of an acclaimed trilogy set in the aftermath of World War I, as well as a recently reissued, spooky detective series featuring DI Joe Plantagenet.

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Licence granted for Woodchurch Road off licence despite concerns over past court case

Wirral Council has granted a licence for a new convenience store despite concerns being raised about a past court case.

Hastyar Husseni had applied for a premises licence for a new convenience store at 351 Woodchurch Road in Prenton next to a former Lloyds Bandk. The application was for selling alcohol from 8am until midnight.

The application had received no opposition from authorities like Merseyside Police but a number of neighbours said antisocial behaviour, underage drinkers, and drugs were an issue in the area.

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Developer hopes to start work on Bromborough housing scheme by spring 2025

The developer behind a major Wirral scheme that could deliver over 1,000 homes hopes to start work by spring next year.

Grammont Group applied for planning permission to develop Bromborough Wharf near Dock Road South on the Wirral in 2022 for the development of an initial 564 homes.

This would be the first stage of long-term plans for 1,225 homes to be delivered in the area by 2035 according to a 2023 trajectory of housing for Wirral.

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‘We will not be euthanising 50 dogs’ says rescue losing its home

A Wirral animal rescue that is losing its home in just over three weeks has insisted that it will not be euthanising any of its 50 dogs.

Celandine Wood Animal Rescue (CWAR) learnt that it must vacate its shelter premises last week and find a new home for its animals.

The rescue said it received messages of concern from people after a local Instagram user with a “sizable” following suggested the dogs would be destroyed.

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Hoylake RNLI crew attend Royal Garden Party marking 200 years of lifesaving

Hoylake RNLI lifeboat crew were among 2,500 RNLI volunteers, staff, their families and guests attending a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on Thursday, 23 May, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the lifesaving charity.

His Majesty The King granted permission for the RNLI 200th Anniversary Garden Party, which was hosted by HRH The Princess Royal, accompanied by Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, and HRH The Duke of Kent.

Earlier this month, it was announced that The King would be continuing the Royal Patronage of the RNLI, succeeding Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

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New Miller’s Quay brand identity reflects Wirral Water’s industrial heritage

Peel Waters has revealed the new brand identity for Miller’s Quay, the residential development at Wirral Waters, featuring 500 highly sustainable one- and two-bedroom waterfront apartments.

When designing Miller’s Quay, in collaboration with award-winning architects Howells, Peel set out to create a new iconic landmark for Wirral, integrating urban living with natural surroundings.

The result is a contemporary interpretation of the historic Birkenhead Docks, drawing inspiration from the vibrant colours, metalwork, and warehouses that define the area’s industrial past.

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Handling of Birkenhead Market plans ‘could have been better from the start’

Wirral Council’s leader said the handling of new Birkenhead Market plans “could have been better from the start”.

The local authority has been working on plans for a new market in Birkenhead since 2019 with a number of different locations put forward.

However, the relationship between the council and market traders has soured over the last year following a controversial decision to relocate the facility to a former Argos site on Princes Pavement.

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Hedgehog hero leads awareness weekend at Eureka! in Seacombe

Lyndon Howson, an esteemed hedgehog expert and zoologist, recently led a highly successful Hedgehog Awareness Weekend workshop at Eureka! Science + Discovery.

The event, held in Seacombe last weekend, drew a significant number of participants eager to learn about hedgehog conservation and practical steps to create hedgehog-friendly environments in their gardens.

Lyndon provided attendees with a wealth of knowledge on hedgehogs and their habitats, emphasising the crucial role these small mammals play in our ecosystems.

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Happy Times Activities cut the ribbon on a dream come true

The Moreton based activity centre that provides wellbeing and bespoke activities for adults with additional needs is celebrating due to their successful funding grant from Levelling Up, for their new onsite changing places facility.

The Levelling Up Fund of £74k and support from Rise Adaptations made it possible for them to secure a Changing Places Pod at their Activity Centre.

Founder Director Helen said, “It’s something that I’ve felt personally passionate about for a very long time.”

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Rejected Upton Lidl plans being put forward again

Twice-rejected plans for a new Lidl in Wirral are being put forward again.

The supermarket chain is seeking opinions on a new store near to the Arrowe Park Road roundabout in Upton. It said it “would like to bring a brand-new, sustainable store to Upton, offering the highest quality products at the lowest possible prices”.

For the development to go ahead, Lidl needs to get Wirral Council to agree to sell off land the local authority owns, which will be used for parking as well as get planning approval. The sale of the land has been rejected twice, most recently in December 2023.

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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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