Sunday Snippets, 27 November 2022

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Consultation launches on two new ‘green’ travel schemes for Wirral

Consultations on two new active travel schemes to help people leave the car and take more healthy options to get around are now underway. 

If approved, one scheme will see new planting, paving and lighting to create a landscaped quiet environment for residents that is not dominated by vehicles, on part of Price Street in Birkenhead, between Beaufort Road and Duke Street.   

New crossings will be installed at the junctions with Duke Street and Cavendish Street and this scheme will also connect to the new off-road cycling and walking facility currently under construction at Beaufort Road/Wallasey Bridge Road, where a further new crossing will be provided on Beaufort Road at junction of Price Street and Corporation Road. 

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Hoylake and West Kirby RNLI fundraisers awarded for 30 years of service

The RNLI has recognised two stalwart fundraising volunteers at Hoylake and West Kirby RNLI with its esteemed long service badge.

James and Christine Lodder have volunteered together in support of the RNLI over several decades and were both recently presented with the lifesaving charity’s 30-year badge by Area Lifesaving Manager Lee Firman.

The couple have always had an interest and passion for the sea and the RNLI. They moved to Wirral from Stratford-upon-Avon in the early 1980s and began volunteering at the Hoylake and West Kirby Lifeboat Open Day nearly 40 years ago, selling RNLI souvenirs and counting the money raised through bucket collections.

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‘Wood’ you like to get involved in tree planting in Wirral?

With National Tree Week just around the corner, Wirral Council is looking for some tree-rific volunteers to help put spades in the ground.

Planting season is November to March and is now in full swing. There are some events coming up that you can get involved with – whether that be planting trees or helping to look after them.

A whopping 250 trees were planted on Friday 25 November at Spital Recreation Ground in Bebington. Families, groups and individuals came along to get stuck in to help make the planting a success.

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Family pay tribute to ‘loving and caring’ Wallasey girl killed in M6 collision

The family of a three-year-old girl killed in a collision on the M6 in Lancashire, have paid a loving and heartfelt tribute to her.

Faye Dawson, of Wallasey, died on Saturday evening after the car she was travelling in collided with another car on the southbound carriageway of the M6 near Leyland.

The tribute released by her family said, “Our beautiful Faye Grace, words will never express the heartache we are all going through since you were tragically taken from us.”

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Wirral MP leads parliamentary debate on NHS staffing levels

Margaret Greenwood MP has called on the government to protect NHS services and give workers a fair pay rise in a debate in parliament which she secured and led on NHS staffing levels.

The Wirral West MP applied for the debate after a dramatic rise in the number of vacancies within the NHS over recent months.

In June of this year – the latest month for which figures are available – there were more than 132,000 vacancies in the NHS in England, up from around 98,000 the previous year and up from around 105,000 in March.

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West Kirby floodwall works reach major milestone

With ground works almost complete, the first sections of the new flood defence wall along West Kirby promenade are now in place in the first phase of the work.

This represents a significant milestone for the project and will see parts of South Parade gradually reopening fully to traffic and pedestrians as each phase of construction of the wall concludes.

By early January, the aim is to have the wall in place along more than half of the promenade – four of the eight distinct ‘areas’ identified in the project plan, covering the stretch from Riversdale Road to Church Road. The whole scheme, which includes highways improvements and other associated benefits, is scheduled to be completed in the first part of 2023.

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New Ferry resident Ruth celebrates 102nd birthday

At the grand age of 102, Ruth Ledson was the life and soul of a party held for her birthday.

Now a New Ferry Resident, Ruth was a teacher and headteacher for all her career in Liverpool and the surrounding area.

Her favourite thing about teaching was the variety of children, their abilities and their loves. She was very fond of the children, but on occasion had to tell them off, but as she says, this “was to help them grow.”

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Wirral School honoured at the Educate Awards

A Wirral school was crowned a winner at the Educate Awards on Friday 18 November.

Wirral Grammar School for Boys proudly took home the Careers & Enterprise Award.

The award, sponsored by Progress Careers, recognises schools, academies and colleges that are preparing young people the best they can for their future careers.

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Find out about ambitious plans for Birkenhead at BirkenEd’s Place

A shop unit in the town centre is now a key location for people to find out more about the exciting plans for Birkenhead and help shape its future.

Birkenhead is going through a major transformation with more than £100 million of Government funding secured by Wirral Council to support it.

The new centre – known as BirkenEd’s Place – will be an easily accessible location for anyone wanting to learn about the ambitious plans for Birkenhead and, crucially, to help shape decisions about the future of the town.

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Temporary A&E entrance opens at Arrowe Park Hospital

A new temporary entrance has opened for patients walking into the Emergency Department of Arrowe Park Hospital.

From 22 November, patients will enter the Emergency Department via a doorway slightly to the right of the previous entrance and closer to the main reception of the hospital. New signage will be in place to help identify where the new entrance is.

The new entrance is in place temporarily while work is underway to create a new £28 million emergency and urgent care facility.

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Bebington residents invited to join workshops to redesign streets

The By Ours street survey of residents found people think slower traffic and less pavement parking would improve streets in Bebington.

Bebington residents are invited to join design workshops to help create their vision of safer, healthier and more attractive streets in the area. The events are part of the By Ours Bebington community project, led by Sustrans with Wirral Council.

Urban designers will work with participants to look at how they can tackle local issues and design a new-look neighbourhood that feels safer and healthier for all ages and abilities.

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Fundraising effort for audio-descriptive commentary at Prenton Park

Disabled Rovers, the group for disabled supporters of Tranmere Rovers and those who come with them, has set a fundraising objective of raising £4,000 over the course of the season to have audio-descriptive commentary installed at Prenton Park.

Ellis Palmer, Chair of the group, said, “This is something that is much-needed at Prenton Park. Getting audio-descriptive commentary installed will be of great benefit to our blind and visually-impaired fans, as well as those who have views obstructed by infrastructure by the stadium.

“The hope is that this could significantly improve the matchday experience of those  who currently struggle to enjoy matches at Birkenhead’s local club.”

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Residents move into restored Wallasey landmark

New residents are this week moving into a Wirral landmark once threatened with demolition.

Andrew Gibson House on the Wallasey waterfront was formerly a home for the widows of merchant seamen, but former owners Nautilus Welfare, found the impressive Victorian mansion unsuitable for the living needs of the modern age.

The charity, which provides modern comfortable accommodation for retired seafarers on the adjacent Mariners Park site, was resigned to demolishing the heritage building following numerous attempts to find either a buyer or a redevelopment option.

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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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