Sunday Snippets, 31 December 2023

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 Waters regeneration update following progress in critical year

The developer behind what has been described as the “largest and most exciting regeneration project in the UK” has provided an update after a “critical year.”

Peel L&P is the developer behind the Wirral Waters regeneration project which promises to deliver 20,000 new jobs, 13,000 new homes, and create new employment space including a business park on the peninsula.

The developments would take place on the land surrounding the docks in Birkenhead and are a key part of Wirral Council’s draft Local Plan, a housing policy currently under government inspection that focuses on developing brownfield sites rather than green belt.

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The experiences of those living with dementia

Christine Nacey compares dementia to being on a motorway with no way to get off and no idea how fast you’re going.

Dementia is the term used to describe a group of symptoms affecting a person’s memory, thinking and social abilities. These symptoms can be caused by Alzheimer’s disease which along with vascular dementia makes up a majority of cases.

According to Alzheimer’s Research UK, “dementia changes family relationships, leaves people socially isolated, and affects both the health and finances of family carers. All too often, family carers sacrifice their own well-being to ensure their loved one has the best care possible.”

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Car park would be replaced by homes and green space under New Ferry plans

Plans to revive a Wirral town devastated by an explosion six years ago could see more than 40 homes built.

A car park in New Ferry could be entirely replaced with 43 new houses as part of plans to revive the town following the gas blast that caused huge damage in the town centre.

If the plans are approved, the Woodhead Street car park off New Chester Road and the former CO-OP supermarket next door would be replaced by 43 homes and a new green space according to a planning application submitted by The Regenda Group to Wirral Council. This will include 10 flats and 33 homes.

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Community resilience one year on from murder of Elle Edwards

A year on from the tragic and shocking death of a young woman in Wirral on Christmas Eve, people in the local area where the murder took place are determined to not let what happened “destroy all that is good” in their community.

26-year-old beautician Elle Edwards was an innocent bystander when she was gunned down at the Lighthouse pub in Wallasey Village on 24 December 2022 in a botched shooting between rival gangs. In the immediate aftermath of the appalling murder, local churches opened their doors to provide cups of tea for the police and the space for a shocked community to grieve.

Locals said they never expected something so terrible to happen so close to home. Others were so frightened that they would only open their front doors a little, as local councillors visited the community to provide reassurance in the wake of the shooting.

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Key dates and actions for XL Bully owners regarding new banned breed laws

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has published official guidance and people are urged to visit the government’s webpage on Prepare for the ban on XL Bully dogs  for further information.

Those who own an XL Bully or a dog with XL Bully traits can now apply for a Certificate of Exemption online, by email, or post. Before applying, they must pay an application fee and have third party public liability insurance for banned breeds of dogs.

If applying via post or email, they will have to ensure the application is with DEFRA by 15 January 2024. If applying online, owners have until 12:00 pm on 31 January 2024.

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Tranmere win away against Harrogate

Tranmere Rovers concluded 2023 with a consecutive away victory, triumphing 2-0 against Harrogate Town.

Following a goalless first half dominated by the hosts, Nigel Adkins’ team displayed prowess as Charlie Jolley initiated the scoring at 54 minutes.

Captain Tom Davies, scoring his second goal in three games, headed home from Regan Hendry’s corner to clinch maximum points.

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Tranmere storm to victory over Salford

Tranmere Rovers earned a five-goal victory at Salford City securing a festive win on Boxing Day.

This was the first time in over a decade that Tranmere had scored five in a game.

In the fifth minute, Harvey Saunders had Rovers’ first opportunity, directing Lee O’Connor’s cross towards the goal. The Salford keeper, Alex Cairns, managed to catch the effort after an initial juggle.

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