Sunday Snippets, 4 September 2022

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Abundance of plant species recorded at Hoylake Beach

Since early 2020, the number of plant species found on Hoylake’s foreshore has multiplied almost ten-fold from 24 to 209 to date.

The majority of plant species at Hoylake Beach are specialist species associated specifically with sand dune and/or saltmarsh.

Because these species are so used to being by the sea, many have special coatings on their seeds to allow the sea to transport them on the tides. Some, like the coastal form of Curled Dock, even have specialised, inflated floatation devices called tubercles.

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Push for public buildings to be opened as ‘warm banks’

Wirral’s Labour leader is pushing to open as many public buildings as possible this winter to provide ‘warm banks’ for residents who may be struggling to pay their energy bills.

As the Conservative government is yet to announce any additional help following further gas and electricity price hikes, Cllr Janette Williamson has asked council officers to review all council buildings, including libraries and leisure centres, to explore whether they can be used to provide warm and safe hubs during the cost of living emergency for residents during the winter months.

Ahead of tonight’s extraordinary meeting of the council’s Policy & resources committee, she is also asking officers to work with partners including the NHS, police, fire service, community and faith sector groups, to establish buildings that can be used during the winter months, and has asked finance bosses to give a breakdown of all funding available to community groups currently providing a lifeline to residents in need.

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Pollinator consultation launches in Wirral

Residents are being asked about their views on pollinators and how they can be nurtured in the borough.

A public consultation exercise launched this week aims to gather peoples’ opinions on whether more can be done to encourage the presence of species that pollinate or fertilise crops and flowers across Wirral.

Insect pollinators include all types of bees, some wasps, butterflies, moths and hoverflies and some beetles.

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Wirral actor to play Brian Epstein in forthcoming Beatles play

An actor from Port Sunlight, Christopher Lee-Power, is to play Beatles manager Brian Epstein in a forthcoming play ‘At the End’, which focuses on the final days of the Fab Four.

Inspired by ‘The Beatles – Off The Record‘ by acclaimed Beatles biographer Keith Badman and by the words of the Beatles themselves, ‘At The End’, portrays the break-up of the most famous band in the history of pop music.

​’The Beatles – Off The Record’ is the most comprehensive oral history of The Beatles ever published – an ‘as it happened’ story of the greatest pop group of them all. Featuring a wealth of quotes from the Sixties by John, Paul, George and Ringo themselves and a host of others who were close to the group during the heady days of Beatlemania and beyond.

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Still time to comment on parking in Wirral

There’s still time for people who live, visit or work in Wirral to have their say on the future of parking across the borough.

The consultation, which launched Monday July 18, and closes on September 25 asks participants to comment on a range of topics including car and cycle parking, electric vehicle charging and parking bays, disabled parking provision, enforcement and management of parking and parking tariffs.

This is a unique opportunity to inform the strategy and let the council know, what is and isn’t working and what needs to be changed to provide better facilities now and for the future.

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Wallasey cerebral palsy charity centre embraces sustainable energy

Cerebral palsy charity Stick ‘n’ Step has stepped up to the challenge of reducing its environmental impact and also lowering its soaring energy costs by installing solar panels on its Wallasey centre.

Local company LMF Energy Services supplied and installed the solar panels completely free of charge.

Operations manager at Stick ‘n’ Step Sarah Smithson said, “With energy costs predicted to rise even further over next winter, our Board was anxious for us to look for an alternative energy solution and I got in touch with LMF Energy Services to find out how much solar panels would cost us.

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Birkenhead Park CC reach Cheshire cup final with Widnes win

Birkenhead Park CC 1st XI have reached their first Cheshire Cup final since 1996, after a Matty Langford fifty saw Park chase 201 in a historic victory over Park Drive, Widnes.

Captain Tom Foster won the toss and elected to bowl first, given his side’s success chasing this season. Widnes openers Ali Chughtai and Aaron Soni managed to keep Park at bay, with an opening stand of 55, despite Alex Baker beating the bat on multiple occasions.

A piece of magic gave Park their breakthrough as Mark Rowland leaped at mid-wicket to take a spectacular one-handed catch, above his head, to give Foster the wicket of Chughtai for 20.

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Tranmere defeated at Leyton Orient

Leyton Orient maintained their 100% home record, subjecting Tranmere to a 2-0 defeat.

An unlucky Josh Dacres-Cogley own goal 10 minutes before half time broke the deadlock at Brisbane Road. During a Leyton attack, Dacres-Cogley turned the ball past his goalkeeper and into the net.

Rovers’ first chance on goal can at 19 minutes, when Josh Dacres-Cogley set up Elliott Nevitt whose right-footed shot from the centre of the box went over the bar.

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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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