Sunday Snippets, 8 January 2023

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Leverhulme appeals green belt planning refusals

Leverhulme is appealing the decisions by Wirral Council to refuse planning permission for up to 800 new homes on seven separate sites.

Wirral Council has a ‘brownfield first’ policy that is also the policy of the current government.

In response to a question from Wendy Morton MP on 26 October, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said in PMQs, “We must protect our greenbelt and we are adopting a brownfield first strategy. I’m pleased we had a record number of new homes built in the last year, but it’s important that we build those homes in the right places.”

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‘The Letter, A Message for our Earth’ – Free film screening by faith groups in Birkenhead

Released on 4 October at the Vatican on the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the film surpassed one million views in only three days and three million in one week.

The documentary is about our planetary catastrophe and its impact on people globally and our environment.

The protagonists include an Indigenous leader from the Amazon, a Senegalese climate refugee, a youth activist from India and a married pair of scientists from Hawaii.

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Legal services firm moves HQ to Wirral Waters

Birkenhead business, BBH Legal Services Ltd, is moving its head office into Hythe, Peel L&P’s highly sustainable, Grade A office building at Wirral Waters. 

BBH is a subsidiary of Thompsons Solicitors, a leading social justice law firm, and offers a range of life planning legal services nationally and to the local community, from property and conveyancing to wills and probate, deputyship and trusts, and powers of attorney. 

The business has chosen to relocate to Wirral Waters in order to provide a more attractive workspace for its expanding team, with Hythe enjoying views across the River Mersey; where it is better connected to Liverpool; and where it can embrace new high-tech ways of working post-Covid. 

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Forthcoming Greasby gastropub and wedding venue to hold recruitment day

The Manor at Greasby is to host a recruitment day at Greasby Children’s Centre next week to finalise its kitchen team.

Nelson Hotels & Inns will be hosting an additional recruitment day on Wednesday 11 January from 2pm until 6pm at Greasby Children’s Centre. The focus will be on its kitchen team with successful candidates joining an already impressive line-up.

The Manor is set to be a gastropub-style restaurant located in the heart of Greasby, featuring a dining room and bar, plus a state-of-the-art kitchen.

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MP accuses Government of ‘waging war on working people’ over controversial anti-strike legislation

The Member of Parliament for Birkenhead has accused Rishi Sunak of “waging a war on working people”, as the Prime Minister draws up controversial plans to restrict the right to strike.

Mick Whitley MP said, “The UK already has the most far-reaching anti-trade union laws in Western Europe, but the Tories are desperate in the face of the wave of justified strikes that workers across the country are waging to cope with the cost-of-living crisis.

“Those workers have already had to meet a series of punishing thresholds to be able to go on strike because of year-on-year laws passed by successive Tory administrations. Now the government are considering introducing legislation to force frontline workers to maintain minimum levels of service during periods of industrial action as early as next week.”

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New dialysis ward opens at Wirral University Teaching Hospital

A £2.8 million investment has created a new space for the treatment of dialysis at Wirral University Treatment Hospital to transform patient care.

The new Dialysis Unit has been relocated and upgraded with new ward spaces, side rooms, and waiting areas, improving patient experience.

Dialysis is used to treat patients whose kidneys do not function correctly, meaning their blood is not cleaned efficiently enough of toxins. It filters out unwanted substances by passing a patient’s blood through a machine which acts like a functioning kidney. Patients receiving treatment can be on the unit for up to four hours, three days a week.

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North West Ambulance Service calls for more public support during January strikes

With further strike action affecting the ambulance service later this month, North Werst Ambulance Service (NWAS) is urging the public only to call 999 in a life-threatening emergency.

Ambulance service staff from GMB and Unison trade unions will go on strike again on Wednesday 11 January 2023, with Unison and Unite members taking further action on Monday, 23 January 2023. This is a continuing dispute between trade unions and the government over pay.

While ambulances will still be available on these days, again, NWAS need public support to ensure they are available for people with life-threatening injuries and illnesses.

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Frontline groups share almost £650,000 to help struggling residents

Dozens of community groups from across Wirral have received up to £21,000 each to help them provide food and welfare support to residents who are struggling in their areas.

The community, voluntary and faith sector groups will share £648,010 under the Small Grants Programme, which is part of a £3.05 million package of support funded by the Government’s Household Support (Winter) Fund. 

Although bids to the grant programme were over-subscribed, 43 local groups successfully applied for up to £20,000 to address welfare needs in their areas. Up to £1,000 was also awarded to each organisation to help with the overhead costs of running their projects.

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Tranmere share points in home draw to Sutton

Tranmere had to settle for a draw at Prenton Park this afternoon as Sutton made it four games on the run without defeat.

It took just over ten minutes for the visitors to take the lead, through a shot from the centre of the box by Alistair Smith into the bottom right corner of Doohan’s net.

Just after 20 minutes, Kieron Morris saw his right-footed shot from outside the box inch over the Sutton crossbar and Kane Hemmings saw his 37th-minute effort saved by Sutton keeper, Jack Rose, in the top centre of the goal.

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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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