Sunday Snippets, 9 April 2023

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Sections of West Kirby promenade set to reopen after Easter

Work continues on the West Kirby flood wall and improvements to the surrounding area.

It was hoped that small sections of the promenade would be open for Easter, but road resurfacing works were delayed due to high tides and waves coming onto the promenade and highway at the end of March.

It is now anticipated that the first phase of reopening the promenade will be shortly after Easter.

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Council appoints letting agent for new Grade A offices in Birkenhead

CBRE’s Liverpool Office Agency team has been instructed as sole letting agents by Wirral Borough Council to market two Grade A new build offices totalling 147,767 sq ft in Birkenhead.  

Currently under construction, the scheme is earmarked for completion in Autumn 2023, the only new build offices due for completion in the Liverpool City region this year.

The scheme, being developed through the Wirral Growth Company, a 50:50 partnership between Wirral Borough Council and Muse will deliver two office buildings extending to a total of 147,767 sq ft.

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Greasby pupils put their best foot forward for charity

Pupils at Our Lady of Pity RC Primary School in Greasby participated in CAFOD’s Big Lent Walk Challenge in a bid to raise money for those living in extreme poverty. 

This year, CAFOD (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development) is seeking to support families around the world who require the necessary tools to tackle the climate crisis. 

The whole school community came together to support CAFOD’s goal through walking and running. Children in Reception and Key Stage 1 utilised the school grounds by running laps whilst those in Key Stage 2 took the challenge a step further by completing a road run together in the local area. 

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Petition for Paul O’Grady statue in Birkenhead reaches 100,000 signatures

The number of signatures on a petition calling for the construction of a statue of Paul O’Grady in his birthplace of Birkenhead has reached 103,000 at the time of writing.

Paul O’Grady, the presenter and comedian who gained fame in the 1990s with his drag queen character Lily Savage, died at the age of 67.

The star, known for his lifetime of service to animals, LGBT rights, and social causes, has been the subject of a petition  calling for a statue of Paul O’Grady to be erected in his hometown of Birkenhead.

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Hythe at Wirral Waters shortlisted for prestigious award

Hythe, the cutting-edge business hub located at Wirral Waters, has been shortlisted for the prestigious North West Property Awards by business publication Insider.

The development aims to be a transformational project using innovative low-carbon construction techniques to act as a catalyst for economic growth in the area. 

Funded by Peel L&P, the Merseyside Pension Fund, and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, Hythe is situated in the Four Bridges district of Wirral Waters.

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Friends of Flaybrick Memorial Gardens to launch 2023 guided walks programme

Local charity, the Friends of Flaybrick, is urging the people of Wirral and beyond to take part in their popular guided walks and discover the fascinating stories of the past residents of Birkenhead.

The charity’s first guided walk of the year takes place on Saturday 15 April, with five more planned for 13 May, 10 June, 8 July, 12 August, and 30 September.

Flaybrick Memorial Gardens were first opened as Birkenhead Cemetery on 30 May 1864 – more than 150 years ago. The site was designed by Edward Kemp, who was Superintendent of Birkenhead Park and a renowned landscape gardener.

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Wirral’s Youth Spaces flourish with over 7200 young people attending since launch

It’s been nearly a year since Wirral’s Youth Spaces were launched and with more than 7200 young people attending a session since April 2022, the service continues to go from strength to strength.

Neighbourhood Youth workers provide a safe space for young people aged 11 to 19 years (and up to 25 for young people with disabilities) three times a week, between 6-10pm.

Here they can talk to a Youth Worker for support and advice, participate in activities that promote learning, and generally develop their social and practical life skills, including confidence and self-esteem while having fun and interacting with other youngsters.

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Construction to start on ‘Tranmere Garden’ fan park at Prenton Park

The Tranmere Rovers Trust has announced that the development of Tranmere Garden (formerly referred to as the Fan Park) will start at Prenton Park shortly after the Easter weekend.

The construction is estimated to take around 26 weeks and is expected to be completed by late autumn when it will open to the public.

German Kraft has been selected as the official partner of the Tranmere Rovers Trust for the production and service of all beer at the Tranmere Garden site, which will feature a modern brewery.

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Warrior Athletes take on Lenten Challenge and Wirral Seaside 5k with impressive results

Young athletes from multi-sport club the Warriors had a busy Wednesday evening, as they split their efforts between a Lenten challenge and the famous Wirral Seaside 5k.

First up were the boys on Wednesday afternoon, where Sam Clarke, Michael Phelan, and Oberon Kearney each ran 26.2km in support of the Disasters Emergency Committee.

They ran as part of the St Anselms Lenten challenge, and the whole team of seven under Dr Cooper has now raised over £700 by Friday morning.

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Tranmere defeated at Carlisle

Tranmere Rovers suffered a 2-0 loss to Carlisle United, who are vying for promotion in League Two.

Kristian Dennis scored both goals to secure the victory for Paul Simpson’s team. Scoring for the first time since January, Dennis put an end to his goal drought and increased his total for the season to 20, helping the hosts secure their first win in five games.

Just three minutes into the match, Rovers found themselves trailing after Mateusz Hewelt’s clearance from Tom Davies’ pass back was intercepted by Omari Patrick in the box. Patrick then passed the ball to Dennis, who was unmarked and had an open shot at the goal, which he converted with his left foot into an empty net.

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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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