Sunday Snippets for week ending 1 August 2021

Welcome to “Sunday Snippets” a weekly feature from It is a round-up of our most popular good news stories from the last seven days. Click on each story to read the full article.

Roadmap for delivering stronger, fairer, cleaner Liverpool City Region revealed

Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram has spoken of the “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” as he revealed his roadmap for delivering his vision of a stronger, fairer, cleaner Liverpool City Region – with no one left behind.

In his manifesto for May’s election, Mayor Rotheram promised to create a London-style Integrated Transport System, that makes getting about the region quick, cheap and reliable.

He also pledged to deliver a £150m Covid Recovery Fund, a guaranteed job, apprenticeship or training opportunity for young people and to position the region as leaders of the Green Industrial Revolution.

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Tranmere Rovers Open Day a huge success

Hundreds of Tranmere Rovers supporters turned out in force for what was a successful Open Day at Prenton Park on Sunday.

With a wide range of fun activities and events for those in attendance to participate in, it was a guaranteed afternoon to remember.

Manager Micky Mellon and his team had their official 2021/22 squad photograph taken with a packed Argyle Satellite Taxi KOP Stand behind them.

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New ‘Masterplan’ for Hoylake published

Hoylake beach

Exciting proposals for potential improvements to Hoylake’s Town Centre, Carr Lane Industrial and Residential areas and remodelling of Hoylake’s 120-year-old promenade have been put forward in a new ‘Masterplan’ document.

Commissioned by Community Planning Forum Hoylake Vision, the document has been produced by consultants AECOM, and has been based on the results of a consultation process in 2020 run by Liverpool-based CIC, PLACED.

Public feedback to the proposed masterplan will now be taken into consideration, after which a revised document will support the town’s Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP).

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Environmental charities and industry join forces to tackle River Mersey litter

Two major rivers trusts are joining forces to work with communities, researchers, and businesses in the plastics supply and waste management chain to identify plastic litter types in the Mersey catchment.

The Plastic Free Mersey project will be led by the Mersey Rivers Trust (MRT) and Thames21. It will build on the London charity’s award-winning litter survey work, which has identified the most common plastic litter items on the Tidal Thames.

A launch event took place at the Royal Liver Building on the banks of the Mersey on Thursday 22 July. Volunteers sorted previously collected litter into types, as a snapshot of the kinds of plastics in the River Mersey’s network of waterways.

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Scouting in Wirral is bouncing back

Birkenhead Scouts is welcoming new members every day since the return to face-to-face Scouting after the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Scouts have held ‘bring a friend’ nights which have proved to be a huge success and one of the Groups in Prenton has just welcomed over 20 new members in one night.

Birkenhead Scouts want to get as many Young People (and Adults) involved with The Scouts as possible. Scouts are better problem solvers, have more courage and independence, which will provide the skills people learn in The Scouts to help them later in life.

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Bookshop hopes to provide 3000 Wirral kids with Marcus Rashford’s book

Sue Porter, owner of Linghams Booksellers in Heswall, has started a crowdfunder with a target of providing 3,000 Wirral children with a copy of Marcus Rashford’s book ‘You are a Champion.”

Marcus Rashford MBE is famous worldwide for his skills both on and off the pitch and long before he started his inspiring campaign to end child food poverty, he was just an average kid from Wythenshawe, South Manchester.

Linghams is supporting both the Hive Youth Zone and Tranmere Rovers to crowdfund a project to raise enough funds to get a copy of Marcus Raashford’s book into the hands of 3000 children from around Wirral who attend the Hive in Birkenhead, and support the many initiatives Tranmere are running to help young football fans.

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Cycling Britain’s coast and litter picking along the way

Phil and Ruben hail from Newcastle-upon-Tyne and are cycling around the British coast and as if that wasn’t enough effort, Phil is also collecting litter along the way.

Phil told, “The main reason why I’m doing it is because lockdown was a little bit boring for me and wanted to actually do something with my time. I’ve been living off peanuts for such a long time that I thought to myself, I’m gonna do something a little bit constructive.

Ruben, you may have guessed is the canine half of the duo, who runs alongside Phil when he’s up for it or sits back and relaxes in his cradle on the bike (known as Snail 2) when he feels the need to chill out and take in the scenery. On their arrival at Hoylake, they were greeted with applause from some of Wirral’s very own litter pickers, the Wirral Wombles .

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Artwork unveiled at Bidston station to promote female mental health

A piece of artwork has been unveiled at Bidston railway station as part of a project to use the railway to promote women’s mental health and confidence as we come out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The project – named “Light at the End of the Tunnel” involved members of women’s charity Tomorrow’s Women Wirral – who have been accessing support from the service – designing artwork showcasing what their light would be after the pandemic.

The aim of the project was to support current members of Tomorrow’s Women throughout the pandemic but also to make the wider female community aware of the support on offer through the publicly displayed artwork.

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Council committed to helping traders in Birkenhead Market

Birkenhead Market traders have been supported over the last 18 months to the tune of more than £2 million to help them through the pandemic and as the regeneration of central Birkenhead moves forward.

A combination of rent relief, compensation for new leases and Government support for businesses delivered through the council has seen the traders receive significant support since the pandemic began in March 2020.

At the same time the council and partners have been moving apace to progress the redevelopment of the town centre to meet business and residents’ needs, while making sure throughout the process the Market remains open for business.

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Byrne Avenue Baths restoration in full swing

Byrne Avenue Baths at Rock Ferry was constructed between 1931-3 and was opened on 27 March 1933 in a ceremony led by Councillor W L Milne, Chairman of the Markets & Baths Committee.

The building was constructed to provide two swimming pools, along with slipper baths, club rooms, a lounge and a refreshment room.

The main pool hall was multi-purpose and was used for galas in the summer and as an Assembly Room in the winter. It was also used as a space for concerts, dancing and roller skating, when it was floored over.

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Birkenhead revealed as UK’s trendiest town

As the world is beginning to open back up, many Brits are excited to explore their nearest and dearest indie coffee shops, yoga centres and more.

With this in mind, personal finance experts, Ocean Finance have compiled extensive research to uncover the top 10 trendiest UK cities and towns – as well as how much it costs the average person to live there.

To uncover the UK’s real culture capital, Ocean Finance analysed 50 UK cities and towns, and ranked them on the number of yoga centres, farmers’ markets, breweries, independent cinemas, and independent coffee shops, per square mile.

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Stick ‘n’ Step glad to step back into Barnstondale

Children and young people from charity Stick ‘n’ Step have once more enjoyed their annual visit to Barnstondale, the inclusive activity centre, something which has not been possible since 2019, owing to the pandemic.

Twenty-nine youngsters attended the event, with some of them staying overnight in the centre’s custom-built, fully-equipped log cabins. The visit was made possible thanks to the generosity of funding from Barbara Ward Children’s Foundation, Medicash, Children in Need, Hemby Trust and Gould Family Trust.

During their stay, Stick ‘n’ Step’s group enjoyed some of Barnstondale’s numerous activities, including abseiling, archery and shooting.

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Birkenhead regeneration plan gets green light

The regeneration of Birkenhead has passed a crucial new milestone following the approval by Wirral councillors.

Members of the Policy and Resources Committee have given the green light to the formal Site Development Plan (SDP) for Phase 1 of the regeneration of Birkenhead Town Centre.

The Plan, developed by Wirral Growth Company (WGC) as part of the Partnership Agreement between the council and Muse Developments, will allow the scheme to move to the next stage.

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It’s all fun and games with Liscard Central Park’s new activity boards

An exciting interactive play activity board to encourage little ones to develop speech, physical and social skills has been unveiled in Liscard Central Park.

It is supported by access to an app to enable all parents and carers to benefit from guidance around early language development.

Each activity board features the wonderful ‘Play Pack’ characters; Freddie Fox, Hana Hedgehog and Olly Owl, who share play ideas or ‘invitations’ with families to try in the park and ideas to carry on at home. They also include key information for the adults, sharing why each activity is important and how it helps their children to learn and develop.

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Wirral to get a surge of electric vehicle charging points

A pilot project will see on-street electric vehicle charging points introduced in Wirral for the first time.

Wirral Council is about to start work on installing 40 new charging points in parts of Wallasey and Hoylake to make it easier for owners of electric or hybrid vehicles to stay charged up and to encourage more people to consider moving away from petrol and diesel.

The £100,000 scheme is being funded by a grant from OZEV – the Office for Zero Emissions Vehicles, formerly known as OLEV – and Wirral Council. It is part of the council’s commitment to providing a network suitable for a greener future and meet the target in Wirral’s climate strategy, Cool 2, of shifting to fossil fuel free local travel by around 2030.

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Upton’s Olympic gold medalist swimmer has successful games

Upton Olympic swimmer, Freya Anderson, has had a successful Tokyo Olympic Games. Despite not reaching the medal positions in her individual events, she was a part of the team that went on to win gold in the mixed 4x100m relay.

The Women’s 4×100 Freestyle relay final, in which Freya was a part of the team, took place on Sunday 25 July. TeamGB set a new GB record of 3:33:96, finishing outside the medals in 5th position. The Australian team taking Gold in a new World Record time of 3:29:69.

Freya reached the semi-finals of the Women’s 200m freestyle, which took place on Tuesday 27 July. Finishing in overall 12th position with a time of 1:57.10 which wasn’t quite enough to see her through to the finals.

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