Sunday Snippets for week ending 14 November 2021

Welcome to “Sunday Snippets” a weekly feature from birkenhead.news. 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.

Details of all Remembrance services across Wirral issued

Wirral residents are being invited to come together again this year and show their appreciation for all those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

Remembrance Sunday services will return to the borough on Sunday 14 November after the COVID-19 emergency led to local commemorations – and many others across the country – being cancelled or scaled back in 2020.

The Mayor of Wirral, Councillor George Davies, will join HM The Queen’s representative, The Lord-Lieutenant of Merseyside, along with representatives from the armed forces, veterans, cadets and the emergency services at The Cenotaph in Hamilton Square, Birkenhead for Wirral’s Civic Service at 10.55am. The Mayor will then move on to Thornton Hough to join their afternoon service.

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Festive cheer for rail users as Boxing Day services are back and better

Boxing Day trains are back this year and better than before for the Liverpool City Region in a move to support festive travellers and boost the local economy, Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram has announced.

Whether it’s to get to and from work, visit family and friends, head to the sales or for leisure time, people will be able to travel in and around the city region by train.

While a large part of the country’s rail network shuts down on Boxing Day, Merseyrail will once again be running services and will be joined by Northern for the first time this year.

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Wirral Waters commits to reduce plastics in construction

Regeneration business Peel L&P, responsible for the UK’s largest regeneration projects including Wirral Waters and Liverpool Waters, has become a member of Changing Streams CIC and has signed up to their Charter that sets out a clear mission and ambition for reducing plastic in the construction industry.  

Changing Streams CIC was established in 2019 to tackle plastic pollution in the industry. The construction sector was chosen as the first because, after packaging, this industry is the largest user of plastics – generating over 50,000 tonnes of plastic packaging waste each year in the UK. 

Working with The University of Liverpool, Changing Streams acts as the bridge between academia and industry to drive and effect change and reduce our plastic footprint. The Charter includes a commitment from members to significantly reduce plastics in the construction industry, whether in design of the building, materials or packaging. 

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COP26 legacy must give hope to future generations

Steve Rotheram has said that the North West and UK must secure a green legacy from COP26 to give hope to future generations.

The Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region says that a decade of action and investment must follow the international climate conference to deliver social, economic and environmental wins for our communities in the short term.

He addressed the crowd at an official COP26 North West event in Manchester, before heading north by train to represent the region on the global stage at Glasgow.

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Anselmians progress to Cheshire Cup semis

After Saints’ breathless victory at Leigh to maintain their 100% league record, they hosted Birkenhead Park at Eastham Pavilion on Saturday 6 November for an intriguing quarter-final Cheshire Cup match.

Anselmians have encountered Birkenhead Park twice in the leagues and a few more times in the Cheshire Cup but have never come out on top. Park are sitting comfortably in third position in the North 1 West league and Saints are leading the North 2 West table, unbeaten after 8 fixtures.

So, for the home supporters, this weekend’s contest was considered to be a benchmark of how Anselmians might fare if they were to gain promotion to the higher level. If they were able to compete well against today’s opponents, they may just be able to sustain a challenge at the next level.

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First Wirral Waters ‘pocket park’ completed

The first ‘pocket park’ at Wirral Waters has been completed. Situated on the North Bank, it is the first of a number of public parks that will be created at the dockland site between Wallasey and Birkenhead.

The park, designed by local landscaping firm BCA Landscape (BCAL), draws inspiration for its design from the local dockland environment and utilises materials such as railway lines and cobbles found buried on the site. Even in the children’s play area, the influence of the site’s industrial heritage can be seen.

birkenhead.news spoke to the team from BCA Landscape about the design process and how they envisage that the park will be used.

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West Kirby flood defence clears planning

A brand new flood defence scheme for West Kirby was given the go-ahead by Wirral Council’s planning committee last week.

The scheme, which has been nearly six years in planning, will involve the construction of a 1.1km long curved wall along South Parade, between the junctions with Sandy Lane and Riversdale Road.

At 1.2m high, the wall will act as a barrier separating South Parade and properties situated on it from potentially damaging floodwaters, which Council and Environment Agency officers confirmed were becoming an increasingly likely occurrence as a result of climate change and other natural phenomena.

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New Birkenhead Post Office opens

The Post Office has opened Birkenhead Post Office at a new location on 11 November at 6 Princes Pavement, Grange Precinct, Birkenhead, CH41 2XY. This has restored Post Office services to the town centre.

We are pleased to be able to reinstate the service as a temporary Post Office service. We also have an interested applicant for a permanent solution.

WHSmith made the difficult decision to close its store at 37 Borough Pavement, The Grange Precinct Shopping Centre, Birkenhead, CH41 2XX, where Birkenhead Post Office was based, in June.

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Two Wirral sixth form students selected for Team GB gymnastics squad

Two Wirral sixth form students have been selected to represent Team GB at a world gymnastics competition held in Azerbaijan.

Trampolinists Kendrick Moore and Jack Newman will be heading to Azerbaijan’s capital Baku later in November to take part in the Aerobic Gymnastics World Age Group Competition, competing alongside more than 200 athletes from nearly 20 countries.

Kendrick takes Biology, Chemistry and Maths A Levels at Birkenhead Sixth Form College, and Jack is currently in his second year at Hilbre Sixth Form, studying sport, psychology and health and social care. The boys are part of Propulsion Trampoline Club based at Birkenhead Youth Club and will make their first appearance for the country in the double mini trampoline (DMT) event.

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Arriva to offer free travel to the Armed Forces, Veterans, and Cadets on Remembrance Sunday

Arriva is offering free bus travel to past and present members of the Armed Forces on its services throughout the regions on Sunday 14 November. 

As a mark of respect on Remembrance Sunday, serving personnel (both regular and reservists), veterans and cadets will be allowed free travel onto Arriva services all day.

When you board simply show the driver your Armed Forces identification card, Armed Forces Veteran identification card or MOD issued Veteran’s Badge.

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Luxury homes plan for former West Kirby fire station site

Blueoak Estates, developer of luxury, sustainable homes across the North West, has submitted plans to develop 32 new homes on the site of West Kirby’s former fire station. 

The landmark building, on Grange Road, has been vacant for the past five years and, under the carefully designed plans, is set to be transformed the vacant brownfield site into a high-quality living development in the heart of West Kirby. 

The apartments will be set across three linked buildings ranging from three to four and a half storeys in height. All ground floor homes will include patio areas with most of the upper floor flats having private balconies. The development’s parking allocation is policy compliant, including six electric vehicle charging points and extensive cycle storage. 

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Wallasey school to represent Tranmere Rovers in the EFL Kids Cup

St George’s Primary School, Wallasey, has won the opportunity to represent Tranmere Rovers at the EFL Kids Cup Northern Regional Final. 

The yearly event has taken place over the last three weeks with over 31 schools entering.

Split over two rounds the schools competed for one of the six places in the final where they would compete for a place in the next round to represent Tranmere Rovers.

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