Sunday Snippets for week-ending 20 February 2022

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Construction to start on 500 home development at Wirral Waters

Peel L&P has appointed construction company Graham to build a development of 500 apartments within the Northbank neighbourhood at Wirral Waters.

Construction work will begin in spring of 2022 on the £130m development, currently known as Wirral Waters One, which is set to be the biggest single development at Wirral Waters to date, within one of the largest and most sustainable regeneration projects in the UK. 

Peel L&P’s appointment of Graham follows an agreement signed last month between Peel L&P and Pension Insurance Corporation plc to fund the development.  

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£165,000 fund launched to help community groups reduce, reuse and recycle

A share of £165,000 is up for grabs to help community groups make the Liverpool City region a cleaner and greener place.

The funding – made available via the Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund 2022/23 – is for community and voluntary groups, schools and not-for-profit organisations, who can reduce household waste, encourage recycling and resource re-use and prevent carbon emissions. The projects will also have to demonstrate wider positive impacts on the environment, health and education.

Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority (MRWA), Councillor Tony Concepcion, said, “We know that there are a lot of communities concerned about climate change and sustainable living. Giving groups the opportunity to get involved in looking after their environment can only bring benefits to all and can help us appreciate items as valuable resources rather than something which otherwise might be just thrown away.

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Dad raises over £100,000 in memory of his daughter through fishing challenge

With the help of his family, friends and local fishing enthusiasts, Colin Cook, 50, has raised over £100,000 in memory of his daughter Ellie.

The Claire House Club Challenge is a fishing contest set up by Colin in 2012. Since then, the Challenge has grown with 2021 seeing over 100 anglers taking part to raise funds for the children’s hospice.

“Claire House were there for our family and we want to make sure they are there to help future families, just like ours. That’s why we’ve continued to do this each year, for Claire House and for Ellie,” said Colin.

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Discount sports store provides opportunities for young and vulnerable people

Sports Traider is a charity that exists to give young people employment and sports participation opportunities. In doing so they gain confidence, self-esteem, retail skills and improve mental and physical health.

It is Britain’s first chain of charity sports shops and a branch has recently opened its doors at the Pyramids Shopping Centre, Birkenhead.

The shops are managed by paid staff who are assisted by young volunteers to gain confidence, self-

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St Mary’s students show how valuable they can be in school production

Talented students from St Mary’s Catholic College, Wallasey, recently blew audiences away at the Floral Pavilion in a whole school production of Legally Blonde.

Due to the pandemic, this was the first time in two years that the college was able to put on a show for the local community.

Students from Year 7 to 13 all played a part in the sold-out performance which took place across two nights. The hard-working, talented and energetic cast put every ounce of their being into each and every number they sang.

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Traffic signs installed in Wirral to reduce driver speed

New electronic signs that alert road users when they are driving too fast have already contributed to a 16% drop in speeding.

Across the borough, 30 new vehicle-activated signs have been installed at speeding hotspots. The signs use radar technology to detect oncoming vehicles and warn drivers of any impending danger due to excessive speeds or unforeseen hazards.

By only illuminating when they detect a vehicle, the signs also avoid any wasted energy and can be powered off-grid or by renewable energy sources (where possible), helping to meet the council’s goal of achieving ‘net zero’ carbon emissions by 2030.

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Public toilets and school crossing patrols taken off list of proposed council cuts

Wallasey Town Hall

Wirral council’s Labour leadership has saved school crossing patrols, public toilets and ensured that parking permits will not rise as part of the current budget proposals.

They also gave the Woodchurch Leisure Centre time to find a community group to take over its running, holding off demolition while business cases are put together.

Labour council leader Janette Williamson introduced a series of amendments at the council’s Policy and Resources meeting last night. 

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Work starts on new pump track in Central Park

Work is underway on a fantastic new free facility for cyclists, skateboarders, roller skaters and scooter users of all ages in Wallasey’s Central Park. 

The new “pump track” will allow children and young people to exercise and build bike handling skills in a safe environment, away from traffic.  

The pump track is a continuous circuit of banked turns and features that don’t require pedalling and can be used in different ways to suit all ages and abilities, from complete beginners through to experienced riders looking for a challenge. 

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New Wirral gym offers private workout space

A gym with a difference has opened in Wirral, offering private workout space for those who may feel self-conscious going to a traditional ‘open-plan’ gym.

The Barerooms gym is based in Birkenhead and by offering private rooms for working out, the owners believe it to be the first of its kind in gym design.

Over 15% of the adult UK population have gym membership – nearly 8m people – and many more work out at home.

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James Vaughan appointed as Tranmere Sporting Director

Tranmere Rovers has announced the appointment of James Vaughan as Sporting Director.

The former player retired at the end of last season and has since been involved in helping to build the current Tranmere Rovers squad which is sitting second in League 2. 

James is completing his master’s in sporting directorship and will initially focus on recruitment. He will also lead on the ongoing restructuring of the footballing process within the Club.

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Oxton Cricket Club sign former Test bowler Joe Mennie

Oxton Cricket Club has announced the signing of Australian bowler Joe Mennie for the 2022 season.

The 33-year-old started his career in the New South Wales squad before moving to South Australia in 2011 and has particularly impressed in the Sheffield Shield over the past two seasons having topped the competition wicket list with 51 dismissals at an average of 21.21 in the 2016 season.

That led to a call-up for Australia where he made his One-Day International debut against South Africa in October 2016 before making his Test debut against the same opposition a month later.

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