Sunday Snippets for week-ending 27 February 2022

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New musical maps exhibition in New Brighton

A new exhibition is on display at Mersey Arts Zone in Vale Park New Brighton.

The ‘M@rt Music Metro’ exhibition by Martin Pin Jiang shows diagrammatic railway network maps, translated into a musical context.

Martin studied as a graphic designer in Newcastle upon Tyne in the mid-1980’s and always had a fascination and obsessive interest in record sleeve and cassette inlay art and design. 

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Petition to twin Birkenhead Park with New York’s Central Park

Birkenhead Park is 175 years old next year and was the inspiration for the design of Central Park in New York. has started a petition to commemorate the links between the two.

Birkenhead Park in the centre of Birkenhead, Wirral, was designed by Joseph Paxton and opened on 5 April 1847. It is generally acknowledged as the first publicly funded civic park in the world.

The design of Central Park in New York was laid out by Frederick Law Olmsted who was inspired by his 1850 visit to Birkenhead Park, meaning that links between the two urban parks have been there since the beginning.

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Consultation on libraries and public toilets budget options begins

Budget consultations around proposed reductions in public toilets and the new library service have been launched.

The move is part of a wider package of measures to address a significant gap in the council’s budget for the forthcoming year.

Both consultations will run for eight weeks and will be primarily through the council’s online  consultation portal, although paper copies will be made available where needed.

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Chris Packham speaks out on ecology at Hoylake Beach

Naturalist and conservationist, Chris Packham, has spoken out on the subject of Hoylake beach.

Up until 2019, Wirral Council sprayed Hoylake beach with weedkiller and used tractors to rake away any vegetation that had taken root. The beach was sprayed with a glyphosate herbicide that is banned in some countries due to fears that it is carcinogenic.

The council now follows advice from Natural England on how to manage the area, which does not involve weedkiller or raking and allows nature to take its course.

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Wallasey Parish granted CAFOD LiveSimply Award

Holy Apostles and Martyrs’ Parish in Wallasey has been granted the CAFOD LiveSimply Award in response to Pope Francis’ invitation in his encyclical Laudato Si’ to ‘work with generosity and tenderness in protecting this world which God has entrusted to us.’

The award can be earned by Catholic parishes, schools, religious orders and chaplaincies who can show how they have been living simply, in solidarity with people in poverty and sustainably with creation.

Parish organiser, Anne Litherland said, “The award celebrates what we have already done and inspires us to do more. It helps our community to live, not just more simply, but also more fully. We have been working towards this for over two years and have been involved in many different activities: a car idling campaign, growing vegetables in the church garden, recycling personal pledges to LiveSimply and much, much more.”

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Liverpool City Region residents urged to ‘Recycle Right’

A new campaign has been launched across the Liverpool City Region reminding residents how to make the most of their recycling.

Don’t Treat us Like Rubbish is part of Recycle Right, an initiative led by Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority, MRWA to help improve recycling rates across the city region.

The new campaign is reminding local householders of what can be recycled where and preventing bagged waste and unwanted materials being put into recycling bins.

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Important step towards franchising local bus services announced

The Liverpool City Region could soon be taking an important next step towards franchising bus services, Mayor Steve Rotheram has announced.

A recommendation to confirm franchising as the preferred future model for running the city region’s bus network and services will go before the Combined Authority on Friday, 4 March.

As part of the meeting, the Combined Authority will be asked to consider both the Draft Outline Business Case for bus franchising and an enhanced partnership model for bus governance. On balance the preferred option and the recommendation to the meeting, to meet the Combined Authority’s Vision for Bus, is to franchise the bus system.  

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Sustainability success for Magenta Living

Magenta Living has recently been recognised for its Climate Change Vision and future carbon zero goals.

Magenta Living has increased its SHIFT (Sustainable Homes Index for Tomorrow) rating from Silver to Gold due to its continued sustainability efforts.

Organisational accreditation partner, SUSS Housing, who administers SHIFT, confirmed that Magenta Living is only one of seven housing associations nationally to achieve this status.

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Wirral’s Scout Post ends after 40 years of Christmas deliveries

The organisers of Wirral’s much-loved Scout and Guide Christmas Post have announced that the charity postal service will no longer operate as of this year.

In a statement, Richard Twemlow MBE, Founder and Chairman of the Wirral Scout & Guide Charity Post said, “With the heaviest of hearts, I have to inform you that the Organising Committee has decided,
with extreme reluctance, to finish the Christmas Post.”

The decision was reached after very careful consideration of the current and likely future situation.

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Wirral Hospice St John’s ‘Make a Will Month

Coronavirus has had a significant effect on all our lives and brought renewed focus to the way we think about our futures.

Wirral Hospice St John’s has been continuing, including throughout the pandemic crisis, to provide its nursing care and specialist support services, free of charge, to patients whose illnesses have progressed beyond a cure, alongside appropriate support for their loved ones too.

It costs more than £5million each year to run the hospice and this is only possible through the ongoing support of our whole Wirral community, individuals, businesses and other organisations, who continue to support the hospice in so many ways.

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Safer streets on the way thanks to investment in technology

Upgrades to Wirral’s existing CCTV network have been brought in, overhauling the system with the latest technology to help reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.

More than £1m has been spent on a new CCTV control room, 34 new camera installations and upgrades at 112 existing sites.

The first phase – funded by the Home Office as part of the Safer Streets Initiative and Town Deal Accelerated Grant – is already complete with a new control room fully operational with a state-of-the-art digital video management system installed and 24/7 monitoring of the CCTV network. 

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