Wirral Council reveals plans for land nicknamed ‘Birkenhead beach’

Wirral Council has revealed its plans for a patch of land that’s been nicknamed a “beach”.

The land sits between the local authority’s new office buildings as part of the first phase of the Birkenhead Commercial District and the car park for the ASDA in Birkenhead town centre.

Currently, the site is covered by sand and dirt but the local authority said it plans for it to be used as a green space for the time being.

Plans for the whole Birkenhead Commercial District previously published by AHR Architects show plans for more offices on the current site of Birkenhead Market, a hotel on the Europa Square car park, and housing near Conway Park train station. 

More offices are included in the long-term plans for the site but in a TikTok (below), one resident jokingly said it was “going to be a beach resort and it’s going to be called Birkenhead Tropical.”

The first phase of the development cost £75m and was forwarded funded by Canada Life Asset Management. AHR Architects put a total price tag on project of £300m to be delivered over 15 years to “make Birkenhead town centre a destination in its own right.”

A council spokesperson said, “This site has been cleared now the temporary buildings associated with the construction of the Birkenhead Commercial District offices in Alice Ker Square have been removed. It has been seeded to create a green space for local people to use, in the short term.”

The new offices in the Birkenhead Commercial District have been criticised by Green councillors for the £9m price tag attached to fitting out the buildings for council workers to move in. On top of this, the council is using £1.5m of reserves to cover rents following the end of construction and has spent £300,000 to insure the new buildings for three years.

Cllr Jo Bird said, “It’s time for more transparency and challenge about how public money is used and we need to learn the lessons of these expensive projects so we don’t make the same mistakes in future.”

However, council leader Paul Stuart has said, “This is one of the first demonstrations of what’s coming to Birkenhead and the Left Bank. We’ve committed to revitalising the town and breathing new life into its business and retail spaces.”

At a recent council meeting, he accused the Green Party of making party political broadcasts, adding, “This is a complete and utter waste of our time and residents’ time.”

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