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wirralview ISSUE 1 | October 2016



FUN FOR FALL: What’s on when

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Strictly star Alison Hammond treads the boards at our very own Floral Pavilion

Free to every home, every business, every month


WIRRAL SET TO DAZZLE IN FREE FAMILY RIVER SHOW We’re turning the River Mersey into a River of Light as Wirral and Liverpool join forces on a very special event. We’ll be celebrating with a bang … and there WILL be fireworks! THIS November 5 will be marked by an incredible FREE River of Light firework festival along the River Mersey. Both sides of the waterfront will take centre stage as explosions, firecrackers, music and sound combine from a series of barges mid-river to provide a choreographed display, in an event backed by both Wirral and Liverpool councils. The Wirral side of the Mersey has the pick of the best vantage points, all the way from Woodside to New Brighton – and we’re working with traders and licensees to make the most of the hundreds of extra visitors expected. There will be events at Birkenhead and New Brighton too. For up to date information make sure you visit before setting out. See page 18 for further details... Photo: Cruise Liverpool, James Maloney/Liverpool Echo



FEATURE / P6 & 7




Meet the communities who are doing it for themselves!

We have tips to help you avoid the loan sharks this Christmas.

Our lively neighbourhoods are driving a seaside renaissance!

Meet the young people who are determined to make a difference.

JOBS / P28

FIND YOUR NEW CAREER! Current vacancies, plus advice about getting the job you want.

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If you are looking for ideas this autumn, Wirral View is the place to come. We have activities, important dates and information galore to make sure you don’t miss a thing!

fun FREE events for the kids Take your ‘mini monster’ to the ‘Birkenhead First’ Halloween parade and monster mash disco at the Pyramids, Birkenhead, from 11am on Thurs Oct 27. All welcome, prizes for best fancy dress! Enjoy free, safe, firework fun at the River of Light event on the Mersey, plus street entertainment at Birkenhead and New Brighton (see p18). Fun starts from 6pm, Nov 5. Tam O’ Shanter Farm, Bidston, is the perfect place to let off steam, ask for directions to the nearby windmill. Picnic aboard the Black Pearl at the Tower Grounds, New Brighton. Visit Vale Park fairy garden nearby, (Birkenhead Park has a fairy garden too!) Lady Lever Art Gallery has a fantastic children’s activity area, plus Millais’ beautiful pictures of children which appeal to kids.

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Eastham Woods: Kids love building dens in the dog-free woodland play area, and you can dream of foreign climes as you watch planes taking off from Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport across the river. Arrowe Park: Woodland paths take in hidden ponds and waterfalls; open grassy areas and trim trails provide plenty of options to let off steam. Royden Park: Falling leaves, bracken underfoot, and that lovely autumnal smell that has you running for the nearest fireside. The café at Royden is run by volunteers and wel-

comes dogs and humans too. Don’t forget the ride-on railway on a Sunday afternoon. Heswall Dales: Fabulous views to Wales as you tramp over the bracken and heather. Combine a trip to Dale Farm to buy their home-grown produce, grown by volunteers and adult students with learning disabilities, (open 9am-4pm, Mon-Fri). Bidston Hill: Discover why this month’s contributor Laura Mason, (see p4), loves this well-known landmark so much. Visit the windmill then the café at Tam O’ Shanter Farm, just a short stroll away.


1. Don’t forget to register for your WINTER FUEL PAYMENT if you were born before May 5, 1953. You could get between £100 and £300 tax free. Call 03459 15 15 15. 2. If you are over 65 or have a serious or long-term health condition, you really need to think about having your FLU JAB if you haven’t already done so. Contact your GP for advice.

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Children’s services to get major investment An ‘inadequate’ rating for children’s services in Wirral is driving renewed efforts to recruit more social workers in the borough


AJOR improvements to children’s services in Wirral are being put in place following a critical Ofsted inspection. The council is taking action to improve services for children, young people, and families in the borough following Ofsted’s

judgement that elements of the services provided to young people were ‘inadequate’. Ofsted highlighted too frequent changes of social workers and managers, and the work needed to improve practice and culture when coming to their conclusions. Despite its well-documented financial challenges, the council has already committed an initial £2 million investment to recruit additional social workers, improve training and management and provide more experienced, long-term leadership for children’s social care. An improvement plan is in place and is already making progress against every recommendation Ofsted made.

Cllr Tony Smith, Cabinet Member for Children and Family services, said: 'Services for vulnerable children will always be a priority for this authority. We fully accept the findings of the Ofsted report. There are problems in our services – in our processes, in our practice and in elements of our performance. It’s our duty to improve all of these areas as quickly as possible. 'Demand for these services has risen at an unprecedented rate. The numbers of children needing child protection plans has risen by 72% in Wirral in the last five years, and the money and resources needed to deliver this care has not kept pace. 'This does not excuse poor

performance. Wirral residents expect and deserve services of the highest quality and it is our collective priority to put them right.' An improvement board is now in place which will guide and oversee the changes made within the services, with support from independent experts from the Department for Education. The council is now in the process of recruiting a new Assistant Director to lead social work for children and is also launching a new campaign to recruit extra experienced social workers. 'Budget cuts and increased demand for support have put incredible strains on our services.'

Your views needed on budget plans RESIDENTS are being encouraged to join Wirral’s latest budget consultation and make sure their views are heard when decisions are made. Over the next four years the council will have to reduce its spending by more than £100 million – and wants residents’ views on what should take priority when doing it. Cllr Phil Davies, Wirral Council Leader, said: 'You may already be aware from reading the local and national press that challenging times continue. Wirral has to make over £100 million in cuts over the next four years – on top of the more than £150 million we’ve already had to absorb since 2010. 'I have already pledged to deliver a balanced budget, and I will make sure we focus on finding different ways of meeting residents’ needs and protecting the most vulnerable. The budget consultation offers our residents a way to tell us how they think

we should go about it.' Proposals for how these reductions could be made will be published on the council website,, in November and more information will be available in the next edition of Wirral View. The council will deliver thousands of questionnaires and details of the budget proposals to every library, one stop shop, leisure centre and children’s centre in the borough to encourage as many residents as possible to make their voice heard. Cllr Davies continued: ‘This is the sixth consecutive year we have been forced into making extremely difficult decisions when setting the council budget. We have listened to residents each and every year and we commit to doing so again. I would encourage all residents to take part in our budget consultation and let us have their views.'

ONCE a month, a special ceremony takes place in Birkenhead Town Hall that is a milestone event for the people taking part - but little known to most of us who were born in the UK. Citizenship ceremonies, conducted by our registrars, welcome new citizens to Britain and their new community. It’s a proud moment for those taking part and a

happy one for the Mayor of Wirral, who welcomes new residents to the borough and encourages them to take an active part in Wirral life. Pictured with the Mayor, Cllr Pat Hackett, is Arit Corrigan, one of nine people of eight different nationalities who took part in last month’s ceremony. Attendance is purely voluntary, but around 25 people take part each month.

RAIL WORK TALKS UNDERWAY MAJOR work has been announced on the Merseyside rail network for six months from January 4, 2017. During this time, there will be no trains between Wirral and Liverpool, with replacement buses instead. Discussions are already underway between the council and Network Rail, who own the track, to minimise disruption to Wirral passengers. See Wirral View for more on the plans next month.

DOG OWNERS FINED £400 FOUR Wirral residents who failed to clear up after their dog were found guilty by Wirral Magistrates. The four were told they had to pay a total of £400 each – eight times the figure than if they had paid the fixed penalty notice. The offenders were each fined £220 and ordered to pay costs of £150. They also had to pay a £30 victim surcharge. The council’s fouling enforcement contractors began working on a zero tolerance approach in May this year. Since then, 38 people have been issued with fixed penalty notices.

POLICE TO OPEN NEW STATIONS FIVE new police stations are set to open in Wirral. First to open will be at Bebington Civic Centre, followed by new community stations at Hoylake, Moreton, Rock Ferry and Laird Street, Birkenhead.

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Life’s sweet for baker Laura O

NCE upon a time, a civil engineer from Canada with a bright future in the mining industry dreamed of moving to Britain... Laura Mason has realised her dream in Wirral, where she now lives with her husband and two children, and runs a successful food business selling handmade luxury Canadian sweets and treats online. Laura bubbles with enthusiasm for her adopted home, and is a fantastic ambassador for Wirral’s libraries as she talks of trawling the shelves of Wallasey Central Library for advice to boost her business acumen. It’s a long way from Ontario,


We’ve always travelled but when we moved to Wirral we knew this was where we wanted to be

where the motorcycleriding, ice hockey-playing, tall ship-sailing Laura was born. ‘I had wanted to live in England forever, but had never heard of Wirral before my husband was offered a job here three years ago. ‘We love it, the countryside, the history and the opportunity to visit so many beautiful places. ‘The biggest compliment I can pay the area is that we have always travelled and moved around a bit, but when we moved to Wirral we knew this was where we wanted to be. ‘My favourite place is Bidston Hill - it reminds me of home. Space is very important to Canadians and I love the trees and the views. It has so much history. ‘I could not believe the beaches and the countryside here; when we considered coming to live in Wirral, we just saw walking opportunities, a great place to raise a family, and lots

of space, a slower pace of life than living in a city, although it’s good to be near Liverpool and Chester.’ Laura’s spends many family days out at Bidston Hill with her husband and children, Izzy and Eddie, but also enjoys visiting Port Sunlight, Thurstaston, and the Wirral Way: ‘We love them all. I love the fresh air and the coast. We have visitors over and they love it too. We can’t believe our luck.’ As the founder and owner of Canadian Cottage, which sells handmade luxury versions of food popular in Canada but hard to find in the UK, Laura’s handmade baking sells as far afield as London and Scotland, and she also supplies high-profile events for the Canadian Embassy, Air Canada, and Royal Bank of Canada. She built her business after craving foods that she used to enjoy in Canada, but couldn’t

find in the UK. She set up her own online store at the beginning of the year, one year earlier than planned. Quite a departure for someone with a Masters in civil engineering who intended to work in the mining industry! ‘I never baked much but I missed things from home, so I decided to start baking my own and the Canadian Cottage was born.’ Laura found research at Wallasey Central Library invaluable, also networking support from BizMums, a community of self-employed mothers who meet at networking events, sourcing training opportunities and business guidance. ‘Their meetings were held at places with soft play areas which were fantastic for those of us who had pre-schoolers’ says Laura. ‘If anyone has an idea for a business I would say go for it instead of thinking about it, you can learn on your feet!’ The Canadian Cottage: email: info@thecanadian, web: TheCanadianCottage or twitter @TheCanadianCottage

‘FIVE THINGS I’VE LEARNED’ ■ Libraries are invaluable places to look for advice, there are so many great books on starting your own business. ■ Network. BizMums was fantastic, provides networking and advice plus soft play for the kids. (, ■ Don’t procrastinate get started. Get on with it - learn on your feet. ■ Be sure you only spend money on things that will make your business money – not on things that are just nice to have. ■ Pace yourself. Don’t take on too much at first.

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For more community projects, turn to page 26

Trust food to make people feel better From breakfast and lunch clubs to food banks and cookery workshops, networks of volunteers are getting people together to eat and share their stories and changing lives


T'S always good to get together over food; across our communities, this simple act is making a big difference. Providing food is not just about addressing hunger across Wirral, these initiatives are a lifeline for people who feel iso-

lated and alone and through age or illness can no longer get out to the shops, or meet friends. Last year, Wirral Foodbank provided 11,735 people with emergency food, including 4,223 children. In return for a voucher, people receive enough food to last them through a crisis. Food clubs operate in term time and holidays, catering specifically for children in school breaks, providing activities and cookery clubs too. Three of the highest profile in Wirral are in Birkenhead, Rock Ferry and Tranmere, initiated through the Feeding Birkenhead project and many more operate from community centres and schools, providing food for free or in return for donations. Centres can provide

Community spirit: food has always brought people together.

emergency bags of food and others have a shop selling surplus food - provided by charities – for a small donation. One of these charities, ‘Fareshare’ has its depot in Seacombe; along with other charities like ‘His Church’, they use fresh food that

would otherwise go to landfill. The council is also planning to run three community pilot schemes in Beechwood, Bidston St James and Seacombe, where people will be able to find information about services as well as enjoying a meal.

A ‘door knock’ with a twist A NEW kind of initiative took place when volunteers from Wirral’s key agencies took place in the ‘Great Wirral Door Knock’. But instead of selling, our volunteers were contacting people who may

feel isolated or in need, but might not know where to go for help. Initially rolled out in Mill Park Estate, Eastham, it is now planned to extend the project to the rest of Wirral. Over three days, staff

Supporting communities: The Great Eastham Door Knock

and volunteers knocked on 1,100 doors, shared 800 leaflets, talked to 300 residents, and made 64 referrals for support. In many cases, a chat was all that was needed; in some, interventions were literally ‘life-changing’ reported staff. Also in Eastham, St Mary’s Church has been working with local agencies to provide crisis help for families. Eastham food bank is open every Wednesday, 11.30-2.30pm, at community resource The Net, 68 Clifton Avenue, and works on a referral basis. As one of 15 centres in Wirral, part of the larger Wirral Foodbank network, Eastham’s clients are referred by the CAB, a council one stop shop, or any of the 90 registered agencies throughout Wirral.

BEECHWOOD, Ballantyne, and Bidston’s ‘Big Local’ project, above, has been teaching kids to cook as part of residential breaks and courses. Thanks to the children’s charity KIND, the kids enjoy challenges in the outdoors and indoors, as part of a £1m project that is changing lives in the area. For info email biglocal@ uk or phone 0151 606 6280.

SOUL FOOD A UNIQUE cafe in Wirral is always looking at new ways to serve its local community. Since it opened three years ago, Community Soul in Wallasey Village, has provided a warm welcome and a base for local groups and organisations to meet. Run as a traditional cafe, volunteers are encouraged to develop skills and confidence while working in the business. Many people have 'graduated' from the cafe to get jobs and full-time employment. Its latest venture sees volunteers maintaining planters in the village. For further info, call into the cafe, or find it on facebook.

NATIONAL PRAISE FOR NEO CAFE AFTER starting life as a small community café in the heart of Leasowe, Neo now supports more than 100 community events across Wirral and has become a well-known provider of support. Director, Ema Wilkes, below, was voted Merseyside Woman of the Year in the O2 Community Impact Award for supporting the Feeding Birkenhead project which intercepts supermarket produce headed for landfill. The cafe supports many communities throughout Wirral, and has achieved national praise for its work. With Christmas approaching, they are already looking for volunteers and people who need support over the festive period, for details ring 07402 814 653 or email: jen@

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Why seaside towns are rocking our world New jobs and investment are giving our coastal towns a renewed lease of life, while the people who live there - from artists to wannabee buccaneers - are making sure they retain a character and style all of their own.


OU’RE never far from the coast on our rich and varied peninsula, and it’s not unusual to fi nd Wirral making an appearance in newspaper and magazine lifestyle spreads citing ‘best places’ to live, visit and work in the UK. Birkenhead has been named as one of the most innovative towns in the UK, while earlier this year, Liverpool’s The Guide apologised for not giving Wirral enough credit for being ‘utterly amazing.’ Work continues to revitalise Birkenhead, with the council and Wirral Chamber of Commerce encouraging more

people to visit Birkenhead and supporting businesses there to succeed. As well as plans to develop the ambitious Wirral Waters docklands scheme with Peel Holdings, the council is working towards new and innovative ways of using our docklands as places for communities to live. In New Brighton, significant rejuvenation by the council and private enterprise has helped the resort shrug off years of decline. Attractions now include the £12m Floral Pavilion Theatre and Conference Centre, New Brighton Marine Lake,

and Vale Park, with its fairy village, and close neighbour, the Black Pearl, a communitybuilt driftwood pirate ship which attracts international attention. There are three grassed seafront dips which host picnics and events, and Victoria Road is home to independent businesses, cafes, convenience stores and shops. The community is driving forward the continued success of the seaside town with local groups like the New Brighteners, Black Pearl and MAP arts project playing an active role. Read on for more details...

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From food festivals to riverside parks

Photo: Al Disley

HARD working volunteers and community champions are helping change the face of our towns and neighbourhoods. Port Sunlight, with a new riverside park and £170,000 grant from the Arts Council, has plans to harness the power of the community and open a new village hub next year. Port Sunlight Village Trust will be using the grant to forge tighter bonds with the people who live in this pretty part of the borough, and plans for the residents’ hub will include, housing hot-desk space, meeting rooms, exhibition gallery, kitchen and community garden. Businesses and community groups in New Ferry are coming together to create a new voice for their town. An initial meeting drew support from Port Sunlight Village Trust,

New Ferry Residents’ Association, New Ferry Village Hall, New Ferry Rangers FC, Grove Street Primary and St. Mark’s Church. The A41 may divide this coastal Wirral town, but New Ferry is a tight community. New Brighton’s New Brighteners’ clean-up group, the Black Pearl Pirates and Momentary Art Project are high-profile ambassadors for the area, working with the council as part of the ‘coastal communities’ project. Further down the coast, the ‘Heart of Egremont’ community group may be a new kid on the block, but last year attracted thousands to Egremont Promenade, lured by music, art, and an international food market that stretched halfway up the promenade to New Brighton.

Mermaids and pirates united CULTURE MEANS BUSINESSES and residents are working together to ensure the ongoing regeneration of New Brighton. The resort has already made massive progress within the last 10 years, with the redevelopment of the Floral Pavilion Theatre and the opening up of new shops and restaurants at Marine Point. Now, New Brighton is also putting to good use its share of an investment in seaside towns

from central government, with partners coming together to form a Coastal Communities Team. Projects such as 2017’s Mermaid Trail, see below, and the opening up of a new Shopmobility centre near the bowling green opposite Marine Point

are just two of the schemes the team is helping to drive forward, but it is as much focused upon celebrating and restoring New Brighton’s heritage as well as bringing in new businesses and developments.


THE Birkenhead Improvement District initiative is breathing new life into the commercial heart of the town using arts and culture to reinvigorate and involve businesses and communities. A Frost Fair and other seasonal events are planned for December - more in our next issue, or see birkenheadbid.

Shelling out for a new arts trail

Lights’ fund at heart of West Kirby

A TRAIL of six mermaid statues are planned for New Brighton to attract visitors away from the waterfront to discover other parts of the town. The Mermaid Trail, inspired by the 18th century legend of the ‘Black Rock Mermaid’, will feature a series of mermaid statues right across the resort, designed by local artists, schools and community groups. The project is moving

WEST Kirby’s Christmas Lights Campaign will again be bringing festive cheer to town this winter - and communities are at the heart of this vital fundraising drive. With £10,000 needed to ensure West Kirby is lit up in style, campaign organiser Martyn Collins is appealing to every household to contribute 84p - and every business £50 - to create a real community Christmas. The group has had funding from the council but support from local residents will make

forward thanks to a successful bid for £10,935 by the New Brighton Coastal Community Team (NBCCT) to the Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund. Work on the trail is likely to start soon, so - weather conditions permitting - it should be ready by next summer. Updates are available on, visitnewbrighton. com and, as well as on social media.

a huge difference. We’ll have a bigger feature about West Kirby Christmas Lights next month, but in the meantime visit for details about how to support the fund.

VISITORS ARE GOOD NEWS FOR JOBS WIRRAL has the fastest growing tourism economy in the Liverpool City Region, increasing year on year to create more jobs. Collectively, our tourism economy is now worth more than £355 million a year, supporting 4,800 full-time jobs. There are many reasons why visitors are attracted to Wirral. Major events like 2014’s Open Championship and Cunard’s 175th anniversary visit of the Three Queens to the Mersey in 2015 brought hundreds of thousands of visitors, filling hotels, guesthouses, restaurants and bars and contributing to a visitor economy which has grown in value by £117.5 million since 2010. More than 5,000 people in Wirral are now employed in tourism. We have Merseyside’s only five star hotel at Hillbark in Frankby, its only Michelin-starred restaurant, Fraiche in Oxton Village, plus the highest number of Green Flag Award parks in the North West. Our green spaces are a big draw for people, and we’re indebted to the many Friends’ groups who work hard to improve our parks. Wirral Visitor Economy Network, a 100-strong forum for local businesses, helps businesses grow and work together. It also supports businesses to host tourism events. Last year, the council agreed the Wirral Plan, containing 20 pledges to be achieved by 2020, including an ambitious plan to boost the value of Wirral’s tourism and visitor economy by £180 million.

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Feed the family for a quid! A

NEW course is challenging families to create a meal for just £1 per head. The 10week ‘Cook and Taste’ course at St James Centre, Birkenhead, will introduce you to cooking techniques for healthy dishes on a budget, plus includes a food hygiene qualification at the end. Run by tutor Debbie McColm and organised by Anna Barnish, manager of North Birkenhead Development Trust, you’ll receive recipe cards and will also be able to take the food home for your family to try. As well as this, a ‘Taste of the World’ course will also run for 10 weeks on Thursdays, 10am-12noon. Enrolments for both courses take place in September, January and April; fees from £1 per week (concessions).

For more information or to book a place contact Anna on 0151 670 9974, or find them on Facebook at North Birkenhead Development Trust. Below is a recipe straight from the ‘Cook & Taste’ course’s kitchen for you to try out at home. Bon appetit!

Spicy Tomato & Lentil Soup Serves 4 Ingredients: 1tbs olive oil; 1 onion; 1 carrot; 1 potato; 1 apple; 1tsp curry powder; Juice of 1/2 an orange; 75g red lentils; 1 tin chopped tomatoes; 1 litre vegetable stock.

Optional: Garnish with chopped parsley, a swirl of sour cream or low fat creme fraiche, and serve with fresh crusty bread or a soft bread roll. Or perhaps make your own croutons by cutting some stale bread into cubes and frying until golden brown.

Method: 1. Peel, wash and cut onion, carrot, potato and apple into cubes. 2. Heat oil and add onion. Cook until golden brown. 3. Add carrot, potato and apple and cook for 5 mins, then add curry powder. 4. Add orange juice, lentils, tomatoes and stock and stir. 5. Bring to the boil and simmer until the vegetables are tender. 6. Blend until smooth.

Tips: Chop the vegetables in advance and leave in covered containers in the fridge for up to 24 hours; Freeze any left over soup in portions to use at a later date; When reheating just reheat the amount you require. Also try adding a chopped small leek, a stick of celery, or a few slices cooked diced bacon to mix it up a bit – or even add some chilli powder to really spice it up!

Cooks: Debbie McColm, left, Anna Barnish

MAKE THE GREAT OUTDOORS YOUR GYM! Think hitting the gym is hard? It's even tougher when the weather beckons you to ditch the four walls and stale air of the indoors for the sun and breeze outside. Stop ignoring your instincts! Wirral has twelve outdoor gyms, all with a great choice of modern equipment designed to keep residents fit for free! Each piece of equipment comes with its own instructions of how to use it safely and effectively, so even dog walkers could jump on one of the machines for five or 10 minutes of cardio. You can find the outdoor gyms at: Arrowe Park* Beechwood Estate (3 sites) Birkenhead Park* Central Park, Wallasey* = Duck Pond Lane, Prenton = Leasowe, Twickenham Drive = = = =

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Lingham Park, Moreton New Ferry Park Vale Park, New Brighton Victoria Park, Tranmere* Woodchurch Yew Tree Green, Moreton

* follow the trail of gym equipment!

You don’t need to visit the gym for a workout – just go outside! It will boost your mood, save you money and is great for your health!

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10,000 responses received to food recycling survey T

HE feedback to the recent consultation about introducing a weekly food waste collection was incredible, with nearly 10,000 responses from local residents. Wirral Council is currently looking at collecting food waste directly from your home every week and sending it to be recycled into fertiliser and bio-fuel. Alongside this new service the council would also potentially replace your current residual, green bin, with a smaller model, or start collecting it every three weeks instead of fortnightly. At the moment, any leftover food – or products like bones, peelings or used tea bags and coffee grounds – has to be sent to landfill from your green bin. Recycling food waste (as many councils already do) will address the sheer waste of unwanted or out-of-date food and is good for the environment. It will boost recycling rates and mean less harmful greenhouse gases. Food recycling means less waste in your green bins, so this is why we need to change how often we collect it. We’ve asked whether you prefer a new three weekly collection or a fortnightly service with a smaller bin - your responses will help the council decide.

Advice: Our room-by-room guide to recycling in your home

Five easy ways to save cash and reduce leftovers ... B

y far the most effective and environmentally-friendly way of disposing of left-over food is by, well, eating it! We’re all busy and sometimes it is just convenient to throw out the ‘old’ and buy something ‘new’, but with imagination and organisation, last night’s tea can also be the basis for tomorrow’s packed lunch. Here’s our top five tips to help you make the most of what you have left-over or at the back of the fridge or cupboard to prepare nutritious lunches for the whole family:

■ Keep handy packs of tortillas or pitta breads in the cupboard as they often have a long shelf life - ideal for wrapping round or filling with all sorts of leftovers, making them less messy to eat. ■ Bread keeps best on the counter or in the freezer – not in the fridge. Why not make a stack of butties at once and freeze them? Cheese, tuna and meat fillings all freeze well and they will be defrosted by lunchtime. Every day in the UK, we throw

away the equivalent of 24 million whole slices of bread! ■ Invest in a good, lidded plastic tub if you have a microwave in your work place. Got a small amount leftover from last night’s dinner? These smaller amounts are often perfect for lunch – just pop them in a tub and keep in the fridge for lunch the next day. With winter approaching, sometimes last night’s casserole will hit the spot when a sandwich won’t! ■ Not only can soup be a healthy

option, it is also a great way to use up virtually anything that is left in the fridge. Wilting veggies, cheese, leftover meats and fish can all be turned into delicious nutritious soups. Experiment by putting what’s in your fridge, with what’s in your store cupboard, into a pan with some stock, spices and seasoning. Homemade soup, whatever is in it, always tastes better than one pre-prepared by someone else, (see our recipe on the previous page!). ■ Finally, remember that - once opened - food like cheese and

ham will start to ‘go off ’ quicker. So to help extend their fridgeshelf life, keep them wrapped in cling film or foil, or put them in an air-tight container.


Last night’s tea can also be the basis for tomorrow’s packed lunch.

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IRRAL Council is made up of 66 locally elected councillors across 22 electoral wards. Wirral Council is a Labourled council with a Labour Cabinet whose members have separate portfolios and responsibilities. All councillors have a role

in reviewing decisions and decision making. Community leadership and engagement is at the heart of each councillor’s role, working in partnership with voluntary and community organisations to actively engage residents and people who use our services.

Moreton West & Saughall Massie

Seacombe Bidston & St James

Hoylake & Meols

Birkenhead & Tranmere

Claughton Upton Oxton Greasby, Irby & Frankby

Rock Ferry Prenton

West Kirby & Thurstaston

Pensby & Thingwall




Bidston & St James Clatterbridge



Christina Muspratt 0151 645 8864 christinamuspratt

Walter Smith 07795 243 342 waltersmith

Jerry Williams 0151 608 3769 jerrywilliams

Birkenhead & Tranmere

Brian Kenny 07850 091 517 briankenny

Ann McLachlan 0151 522 0299 annmclachlan

Julie McManus 0151 677 3660




Leader of Council

Pat Cleary 07852 842 559 patcleary

Phil Davies 0151 691 8540 phildavies

Jean Stapleton 07929 780 326 jeanstapleton


Chris Carubia 07720 847 265 chriscarubia

Phil Gilchrist 0151 334 1923 philgilchrist

Dave Mitchell 0151 327 2095 davemitchell

Treena Johnson 07722 007 309 treenajohnson

Anita Leech 0151 691 0540 anitaleech

Tom Anderson 07917 807 776 tomanderson

David Burgess-Joyce 07769 326 170 davidburgessjoyce

Bernie Mooney 07811 060 891 berniemooney

Thomas Usher 07407 702 182 thomasusher

Paul Doughty 0151 651 2059 pauldoughty

Stuart Kelly 07940 545 003 stuartkelly

Phillip Brightmore 07794 428 126 phillipbrightmore

Louise Reecejones 07468 419 765 louisereecejones

Wendy Clements 0151 677 4045 wendyclements

Janette Williamson 07871 075 182 janwilliamson

Paul Stuart 0151 638 8067 paulstuart

Matthew Patrick Tony Smith matthewpatrick 0151 677 1384 tonysmith

Cherry Povall, JP 07814 913 975 cherrypovall

Adam Sykes 07855 379 397 adamsykes

Andrew Hodson 0151 342 6253 andrewhodson

Michael Sullivan 07584 207 739 mikesullivan

Kathy Hodson 07747 603 405 kathyhodson

Les Rowlands 0151 342 2454 lesrowlands

Steve Foulkes 07712 133 696 stevefoulkes

Eddie Boult 0151 632 2605 eddieboult

Gerry Ellis 0151 632 1976 gerryellis

Moreton West & Saughall Massie

New Brighton

Bruce Berry 07725 668 705 bruceberry

Pat Hackett 07771 972 302 pathackett

Chris Blakeley 07803 614 418 chrisblakeley

Steve Williams 07974 717 666 stevewilliams

Angela Davies 07747 735 133 angeladavies

Paul Hayes 07837 205 171 paulhayes

Denise Roberts 0151 652 3309 deniseroberts

John Hale 0151 632 4570 johnhale

Tony Jones 07516 731 717

Chris Spriggs 07855 315 088 christinespriggs

Moira McLaughlin 07880 348 024 moiramclaughlin

Chris Meaden 07738 824 130 chrismeaden

Rock Ferry

Tony Norbury 07952 297 652 tonynorbury

Denise Realey 0151 652 3059 deniserealey


Stuart Whittingham 0151 653 5539 stuartwhittingham

George Davies 07713 644 330 georgedavies

Hoylake & Meols



Chris Jones 07853 042 243 christinejones

Tracey Pilgrim 07831 269 506 traceysmith1


Pensby & Thingwall


Adrian Jones 0151 638 9050 adrianjones

Irene Williams 0151 608 7806 irenewilliams



Alan Brighouse 0151 652 6041 alanbrighouse

Warren Ward 07581 414 518 warrenward

Greasby, Frankby & Irby

Leasowe & Moreton East

Ron Abbey 07957 721 248 ronabbey

Joe Walsh joewalsh

Bill Davies 07867 772 437 billdavies

West Kirby & Thurstaston

Ian Lewis 07886 133 571 ianlewis

Lesley Rennie 07795 450 497 lesleyrennie

David M Elderton 07973 662 395 davidelderton

Jeff Green 07766 725 125 jeffgreen

To check which councillor covers your area, or confirm surgery times visit

Geoffrey Watt 0151 625 3941 geoffreywatt

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‘Wirral View is your publication’

Councillor Phil Davies Leader of Wirral Council


elcome to this first edition of Wirral View, a community publication delivered free to every home and business in Wirral. In last year’s residents’ sur-

vey you told us too many of you were unaware of the services the council and its partners offered, you were not aware of the exciting job and career opportunities available and you didn’t know of the wide array of leisure, social and volunteer activities taking place in your own communities. By diverting existing advertising budgets away from other channels and media, we are able to bring you this publication on a monthly basis for a fraction of the money being spent buying adverts elsewhere, and we can enable and encourage partner organisations and community groups across the borough to share their stories at the same time.

Even though it is printed on recycled news-sheet, this publication isn’t a newspaper. It won’t carry breaking news, the football results or important information you need to know immediately. We will still place Statutory Notices about planned road closures, planning applications and infrastructure changes in the local weekly papers, and, no doubt, they will continue to hold the council and its partners to account when we get things wrong. But there is a need, in fact a duty, for the council to make sure all its residents, wherever they live, are better informed. It is critical we do everything we can to connect people with the places where they live and with

their neighbours. One of the great things about Wirral is the pride people have in the borough, and by sharing more of our successes, celebrating the people and groups who do so much to protect and improve our communities, we are helping make Wirral an even better place to live.


Hopefully, Wirral View will become a welcome guest in your homes

Hopefully, this publication will become a welcome guest in your homes. We hope it provides a useful ‘what’s on’ guide for our leisure, community and arts services, offers advice and suggestions from the NHS, the police and fire services and, when you are looking for some help, gives you access to the support services you and your family need. Wirral View is your publication. If you belong to a community group or a neighbourhood organisation, get in touch with the editorial team to find out more about telling your story. Happy reading Phil Davies

What you told us at Birkenhead Festival of Transport Now in its 9th year, this popular event drew thousands of visitors to Birkenhead Park. We were there to find out why this has become such a popular annual fixture for many Wirral families. ‘We’re so grateful to the people who came to support us’

‘I love the dog shows they hold, it’s a really nice family occasion.’



‘A lot of people took the time to tell us this was money well spent. Overall, it was a very successful. Paul Davies and his team who manage the park are a credit, we couldn’t do it without their hard work and help.’


‘I’m visiting the festival with my dogs Pickle and Pebble. It’s is only over the road for me, so really convenient. It’s a nice community event. It’s great when people get together like they do here.’

‘It makes a nice afternoon out and there is plenty to see and do.’ GARY AND EMMA HOYLE AND CHILDREN FROM UPTON

‘We’re big fans of the festival, it’s a great day out with kids.’ LIAM LAYFIELD, WITH PARTNER REBECCA MOUNTFIELD AND FAMILY FROM WALLASEY

COUNCIL road safety manager Dave Rees had a serious message for people attending the fair. ‘One of our top priorities is showing the dangers of driving while using a mobile phone. ‘Using your mobile phone in the car is as dangerous as drink driving. ‘Hands free sets are better but even so the distraction is very noticeable. ‘We try to use fun ways of getting people to think about the risks - the bakatak machine here tested people’s reactions, everyone enjoyed having a go but it had a serious message about driving while you’re distracted.’

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Hospitals ask people to use A&E with care Wirral hospitals are appealing for people not to turn up at A&E for common health problems and minor injuries this winter.


P to the end of August this year, Wirral’s Emergency Department at Arrowe Park Hospital saw more than 4,800 extra patients come through its doors - plus an extra 1,800 additional ambulance arrivals - compared to the same period the year before. Winter tends to be busier, leading to hold ups and delays in

the A&E department. Wirral also has some great alternatives to A&E for less urgent cases. For common health problems such as a cold, cough, stomach ache or earache, there are remedies which can be easily purchased at a local pharmacy and a pharmacist will be able to offer advice. There are Walk-in Centres in Eastham, Arrowe Park Hospital and at Victoria Central Health Centre in Wallasey, where there is also a Minor Injuries Unit on site with X-ray facilities. For full details of Walk-incentre opening times and the types of illness and injuries that can be treated there, please visit For other non-emergencies, you can also contact your GP surgery or if you’re uncertain about where to go, you can contact NHS 111 by

A&E advice: Matron Helen Morris

calling 111. Matron Helen Morris, Emergency Department, Arrowe Park Hospital: ‘People can help by thinking first whether A&E is the most appropriate place for

their particular need. We still see people dropping in to A&E with minor conditions when there are other options where they could be seen quicker.’

Smokers: Make October your Stoptober WE MIGHT be almost at the end of October, but there’s still time to join this year’s Stoptober campaign. Last year Stoptober saw more than 1,420 people in Wirral sign up to quit smoking for good. Based on the idea that if you stop smoking for 28-days,

you’re five times more likely to quit for good, Wirral’s smokers are being encouraged to take part in this year’s campaign. To stand an even better chance of quitting this year, why don’t you sign up with friends, family and colleagues? ‘Social quitting’ can dramatically improve people’s chances of successfully stopping. As soon as you join Stoptober you’ll start receiving the support you need. Search ‘Stoptober’ online for app, email and

social media support, as well as information about the different types of stop smoking aids available including e-cigs. Personal support is also available from your local stop smoking service, ABL Wirral. To make an appointment or find out what support is available for you, call 0151 541 5656 or text ABL to 60777. Whatever support you choose, Stoptober is here to help you start your quitting journey for 28 days and beyond.

BOOST YOUR HEALTH Quitting helps improve health and wellbeing CASH IN If you smoked a packet a day, you could save around £250 each month! QUIT FOR THE FAMILY Live longer and have more energy for quality time with your children, family and friends.

‘BEING SMOKE FREE IS THE BEST FEELING EVER’ THERESA Docherty, left, from Claughton, had been smoking for 40 years, and was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) four years ago. She decided to give up in August 2015, after meeting some

old school friends and received support from her local stop smoking helpline. Theresa’s advice is to think of your family: ‘As a mother of seven children and nanna to 11 grandchildren,

I had to start making some healthy changes in my life. ‘I wanted to give up. I was feeling stressed and had health issues as a result of my smoking. Being smoke free is the best feeling ever.’

MAKE THIS THE YEAR YOU BOOK YOUR FLU JAB FLU is not only highly infectious, it spreads rapidly and can make other people ill Anyone who has had real, proper flu, (not a cold), knows the debilitating symptoms are unmistakable, and the coughs and subsequent aches can last for weeks afterwards. Antibiotics won’t treat it, and it can be very serious for people who are older, frail, pregnant, or who have complex medical conditions. There is an answer though. People at risk can have a free annual flu vaccine, available each year from October onwards. Most GP surgeries arrange vaccination clinics around this time. It’s free and helps to protect you against the latest flu virus strains. The flu jab doesn’t cause flu as it doesn’t contain live viruses. However, some people do experience side effects after having the jab, such as a temperature and aching muscles for a couple of days afterwards but a few paracetamol usually ease any problems. Flu symptoms can hit suddenly and severely. They usually include fever, chills, headaches and aching muscles. You can often get a cough and sore throat. Complications from flu can result in serious illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia, which could result in hospitalisation. Flu can also make existing medical conditions worse.

SHOULD YOU HAVE THE JAB? FLU can affect anyone, but if you have a long-term health condition the effects of flu can be worse, even if the condition is well managed and you normally feel well. For advice and information about the flu vaccination, speak to your GP, practice nurse or pharmacist.

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Helping kids be their best A new initiative is supporting parents and helping children prepare for school.


HERE do you go if you have children under five and want to help them reach their full potential from an early age? Our Early Childhood Services cover children’s centres, childcare funding, training for childcare providers, and much more. ‘My Child Can’ is a new programme of activities which welcomes parents or carers to join us and help ensure their youngest children reach their full potential. My Child Can has

its own Facebook page, is on the council website, and is available at your local children’s centre. My Child Can activities are designed to support expectant parents, and families with children under five. We want to help you to help your little ones to: ■ be healthy and safe; help them grow in confidence and self-esteem ■ succeed at school; give them the skills they need to be ready to learn ■ count on you; we have practical and supportive parenting skills to help you ■ be proud of you; help you achieve your own goals and build skills and confidence. STAY AND PLAY SESSIONS Our stay and play sessions are open to all children and families (check your local children’s centre for what’s available). They include: ■ PEEP - interactive fun session with songs and rhymes

for 1-2 year olds ■ Twinkle Two’s - for parents and children who are two years old or soon to be two years old. Younger siblings welcome! ■ Baby Massage - experienced staff show parents the benefits.

■ Messy Play - a range of drop-in and bookable sessions available. Opening times and what’s on guides are available for each centre at . We also have a useful Facebook page ‘mychildcan’

Nurturing children: Messy play with 'My Child Can'

First Day at school is a big milestone, not just for your child, but for you too. Peace of mind comes with knowing they are as ready as they can be. We can help you to give them the skills to make friends and face new challenges with confidence. Give your child the best possible start in life. #mychildcan Wirral’s Early Childhood Services can help provide the best for your family. Visit your local Children’s Centre and find out more.

KEY PLEDGES ON CHILDREN MAKING sure children are ready for school is one of our key pledges. From pre-birth to children aged five, our main hubs are at Seacombe, Brassey Gardens and Pensby, with six other centres around Wirral. You are welcome to attend any centre you wish. A warm welcome and a listening ear awaits plus: ■ parents groups for under 1s ■ stay and play sessions ■ parents nurturing and healthy eating courses ■ midwifery and breastfeeding support ■ parents' forums ■ employment advice and adult learning ■ courses to help build confidence and self-esteem.




River Of Light on the River Mersey! µ See page 18


‘Agatha Crusty and the Village Hall Murders,’ irreverent fun with The Woolgatherers, Oct 27, Heswall Hall. µ


Wirral’s finest songwriters in concert as part of the Guitar Festival of Great Britain, Nov 6, Floral Pavilion. µ See page 17


Halloween fancy dress parade, Oct 27, St John’s Square, Pyramids Shopping Centre, Birkenhead. µ See p2


Get your ticket to the ball this Christmas F

AIRY Godmother Alison Hammond of ‘Strictly’ fame grants Cinderella a ticket to the ball this Christmas for the Floral Pavilion’s panto. Tickets are now on sale for the panto which has become


an unmissable festive treat for families over the past 50 years. Due to the panto's popularity, the show will have an extended run from three weeks to four, from Saturday 10th December to Sunday 8th January 2017.


This year’s run will include extra school shows, more lower price options, a signed performance, and the introduction of the theatre’s first ‘Relaxed’ autism-friendly performance. See over for more details...


Wirral’s famous Farmers' Market, New Ferry Village Hall. µ wirralfarmersmarket.

Guitar guest: Joe Brown

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what’s on

Smashing pumpkins! T

ICKETS are now on sale for the Floral’s Christmas panto, the spectacular Cinderella starring This Morning’s Alison Hammond, dancers from the Liverpool Theatre School as well as Shetland Ponies! The shows runs from 10th December 2016 to 8th

January 2017 (excl. 12th Dec, 19th Dec, 25th Dec & 1 Jan). BSL Performance: Sunday 18th Dec at 5pm. Tickets cost £13.50 £20.50 with Family Tickets available for £50 - £66 (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children). School and group discounts avail-

More 'relaxed' show

able for 20+. *All ticket prices include a £1.50 per ticket fee. Fee is capped at 8 tickets. No fee to Friends of the Floral. Box Office 0151 666 0000 COMPETITION: See page 18 for your chance to win 4 tickets to opening night!

Who’s Who: Fairy Godmother, This Morning’s

Alison Hammond Cinderella, From Channel 5’s Milkshake!

Olivia Birchenough

GREAT FOR KIDS! HARRISON PARK GHOST WALK THU 27TH OCT 5pm Creepy guided walk through the park for kids aged 5-11. Dress in Halloween costume if you like and bring a torch. The walk starts in the play area. Children, 50p, must be accompanied by an adult. Facebook/Friends of Harrison Park THAT’LL BE THE DAY THU 27th OCT 7.30pm All tickets £25.50 After three decades of touring, the UK’s No.1 Rock & Roll variety production returns with a brand new show, featuring classic hits, spanning the 50s, 70s & 80s, mixed with hilarious comedy! 0151 666 0000

Buttons, Comedian

Tam Ryan

Ugly sisters Cilla & Daisy Hardup

Jamie Morris & Tarot Joseph

GREAT WAR EXHIBITION OCT 28th to NOV 6th Merseyside Branch of the Western Front Association Great War exhibition at Birkenhead Park Visitors Centre. 0151 652 5197

PORT SUNLIGHT SEA DOGS FRI 28th OCT 7.30pm All tickets £9.50 ’All aboard!’ for Shanties and Songs of the Sea on the banks of the Mersey. Liverpool’s maritime history celebrated in song, told with a big panful of Scouse humour. 0151 666 0000 GREAT FOR KIDS! THE CHRIS AND PUI SHOW FRI 28th OCT 2pm £13.50 | £11.50 conc £46.00 family ticket CBeebies’ favourite double act present their new stage show with all the characters from their hit TV programme ‘Show Me Show Me’. With songs, comedy, a dash of magic and heaps of joining in. 0151 666 0000

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LET’S HANG ON THE MUSIC OF FRANKIE VALLI & THE FOUR SEASONS SAT 29th OCT 7.30pm £24.00 | £22.00 conc Award-winning journey through the prolific career of one of the most successful bands of all time with hits such as Grease, Bye Bye Baby, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Big Girls Don’t Cry, and many more, climaxing with a spectacular finale of, of course, Let’s Hang On! 0151 666 0000 FRIGHT FEAST: THE HAUNTING OF SARAH TAYLOR SAT 29th OCT 7pm £40.00 incl 3 course meal An immersive theatrical dinner show. Not suitable for under 16s. 0151 666 0000

THIS year’s panto includes the first ‘relaxed’ performance at the Floral. Relaxed performances are open to everyone, but the environment has been specifically adapted for families with children with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, individuals with sensory and communication disorders, those with learning disabilities and anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed environment. Robin Bush, Chief Executive of Autism Together said: 'We are delighted Cinderella will have an 'Autism Friendly' performance. People with autism and their families often feel excluded from visiting theatres.

HALLOWEEN ACTIVITIES SAT 29th OCT, 12noon Free admission Fun & fiendish Halloween activities at Victoria Park, Birkenhead. Pumpkin carving (12 - 3pm) in the Community Garden, Halloween party (4 8.45pm) at the Cricket Club and a Ghost Walk (6 - 8pm). Games, prizes and a bite to eat! ANNUAL BIG AUTUMN BEACH CLEAN - NEW BRIGHTON SAT 29th OCT 12.30pm Get involved in tackling the issue of marine litter. Organisers expect hundreds of volunteers to join their local Lead Volunteers to sweep marine

By taking this positive step and staging a relaxed and therefore more autism friendly performance, The Floral Pavilion is helping to ensure that everyone in the community can experience the true spirit of Christmas.' The ‘relaxed’ performance is on Thursday January 5, at 7pm.

litter from 200 beaches across the UK. WIRRAL URBAN SKETCHERS SUN 30th Oct, 10.30am Enjoy doing a sketch or two for a couple of hours in the company of others. Lady Lever Gallery Cafe. Port Sunlight. GET INTO READING TUE 1st NOV, 2-4pm Bringing books and people together, in weekly shared reading sessions at Bebington Central Library. 0151 606 2665

GUITAR FESTIVAL ANDY FAIRWEATHER LOW & THE LOW RIDERS THU 3rd NOV 7.30pm. £21.50 | £19.50 conc Former lead singer with Amen Corner with hits such as Bend Me Shape Me and Hello Suzy. Come see him belting out blues and gospel, including songs from Sweet Soulful Music, released in 2007, his first solo album in 24 years. 0151 666 0000,

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what’s on OLD HAUNTS THU 3rd NOV 7.30pm £12.00 | £10.00 conc Following the success of Warnings to the Curious, Don’t Go Into The Cellar! Theatre Company presents Old Haunts: Ghostly Tales of Edwardian Menace by M.R. James. An original one-man show based on those vintage spine-tinglers, Casting the Runes and Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad. 0151 666 0000 GUITAR FESTIVAL WISHBONE ASH FRI 4th NOV 8pm All tickets £20.00 Still rockin’ after more than 45 years and with millions of albums sold, they continue performing their iconic twin-guitar sound to audiences around the world. 0151 666 0000

RIVER OF LIGHT SAT 5th NOV. From 6pm A sound and light spectacular! A fireworks display visible from both sides of the river. Plus other entertainment. For more info see article on page 18. GAGA – A TRIBUTE TO QUEEN - 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR SUN 6th NOV 7.30pm All tickets £19.50 Packed with massive Queen hits spanning right across the legendary band’s back catalogue. From numerous Queen Conventions to TV appearances, GA GA have consistently proved why they are so highly rated by critics and audiences alike. There are no wigs, no make-up and definitely no false moustaches but instead a host of massive Queen songs played like they were meant to be. 0151 666 0000

WWI FAMILY HISTORY DAY THU 10th NOV, 2PM Archives, Cheshire Lines, Birkenhead.. Workshop on ‘Wirral and the First World War: 1916’ by the Archivist, William Meredith. 0151 606 2929 SHAKESPEARE SCHOOLS FESTIVAL MON 7th, TUE 8th, MON 14th & TUES 15th NOV 7pm £10.50 | £7.00 conc Celebrate the future of Shakespeare with a series of unique performances by children from Wirral and Cheshire. 0151 666 0000 WWI FAMILY HISTORY DAY MON 7th NOV Archives, Cheshire Lines, Birkenhead. 10am: Presentation on the Hamilton Square War Memorial, and afternoon helpdesk on WWI family history by Peter Threlfall. 2pm: Presentation on the WWI Memorials Programme to record and conserve war memorials around the country, to be given by David Hearn of Civic Voice. 0151 606 2929 CRIME READING CLUB TUE 8th NOV, 2.30pm The regular Crime Reading Club meets at West Kirby Library. Share a good read over tea and biscuits. 0151 606 2665 GUITAR FESTIVAL JOHN LEES’ BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST WED 9th NOV 7.30pm All tickets £26.50 The most recent studio album by the band, North was released on October 7th 2013. This year will see John Lees’ Barclay James Harvest undertake their biggest series of European concerts for some years. 0151 666 0000 WINTER SURVIVAL EVENT WED 9TH NOV, 10am - 2.30pm Tai chi, bingo and massage, as well as help and advice about keeping warm and staying healthy. Joint event held by Wirral and Liverpool councils at St George’s Hall, Liverpool. FREE.

GUITAR FESTIVAL RUMOURS OF FLEETWOOD MAC ‘HITS TO BLUES’ SAT 12th NOV 8.00pm £35.00 (Gold Circle) £25.00 (Standard) From the heights of classic hits ‘Everywhere’ and ‘Don’t Stop’ to the cathartic relationship autopsies from the bestselling Rumours album, ‘Hits to Blues’ guarantees a rich and emotive musical experience. 0151 666 0000 GUITAR FESTIVAL JOE BROWN – JUST JOE WED 16th NOV 7.30pm All tickets £26.50 Aided and abetted by his old friend Henry Gross, Joe will do what he does better than almost anyone else – entertain with a capital E. 0151 666 0000 THE LIFE AND WORKS OF E. CHAMBRE HARDMAN THU 17th NOV, 7pm Tickets £6 A talk by Roy Wainwright at the Port Sunlight Museum. 0151 644 6466 GUITAR FESTIVAL GLENN TILBROOK FRI 18th NOV 7.30pm £19.00 | £17.00 conc The voice and face of Squeeze. A Glenn Tilbrook solo concert is not to be missed with hits such as Muscles from a Shell, Up the Junction and Take Me I’m Yours. 0151 666 0000

GUITAR FESTIVAL GARY MURPHY’S GUITAR LEGENDS – CLASSIC MOVIE ANTHEMS SAT 19th NOV 7.30pm All tickets £19.50 Gary Murphy and his band return to the Guitar Festival with a brand new show featuring some of the greatest movie anthems from the biggest blockbuster movies. Narrated by BBC Radio Merseyside’s Billy Butler. 0151 666 0000 WIRRAL MET FELLOWSHIP EXHIBITION RUNS UNTIL 20th NOV A fellowship exhibition by BA Fine Art and BA Illustration with Animation students from Wirral Met College.

WIRRAL SOCIETY OF ARTS EXHIBITION UNTIL 20th NOV A showcase of serious quality and interest at the Williamson Art Gallery. Some work is available for purchase. The exhibition is free to view. Gallery is closed to the public on Mon and Tue. For ‘What’s On’ terms and conditions visit

GUITAR FESTIVAL AMPS UP FOR ANOTHER YEAR THE STAGE is set, the amps are turned up to 11 and the bands are on their way. The International Guitar Festival of Great Britain arrives in November to make Wirral the home of guitar music for three weeks. Legends like Andy Fairweather Low, John Lee’s Barclay James Harvest and Squeeze’s Glenn Tilbrook are all appearing in the Floral Pavilion Theatre. The Blue Lounge will welcome the eminent classical guitarist Graham Anthony Devine, plus the great Peter Asher and Albert Lee will be performing together. A new season of double bill concerts including the cream of both local and national guitarists offers great talent and great value. Look out for special ticket offers during the festival on www.bestguitarfest. com and in the festival guide:

GREAT FOR KIDS! DINOSAURS AT THE PRIORY NOV 26th - NOV 30th The oldest building in Merseyside, Birkenhead Priory, is playing host to a huge guest - a life-sized Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton! A combination of artwork and science portrays how dinosuars appeared in life. 0151 652 4177

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Jaw dropping display guaranteed on river B

ONFIRE Night 2016 is set to go with a bang, with a sound and light spectacular on the River Mersey. River of Light will be a major display of lights and fireworks centred on three floating barges on November 5th. Visible from both sides of the river, the event will take place between the Liverpool waterfront and the promenade between New Brighton and Woodside. The spectacular event will also feature street entertainment at New Brighton, Hamilton Square and Woodside please check before you set out for the latest info.


The event will be visible all the way along the waterfront between New Ferry and New Brighton (with optimum viewing between the bottom of Victoria Road and just past Birkenhead). From 4pm, drummers and performers will be at Hamilton Square and Woodside Ferry, Birkenhead. The fireworks display starts from around 6pm. If you can, use public transport as dedicated car parking is not being provided and onstreet parking is bound to be in demand, (see traffic advice right).


New Brighton and Hamilton Square train stations are both within walking distance of the promenade, and frequent bus services run along the length of Seabank Road / Brighton Street from New Brighton to Seacombe Ferry and Woodside. Park and ride is available at 12 Merseyrail stations: Bidston, Bromborough, Eastham Rake, Green Lane, Hoylake, Leasowe, Bebington, Meols, Moreton, Rock Ferry, Spital and Wallasey Grove Road. For latest information about the event, check and before setting out.


TRAFFIC INFO ■ Traffic restrictions will be in place in some areas of Wallasey for the event. ■ The west (Liscard) side of the road between Rowson Street, New Brighton, and Church Road, Seacombe, will be coned off 8am – 7pm with ‘no stopping’ or parking allowed. ■ 3pm – 7pm: ‘Road Closed’ and ‘Residents parking only’ signs will be provided at the entrance to roads down to the promenade. ■ Council car parks in the area will be open as usual.

WE AGREE with our colleagues in the blue light services - it’s much safer attending an organised firework display - the majority of accidents happen at domestic bonfire parties. But if you are staying at home, read our tips: ■ Let your neighbours know you’re having a bonfire party so they can make arrangements if they need to ■ Only burn dry material, as anything that is wet or damp will cause more smoke ■ Build your bonfire well away from buildings, sheds, fences or trees ■ Don’t use petrol or paraffin to start a fire - it can get out of control quickly ■ Keep children and pets away from the fire and ensure no fireworks are thrown in to it ■ Keep pets indoors where possible – most of them are frightened by fireworks ■ Don’t burn aerosols, tyres, canisters or anything containing foam or paint as these can produce toxic fumes and may explode ■ Wheelie bins should be locked or stored away over the bonfire period and only brought out on the day of collection ■ Fancy dress costumes should not be worn near naked flames or bonfires they can be flammable



Closing date MONDAY 14th NOVEMBER 2016. Simply email your answer along with your name, address, phone number and email address to Your entry can be posted to Wirral View, Wallasey Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey, CH44 8ED.

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So proud of our sporting heroes We catch up with local sporting heroes Ollie Nugent, Sam Quek and Steve Cummings who were part of Team GB's extraordinary success in the Paralympic and Olympic Teams.


LYMPIC women’s hockey gold medallist, Sam Quek was guest of honour when Weatherhead High School held its annual sports evening. More than 100 students heard about the medallist’s

inspiring journey from school in Birkenhead High and Calday Grammar School to a gold medal as part of Team GB in Rio, and Sam signed a t-shirt for the school before the event ended.

Sam was part of Team GB’s gold medal winning women’s hockey team. Their unbeaten run, which saw them triumph in the final against the Netherlands in a penalty shootout, is widely seen as one of the highlights of this year’s Olympic Games. Sam had previously won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2014, as well as a gold medal in the European Championships in 2015. Ollie Nugent played for Team GB’s Paralympic football team in Rio. The

Sam with Weatherhead High Headteacher Neil Dyment

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Paralympian: Ollie Nugent

former Pensby High School pupil from Irby had previously played for the Tranmere Rovers youth team, before going on to compete at the Cerebral Palsy Football World Championships and the European Championships. Ollie’s success hasn’t been

TENNIS TEAM HAT-TRICK COMING through the ranks and proving it’s not just about the ‘grown-ups,’ Wirral Tennis Centre’s under eights team, pictured right, won the North West Performance Clubs Mini Challenge, North West Borough Squad Competition and - to complete the hat trick Merseyside Mini Tennis Trophy, all against top clubs from the region. Ace!

limited to the sports field – he also won a double distinction in a sport BTEC at Birkenhead Sixth Form College! Steve Cummings, who comes from Clatterbridge, and formerly raced for Birkenhead North End Cycling Club, was a member of Team GB’s Men’s Road Race team, who were unfortunate not to win a medal after an incredible 241.5km endurance test. After a very brief rest following the Olympics, Steve went on to win the Tour of Britain in September. He had previously had Stage wins in the Tour De France in 2015 and 2016 and won medals at the 2004 Olympic Games and 2006 Commonwealth Games. If you’ve been inspired by Wirral’s sporting heroes - or would like to know more about sports and leisure facilities in Wirral, visit invigor8 or ring 0151 666 2010.

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Avoid xmas money worries I

T MAY only be October but many people will already be worrying about finding extra cash for Christmas. The council’s website is a good place to start. Go to wirral. and search for 'money advice'. We’ll point you in the right direction for help with money and debt, welfare rights and benefits, and help to reduce fuel bills and advice if you need a loan. The Money Advice Service is provided by the government nationally. It is free and impartial, it has advice and guides to help improve your finances, tools and calculators to help keep track and plan ahead and you can also get support in person, over the phone and online at Citizens Advice in Wirral is an independent and impartial

organisation that offers help with the management of debt, problems with housing and rent, relationship issues and consumer rights. They are open for advice on the phone on 0344 477 2121 from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday or get help online at CHRISTMAS SURVIVAL TIPS WITH HELP FROM WIRRAL CREDIT UNION ■ Christmas Past Christmas comes every year but most of us are completely unprepared. It’s easy to feel pressure to over spend and many of us resort to credit cards, loans or doorstep lenders and worry about the repayments in January. At Wirral Credit Union the aim is to encourage members to

save regularly, and by building up savings over the year, Christmas really can be affordable. With a little planning ahead the stress and worry can be eased. ■ Christmas Present With two months to go before 25th December there’s still time to get some money put aside. Work out a rough budget on how much you spend and then try to save a little each week or month from now on. £10 a week will give you £80 that could be spent on Christmas food. £20 a week will give you £160. £30 will give you £240. Plan what you can save - be realistic - then stick to it. You’ll

be surprised how quickly it can add up, cutting back a little now will save a lot of stress and worry in January. You could also try saving on supermarket saving cards which often offer discounts. Start buying presents now, especially if you see things reduced or on offer. Put them away and buy a few presents each week rather than all in one month, this will help you budget and spread the cost. Charity shops often have new items that people have donated that go on sale before Christmas, specifically for gifts. Be realistic with what you can afford and cut out unnecessary present buying. Relatives may actually be relieved if you

suggest just buying for the kids in the family this year. ■ Christmas Future Wirral Credit Union has been helping our residents take control of their finances for nearly 25 years, by providing savings accounts and access to affordable loans to all who live or work in a CH Postal code. Join in January to plan ahead for your Christmases to come. Saving £10 a week from January till December will give you around £500 to spend next Christmas and take some of the stress out of this time of year. Saving with the credit union also means that if you need to, you can borrow. Their low cost loans are always affordable and available to members based on savings. Wirral Credit Union: 0151 201 1051.

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Be part of the switch If you haven’t switched energy provider for the past 12 months, you may be on your supplier’s most expensive tariff


E’RE always being told to change supplier for the best deal but it can feel problematic to deal with. So you’ll be glad to hear we have news of a local charity who will guide and support you through the process and get you a good deal with as little bother as possible. Merseyside Collective Switch is run by a local charity, and is open to everybody, with lots of support available. The deals are often market beating and therefore cheaper than you can find elsewhere. All you have to do is register to find out how much you could save. The scheme has saved local people more than £1million on their energy bills through

switching to a cheaper energy tariff. All you have to do is register before midnight on the 31st October to access the exclusive collective switch offers tariffs. Organised by local charity, Energy Projects Plus, in partnership with six Merseyside local authorities, Merseyside Collective Switch was set up in 2013 to help local people to save money on their energy bills. Collective switching works by using collective buying power to negotiate exclusive tariffs from energy suppliers. Previous rounds of the switch have attracted exclusive offers from both the large and smaller suppliers, including British Gas, E.on, and Ovo. The offers have included fixed tariffs, tariffs for ‘payment on receipt of bill’


It was so simple and quick to do, I’d recommend it to anyone


£1,067 saved: Margaret Bailey

customers and tariffs for prepayment meter customers. In addition to the Collective Switch offer, participants are welcome to switch to any tariff on the market to find the deal that’s right for them, with tariffs shown against each other for comparison. The scheme aims to make it easier to switch supplier, and advisors are on hand to offer free and impartial help every step of the way. It’s free to join, and there is no obligation to switch once the offers are released. In order to access the collective switch offers, residents must register before midnight on Monday 31st October. To join the Collective

Are you feeling cold at home during the winter months? IF YOU are vulnerable and living in a cold home, you may be entitled to a free home energy check. Those who are eligible include people with a health condition made worse by cold, over 65s, families with children under 5 and pregnant women. Friendly, expert advisors can provide support switching to a cheaper energy tariff, accessing funding for new heating systems and insulation, benefits checks, Warm Homes Discount applications, the Priority Service

Register and advice about avoiding damp and condensation, and using your heating effectively. Funding is available towards new boilers, boiler repairs, new central heating systems, insulation, draught proofing and new heating controls*. Plus, free LED lightbulbs, energy monitors and water saver packs are available. To book your free home energy check call the Save Energy Advice Line on 0800 043 0151 or email *Subject to eligibility.

Switch visit LCRenergyswitch. or call the local Save Energy Advice Line on freephone 0800 043 0151. It’s free to join, and there is no obligation to switch once the offers are released. David Bailey of Bromborough, above, registered for the last round of Collective Switch on behalf of his 87 year old mum, Margaret, also pictured, and saved £1,067. He said 'I’m thrilled with the big savings made for my mother and think it’s great we are coming together as a community to get a cheaper deal on our energy bills. It was so simple and quick to do, I would recommend it to anyone.'

Prize Draw YOU could win High Street vouchers worth £100 – just by enquiring about some of our Energy Projects Plus projects. Simply provide you name, address, phone number and email and send freepost to: Freepost RRYT LGLE ERYY Energy Projects Plus, Wirral Environment Centre, Falkland Road, Wallasey, CH44 8ER. Competition closes on Friday 16th December. Please let us know if you would like to be contacted about the Warm Homes Discount, Home Heating Energy bills or Home Energy Check.

WIN £100

MOST energy companies offer a Warm Homes Discount to eligible customers. This is a £140 credit which is paid on to your electricity bill. Some customers will receive the payment automatically, but others have to apply. Many people don’t realise they are entitled to the payment, and are missing out. Each supplier has slightly different criteria, but if you are on income related benefits or have an income of less than £16,190 you may be eligible. The payment is on a first come first served basis, so make sure you don’t miss out! To find out if you are eligible, and to apply for the discount, you will need to contact your energy supplier directly. For additional information and support, call the Save Energy Advice Line on 0800 043 0151.

WIRRAL FUEL DEBT ADVICE SERVICE THE Wirral Fuel Debt Advice Service helps residents in financial hardship. Almost 2,000 people have been supported since the project's launch three years ago, and over £250,000 in awards have been provided to residents. The service accesses funds to help with fuel and water debt, white goods, funeral arrears, boiler replacement, emergency fuel credit and food bank vouchers. If you require support, contact the Save Energy Advice Line on 0800 043 0151 or email

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Young Voices... Meet the Wirral teens making their mark in youth politics.


OME might say young people aren’t engaged enough with politics, but Wirral’s 11 to 18-year-olds are helping to prove the theory wrong. When we launched our quest to find two candidates to represent Wirral in the United Kingdom Youth Parliament (UKYP), 14 young people applied to stand as members – and over 1,000 young people cast their vote! Facing tough competition, the two candidates with the most votes for their manifestos were Tom Laing, aged 17, and Olivia Darnell, aged 18, who are now Wirral’s Members of the Youth Parliament (MYPs). After nearly seven months in their new roles, we thought it would be good to

catch up with them and see what they’ve been up to. This issue, we’re chatting to Tom. You can read the full interview at Hi Tom! How have your first few months as an MYP for Wirral been? It’s been a bit of a learning curve. Being an MYP carries responsibility, and on top of studying for exams I have had to get my head around the structures of the British Youth Council and how the UK Youth Parliament works. What activities or events have you taken part in so far? So far I have attended a meeting in the Lake District and a meeting in Manchester. Most recently I was at the Annual Sitting of the Youth Parliament in York. Olivia and I recently organised the Make Your Mark Ballot in Wirral. What attracted you to the role of UKYP? I have a great interest in politics and have done since I was quite young. I saw this as a way of meeting like-minded young peo-

ple who are interested in politics too. How do you best gauge the opinion of other young people in your area? Social media has been a useful tool, but it doesn’t take away the importance of attending meetings and meeting my constituents face-to-face. That’s why Olivia and I feel it’s important to contact schools and youth organisations in the area. We don’t always get the responses we would like but it’s early days! Why do you think it’s so important to involve young people in the political process? To put it simply, we are the future: the future of our society, our economy and our democracy. The over 65s as a demographic are the age bracket most likely to vote in an election, and young people are the least likely. This has led, I believe, to a dismissive view by politicians – which in turn means that they can ignore the voices of young people. It is often said by both politicians and political commentators that the


youth of today are apathetic to the issues of the day – but I know this not to be the case. So it’s time we involve young people in our political system and prove them wrong. Anything you feel particularly passionate about or want to change? I feel very passionate about our education system and the UK Constitution. I feel we need to encourage political education in schools in order to engage children and young people in how our government works and what it does for them. From my own personal political perspective, I am a strong advocate for a Constitutional Convention, which I would also like to see include young people so that we could write a Codified Constitution that would work for everyone.

ISSUES raised by our Youth Parliament candidates included: ■ cheaper public transport for young people ■ support for families who are struggling in Wirral ■ support for young people with mental health problems ■ the right to freedom, choice and equality for young people ■ cleaning up Wirral ■ lowering the electoral voting age from 18 to 16 ■ more activities for young people ■ stopping bullying ■ encouraging a focus around STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in Wirral schools and businesses MYPs stand for one year and get the chance to work with MPs, decision makers and youth groups to highlight the issues that matter to them and their peers. If you would like to find more, please visit

Teens speak their mind on mental health THE ANNUAL Wirral Youth Conference saw young people from our secondary schools discuss mental wellbeing. The theme was chosen by local teenagers, who felt that workshops and performance

pieces around this issue would be beneficial to the group. As ever, some brilliant points and suggestions were raised on the day by young people. Teenwirral will feature them on the site soon, so look out for that!

BONFIRE AND HALLOWEEN IT’S HERE again… that time of year when we start thinking about Halloween parties and where we’ll be watching the fireworks! When it comes to fireworks, you’ve got loads to choose from – please see or for up to date ideas. And don’t forget the brand-new River of Light event, on Nov 5.

Do remember to stay safe! You can read tips on firework safety in this issue, plus over on the Teenwirral website, where you’ll also find a powerful video from Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service about the dangers of street bonfires, and the items that can explode in them such as aerosol cans.

New for 2016’s event was the ‘Speak Your Mind’ section. For this part of the day, young people put forward their motions on youth mental health issues for debate in the council chamber, alongside councillors and senior officers from

Wirral Council and partner organisations. Everyone who took part should be proud. ■ Delegates, right, Lindsay Davidson and David Decorte of Wirral Council, back, and Tom Laing and Olivia Darnell.

WHAT IS TEENWIRRAL.COM? WIN FREE TRAVEL FOR A MONTH WITH MERSEYRAIL WIN a Young Person’s Monthly Railpass with Merseyrail. To enter, visit One winner will be chosen at random on 10th November 2016. Good luck!

TEENWIRRAL.COM is a website for local teens who are looking for advice, opportunities and places to go. The site has all the latest news on what’s happening in Wirral for young people, including a what’s on search allowing them to find events and activities near where they live. There is also stop smoking advice, mental health information and bullying support, plus a section for parents and teachers. Visit to find out more!

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How to fill an empty nest! Are you finding your family home a little quiet with the kids away?


T’S that time of year when many youngsters have left home to go to university or college, or have finished education or training and may have moved away from the family home to start a new career. If you are facing an empty nest this is the perfect time to become a Foster Carer with us; you have years of experience looking after children and plenty to offer a child or teenager in Wirral. You’ve dealt with the terrible twos, taught them to ride a

bike, listened to their laughter, with a safe and loving foster wiped away tears, helped them family. There are 700 children with homework and dealt with in Wirral who are looked the minefield that is parenting after. We need to recruit anteenagers. You have watched other 30 foster carers over the proudly at their sporting and next 12 months and of those, academic achievements…you we need 12 families to care for have successfully raised an the over 11s. independent young person! Wirral couple Debbie and Now you could use your Alan have been fostering skills to make a differteenagers for nine years ence to a Wirral child or and wouldn’t change teenager. a thing; 'to see young We are looking for people flourish local people who is fantastic' says might have Debbie. what it takes to 'Teenagers can foster teenagers be wary of you and siblings at first. They to ensure the arrive at your children in home and they our care can don’t know stay in their you, your house Rewarding: Foster mum Debbie. rules, or your local communities children. But

Chloe wants to go to college… But first, she needs a loving foster family. Become a foster carer with your local authority and we’ll support you every step of the way. Do something incredible.

it doesn’t last long if you are warm with them and nurturing. I get them to talk, like at suppertime when we all meet downstairs and get together for toast and cakes – that’s our time for a bit of banter.' Debbie isn’t pretending it’s all plain sailing, 'Fostering is challenging but it’s rewarding as well.' Our Foster Carers are given training and provided with knowledgeable support from a dedicated fostering social worker; they have access to professional experts and a peer mentor to advise them. For children of Foster Carers we also have a support network so they can chat about being part of a foster family. Diane Burns from our fostering team said: 'When you decide to foster teenagers you

need to be able to talk to young people about issues that are important to them, our young people tell us what they want most is someone to listen to them. They may also need help with choosing a college course, getting into sport, or a lesson in cooking; you might need to be a mentor, advisor and tutor, just like you would with your own teenagers.' Listen to our foster carers talk about fostering on


To see young people flourish is fantastic

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Self-assessment can help you stay living at home If you’re finding it difficult to look after yourself, you may need extra support at home.


OR everyone, there can come a time when it becomes more difficult to get out, get dressed, or look after yourself. Perhaps you or a friend or family member is in this position and needs help to do simple things like get washed in the morning. That’s when you – or someone who looks after you – may need some support. The good news is that you can carry out your own selfassessment of your care needs online. If you’re not familiar

with the internet, someone you know can complete it for you. Self-assessment gives you the opportunity to assess your own care needs and enables someone to support you in doing so. The service is aimed at adults aged 18 or over who are finding looking after themselves increasingly difficult. For example if you or someone you know is having difficulty getting in and out of the bath, managing stairs or with some aspects of personal care. Self-assessment means you can carry out an assessment of your needs from the comfort of your own home to find out if you have needs that the council can support you with. You can also access an online service directory to find a range of support in Wirral. As well as assessing your needs, you can also access an

Who can use this service?

Stay independent: Support can help you stay living at home.

online financial assessment to see if you are entitled to help from the council with the cost of your care and support. If you are a carer looking after an elderly, sick or disabled relative, friend or neighbour, and would like to see if you are entitled to any services that could make this easier for you

please complete the carers selfassessment. For the self-assessment form and everything else you need to know, visit: needsassessment. If you don’t have access to the internet you can still ring 606 2006 to talk to someone who will be able to help you.

ANYONE aged 18 or over who lives within Wirral Council’s boundary and is finding it increasingly difficult to maintain their independence. Carers, friends or family can complete the assessment on behalf of someone else. If this is the case, we will always contact the person concerned to check that they have agreed to this, so it’s really important that you let us know if the person you are completing the assessment for is aware that you are doing this on their behalf.

New centre, new opportunities SUNNY SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE THE former home of a Victorian ship owner is the unlikely setting for a new venture which is transforming adult day services across Wirral. The Grange, Wallasey, is home to Wirral Evolutions, which brings together Wirral’s nine day centres and assorted daytime services for people

with disabilities. From six premises across the borough, adults with disabilities can take up horticulture, animal husbandry, catering, sport and more. All services used to be offered by the council, but now – as part of a new independent organisation - they can expand

Sporting opportunity: Wirral Evolutions

and are better able to meet the needs of their clients, plus they can apply for grants and pots of cash that they would not be entitled to as part of the local authority. Services include Dale Farm, Royden Park Project and award-winning Best Bites Bistro, a catering enterprise that offers adults with a learning disability, physical disabilities or mental health issues opportunities to gain skills, knowledge and qualifications in a real working environment. Best Bites has cafes around the borough, including at The Grange, where Bluebelles Café has daily specials, cakes and a lively social media presence. Latest figures show that more than 700 adults across Wirral accessed day services in the past 12 months, an increase in demand from previous years. More details at or on Facebook.


SUNDOWNS, a charity which supports children and young people with Downs Syndrome and their families, currently supports more than 70 families across Wirral. There are social activities for the whole family, monthly support meetings, awareness raising exercises and training and equipment is provided to schools who have pupils with Downs Syndrome. You can contact them at their Hamilton Square, Birkenhead, office, on 0151 647 8888 (email info@ sundowns.

Trustee Mark Bridge, together with his 14 year-old son Daniel, who has Downs Syndrome and benefits from the support of the charity, received £635 from Assistant Chief Constable Julie Cooke, raised at a raffle and auction by Merseyside Police.



Charity boost: Mark Bridge, Daniel Bridge with Asst. Chief Constable Julie Cooke.

Your care assessment at your fingertips

Our online assessment enables you and the people closest to you to consider your care needs. If you’re having difficulty getting in and out of the bath, managing stairs or some aspects of personal care, go to our website from the comfort of your own home, and find out about what support may be available to you.

To access the assessment form visit:

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community events

Discover great food projects in your area Whether you need support or are looking to volunteer, our area-by-area guide to community food hubs will help get you started. BIRKENHEAD (including Bidston & St James, Birkenhead & Tranmere, Claughton, Oxton, Prenton, Rock Ferry) ■ Rock Ferry Food Hub (Neo Café), Beaconsfield Centre, Beaconsfield Close, Tranmere. Tel: Ema Wilkes 07447913888, Email: ■ Beechwood Food Hub, Beechwood Community Association, Fifth Avenue, Beechwood. Tel: Linda Finn 07522456892, Email: ■ St James Centre Food Hub, Laird Street, Birkenhead. Tel: Anna Barnish 0151 670 9974, Email: (read more about Anna and her ‘cook and taste’ and ‘taste of the world’ courses on page 8) ■ Gautby Road Play and Community Centre Food Hub, Gautby Road, Birkenhead. Tel: Luke O’Dowd 0151 652 5645, Email: ■ Birkenhead Constituency Team are looking for schools who would like to set up their own holiday food or breakfast clubs. Tel: 0151 691 8391, Email:

WALLASEY (including Leasowe & Moreton East, Liscard, Moreton West & Saughall Massie, New Brighton, Seacombe, Wallasey) ■ Leasowe Millennium Centre, Twickenham Drive, is a community hub, including a library where you can get sandwiches, cakes and scones every Wednesday in return for a donation. ■ Maritime Grange, Borough Road, Seacombe, runs a network of weekly lunch clubs at venues across Wirral. Tel: 0151 653 4404. ■ Moreton Community Centre, Maryland Lane, runs a lunch club every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. For £3.50 you get lunch and pudding, plus friendly chat with members. ■ As well as refreshments, Seacombe Community Association, Ferry View Road, offers activities including bingo. Tel: Pauline Smith 0151 630 1725. ■ There are daily activities at New Brighton Community Association, Hope Street, New Brighton. Tel: Pat Hackett 0151 630 2626. ■ Rodney Nelson Court, Row-

Successful: Wirral Singing Café.

COMMUNITY POWER-HOUSE WITH a college, library, children’s centre, nursery and café, North Birkenhead Development Trust’s home in the multi-coloured building near St James’ Church on Laird Street, can get quite busy! Aiming to make the North End of Birkenhead a better place to live, this vital community hub is run by a board and ploughs profits back into the community. Events include: TERM TIME

son Street, New Brighton, has activities on a Wednesday for older people. Tel: Shelly Ranson 0151 653 4404. ■ Lunch is served every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Vale House Community Centre, New Brighton, from 11.30am2.30pm. £2. Tel: Gloria Shortfall 0151 639 1386. ■ Salvation Army, 97 Poulton Road, Wallasey, offers lunch every Wednesday from 11:30am1pm. £3. Tel: Hayden Roberts 0151 638 6899. ■ Leasowe Community Centre’s over 55s luncheon club is run in partnership with the council and operates for three days a week. As well as refreshments, there are occasional talks from health or wellbeing experts. The club has an ‘open door’ policy and serves around 90 meals a week to people. Meals can also be supplied at home. Tel: 0151 691 1595. ■ The Heart of Egremont runs a weekly Senior Lunch every Wednesday from noon-2pm, at their HQ at the corner of Guildford and Union Street (old Egremont Mission). Tel: 0151 639 4441. WIRRAL SOUTH (including Bebington, Bromborough, Clatterbridge, Heswall, Eastham) ■ GIFT (Gaining Inclusion Fostering Talents) is working in Wirral South to help people who feel alone, isolated or lonely. Regular lunches are held at the Country Mouse, Brimstage, with lifts

available to anyone who can’t get out. Attendees pay, with different options suitable for all budgets. It’s a safe environment for people to make new friends. Details: ■ Having achieved near legendary status, Hewall’s Singing Café, in the Church of the Good Shepherd, every Wednesday at 10.30am, has expanded into a new venture every Tuesday from 10.30am at Christ Church, Higher Bebington. People enjoy tea and cake for a small donation - and a sing-song with sheet music if you would like to join in (it’s not compulsory). Singers sit at the front, non-singers at the back. All welcome. WIRRAL WEST (including Greasby, Frankby & Irby, Hoylake & Meols, Pensby & Thingwall, Upton & Woodchurch, West Kirby & Thurstaston). ■ St Luke’s Food & Friend Lunch Club, Hoylake. A weekly lunch club for anyone who feels isolated. Tel: Clive McLaren, Email: ■ Holy Cross, Woodchurch. Holy Cross Church Luncheon Club runs a weekly over 50’s club. Email: Rev Janet Arnold holycrosswoodchurch@gmail. com ■ St Hildeburgh’s Parish Church Lunch Club, Hoylake, meets monthly, and also holds a weekly drop-in, providing bacon sandwiches and hot drinks every Tuesday morning. Email:

MONDAYS: ■ 4pm-5.30pm: Monday club for kids up 5 yrs, 50p, includes toast and cooking activity ■ 5.45pm-7.15pm: Youth club for 6 years and over, 50p, includes meal. ■ 5pm-6.45pm: Welfare issues drop-in – all welcome. TUESDAYS: ■ Soup and sandwich lunch, £2 pp. ■ 4pm-6pm: Cooking Club (booking required call 0151 670 9974). THURSDAYS: ■ 3.30pm4.30pm: Homework Club and dinner, free of charge. OTHER DATES: ■ Friday, November 11 Abba themed lunch, 1-2pm. Fancy dress welcome! ■ Saturday November 19 Christmas community market, all day ■ Friday December 9 Christmas themed lunch, 1-2pm, all your Xmas No 1 hits! SCHOOL HOLIDAYS DAILY: ■ Breakfast club, 9.45am-11.30am, free breakfast for all children (Children eat free in café when one adult meal is purchased). ■ Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays: Free holiday activities for children, for further info contact centre below. For information on St James Centre or North Birkenhead Development Trust Tel: 670 9974 or email See Facebook, ‘North Birkenhead Development Trust’.

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Honouring the fallen C

ENOTAPHS and war memorials provide a focus for communities to remember the sacrifice of others throughout the year, as well as on Remembrance Sunday. A long-term restoration and improvement programme for Wirral’s memorials has been

underway for several years. The Grade II listed Cenotaph in Hamilton Square has been professionally cleaned and each of the 1508 individual names re-highlighted by a specialist local stonemason using the original white paint system employed when it was

fi rst unveiled in 1925. This work ensures the names will be visible for many years to come. New memorial flagstones will commemorate each of the 12 Victoria Cross (VC) recipients - the country’s highest award for gallantry – from

Wirral as part of a national scheme to honour all of the nation’s VC heroes. It is planned to dedicate all the Wirral flagstone memorials, which will be placed close to the Cenotaph in Hamilton Square, on Remembrance Sunday 2018.

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THE POPPY APPEAL in Wirral will be launched on Saturday 29th October, when the Deputy Mayor of Wirral, Councillor Ann McLachlan, attends a special wreath laying service starting at 8.45am at Port Sunlight War Memorial. The service is being organised by the Cheshire and Wirral Branch of the Royal British Legion Riders – a group of motorcycling enthusiasts who support the aims and charitable efforts of The Royal British Legion – as part of their ‘Launch Ride’, which will see

them travelling through Wirral, Cheshire and North Wales to lay wreaths at memorials, starting at Port Sunlight and ending at Chester Cathedral. Later in the day the Mayor of Wirral will buy the first poppy at a reception in Wallasey Royal British Legion. Poppies will then be available from reception desks at Birkenhead and Wallasey Town Halls, as well as many other council buildings.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY SERVICES REMEMBRANCE Sunday, which falls this year on November 13, is a day when Wirral joins the rest of the country to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom. ■ Bebington, Christ Church, 10am (followed by a service at Higher Bebington Royal British Legion at 12 noon). ■ Bidston, St. Oswald’s Church, 10.30am. ■ Birkenhead Civic Service, The Cenotaph, Hamilton Square, 10.55am. ■ Bromborough, St. Barnabas Church, 10.15am. ■ Heswall, St. Peter’s Church, 10.45 (then at The Cenotaph).

■ Moreton, War Memorial on the corner of Maryland Lane and Pasture Road, 10.45am. ■ Port Sunlight, War Memorial, 10.45am (followed by a service at Christ Church). ■ Prenton, St. Stephen’s Church, 10.00am (followed by service at the War Memorial). ■ Thornton Hough, War Memorial, 2.40pm. ■ Upton, War Memorial, 10.45am. ■ Wallasey, Royal British Legion, 10.15am (then parade to the War Memorial at Magazines Promenade). ■ West Kirby, Grange Hill War Memorial, 10.45am.

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WHERE CAN YOU DO YOUR RESEARCH… COMPANY WEBSITE A quick search on Google is a good place to start. Look up the company website, and not just the careers section. The information you’ll find will include what they do, why they’re good at it, as well as their vision for the future. Some companies also have a blog, where they post relevant news such as product launches, new ventures or locations.

Six brilliant tips to help you get that job Knowing how to get a job is not always easy if you have limited experience in the job market, but there are some things everyone can do to increase their chances.

Joanne Finnerty: “Do your research”

BIRKENHEAD-BASED Joanne Finnerty Recruitment work with individual job hunters and employers to find the right people for the right jobs. As a local company with special knowledge of local skills and needs, they help prepare people for interview and hold regular workshops on recruitment issues such as preparing your CV, interview advice and how to find that perfect job. ‘Do your research – it can make or break an interview,’ says Joanne: ■ When you’ve got a job interview coming up, don’t underestimate how important it is to research the organisation you are about to interview with. Whatever the role, you should be able to give a brief explanation of the organisation you are applying to work for and the job you are applying for. ■ Do your homework … look up the company website, what are their values? ■ Does the business have social media accounts? Look

them up on Twitter/ Facebook/ Instagram. ■ Where have they been as a business, do they attend events, are they a sponsor to a charity? Find out! ■ Have they had any interesting news in their blog lately that you can bring up in your interview to show your enthusiasm for their business? ■ Finally, who is interviewing you? Look them up on LinkedIn and see what their background is, and show an interest in them during the interview. If you have something in common with them, mention it! That’s a great ice breaker! Ask them what makes them stay working for the business? This is a powerful question, don’t underestimate it, it gains their insight into the business and shows them you are interested. When you have this knowledge don’t forget to use it, tell them what you know about them, what you find interesting. Let your knowledge about their business shine through.

MORE HELP FINDING WORK As well as Wirral's five Job Centre Plus offices: ■ Wirral Council’s vacancies are advertised in the media, in Wirral View, and on our ■ Our website for 13-19 year olds also carries careers advice (up to 25 years for people with special educational needs). ■ The national website provides information on programmes and services available to job seekers. ■ The website provides information, advice and guidance to help make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. This service is available for people aged 18 or over.

SOCIAL MEDIA Social networking sites are the next place you should be searching for background information. Most companies use Facebook and Twitter. Look out for information on employee or CSR (corporate social responsibility) initiatives, which will give you a real flavour for what it would be like to work there. Use Linkedin to research who will be interviewing you. The information you will find will give you a few conversation starters that will help you to establish a personal rapport during the interview. INDUSTRY NEWS AND BLOG SITES As well as online, your chosen company is likely to have a number of industryrelated publications, each containing the breaking news that will affect the company you are researching and their competitors.

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recruitment MARKETING COORDINATOR Liverpool – £DOE The role will encompass all areas of marketing. The role also provides the successful candidate with scope and opportunity to progress within the marketing function; you will need an ambitious desire to make a difference. Reporting responsibility to the Head of Marketing, you will assist in the day to day management of online and offline marketing initiatives. From social media and website management to drafting corporate communications to event coordination; this is a role which offers diversity.

We are looking for a digitally-savvy and a creatively thinking candidate.


HEAD CHEF Wirral – £24-£26k

Our Wirral based client is rapidly expanding and looking for a number of Legal Advisers to join their busy team! If you want to work for a stable company with strong growth plans, then read on. Our client can offer a competitive basic salary plus benefits and flexible working hours.

You must have a real passion for fresh food, quality ingredients and high kitchen standards. Experience of working in professional kitchens is essential. Experience in modern English food. 130 cover restaurant, serving lunch and dinner menu to 300-350 covers per week on average. Working 5 days a week with two consecutive days off. Benefits Include: *Share of Tips & 28 day’s annual leave are also guaranteed. Salary £24-£26k negotiable depending on experience.

To manage a caseload of Fast Track Portal RTA cases through all stages of the Portal, to include litigating to Stage 3 when appropriate. Member/Fellow of CILEx desired.

JUNIOR PARALEGAL (Medical Negligence) Southport – £19-22K DOE To handle and assist with a variety of medical negligence cases in the early stages of claims. This is a forward thinking law firm which likes to progress and look after its staff – there is a fantastic benefits package on offer and the company truly value their staff.

ACCOUNTANT Wirral – £16-£18 (plus study support) We are recruiting an Accountant to join our Wirral based client, study support will be provided, however if a fully qualified accountant is interested in the role, the salary can be negotiated. AAT qualified or qualified by experience to same standard with a strong practice background.

ACCOUNT MANAGER Wirral – £18k OTE £24/£25K Identify revenue opportunities by contacting new prospects, selling to them and establishing client relationships; working with your colleagues to build new and maintain existing relationships to ensure you meet and exceed agreed individual and team business targets.

CARGO SURVEYOR Liverpool – £16.5k Basic, OTE £20£22k due to working hours and shifts Supervision of cargo vessels at load or discharge ports. Would suit someone from shipping, export, or Navy background.


HR ASSISTANT (RECRUITMENT TEAM) EAST LIVERPOOL – £17K Experience of computerised HR and Recruitment systems and working practices. Ability to work as part of a team and independently

DOCUMENT ADMINISTRATOR WIRRAL – £15,000 PA Working hours are 9.00-5.00 – 1 hour lunch with extensive employee benefits.


Contact Joanne Finnerty Recruitment:, ring 0151 601 5288 or email your CV to

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recruitment & public notices JOBS For full details on the following vacancies, visit Details can also be downloaded free of charge from Wirral Libraries and One Stop Shops. SALES AND RETENTION TEAM LEADER £28,747 - £30,978. Full-time 36 hours per week. Fixed-term - 24 months Wirral Council Leisure Services are seeking to appoint a suitably experienced and motivated individual to implement and deliver sales and retention strategies across leisure services. Supported by a Sales and Retention Team, you will be expected to meet agreed sales and retention targets for the service and provide innovative sales solutions, primarily aimed at increasing DD memberships and improving the attrition rate. The Sales and Retention Team Leader will also be responsible for liaising with and monitoring external marketing support for the service. This fixed term post will be based at West Kirby Concourse and will be expected to lead, manage and develop a small team across all Leisure services setting up sales and retention processes across a number of facilities. You must therefore have experience of recruiting and managing staff, working to tight deadlines and financial targets, training and development of staff, producing accurate management and financial reports in a timely manner and be able to identify sales leads and opportunities. If you would like further information, please contact Simon Bellamy, Leisure Operations Manager 0151 929 7846 for an informal discussion. Application packs for the above post are available from Strategic Director of Transformation and Resources, Resources Team, Cheshire Lines Building, Canning Street, Birkenhead, Wirral CH41 1ND (0151 606 2040); email or apply online at Closing Date: 28th October 2016. Please quote: SR/01/034. TEMPORARY ASSISTANT CARETAKER LISCARD PRIMARY SCHOOL Band C (£15,675 - £16,481). Full-time. 36 hours per week. All year round. Required as soon as possible. An opportunity for an Assistant Caretaker to join a friendly and welcoming school. If you enjoy working as part of a team, are effective, have the enthusiasm, skills, knowledge and ability to maintain and improve our beautiful, well established premises, then we would look forward to meeting you. Visits are welcome to the school on Tuesday 18th October at 1.30pm or Thursday 20th October at 4pm. Please ring to arrange to visit. Interviews are to be held on Thursday 10th November 2016. If you have not heard from us by this date please assume your application has not been successful on this occasion. The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share these values. Any offer of employment will be subject to receipt of an enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service. Closing Date: 31st October 2016, 12noon. Application forms for the above post are available online at www.wirral. and also from the school office. Please return completed application forms to Mrs Julie Dear with a covering letter to Liscard Primary School, Withens Lane, Wallasey, Wirral, CH45 7NQ. FINANCE ASSISTANT PENSBY HIGH SCHOOL Band E (£16,248.60 - £18,108.60) Full-time 36 hours per week Whole year We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic

individual to support our Business Manager with the financial administration of the school. The successful candidate will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of financial management system, monitoring of income and expenditure and producing reports as required. You should have a good knowledge of financial procedures and experience with the FMS financial management package, preferably in a school environment. A good working knowledge of Excel and Word is also required. You will work alongside members of our administration team; however you will be able to work on your own initiative. The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Closing Date: Midday, 9th November 2016. Application forms for the above post are available online at uk. Please return completed application forms with a supporting letter on no more than two sides of A4 to Mr K Flanagan, Principal at Pensby High School, Irby Road, Heswall, Wirral, CH61 6XN or emailed to This post is subject to an Enhanced Level DBS check. All applicants will be considered on the basis of suitability for the post regardless of sex, race or disability.

PLANNING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the following applications have been received:TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING ACT 1990 TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING (LISTED BUILDINGS AND CONSERVATION AREAS) ACT 1990 EQUFUND (IPS) LTD, THE OPEN ARMS, BIDSTON AVENUE, CLAUGHTON, CH41 0BR. Demolition of an existing vacant / derelict public house and the erection of a 4 storey building (ground plus 3 floors) to create 42 apartments for residents of 55 years or older on the three upper floors; landscaped communal open space at first floor level; and 2 ground floor visitor guest rooms, communal areas, residents’ gym, management office and storage space, 30 car parking spaces accessed to/from Bidston Avenue, and cycle and bin stores. APP/16/01248. Full Planning Permission. Any representations regarding the above applications must be received in writing by 2 November 2016 at the address below. The following proposal does not accord with the provisions of the development plan: MR T HAMID, CONTACT COMPANY LTD, TOWER WHARF CONTACT COMPANY OFFICE DEVELOPMENT SITE, 2 TOWER WHARF, TOWER ROAD, BIRKENHEAD, CH41 1LD. Change of use only of existing vacant substation building to create Class A1 convenience store. APP/16/00535. Full Planning Permission. Departure from U.D.P. MR S PRANCE, 89 BARNSTON ROAD, BARNSTON, CH61 1BW. Convert commercial ground floor back to residential. APP/16/00995. Full Planning Permission. Barnston Conservation Area. Conservation Area. MISS B WINNARD, CHERRY TREE, 39A MEOLS DRIVE, HOYLAKE, CH47 4AE. Replacement of existing staircase access to first floor flats and external works to include new balcony. APP/16/01204. Full Planning Permission. Meols Drive Conservation Area. Conservation Area. The following proposal does not accord with the provisions of the development plan: MS S BADDAMS, 6 NORTON DRIVE, IRBY, CH61 4XP. Rear and side extensions, raise height of roof including loft conversion and front dormer window. APP/16/01243. Full Planning Permission. Departure from U.D.P. MR & DR NELSON, OAKWOOD, 3 GAYTON ROAD, GAYTON, CH60 8PF. Conversion of flat roof over garage to a terrace with screening to sides and formation of access from first floor landing. APP/16/01263. Full Planning Permission. Affects setting of Conservation Area Gayton. MRS P MCALLISTER, 60 CENTRAL ROAD, PORT SUNLIGHT, CH62 5EJ. Retrospective consent for i) the removal of a concealed flue in the kitchen and removal of associated fireplace; ii) the replacement of the fire surround and hearth in the living room; iii) the sealing up of a fireplace in the front bedroom and; iv) the sealing up of the fireplace

in the rear bedroom. LBC/16/01269. Listed Building Consent. Conservation Area. Grade II listed building. Port Sunlight Conservation Area. MR STEVEN MASSIE, L.ROWLANDS & CO (RETAIL) LIMITED, PHARMACY, DEVANEY MEDICAL CENTRE, BALLS ROAD, OXTON, CH43 5RE. Proposed installation of an energy efficient air conditioning external condensing unit to existing retail pharmacy within medical centre (amended description). APP/16/01272. Full Planning Permission. Affects setting of Grade II listed building. The following proposal does not accord with the provisions of the development plan: MR & MRS SCULLION, 13 MOORWAY, GAYTON, CH60 2TX. Proposed singlestorey rear extension, loft conversion including raising the ridge height and front and rear dormer windows, and front porch. APP/16/01280. Full Planning Permission. Departure from U.D.P. MISS ANGELA CARTER, 36 WELLINGTON ROAD, NEW BRIGHTON, CH45 2NG. Proposed single storey detached garage and re-instatement of gated entrance off Pilots Way. APP/16/01281. Full Planning Permission. Grade II listed building. Wellington Road Conservation Area. Conservation Area MR & MRS P DRANSFIELD, FOUR FOXES, PARK ROAD, MEOLS, WIRRAL, CH47 7BE. Amendments & extension to approved dwelling (previous approval No. APP/15/00769) Dated 30th July 2015. And resubmission of previous application No. APP 15/01653. APP/16/01284. Full Planning Permission. Archaeological site. MRS M PRINCE, 10 JARROW CLOSE, OXTON, CH43 5XH. Single-storey extension. APP/16/01295. Full Planning Permission. Oxton Conservation Area. Any representations regarding the above applications must be received in writing by 9 November 2016 at the address below. MR FRANK & CEDRIC ANDERSON, 17 MARINE PARK MANSIONS, WELLINGTON ROAD, NEW BRIGHTON, CH45 2NP. Proposed renovations and improvements to form 2no two bedroom flats at lower ground floor level from existing storage areas within existing apartment block, including improvements externally and forming bin and bicycle storage within rear yard areas. APP/16/01217. Full Planning Permission. Wellington Road Conservation Area. MR & MRS FARRELL, 33 LENNOX LANE, BIDSTON, CH43 7RB. Erection of a single storey side extension and formation of a pitched roof. APP/16/01289. Full Planning Permission. Archaeological site. Affects setting of Conservation Area Bidston. The following proposal does not accord with the provisions of the development plan: MRS COWAN, LAND AT PARKGATE LANE, THORNTON HOUGH, WIRRAL. Retention of access to north side of Parkgate Lane giving access to fields (created as part of Cross Wirral high voltage cable works). APP/16/01301. Full Planning Permission. Departure from U.D.P. MRS HEATHER ALCOCK, 35 LOWER ROAD, PORT SUNLIGHT, CH62 5EG. Remove and dispose of wood and glass porch (with felt roof) from rear of property. LBC/16/01302. Listed Building Consent. Grade II listed building. Port Sunlight Conservation Area. The following proposal does not accord with the provisions of the development plan: MR D PLANT, ARNWOOD PROPERTIES, FORMER FACTORY CAR PARK, SOUTH VIEW, BROMBOROUGH. Erection of a new two storey building, Convenience Store for Bromborough Pool Village on the ground floor and a 2 Bed 4 Person Flat on the first floor. Building is to be located on a currently vacant former factory employees car-park. APP/16/01307. Full Planning Permission. Bromborough Pool Conservation Area. Departure from U.D.P. The following proposal does not accord with the provisions of the development plan: HALLIDAY FUNERAL SUPPLIERS, 1 MEADOWSIDE ROAD, BROMBOROUGH, CH62 7EJ. Proposed demolition of existing prefabricated garage and erection of new garage to the side of the property, alterations to the roof and inclusion of three dormer windows and redesigned porch. APP/16/01329 Full Planning Permission. Departure from U.D.P. MR D ANDERSON, 24 LORNE ROAD, OXTON, CH43 2JN. Conversion of side garage to provide ancillary accommodation to main dwelling. APP/16/01336. Full Planning Permission. Affects setting of Grade II listed building. Any representations regarding the above applications must be received in writing by 16 November 2016 at the address below.

A copy of the application, plans and other documents are available for inspection at the Department of Regeneration, Housing & Planning, Wirral Borough Council, Wallasey Town Hall, North Annexe, Brighton Street, Wallasey, Merseyside, CH44 8ED between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday (except Bank holidays), you can see details and plans of the application on our web site at and you can email comments to planningapplications@ If the application is a householder application, in the event of an appeal against a refusal of planning permission, which is to be dealt with on the basis of representations in writing, any representations made about the householder application will be sent to the Secretary of State, and there will be no further opportunity to comment at appeal stage.

TRAFFIC SECTION 14 OF THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 (AS AMENDED) - NOTICE OF MAKING TEMPORARY TRAFFIC RESTRICTION ORDER IN THE BIRKENHEAD AREA 2016 Notice is hereby given that Wirral Borough Council intend to make a Temporary Road Traffic Regulation Order under section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 as amended by section 1 and Schedule 1 of the Road Traffic (Temporary Restrictions) Act 1991 and of all other enabling powers to enable works on or near the roads specified in the proposed order to take place. The effects of the order, the alternative route for vehicular traffic the date the order comes into force and its maximum duration is set out in the schedule below. Beckwith Street (Temporary Road Closure) Birkenhead 2016 The effect of this order will be to close Beckwith Street, Birkenhead from its junction with Duke Street to its junction with Arthur Street to all vehicular traffic. Maximum Duration of the order: From 8am 24 October 2016 until 11.59pm 30 January 2017 (or such earlier date as the works are completed by). Alternative route: Traffic to be diverted via Duke Street, Park Road North, Arthur Street and vice versa. Notice is dated 5 October 2016. SECTION 14 OF THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 (AS AMENDED) - NOTICE OF MAKING TEMPORARY TRAFFIC RESTRICTION ORDER IN THE BIRKENHEAD AREA 2016 Notice is hereby given that Wirral Borough Council intend to make a Temporary Road Traffic Regulation Order under section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 as amended by section 1 and Schedule 1 of the Road Traffic (Temporary Restrictions) Act 1991 and of all other enabling powers to enable works on or near the roads specified in the proposed order to take place. The effects of the order, the alternative route for vehicular traffic the date the order comes into force and its maximum duration is set out in the schedule below. Whetstone Lane (Temporary Road Closure) Birkenhead 2016 The effect of this order will be to close Whetstone Lane, Birkenhead from its junction with Cedar Street to its junction with Derby Road to all vehicular traffic. Maximum Duration of the order: From 8am 22 October 2016 until 11.59pm 30 October 2016 (or such earlier date as the works are completed by). Alternative route: Traffic to be diverted via Borough Road, Clifton Crescent, Wilbraham Street, Argyle Street South, Pearson Road and vice versa. Notice is dated 5 October 2016. NOTICE OF CONFIRMATION OF MODIFICATION ORDER - PUBLIC PATH DIVERSION ORDER HIGHWAYS ACT 1980 - SECTION 119 - HOYLAKE FOOTPATH 6 DIVERSION ORDER 2016 On 23 September 2016 Wirral Borough Council confirmed the above Order made under Section 119 of the Highways Act 1980 on 20 July 2016. The effect of the Order as confirmed is to divert the public footpath at Hoylake Footpath No. 6 near Oldfield, Manor Farm, Oldfield Lane by diverting the line of the footpath running from A via B to C to a line running from A via D to C as shown on the order map. A copy of the Order as confirmed and the Order map may be seen free of charge at the Seacombe One Stop Shop, Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey, Wirral between the hours of 9am and 4pm on Monday to Friday each week. Copies of the Order and map may be bought there at the price of £5. The Order comes into force on 11 November 2016, but if a person aggrieved by the Order wants to question its validity, or that of any provision contained in it, on the ground that it is not within the powers of the Highways Act 1980, as amended, or on the grounds that any requirement of the Act, as amended, or of any regulation made under the Act has not been complied with in relation to the Order, he or she may,

under paragraph 12 of Schedule 15 to the Act within 6 weeks from 23 September 2016 make an application to the High Court. Notice is dated 5 October 2016. TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDERS Notice is hereby given that Wirral Borough Council in exercise of its powers intends to make the following orders under Sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 32, 35 and 84 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, and of all other enabling powers. The general nature and effect of the orders will be to introduce on street parking bays limited to 2 hours waiting, a loading only bay and regularise and introduce some waiting restrictions on certain junctions. The reason for this creation of limited waiting bays is to assist local businesses by providing a turnover of short stay parking spaces. The maintaining of sections of waiting restrictions and regularising of waiting restrictions will allow for visibility and manoeuvring space to be maintained within Banks Road as follows:(A) METROPOLITAN BOROUGH OF WIRRAL BANKS ROAD, WEST KIRBY (ON-STREET PARKING PLACES) ORDER 2016 - REF TO/15/05 The general nature and effect of this order will be to introduce parking bays as set out below: Limited Waiting Bays - Banks Road outside of 34-36, 38, 70, 74-78, 84-90, 92-104, (12-22) Ashton Court - 81, 130-140, 150-154, 172-174, Shrewsbury Road side of 108 Banks Road. Monday - Saturday. 9am-6pm. 2 hours return prohibited within 1 hour. Loading Only Bay - Banks Road outside 146-148. Mon-Sat. 9am-6pm. So long as necessary for goods to be loaded onto or unloaded from the vehicle. (B) METROPOLITAN BOROUGH OF WIRRAL BANKS ROAD, WEST KIRBY (PROHIBITION OF WAITING) ORDER 2016 - REF TO/15/05 The general nature and effect of this order will be to manage parking on one side of the junction of Church Road/Banks Road, at the junction of Victoria Drive/Banks Roads and on the junction of Groveside/Banks Road. The maintaining of sections of waiting restrictions and regularising of waiting restrictions will allow for visibility and manoeuvring space to be maintained within Banks Road. Some sections of waiting restrictions are to be reduced in length on Shrewsbury Road, Victoria Drive, Groveside and Hoscote Park. A copy of the Orders set out at (A) & (B) of this notice, maps, the orders proposed to be amended and a statement of the Council’s reasons for proposing to make the Orders, may be seen during normal office hours at Cheshire Lines Buildings, Canning Street, Birkenhead, Wirral, CH41 1ND and on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9am to 5pm and Wednesday 10am to 5pm at both The One Stop Shop, Town Hall, Brighton Street, Seacombe, CH44 8ED and The One Stop Shop, The Concourse, West Kirby, CH48 4HX. Any objections together with the grounds on which they are made, may be made on-line by Friday 4 November 2016 at (“Submit comments, questions or objections about new highway schemes in Wirral”) quoting the scheme reference number. Alternatively any objections can be sent in writing to Mark Smith, Head of Environment & Regulation, Cheshire Lines Building, Canning Street, Birkenhead, Wirral, CH41 1ND by Friday 4 November 2016 quoting the scheme reference number. Notice is dated 12 October 2016. HIGHWAYS ACT 1980 - SECTION 118 - UNADOPTED ALLEYWAYS OFF CANTERBURY ROAD, ROCK FERRY, WIRRAL - PUBLIC PATH EXTINGUISHMENT ORDER 2016 The above Order, made on the 5 October 2016 under Section 118 of the Highways Act 1980, will extinguish the unadopted alleyways off Canterbury Road, Rock Ferry, Wirral running:- From point A in a southerly direction to point D for approx. 53m in length and approx. 1.75m width. - From point B in a southerly direction to point C for approx. 13m in length and approx. 2m width. - From point B in a westerly direction to point E for approx. 65m in length and approx. 2m width. - From point F in an easterly direction to point G for approx. 24m in length and width approx. 3m widening to approx. 8m. - From point H in a southerly direction to point I for approx. 24m in length and width approx. 2m. As shown on the Order Map. A copy of the Order and Order Map have been placed and may be seen free of charge at the One Stop Shop, Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Copies of the Order and Map may be purchased there at a reasonable price. Any representations or objections to the Order may be sent in writing to the Head of Legal and Member Services, Department of Transformation and Resources, Wirral Borough Council, Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey, Wirral, CH44 8ED, not later than 21 November 2016. Please state the grounds on which they are made. If no such representations or objections are duly made, or if any so made are withdrawn, Wirral Borough Council may

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recruitment & public notices confirm the Order as an unopposed Order. If the Order is sent to the Secretary of State for the Environment for confirmation, any representations and objections which have not been withdrawn will be sent with the Order. Notice is dated 19 October 2016. HIGHWAYS ACT 1980 - SECTION 118 - UNADOPTED ALLEYWAYS OFF CHATHAM ROAD, ROCK FERRY, WIRRAL - PUBLIC PATH EXTINGUISHMENT ORDER 2016 The above Order, made on the 5 October 2016 under Section 118 of the Highways Act 1980, will extinguish the unadopted alleyways off Chatham Road, Rock Ferry, Wirral running:- From Point A in a southerly direction to point B for approx. 156m in length and approx. 2m width. - From point B in a westerly direction to point C for approx. 21m in length and approx. 2m width. As shown on the Order Map. A copy of the Order and Order Map have been placed and may be seen free of charge at the One Stop Shop, Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Copies of the Order and Map may be purchased there at a reasonable price. Any representations or objections to the Order may be sent in writing to the Head of Legal and Member Services, Department of Transformation and Resources, Wirral Borough Council, Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey, Wirral, CH44 8ED, not later than 21 November 2016. Please state the grounds on which they are made. If no such representations or objections are duly made, or if any so made are withdrawn, Wirral Borough Council may confirm the Order as an unopposed Order. If the Order is sent to the Secretary of State for the Environment for confirmation, any representations and objections which have not been withdrawn will be sent with the Order. Notice is dated 19 October 2016. HIGHWAYS ACT 1980 - SECTION 118 - UNADOPTED ALLEYWAYS OFF ROCHESTER ROAD, ROCK FERRY, WIRRAL - PUBLIC PATH EXTINGUISHMENT ORDER 2016 The above Order, made on the 5 October 2016 under Section 118 of the Highways Act 1980, will extinguish the unadopted alleyways off Rochester Road, Rock Ferry, Wirral running:- From point A in a northerly direction to point B for approx.

92m in length and approx. 2.75m width. - From point B in an easterly direction to point C for approx. 16m in length and approx. 2.65m width. - From point D in an easterly direction to point E for approx. 20m in length and approx. 3.15m width. - From point E in a southerly direction to point H for approx. 157m in length and approx. 2.90m width. - From point I in an westerly direction to point J for approx. 18m in length and approx. 2.65m width. - From point F in a easterly direction to point G for approx. 19m in length and approx. 1.50m width. As shown on the Order Map. A copy of the Order and Order Map have been placed and may be seen free of charge at the One Stop Shop, Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Copies of the Order and Map may be purchased there at a reasonable price. Any representations or objections to the Order may be sent in writing to the Head of Legal and Member Services, Department of Transformation and Resources, Wirral Borough Council, Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey, Wirral, CH44 8ED, not later than 21 November 2016. Please state the grounds on which they are made. If no such representations or objections are duly made, or if any so made are withdrawn, Wirral Borough Council may confirm the Order as an unopposed Order. If the Order is sent to the Secretary of State for the Environment for confirmation, any representations and objections which have not been withdrawn will be sent with the Order. Notice is dated 19 October 2016. THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 Notice is hereby given that Wirral Borough Council intends to make temporary road traffic regulation orders in exercise of its powers under Section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, as amended by Section 1 and Schedule 1 of the Road Traffic (Temporary Restrictions) Act 1991 in respect of certain highways in the Wallasey, New Brighton, Seacombe and Birkenhead Areas which the Council is satisfied are necessary to be made as part of its traffic management plan for the River of Light Event 2016. The Orders to be made and the Highways affected are set out in Schedule 1. Such Orders are required to restrict or prohibit vehicles

because of the likelihood of danger to the public. The effect of these Temporary Orders will be to close certain roads, to vehicular traffic but not so as to prevent access and egress for vehicles of residents in the roads affected by the Orders. There are no alternative routes for vehicular traffic. The dates upon which the orders will come into operation and their maximum duration are set out in Schedule 1. Schedule 2 is a list of roads that will be subject to temporary waiting restrictions by the placement of No Waiting at Any Time (NWAAT) traffic cones. Schedule 1: Dates of Operation of the Order: 8am Saturday, 5 November 2016 to 8pm Saturday, 5 November 2016. Various Roads (Temporary Traffic Restrictions) Wallasey, New Brighton, Seacombe and Birkenhead Order 2016. Keegan Drive, Wallasey from its junction with Church Road for its entire length • Shirley Street, Wallasey from its junction with Brighton Street to its junction with Toronto Street • Borough Road East, Wallasey from its junction with Victoria Place for its entire length • Toronto Street, Wallasey from its junction with Brighton Street for its entire length • Riverview Road, Wallasey from its junction with Brighton Street for its entire length • Queen’s Road, Wallasey from its junction with Brighton Street to its junction with Wilson Road • Harrowby Road, Wallasey from its junction with Brighton Street to its junction with Wilson Road • Sandon Road, Wallasey from its junction with Brighton Street for its entire length • Riversdale Road, Wallasey from its junction with Brighton Street for its entire length • Elmswood Road, Wallasey from its junction with Brighton Street for its entire length • Tobin Street, Wallasey from its junction with King Street to its junction with Sandon Promenade • Kinglake Road, Wallasey from its junction with King Street to its junction with Egremont Promenade • St Vincent Road, Wallasey from its junction with King Street for its entire length • St Elmo Road, Wallasey from its junction with King Street for its entire length • St Bride’s Road, Wallasey from its junction with King Street for its entire length • St Lucia Road, Wallasey from its junction with King Street for its entire length • Blenheim Road, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road for its entire length • Maddock Road, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Egremont Promenade • Manor Lane, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Egremont Promenade • Warwick Drive, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Manor Lane •

Caithness Drive, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Egremont Promenade • Lincoln Drive, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Egremont Promenade • Elgin Drive, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Egremont Promenade • Radnor Drive, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Egremont Promenade • Hertford Drive, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Egremont Promenade • Denton Drive, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Haydock Road • Hale Road, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Haydock Road • Holland Road, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Magazine Promenade • Dalton Road, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Orrell Road • Westmoreland Road, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Orrell Road • Cumberland Road, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Orrell Road • Ash Grove, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Melling Road • Birch Grove, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Melling Road • Magazine Lane, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Magazine Promenade • Vaughan Road, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Magazine Promenade • Dalmorton Road, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Magazine Promenade • Molyneux Drive, Wallasey from its junction with Rowson Street for its entire length • Egerton Street, Wallasey from its junction with Rowson Street to its junction with Tower Promenade • Hope Street, Wallasey from its junction with Rowson Street to its junction with Mason Street • Victoria Road, Wallasey from its junction with Rowson Street to its junction with Victoria Parade • Wellington Road, Wallasey from its junction with Rowson Street to its junction with Waterloo Road • Seacombe Promenade, Wallasey from its junction with Victoria Place to a point 105 metres north of its junction with Victoria Place • Victoria Place, Wallasey - from its junction with Borough Road East to its junction with Birkenhead Road • East Street, Birkenhead from its junction with Birkenhead Road for its entire length (except access for industrial traffic only) • Marine Promenade, Wallasey from its junction with Rowson Street for its entire length • Seacombe Promenade, Wallasey for its entire length • Sandon Promenade, Wallasey for its entire length • Egremont Promenade, Wallasey

for its entire length • Magazine Promenade, Wallasey for its entire length • Tower Promenade, Wallasey for its entire length • Woodside Ferry Approach, Birkenhead for its entire length. The above closures will only take place during certain times to enable the safe undertaking of the River of Light Special Event when necessary for that particular road and will not operate for the full duration of the times advertised. Schedule 2: List of roads subject to temporary waiting restrictions by the placement of No Waiting at Any Time (NWAAT) traffic cones. These restrictions may not be in place for the whole of the period specified as below:8am Saturday, 5 November 2016 to 8pm Saturday, 5 November 2016. - Rowson Street, Kings Parade to Seabank Road, South western side, Traffic Cones - Seabank Road, Rowson Street to King Street, South western side, Traffic Cones - Brighton Street, King Street to Church Road, South western side, Traffic Cones - Church Road, Brighton Street to Birkenhead Road, South western side, Traffic Cones Notice is dated 19 October 2016.

SAFETY SAFETY OF SPORTS GROUNDS ACT 1975 TRANMERE ROVERS FC, PRENTON PARK ISSUE OF GENERAL SAFETY CERTIFICATE In accordance with Regulation 5 (5) of the Safety of Sports Grounds Regulations 1987, notice is hereby given that the Council has issued a General Safety Certificate in respect of the Prenton Park Stadium, Prenton Road West, Birkenhead. A copy of the Certificate is available for inspection at Cheshire Lines Building, Canning Street, Birkenhead, CH41 1ND on Mondays to Fridays between 9am and 5pm. Published by Joe Blott, Strategic Department of Transformation and Resources, Wirral MBC, Wallasey Town Hall, Brighton Street, CH44 8ED. Notice is dated this 12 October 2016. Unless otherwise stated, all Metropolitan Borough of Wirral Public Notices are published by Surjit Tour, Head of Legal and Member Services, Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey, Merseyside, CH44 8ED.

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Wirral View Issue 1  

Wirral Council and partner information, for all Wirral residents and businesses.