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ISSUE 2 | November 2016



JINGLE BELLS: Puppy love Sparkly festive fun New calendar is raising cash for Wirral’s homeless hounds

Free to every home, every business, every month


TRUE GRIT: WIRRAL GETS READY FOR THE BIG CHILL Preparing for winter is a busy old time, particularly when you’ve 288 miles of road to keep clear! WITH 4,000 tonnes of salt at the ready, we’re prepared for the worst that winter can throw at us! The council’s huge salt dome in Birkenhead will be operating at full-tilt between now and April, ready to grit 288 miles (460km) of roads in Wirral. With around 60 tonnes of salt per round, that’s a lot of the brown stuff, but we’re more than confident that our salt dome newly opened last year - can cope. Ten full-size gritters and four ‘mini-gritters’ are ready to hit the road when temperatures drop. Until April, we’ll be monitoring weather conditions 24/7 ready to make the call to send out the gritting crews. You can find full details of our winter service plans – including major gritting routes – on www. On standby: Gritting staff at the ready at our Birkenhead salt dome.





No charge for council car parks after 3pm in December.

What happened when Matt from Hilbre met Matt from Strictly!





Our site has inspirational ideas from local gigs to the perfect CV.

Why a record number of directors are choosing Wirral.


COULD YOU VOLUNTEER? Your chance to make a difference and boost your prospects.

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‘parent hacks’ to get your kids moving Make it fun: Being active doesn’t have to mean tough workouts. Make it family time by taking them on an adventure walk, playing at the park, having a game of footie, or tossing a frisbee around. Let the kids choose: Not only will they choose something they want to do, but you are sending them the message that the activities they want to try are important to you.

Go old school: Teach your kids the games you used to play when you were young. Get competitive: See who can bounce a basketball the longest, who can jump the furthest, or toss a frisbee the furthest. Who can get their kite up quickest, and who can make it across the monkey bars without falling.

Activity jar: Fill the jar with different activities and each child chooses one that you all do for a minimum of 30 minutes. Turn it off Tuesdays: Disconnect from the couch and the technology and make one day of the week completely tech free. Supplied by Active Wirral. For more info see



ADVENT CALENDAR WITH A DIFFERENCE AS THE festive season approaches, make changes to your lifestyle with the Active Wirral Advent Calendar! Featuring bad Christmas jokes and audacious puns, the Active Wirral Advent Calendar challenges you to do just one thing different a day through December to build a smidgen of activity into your lifestyle. We can’t promise a chocolate behind every window, but we can assure you these small changes will add up and make a big difference. You can pick up your advent calendar from any One Stop Shop. Visit activewirral to find out how small changes can make a big difference!



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

graphic novels you can read for FREE if you’re a Wirral libraries member

IF YOU have a library card, you can now access more than 16,000 comics online. Just go to uk/libraries and download the free App for iOS. Once you’ve set up your account and installed the App, you’ll be able to read comics from publishing houses like Dark Horse, Valiant and Boom! Here’s 5 titles to get you started: 1. Alice in Sunderland (Bryan Talbot). For fans of the story behind the story of Lewis Carroll’s most famous

work, Bryan Talbot paints a fascinating portrait of the city of Sunderland 2. Adventure Time (Various). One of the weirdest ‘children’s’ TV shows ever to be created, Adventure Time is also a very popular series of comics. Very strange, and oddly touching 3. 30 Days of Night (Steve Niles). A vampire comic series that became an influential horror movie. Not suitable for young readers

4. A Tale of Two Cities – Classics Illustrated (Charles Dickens). This series is a great way for young readers to fall in love with classics of literature in an accessible form. Stunning visuals by established artists 5. Borderlands (Mike Neumann). Hugely popular video game series spawned its own series of comics. Competing interests fight for a legendary vault of treasure on an alien world. Recommended for readers aged 12 plus

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Major rail work: plan now to keep your life moving Major - but essential - work takes place on the Merseyrail network next year - but rest assured, the network is still very much open for business!


AJOR track renewal work will take place on crossriver sections of the Wirral line between January and June 2017, bringing changes to how rail users make their journeys. At certain times during that six month period, trains towards Liverpool will only travel as far as Birkenhead Central and Birkenhead North, with express rail replacement buses laid on to take passengers the rest of the way. At other times, Wirral line trains will run as normal to James Street, but will not serve Moorfields, Lime Street and Liverpool Central. Northern Line

services will be unaffected. Please plan ahead by picking up a leaflet at your local railway station, and visiting for further info. Businesses should think what they need to put in place to support staff and customers. The key advice for anyone using Merseyrail is to leave your cars at home and stick to expess rail replacement bus services, or other public transport, to keep the Mersey Tunnels and surrounding routes moving. Network Rail, Merseyrail and Merseytravel are working with local authorities, including Wirral, to ensure that Merseyside is ‘open and ready for business.’ The work is part of £340m investment in the Liverpool City Region rail network over the next three years. It will replace sections of concrete-based track in the ‘loop,’ originally laid in the 1970s, while doing any other work needed. Details of transport ar-

Don’t be taken for a ride by rogue taxis WITH Christmas around the corner, make sure you book your taxi in advance if you’re planning a night out. The council licenses all taxi vehicles and drivers with the overall aim of protecting the public. We carry out checks on all drivers to ensure they are fit and proper people to carry others, and on their vehicles, to ensure they are safe and properly insured. Don’t be tempted to accept a lift off just anyone. All licensed drivers must display a valid badge and all licensed vehicles must display a plate that clearly identifies the vehicle as licensed. This number

can be used as a reference should anyone wish to report a concern to the council’s licensing team. Bona fide taxis and their drivers will display their licences prominently. If in doubt, don’t get in! Taxi ranks are always busy over the festive period. By law, private hire cabs must be prebooked. If you get into one of these vehicles without booking you may not be insured and the driver will be breaking the law. To report an unlicensed taxi or minicab driver, email or call 0151 691 8043.

In the loop: Track renewal works set for the new year.

rangements are available at and booklets detailing arrangements can be picked up from Merseyrail stations. The following contingencies will be in place:

■ Express rail replacement buses: From Birkenhead Central and Birkenhead North to Moorfields and St George’s Hall. ■ Buses: Regular cross-river bus services strengthened between Wirral/Chester and

Liverpool. ■ Mersey Ferries; Frequent cross-river ferry service - a good option for cyclists. ■ Special arrangements will be in place to help people with disabilities.

Christmas car parking bonus AS WIRRAL gears up for the busy Christmas shopping season, the council is once again introducing its ‘Free After 3’ parking initiative. ‘Free After 3’ applies to council car parks throughout the whole of December. They will be free to park in after 3pm every day, giving residents and visitors the chance to go Christmas shopping without paying to park. We also hope that they will make attending the numerous festive events taking place around the borough easier. As an added bonus: ■ People will also be able

to park ‘Free All Day’ at any council-operated car parks on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. ■ Parking will be free from 3pm in council car parks in Birkenhead on Friday, November 25, to attract visitors to the area for the Christmas Lights switch on

in Hamilton Square (6pm). Please note that the initiative applies to counciloperated car parks only; motorists will still have to pay for on-street parking in Birkenhead, and to park in any non-council owned parking areas.


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‘Why seals have it sussed!’ T

HERE have been many highlights to Matt Thomas’s remarkable 16-year career as a countryside ranger in Wirral, but his pick of the bunch is a little unexpected – being bought lunch in a West Kirby supermarket café by Matt Baker from BBC’s Countryfile. The unlikely pair had spent seven hours on a particularly cold January day, filming a special programme on the Hilbre Islands, including three hours on a boat off the Wirral coast. Matt said: ‘He was taking part in the ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ tour at the time and he’d been performing the night before, in Birmingham, I think. The poor man was absolutely exhausted and it was freezing cold, so we ended up having lasagne and

FIVE HILBRE FACTS ■ The Seagull Inn was run on Hilbre between the 1790s and the 1830s. ■ There were monks living on Hilbre Island for more than 500 years. ■ The ruined redbrick building is a former Lifeboat Station, which was still in operation until 1939. The crew ran or rode on horseback from Hoylake before rowing out to rescue stricken sailors. ■ An exclusive gentlemen’s club leased a house on the island and named themselves the Hilbre Club. ■ Hollywood stars Paul Bettany and Stephen Graham filmed a movie on the island in 2013.

chips in a supermarket café in West Kirby. ‘I think people were a bit surprised to see Matt Baker sitting there.’ It’s not all showbiz for the busy ranger, originally from Birkenhead, who began his career with Wirral Council during a gap year from studying for an ecology degree at Liverpool John Moores University. He said: ‘I joined the ranger team as part of a year out from my studies and never left. I went back to university to finish my course and they offered me a job as soon as I graduated. ‘I’ve worked across the whole of the Wirral but for the past seven years I have been responsible for looking after the Hilbre Islands.’ Hilbre Island is part of a network of three islands which are designated Sites of Special

Scientific Interest (SSSI) and are protected by law to conserve their wildlife and geology. They are among only a handful of tidal islands in the UK which can be walked to at

low tide. Others include The Holy Island of Lindisfarne, in Northumberland, and St Michael’s Mount, in Cornwall. For many years, the islands were owned by the Mersey Docks & Harbour Company but

were sold to the local authority in 1945 and are now maintained as a nature reserve and popular visitor attraction. A number of volunteer groups, including the Friends of Hilbre Island and the Hilbre Island Bird Observatory, work alongside Matt and his team to protect the landscape and the many species of birds which make their home there. Matt said: ‘My first duty is to maintain the islands and manage access so people can continue to enjoy visiting Hilbre without damaging it, or the wildlife which lives there. ‘There are thousands of birds which nest on the island

and it is recognised as an internationally important site for wading birds. ‘One of the biggest attractions is the large colony of Atlantic grey seals. There was a peak count of 700 this year and this is mainly because the Dee Estuary is now very, very clean, so there is an abundance of food. ‘There is also plenty of space on the sandbanks for the seals to haul out, which is basically seal speak for chilling out. ‘Hilbre Island seals have the best life. At high tide they swim around catching fish and at low tide they haul themselves onto a sandbank and chill out in the sunshine. ‘I don’t believe in an afterlife but if I did, I would definitely want to come back as a Hilbre island seal.’

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Hoylake goes to the polls! Residents in Hoylake are getting the chance to vote on how future development plans for this lively seaside town are decided.


OYLAKE residents are going to the polls to vote on a Neighbourhood Development Plan for their town. Neighbourhood Development Plans were made possible by the Localism Act 2011 and give local people more of

a say over planning decisions in their area. Local group Hoylake Vision has prepared the Neighbourhood Development Plan for the town, and have come up with six key themes to make a difference - Improving the Town Centre, The Promenade and Recreation, Getting Around Hoylake, Special Buildings and Places, Homes in Hoylake and Enhancing Carr Lane Industrial Estate. Residents have received polling cards inviting them to vote in the referendum at a local polling station on Thursday, December 1.


To vote in person, visit your local polling station between 7am and 10pm on the day of the referendum to cast your vote. If more people back the Neighbourhood Plan than oppose it, Wirral Council will use it to help when deciding on planning applications in the town. To find out more about Hoylake Vision’s plan and how the referendum works, visit the Wirral Council website and search for Hoylake Neighbourhood Plan. Alternatively, you can go to the Hoylake Vision website at

THE FIRE Service has asked the council for permission to build a new fire station on green belt land in Saughall Massie, replacing two stations in West Kirby and Upton. After considering the application, council officers decided that the application met the necessary conditions for approval, and it was recommended for approval to Planning Committee on November 10. Councillors will make a site visit at 11am on Tuesday,

December 13, before making their decision on December 15. If the Planning Committee approves the application then it will need to be referred to the Secretary of State who may choose to call it in and decide whether it should go ahead or not. If it is decided not to call it in, the council will be able to issue a decision notice. Planning Committee takes place at 6pm on December 15, in Committee Room 1 at Wallasey Town Hall, Brighton Street, (open to public).

Artist’s impression: the proposed new fire station.

HOW EXERCISE CAN HELP IMPROVE YOUR MIND You might be thinking ‘but my fitness levels aren’t good’ or ‘I haven’t got the time’ - but there are many ways around these worries. You don’t have to have the stamina of an Olympian, just the willingness to make a start. Exercise will help make a big difference to your health and mind set. = STRESS BUSTER: Taking a short time to exercise can help to release some of this built up tension. So why not literally ‘sweat the stress’?

= HAPPY HORMONE BOOST: Exercise releases ‘happy chemicals’ called endorphins in our brain which helps boost happiness. You might not feel that cheery in the build up to a run, swim or gym class. However we can guarantee after it you’ll be ‘a-hop, skip and jumping!’

= CONFIDENCE: Nearly all of us have insecurities in some way but just pushing yourself to go to the gym or on that walk or run, makes you feel great. Once over that first hurdle you won’t look back.

= ANXIETY ARMOUR: Exercising just a few times a week can help protect you from the effects of anxiety.

= DEPRESSION COMPRESSION: Depression can be overcome with

exercise. Doctors recommend increasing exercise levels for those suffering from depression, even if it is the last thing you’d want to do.

= MIND CLEARANCE: After a busy day it can be difficult to concentrate and think straight but going for a jog or to a gym class can do wonders to calm your mind and empty it of the day’s trials.

It is no secret that being active is good for your body. But did you know it is also one of the most effective ways to improve your mental health?

Looking after our own mental health is just as important as our physical health. Get fit and healthy in body and mind!

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feature Anti-social behaviour is a major blight on our communities, whatever form it takes... Wirral View

Anti-social behaviour: together we’re better ANTI-social behaviour is the most commonly-reported crime in Wirral. How we work together to successfully tackle it is one of the most hotly-contested issues for our local communities. Noise and nuisance can have a huge effect on quality of life and wellbeing. It can divide communities, with young people feeling they bear the brunt of blame, and older people saying they feel people are ‘too soft’ on the perpatrators. It’s true to say that communities which have been most

successful in tackling ASB have tackled it together. By working as a partnership with the council, police, and community and housing organisations, positive action has brought communities together and thrown out the bullies. In New Ferry, for example, a problem-solving group of police and anti-social behaviour officers came up with the idea of installing a new 4G camera on the New Ferry Road bypass bridge following a spate of projectiles being thrown from it. Fire and Rescue and council

officers were out and about as part of Operation Banger in the run-up to and during Mischief Night, Halloween and Bonfire Night this year, speaking to young people and patrolling anti-social behaviour hot spots. This focus on preventing dangerous fires and diverting young people away from antisocial behaviour and into safe, supported activities was supported by sports development and youth workers. The impact and consequences of antisocial behaviour were recently bought home

when Baroness Helen Newlove, who lost her husband Garry in 2007 when he was murdered by drunken teenagers vandalising his car, visited Birkenhead Sixth Form College to launch a new joint initiative to teach schoolchildren about the effects of antisocial behaviour. Working with the police, college students have been putting together a production which will be touring high schools across Wirral. After watching the production, Baroness Newlove said: ‘I found it very emotional.’

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feature looks around the borough to see how working together is making a difference.


Working together: Tackling anti-social behaviour.

WHAT CAN I DO IF I SEE ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR IN MY COMMUNITY? IF YOU know someone who is damaging their community through antisocial behaviour, it’s really important that you report them. You can report antisocial behaviour to Wirral Council by calling

0151 606 2020 between 8.45am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. If you know someone’s name and address, you can help the council and the Police to respond and do something about it. Alternatively, call Merseyside Police on 101.

Magenta solutions AS the largest registered provider of affordable housing in Wirral, Magenta Living works closely with police and the council to tackle anti-social behaviour to ensure everyone can feel safe in their own home. With around 12,440 homes, their focus is on early intervention, seizing intelligence and sorting out a problem before it becomes a crisis. Partnership working is vital. This summer, for example, a

joint operation between Magenta, police and the council secured a closure order at a property in Hillburn Drive, North Birkenhead, where residents were having to put up with antisocial behaviour, drug dealing, loud parties, violence and theft. If you are a Magenta Living tenant experiencing anti-social behaviour or wish to report an incident, contact the group on 0808 100 9596 or visit

Community police stations opening Alleygate project tackles hotspots FOUR new community police stations have been opened in Wirral to help ensure Merseyside Police’s neighbourhood teams are based in the heart of the communities. Bidston and St James, Rock Ferry, Moreton and Hoylake all have new Community Police Stations, based alongside other public services like libraries, community centres and Citizens Advice Bureaus. The project aims to cut the cost of running outdated stations while protecting frontline police officers.

Bebington Police Station is also set to re-open, following an extensive refurbishment funded by Merseyside’s Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy, below right with Council Leader Councillor Phil Davies and Chief Constable Andy Cooke.

BUSINESS LEADERS have installed alleygates at an antisocial behaviour hotspot in Birkenhead town centre, following repeated incidents. The gates were installed by council engineers to control access to an entry off Vincent Street, an area between Borough Road and Grange Road which is used daily by hundreds of shoppers. The need for the alleygates was identified after Birkenhead First’s Town Hosts spoke to business owners who complained of anti-social and unhy-

Keep out: New alleygates insta lled.

gienic behaviour taking place in the alley off Vincent Street. Shop owners complained that this was giving visitors to the town centre a negative impression and could put them off coming to the area in the future.

IN RECENT years, a new kind of menace has become common to many Wirral neighbourhoods - scrambler bikes and other off-road vehicles, driven at dangerous speeds and with little regard for other road users and pedestrians. In June 2016, Merseyside Police joined forces with Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner, local authorities and Crimestoppers to launch Operation Brookdale. The campaign asked members of the public to help identify where illegal vehicles are being stored, and report when they see nuisance vehicles in their community. Since the start of Operation Brookdale in June 2016, Police have taken more than 200 scrambler bikes off the streets of Merseyside. Warrants were served at over 50 properties and arrests made for offences relating to drugs and organised crime. Many of the seized vehicles were reported as stolen, and those that could not be returned to their rightful owners were taken to a salvage yard in Skelmersdale and crushed. People who ride these dangerous vehicles are putting themselves and others at risk of serious injury, and some of the bikes seized were taken following road accidents that could have had dire consequences for all road users. If you have information about the illegal and antisocial use of scrambler bikes and other vehicles, call 101 or report it anonymously to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.

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You need to know about CSE Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is often hidden and can ruin lives. Here’s how to spot the signs.


HE sexual exploitation of children and young people is an insidious and often hidden crime. It affects all backgrounds and communities, and the impact can last a lifetime, destroying lives, self-esteem and relationships. Having a supportive parent or carer can make all the difference in helping a young person learn to stay safe, but talking to your child about sex, relationships and the

internet can be daunting. Here in Wirral, agencies like the council and police work closely to keep children safe and raise awareness of what a healthy relationship is. As an example, the council is working with the Ariel Trust and Merseyside Police to launch a new project called ‘Safe Skills,’ a classroom resource to raise awareness and improve the safety of young people. Teachers and the NSPCC have been involved to ensure the resource is age appropriate and feedback so far has been really positive in schools where it was trialled. The resource was launched at Fender Primary School, Woodchurch, and will be rolled out across Merseyside using films and interactive activities, building awareness about what CSE means and how to identify

■ Your child’s school will offer a range of support and can help put you in touch with services in your area. ■ If you or someone you know is immediately in danger, ring 999. Who is vulnerable? Children are most vulnerable between the ages of 13 and 15, but younger victims are targeted.

Look out for: controlling relationships. It will be used by schools and other professionals to empower young people to take action or ask for support. How to seek help ■ The website is an education programme from the National Crime Agency’s

CEOP organisation; it has information and advice for children, young people, parents and people who work with them. ■ Children can ring Childline on 0800 1111 and speak to a trained counsellor. Childline is run by the NSPCC and is completely confidential.

unexplained gifts changes in mood going missing staying out late being secretive about where they are going ■ lack of interest in activities and hobbies ■ missing school ■ ■ ■ ■ ■

Are you willing to hold our hands when we need you the most?

I’m Middle Sis, Sophie, aged 4

I’m Big Sis, Mya, aged 5

I’m Baby Bro, Ted, aged 3


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News, views, things to do: how Teenwirral can help


F it’s advice you’re after – we’ve got loads. The site has info on what to do if you’re being bullied or under pressure to use drugs, plus education and employment advice such as creating your first CV. Young parents and young carers can also get directions to local organisations who can offer them support if they need it.



Do you know your rights as a young person?


Whether you’re a young person looking for support, or just want to find out what’s happening nearby, teenwirral. com has something for you!

Do you know your rights as a young person? If the answer is no, Teenwirral can help with that too – by steering you to local and national sources of information and support. Budding politicians might want to make their voice heard at one of the council’s youth forums, or help to shape policies that affect young people at the Youth Voice Group. All of this is on the site, plus the DofE Award, AND the chance to become a Young Reporter! Phew – that’s a lot!

TEENWIRRAL also has a section for you. The site offers information on looking after the mental health of young people and where to find help as a parent, plus sections on online safety and talking about sex and pregnancy. Parenting a teen is a daunting yet hugely rewarding journey – you might need support, too!

Local Offer website Get set, grab your trainers, go! GET SET TO GO is a national programme supported by mental health charity MIND, Sport England, and The National Lottery. It is designed to improve the quality of life of anyone experiencing a mental health condition through access to sport and physical activity. New research shows that almost 70 per cent of people feel their mental health makes taking part in sport too difficult.

Get Set to Go seeks to prove that having a mental health problem or fear should never be a barrier to enjoying sport or being active. Don’t know where to start? Sometimes that's the only thing holding you back. Here are five top tips: ■ Start small. Try a short run with your mates or a fun class. ■ Be kind to yourself. Any exercise is a step in the right direction. ■ Everyday things count.

Hoovering your room gets you moving and is TOP TIPS good for your mental health too – believe it or not! ■ Clear your head. Exercise helps you focus on other things rather than unwanted fears and worries. ■ Celebrate achievements. Congratulate yourself when you’ve done well!


what’s on... what’s on... what’s on... what’s on.. ■ BIG SPLASH SWIMMING @ LEASOWE LEISURE CENTRE, SAT 1-2pm, term-time only. £1. Young adults with a disability (14 to 25). Email Stacey at

■ BILL RYDER-JONES @ THE FLORAL PAVILION, SAT NOV 26, 7.30pm £14. Singer/songwriter from Wirral described as a ‘magical, colossal talent’ (the Guardian)


The Local Offer’s Youth Voice group allows young people to help shape services in Wirral for children and young people with disabilities and/or special needs, plus there’s a group for parents and carers too. The group is run by staff and volunteers from Wirral Council’s Creative Youth Development team, who support young people to communicate through dance, drama, art and words. It meets on the last Tuesday of every month between 6pm and 7pm at Wirral Youth Theatre, 1 Pilgrim Street, Birkenhead CH41 5EH. To find out more about the Youth Voice Group, contact Seline at Creative Youth Development on 0151 666 3707.


ARE YOU - or is someone you know - a young person with special educational needs or disabilities? The Local Offer website – – has information about what is available locally for young people, parents and carers. The site brings together services and information to help young people, carers and parents at each stage of life.

■ LIVE N’ LOUD @ PILGRIM STREET ARTS CENTRE, THUR DEC 15, 7-9pm £2.50. Local bands showcase and preview of multimedia project ‘It’s Complicated’. To book call 666 3706.

Find out more at

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your council

Wallasey Liscard Leasowe & Moreton East


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New Brighton

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 Contains OS data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.




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

To check which councillor covers your area visit

David M Elderton 07973 662 395 davidelderton

Jeff Green 07766 725 125 jeffgreen

Geoffrey Watt 0151 625 3941 geoffreywatt

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Battle to boost the Wirral pound

Councillor Phil Davies Leader of Wirral Council


ACH year, we face a growing challenge to set a budget that balances the rising costs and demand for services with the income we raise from business rates and council tax and the shrinking grants we receive from Government.

To deal with these cuts, councils like Wirral have historically survived by making reductions to services, increasing some charges and asking our staff and partners to do a more with less. This time, though, the sad truth is incremental changes will no longer get the job done. The scale of the task ahead of us, and the changes to the way local government will be financed in the future, mean this challenge is different. Wirral is required to find spending reductions of £132 million by 2020/21. That’s on top of the over £150 million in cuts we’ve already had to make since 2010. In the next financial year alone, we must reduce our spending by £45 million - our biggest ever single-year reduction.

Earlier this year, the Government announced it will be ending grants to local authorities entirely from 2020. Instead, councils must now rely on their business rates, council tax and fees and charges to pay for services. Wirral must prepare for that fundamental change, whether we agree with it or not. Achieving change of this scale is complex and takes time, but Wirral Council will deliver a complete redesign of every service we provide over the next four years. Wirral Council is still largely traditional in structure, perhaps even old-fashioned in the way it works. We are one of Wirral’s largest employers with nearly 4,000 people on our payroll providing public services. It means things will change at the town

hall. Residents expect us to be revenue through commercial a lean, well organised authority. activity and using our assets We need to look at our strucwisely. We must maximise the tures and systems and make Wirral pound. sure they offer value for money We have spelled out where and are fit for purpose. our priorities lie. The Wirral We must make changes on Plan and our 20 Pledges are our the frontline too. We will look contract with the people and we to develop new companies, will deliver as promised. charitable trusts and social enIn this new age for local govterprises to deliver the services ernment, it is our job to make our residents require. These sure we focus our efforts, our renew organisations will need to sources and our energy on what demonstrate they can deliver is truly important to residents. improved services to residents In early December the and dramatically reduce the council’s cabinet will consider cost of delivery to the council. a report which explains to WirOur budget challenge is ral residents how our budget not just an exercise in reducing proposal is put together, and what we spend. We must make then we will spend time talking sure we take every possible opto residents about partners and portunity to generate money too. getting their views, before the This means charging a fair price final proposal comes to council for the services we offer, raising in early March.

Your pick of Wirral’s best dog walks We spoke to local dog owners in Royden Park about their favourite places.

Orla Blyth, aged two, (pictured with her dog Hagrid) loves walking with her Mum and Dad and baby brother Daire on Hoylake beach

‘Our favourites are Eastham and Arrowe Park. Dibbinsdale is lovely too.’

‘Royden Park is our favourite and Thurstaston beach is beautiful too.’

Suzanne & Mike Hulse from Moreton, with their grandchildren and dog Charlie

Tina Evans from Upton, with granddaughter Charis and Penny and Oscar

‘We love Royden Park and like to walk over to Benty Farm Tea Rooms for a drink.’

‘The dog walks are one of the reasons we moved here. My favourite is Caldy Hill.’

Nicki Gillam from Hoylake, with her family and dogs Harry & Alfie

Ian Dewar from West Kirby with his dog Charlie

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Wirral warms up for a cracking Christmas ■ Christmas craft and gift fayre , Hulme Hall, Port Sunlight, Sunday, Dec 4 ■ Irby Christmas lights switch on, 4pm, Friday, Dec 2 ■ Wallasey Village Christmas Festival, Thursday, Nov 24 from 4pm, with stalls, live entertainment and festive food ■ And don’t forget your tickets for ‘Cinderella,’ at the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton, Dec 10January 8.

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■ Even the Mayor of Wirral is getting in on the act (oh no he isn’t, oh yes he is!) with a Christmas tea dance on Wednesday, Dec 7 in Wallasey Town Hall. We have lots more ideas on page 21, including how you can support charities collecting to help homeless people and those struggling to make ends meet at Christmas.


Wirral Scout and Guide stamps are on sale now. Don’t forget last posting date is Dec 14. 


Enjoy Christmas by the sea at New Brighton’s Old Town Fayre. Dec 10-11  See p15


Port Sunlight does Christmas on Sat, Nov 26, enjoy handmade gifts and craft workshops.  www.portsunlight


Botanicals are hugely popular right now, enjoy responsibly at Wirral Gin Festival, Birkenhead Town Hall, Sat Nov 26. 



IRRAL is gearing up for Christmas with fairs and markets to get you into the festive spirit. Join us on the countdown to Christmas with: ■ A Victorian Christmas market in Birkenhead Park from December 17-23, 11am-7pm. This is a community event, and a first for Wirral’s world-famous park. Wooden chalets are available for stall holders to hire.


Enjoying a night out? Book your taxi before you go and don’t get taken for a ride by rogue drivers.  See p3

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Mayor’s tea dance


VERY year, the Mayor and Mayoress of Wirral nominate a chosen charity or charities to benefit from money raised during their year of office. This year’s civic first couple, Cllr Pat Hackett and his wife Elaine, are raising funds for Wirral Community Narrowboat Trust and Wallasey Sea Cadets. One of the highlights of the fundraising year is the

Mayor’s Christmas tea dance, on Wednesday, Dec 7, from 1.30 - 4pm in Wallasey Town Hall, Brighton Street. All are welcome to enjoy music from The Swingmasters, plus a festive afternoon spread including coffee, tea, sandwiches and cakes. No doubt there will be a few mince pies too! Treat yourself and a friend to a ticket, £5 from the Mayor’s office on 691 8527.

TAI CHI FOR ALL TUE 22nd NOV, 9 - 10am Adults £7.00 Ancient Chinese martial art, every Tuesday, Greasby Centre, Greasby. To find more classes, including yoga and martial arts, visit

Charity fun runs WOULD you like to take part in a festive fun run in aid of charity? If yes, Central Park in Wallasey hosts the Angel Charity Fun Run on Saturday, Nov 26. Everyone is welcome to run or walk 1k in memory of a loved one. Or perhaps you would like to put on your Christmas hat and take part in West Kirby's Santa Dash? It takes place on Sunday, Dec 4 and is run over different distances, from 2k to 10k (and you can walk it too!) Organised by members of the council’s sports development team, it starts at

9am at West Kirby Concourse, and is open to the whole family, from parents with prams to grandparents. Teens 13 and over can take part up to 5k without an adult. Entry is £5 per adult and £1 for children, with under 5s free – including a free Santa hat for each runner! Proceeds are for Hoylake Special Needs Club to fund a sensory resource, which is run by volunteers. Register now at West Kirby Leisure Centre or The Oval Leisure Centre, Bebington, or call Fiona Hanik on 07769674718.

CHRISTMAS FLOWER ARRANGING DEMO WED 23rd NOV, 7pm £10 incl refreshments Heswall Hall, Telegraph Road. 0151 343 0778 THE LADYBOYS OF BANGKOK FOREVER YOURS... X WED 23rd NOV, 7.30pm £25.50 | £23.00 conc A show like no other show, performed by girls like no other girls! 0151 666 0000 WALLASEY BRECK VOLUNTEER DAY THU 24th NOV, 10am - 2pm Help maintain the Breck.


Closing date MONDAY 14th DECEMBER 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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WIRRAL BIRD CLUB THU 24th NOV, 8pm £4.00 incl refreshments Birdwatching meeting fourth Thursday every month, Kingsmead School Hall, Hoylake. WALLASEY VILLAGE CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL THU 24th NOV, 3 - 8pm Stalls, choirs, grotto and switching on of the Christmas lights. WallaseyVillagePeople

BABY BOUNCE AND RHYME FRI 25th NOV, 10am Bring your baby and join in with the bouncing and singing! Every week, Wallasey Village Library. 0151 638 1024 BIRKENHEAD LOVES CHRISTMAS FRI 25th NOV, FROM 5pm See Liverpool legend John Barnes switch on the Christmas lights at 6pm, plus festive songs, food and drink, and face-painting too! 0151 650 0555 SHOWADDYWADDY FRI 25th NOV, 7.30pm. £20 Showaddywaddy have sold more than 20 million records. Their live show features hits including Under The Moon of Love, Three Steps to Heaven and many more. 0151 666 0000 WALLASEY MUSICAL THEATRE COMPANY TALENT SHOWCASE FRI 25th NOV, 7.30pm £11.40 | £9.50 conc Talent Showcase featuring amateur performers from Merseyside and a panel of celebrity judges. 0151 666 0000 CHRISTMAS ART & CRAFT FESTIVAL SAT 26th NOV, 9.30am - 1pm Make your own decorations, plus renowned artist Sue Symond. West Kirby Methodist Church. ANGEL CHARITY FUN RUN SAT 26th NOV, 10am £3.00 (proceeds to St Thomas Church, Liscard) See feature (left) Register at MAKE DO AND BE MERRY SAT 26th NOV, 11am - 5pm Hand-made fair, live music and craft workshops. Bridge Cottage and the Lyceum, Port Sunlight.

THE SOUNDS OF THE 50s - LIVE! SAT 26th NOV, 7.30pm £23.00 | £21.00 conc Following his hit BBC Radio 2 series, Leo Green presents the greatest songs from the greatest decade of music. 0151 666 0000 WIRRAL GIN FESTIVAL SAT 26th NOV, 12.30 - 5pm and 6 - 10.30pm. All tickets £20 Choose 5 of our premium gins. Birkenhead Town Hall. WALLASEY FOLK AND ACOUSTIC CLUB SUN 27th NOV, 8pm Open mic night. The Nelson, Grove Road, Wallasey. wallaseyfolkandacoustic

TREE OF LIGHT SWITCH ON SUN 27th NOV, 6.30pm A service for loved ones who are no longer with us. Holy Cross Parish Church, Woodchurch. 0151 677 5352 CHARITY CLASSICS CONCERT SUN 27th NOV, 3.30pm £5.00 (proceeds to Wirral Hospice St John's) Schubert, Schumann, Richard Rodney Bennett plus the Beatles. Heswall Quaker Meeting House, Telegraph Rd, Heswall. 0151 625 5488

THE ROY ORBISON STORY THU 1st DEC, 7.30pm. All tickets £21.50 This celebration of The Big O’s musical legacy is quite simply unmissable. Barry Steele takes you on a musical journey in time, from the Sun Records’ years right through to the late 80’s and The Traveling Wilburys. 0151 666 0000

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what's on CHRISTMAS CRAFT & GIFT FAIR SUN 4th DEC, 9.30am Buy unique hand-made gifts for friends or family this Christmas. Hulme Hall, Port Sunlight.

KEN DODD HAPPINESS SHOW SUN 27th NOV, 7pm All tickets £22.50 Join Doddy and friends for a Winter treat with his 7tpm (titters per minute) marathon comedy style. 0151 666 0000 CHRISTMAS MEMORIES TUE 29th NOV, 2pm All tickets £11.50 Mix of more than 60 favourite Christmas songs and carols. 0151 666 0000 ICE CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL THU 1st DEC, 4 - 9pm Heswall Christmas Lights switch-on plus food stalls, mulled wine and children’s workshops. Also runs Fri, Sat and Sun (10am start at the weekend). The Puddydale, Heswall.

WEST KIRBY SANTA DASH SUN 4th DEC Adults £5.00 | Children £1.00 Under 5's Free (proceeds to Hoylake Special Needs Club) See feature (left). 07769 674718 CAROLS AND CANDLES TUE 6th DEC, 6.30pm Claire House invites you to a night of festive music by candle light. Christ Church, Port Sunlight. 0151 343 0883 MAYOR’S CHRISTMAS TEA DANCE WED 7th DEC, 1.30 - 4pm All tickets £5.00 See feature (left). 0151 691 8527

CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHT TAKE ON TAKE THAT THU 8th & FRI 9th DEC, 7pm £38.50 - incl 3 course meal Relight your Fire with one of the UK’s leading tributes to the greatest boy band of our generation. 0151 666 0000

TRANSITION TOWN LECTURE SERIES: BIO FUELS THU 1st DEC, 7pm Latest in a series of lectures focusing on Bio Fuels delivered by Dr Jose Antonio Lopez-Sanchez. West Kirby Arts Centre. IRBY LIGHTS SWITCH ON FRI 2nd DEC, 4pm Visit from Santa and his sleigh, fireworks, music and food. CHRISTINGLE SERVICE, SUN 4th DEC, 3pm, Holy Cross Parish Church Woodchurch.

LIGHT UP A LIFE SWITCH ON SUN 4th DEC, 5.30pm Wirral Hospice St John's, Bebington. See the lights switched on, plus refreshments.

WIRRAL CHAMBER XMAS PARTY FRI 9th DEC, 7.30pm - 1am £39.00+VAT per head Birkenhead’s Lauries will be a winter wonderland! 2 course Christmas dinner, free half bottle of wine, coffee and mince pies. Plus music. 07742 442503 COFFEE AFTERNOON CHRISTMAS PARTY FRI 9th DEC, 2.30pm Carols by St George’s Primary School. Wallasey Village Library. OLD TOWN CHRISTMAS FAYRE SAT 10th - SUN 11th DEC Wooden chalets selling arts, craft and gifts, plus other festive fun. Victoria Parade, New Brighton.

WIRRAL SYMPHONIC WIND BAND CHRISTMAS CONCERT SAT 10th DEC, 7.30pm All tickets £10 Tinsel-tinged concert featuring the choir and audience participation too! Wallasey Town Hall. CINDERELLA SAT 10th DEC - SUN 8th JAN, 2pm With the help of a Fairy Godmother, played by This Morning’s Alison Hammond, a pumpkin and a touch of magic, Cinderella is whisked off to the Prince’s Ball... but will she live Happily Ever After? 0151 666 0000

STORYTIME WITH SANTA SAT 17th DEC, 10am, 11.30am, 1pm & 2.30pm All tickets £11.50 Opening night. Traditional and modern Christmas stories with Santa & The Elf. All the children receive a gift and photograph after Santa has read a few stories around the fireplace and sang a song of Christmas cheer. Tivoli suite. 0151 666 0000


CHRISTMAS WITH WIRRAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA SUN 11th DEC, 2.15pm & 5pm £13.50 | £6.00 conc Seasonal songs and traditional carols for everyone to join in. 0151 666 0000

CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHT ABBA FOREVER TUE 13TH - WED 14TH 7pm £38.50 - incl 3 course meal Recognised as one of the best re-creations of Abba live in concert. Get your platforms on! 0151 666 0000 CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHT ULTIMATE DIRTY DANCING THU 15th DEC, 7pm £38.50 - incl 3 course meal Be swept on a whirlwind ride through the greatest movie soundtrack of all time in this fully choreographed spectacular. 0151 666 0000

BIRKENHEAD PARK CHRISTMAS MARKET SAT 17th - 23rd DEC, 11am - 7pm Victorian-style Christmas Market. Chalets, Santa's grotto and children's rides. 0151 652 5197 BIRKENHEAD WINTER WONDERLAND SAT 17th DEC, 1 - 4PM (See p21 for more info). Gautby Road Centre, Birkenhead.

NEW YEAR’S EVE GALA CONCERT SAT 31st DEC, 9.30pm £39.50 | includes a glass of fizz Featuring the British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. See feature (right). Booking essential. 0151 666 0000 SEE MORE FESTIVE EVENTS ON OUR COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS ROUND UP ON PAGE 21...

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LOOKING for a spectacular way to see out the old year and bring in the new? New Year's Eve at the Floral Pavilion is the place to be. Carringtons Catering bring you a wonderful 5-course Gala Dinner to start your evening in style, followed by the inaugural Gala Concert. The ever popular British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra (Last Night of the Proms & Viennese Strauss Christmas) will celebrate New Year in style with a show containing music from opera, ballet, film, operetta, Gilbert and Sullivan, musicals, ‘West End’, as well as classical and fun numbers for all the family. End 2016 on a high culminating at midnight with a rousing New Year sing-along, arms linked to Auld Lang Syne. Just book your Gala Dinner when you are buying your tickets for the concert (see listing). Tickets for the Dinner are £39.50 (7pm for a 7.15pm service).

THE NUTCRACKER RUSSIAN STATE BALLET & OPERA HOUSE THU 24 DEC, 7.30pm. £31.00 | £29.00 conc Christmas classic with music by Tchaikovsky, featuring an impressive cast and accompanied by an orchestra with over 30 musicians. 0151 666 0000

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Put your best foot forward O

NE OF Wirral’s great attractions is its variety of walks, lots of them accessible from the bus or train, and many suitable for people with limited mobility. Below are two walks from our ‘Walk Wirral’ leaflets. One takes in the superb coastal views of West Kirby and Caldy and the other visits some of Birkenhead’s most fascinating historical attractions. You can find the ‘Walk Wirral’ leaflets on and in many libraries. Covering the whole of Wirral, they include info on parking, and where to buy food for a picnic. Wirral Walking Festival 2017 takes place in May and features nearly 200 walks that show off the best the peninsula has to offer. If you would like to take part you can fi nd out more details on

■ HOW TO BE A VOLUNTEER The council looks after around 100 miles of footpaths and we couldn’t do it without our band of volunteers. Whether it’s cutting back vegetation, reinstating footpaths or draining waterlogged car parks, they turn out in all weathers! If you would like to be a volunteer, we have meetings every Thursday from 10am-1pm (the next is November 24 at Royden Park). For further information, contact Robin Tutchings on 0151 606 2480.

From coastal walks to heritage trails...

MEET A VOLUNTEER OLIVER Evetts has been a volunteer at Wirral Country Park for over 20 years. ‘I feel good knowing that I'm making a contribution to the management of my local environment. We’ve created a lot of new ‘access for all’ paths recently and to see them being used is great! ‘My favourite task is fencing and footpath construction. They require a lot of volunteers so it’s quite a social occasion!’ As for Ollie’s favourite walk... ‘One of the best views has to be from the Dungeon Woodland overlooking the Dee Estuary’.

GET those walking boots on and take in some of the beautiful coast and countryside on your doorstep. A great family walk features in the northwest ‘Walk Wirral’ leaflet, starting in West Kirby. Covering four miles, this rewarding route climbs up to the war memorial on Grange Hill and then Caldy Hill, which offers spectacular views of Liverpool Bay. When you are satisfied you have taken enough photos, descend down to Caldy Village, which

is mentioned in the Domesday Book as ‘Calders’ and then on to Cubbins Green which boasts more delightful views across the Dee Estuary. Once you get to West Kirby take the path around the Marine Lake. If the tide times are favourable it is possible to walk to Hilbre Islands too but allow at least three hours and make sure you are wearing good walking shoes. After you have finished your walk, reward yourself with a bite to eat at one of the numerous excellent cafés.

‘WALK Wirral’ leaflets don’t just focus on coast and countryside, there are walks for history buffs too. The ‘Wonders of Birkenhead’ walk for example is a short two mile walk that takes in ten of the town’s fascinating historical attractions. Starting from Hamilton Square, which after Trafalgar Square has the most Grade 1 listed buildings in England, the walk heads on to Birkenhead Priory, a Benedictine monastery that is the oldest building in Merseyside, and then to the fascinat-

ing U-Boat Story at Woodside Ferry Terminal. Others stops on this walk include the Birkenhead Tramway lines, Egerton Bridge, the Transport Museum and Shore Road Pumping Station. You will also see the Mersey Tunnel Ventilation Tower - did you know this was designed by Herbert J. Rowse, who was also responsible for the Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool?

Mandeep Singh and Beth Matthews on the Wirral Way


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AMWhy filmmakers are FROM DRAM TO THE BIG SCREEN blown away by Wirral A record number of film and TV productions are now being made in Wirral, raising our profile and attracting jobs and investment.


VER the past 12 months, Hugh Grant and Meryl Streep have re-created the upmarket Hamptons beach resort on Leasowe sand dunes, Peaky Blinders have been up to no good at Port Sunlight and New Brighton, and – last but not least – Cbeebies went on location at the Black Pearl. Close working between Wir-

ral and Liverpool Film Office is attracting more and more film makers to the borough. Across the City Region - which includes Wirral - 257 film and TV projects racked up 1,067 filming days last year and brought £11.5million into the local economy, a 50% increase on the previous year. And the success looks set to continue with 147 productions so far in 2016. Once a major production company wants to film in Wirral, the council works with Liverpool Film Office to make it happen. It’s not just about movies; we’ve had Grand Designs, Springwatch, and CBeebies, with Posh Pawn in Eastham Country Park and Homes By The Sea at Caldy, West Kirby and Hoylake. Liverpool Film Office manager, Lynn Saunders, said:

Hilbre: One of the dramatic settings in the film ‘Blood.’

‘Wirral has a huge amount to offer production companies – a flexible approach, amazing and diverse locations, and a can-do attitude which sees directors and producers return time and time again. ‘Wirral Council and the Liverpool Film Office works closely to make sure we attract film companies.

‘We do whatever necessary – working with local residents and businesses - to ensure that filming goes as smoothly as possible. To see a special film showcasing local filming see

Check out our screen classics 35 YEARS ago Britain was celebrating the success of a small movie that made a massive impact and put Wirral on the feature film map. Released in 1981, Chariots of Fire was based on the true story of two athletes competing in the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris. Woodside Ferry terminal masqueraded as Dover where the Olympic team departed for France, but it

was Bebington Oval which stole the show when it was transformed into Stade Colombes Paris. Since then Wirral has welcomed many films and television dramas including: ■ Let Him Have It (1991) a true story of the controversial hanging of Derek Bentley. Parts of the movie were shot in New Brighton. ■ 51st State (2001) Samuel L. Jackson in a kilt in an action comedy thriller featur-

ing Birkenhead docks. ■ Awaydays (2009) set in Wirral of 1979 focussing on a gang of football hooligans. ■ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part One (2010) provided brief but magical glimpses of the Queensway tunnel during a chase sequence. ■ Blood (2012) starred Paul Bettany and featured cracking location shots at Hilbre Island, Vale Park,

and Wallasey Town Hall. ■ Peaky Blinders (2013 – present day) in which Port Sunlight posed as post WWI Birmingham. ■ Peter Kay’s Car Share (2015 –present day) was set fair and square in Greater Manchester, but in June star Peter Kay turned up in West Kirby to shoot parts of series 2.

YOU won’t make a fortune or win an Oscar by being an extra on a movie, but you may get to work with some interesting people. Eddie Byrnes from Heswall (below) performed with Bebington Dramatic Society back in the 1990s. Now he’s no stranger to the sets of big movies. If you are sharp-eyed you might catch him in the blockbusting Harry Potter spinoff, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Eddie became an extra when Bebington Dramatic Society was contacted to see if anyone was interested in extra work. ‘The film was Genius starring Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth. We shot two scenes in Liverpool and the film came out in the United States earlier this year. ‘Fantastic Beasts took me to the Warner Brothers studios near Watford. The scale of the production was staggering.’ Wirral has a number of film clubs that arrange regular film screenings. Here’s three for starters: ■ Friends of Bebington Library, Bebington Library. £3, contact the Library for details.

■ Hoylake Community Cinema, Hoylake Community Centre, see ■ Heswall Hall has regular screenings Our libraries also have a comprehensive collection of DVDs and blu-rays, see for details.

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Women unite against abuse Caring mentors are offering help and advice to women escaping domestic abuse.


OMEN who have come out of domestic abuse situations are using their experiences to help others currently facing the same thing. Known as ‘peer mentors’, these women offer friendship, advice and support, and are empowering other women to help change their lives for the better. ‘Tomorrow’s Women’ is making this happen. Through funding from the Wirral Community Safety Partnership –

and in conjunction with Wirral Connect - the charity has run four Domestic Abuse Mentor Training Programmes during a year pilot. More than 40 women are now qualified and available to offer mentoring support. Having previously accessed support from the charity for domestic abuse issues themselves, each female mentor is now qualified to help others. Tomorrow’s Women Chief Executive Angela Murphy said: ‘We receive around 90 new referrals a month, and many of those women say domestic abuse is something they need support with. They are matched with a mentor who provides empathy and guidance. For women disclosing domestic abuse for the first time, this is a brilliant way to informally

discuss their options safely.’ With over 550 visits to the centre each week, Angela believes success is down to their reactive nature: ‘We don’t take any issue in isolation. We shape our weekly timetable around what women tell us they want and need, and it really works for them.’ Operations Manager, Karen Horner says they don’t want women to get to ‘crisis point’ before they seek help. ‘Domestic abuse isn’t just violence, it’s also controlling behaviour, and mental or sexual abuse and it can happen to anyone regardless of background.’ The next step is to get the peer mentors out in the community, providing support in businesses and other community settings and receiving referrals. The centre is open

Peer mentors: Offering help and support.

Monday to Friday. You can just turn up or phone to make an appointment, and someone will be waiting for you when you arrive. You can be referred from your GP and you can bring a friend along if you want. ■ How to get help: In an emergency call 999. You can visit for details of local support groups.

Tranmere Rovers FC is backing Wirral Domestic Abuse Alliance and its pledge to end domestic abuse by dedicating a futsal game on Dec 11, at Prenton Park, and two home games on Nov 26, and Dec 3.

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How to claim free childcare Don’t miss out on free support that gives you a break and gets your child ready for school.


round 75% of two year-olds in Wirral who are eligible for 15 hours a week of free childcare have taken up the offer. But, while it’s fantastic it’s been so popular, we’re still aware there are families out there who haven’t yet been in touch. If you are one of them, get in touch now! From the term after your child turns two, you may be able to have up to 15 hours a week of free, flexible childcare, for 38

weeks per year. All three and four year-olds, regardless of circumstances, are also entitled to 15 hours of free ‘early education’ childcare, paid for by the government. Attending early education at registered providers such as children’s centres, nurseries, pre-schools, playgroups or childminders, can help your child to make new friends and build their confidence while learning and developing. This is a great stepping stone to school. It’s also great for parents who can meet other parents for adult conversation, and swap advice on difficult parenting issues like super-

market tantrums, breastfeeding and sleep routines. Ensuring children are ready for the challenges of starting school is one of the pledges we want to meet by 2020, and getting in touch with families like you is key to making sure every child has the best life chances from as early an age as possible.

From September 2017, working parents of three and four yearolds who meet set criteria will receive 30 hours free childcare as part of a new government scheme to support working families with the costs of childcare. Find out more at or contact or call 0800 085 8743


15 hours free YOUR two year-old can get 15 hours free early education and childcare if you get one of the following: ■ income support ■ income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) ■ incomerelated Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) ■ support through part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act ■ the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit ■ Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit) and have an annual income not over £16,190 ■ the Working Tax Credit 4-week run on (the payment you get when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit) ■ Working Tax Credits and earn £16,190 a year or less .

ISTOCK.COM/OLEG ROGKOV proud of me. Being a parent is your number one priority, but you don’t need to put your own life on hold. Whatever your personal circumstances, we can help you achieve your goals and build your skills and confidence. And if you’re feeling fulfilled, your kids are too! #mychildcan Wirral’s Early Childhood Services can help provide the best start for you and your family. Visit your local Children’s Centre and find out more.

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A new way of recording your medical information means just one conversation about your care.


HE new Wirral Care Record puts up-to-date information about you - including diagnoses, medications, allergies, test results, appointments and discharge information – in one place, so you don’t have to repeatedly give details to the medical professionals you meet. ■ Who is involved? This is a Wirral only initiative and will include information from health and social care agencies that currently hold your patient records. The only difference is

that this information will be in one place. ■ Who has access? Only care professionals from Wirral NHS and Wirral Adult and Children Social Services who are directly involved in your care will have access. ■ What type of information will be shared? Diagnoses, prescribed medications, allergies, test results, appointments, referrals, clinic letters and discharge information. ■ How will you keep my data safe? By law, everyone working in, or on behalf of, the NHS and Social Care must follow laws designed to keep your information safe. The laws on data protection are clear and we take them very seriously. ■ Will my information be shared with anyone outside the NHS or Social Services? No, information from the WCR will not be made available to anyone or any establishment


New record streamlines care

outside of Wirral health and social care organisations without your permission. Records will not be made available to insurance companies, drug companies, third parties, or be used for advertising purposes. ■ Do I have a choice? Yes, you don’t have to have a WCR if you don’t want one. It is your choice. You can opt out online by visiting or

calling 0151 541 5440. If you opt out but later decide you want a WCR you can do this via our website ( or call the above number. For more information about the WCR please visit or talk to your GP.

NEW SITE ON SEXUAL HEALTH LOCAL NHS service, Sexual Health Wirral has launched a new advice and information website you can access in confidence. The new site is mobile friendly, and you can order free chlamydia postal kits, book appointments,and find your local sexual health clinic. For free, confidential advice, information, screening, contraception and treatments, visit or call 0151 514 6464.

Look after yourself this winter ERIC’S INSPIRATIONAL STORY

MODERN life makes it hard to be healthy. Whether we are eating the wrong things, drinking more alcohol than we should, continuing to smoke, or just not being active enough, all of these things add up and can dramatically increase our chances of becoming ill later in life. It’s important to take time to look after yourself as not only will you feel the benefits but so will your family. Self care means knowing how to keep fit and healthy, how to deal with medicines appropriately, manage self-treatable conditions, when to seek clinical help and then, where best to find that help. If you have a long-term condition, self care is about understanding that condition and how to live with it. Winter ailments like flu, coughs and colds can be seriously bad for our health, especially those of us aged 65 or older, and people with longterm conditions. The cold,

damp weather, ice, snow and high winds can all aggravate existing health problems and make us more vulnerable to illnesses that are more common in winter. We’ve pulled together some top tips to help you stay well this winter including where to go for information and advice, stocking up your medicine cabinet and how making little changes

to your lifestyle can boost your general health. Visit wirralview. com to find out more.

■ In the panel (right) read about Eric Mann who made small changes to improve his health. Eric’s GP told him he needed to take action and with help from his family and local leisure centre, he did just that.

‘I’ve had a busy life. I’ve run my own businesses, raised a family and watched my kids raise theirs. I never thought about exercise until I retired. ‘I’m 68 now, and in the last eight years I’ve completely changed my life. ‘Back in 2014, I found out I had Type II Diabetes. My cholesterol, glucose levels and blood pressure were all high and I was overweight. ‘The doctor put me on a 6-week course to learn how to manage my diabetes. It was all about changing your lifestyle. That means more exercise, healthier eating and less of the bad stuff. As part of this change, I learned to swim eight years ago - at the age of 60! ‘I saw an advert for swimming lessons at Guinea Gap Leisure Centre and I’ll always be glad I went along. ‘Sally, our instructor, was brilliant. I lost two stone, and this time, when I went back to

my GP, my tests were normal and I could reduce my medication. My glucose level and my cholesterol went down and I now have the blood pressure of a 21 year-old! ‘The most important thing was to have support. My partner has been my inspiration and my companion throughout this process. Sally at Guinea Gap, has also been there to keep me going. ‘The bottom line is that if you exercise, eat well and have a good lifestyle, you will feel better, live longer and enjoy your life.’

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Communities gear up for Christmas



OOD hubs in Birkenhead and Seacombe are preparing and delivering more than 3,000 hampers across Wirral. The hampers are supported by donations from organisations and groups but there is still time to donate if you

would like to at: ■ Rock Ferry Food Hub (Neo Café), Beaconsfield Centre, Beaconsfield Close, Tranmere. Tel: Ema Wilkes, 07447 913888, Email: ■ Beechwood Food Hub, Beechwood Community Association,

Fifth Avenue, Beechwood, Linda Finn, Tel: 07522 456892, Email: ■ St James Centre Food Hub, Laird Street, Birkenhead, contact Anna Barnish, Tel: 0151 670 9974, Email: ■ Gautby Road Play and

Community Centre Food Hub, Gautby Road, Birkenhead, Luke O’Dowd, Tel: 0151 652 5645, Email: lukeodowdgr@


Food hubs hamper appeal

Community events diary for Christmas ■ Gautby Road Winter Wonderland Gautby Road Community Centre, Birkenhead, will be transformed into a winter wonderland from Dec 17-18 from 1-4pm daily. Admission is £2.50 and includes free food and a gift from Santa. ■ Are you spending Christmas Day alone? Local charity Equilibrium North West will host a Christmas dinner at Livingstone Street Community Centre, Birkenhead, on Dec 25 for anyone spending Christmas on their own. The day includes entertainment and food with all the trimmings, all free. If you or anyone you know would like to attend call 07731 478 096 or email

■ Xmas fun in ‘the village’ Wallasey Village holds its traditional Christmas festival from 3-8pm on Thursday, Nov 24. Local traders, community groups, cafes and pubs provide stalls, entertainment and a carnival atmosphere to raise money for Cash for Kids. Wallasey Village Library will also be opening at 7pm on Thursday Dec 15, for an evening full of festive carols. Price on the door £5. ■ It’s the ‘ice factor!’ Heswall will be buzzing with Christmas spirit from Dec 1-4 for Heswall Ice Christmas Festival. This is billed as a festival with a difference with the accent on creativity and interactive events including an ‘Ice Factor’ talent show at the Puddydale! With the help of local busi-

nesses, groups, the council and volunteers the area will host more than 45 stalls, live music, food, and refreshments plus a dedicated Christmas present wrapping point. See www. for details. ■ Celebrate ‘Christmas Together!’ This is the first year for what will be the annual Wirral South Christmas Together 2016 initiative, which aims to provide a local option for anybody alone on Christmas day. Wirral South Constituency Committee will be working with local community and faith organisations to co-ordinate events across the area and offer funding for anyone wanting to hold an event. For further info contact shannonkennedy@ ■ Arty farty Christmas party! West Kirby Christmas Festival Arts and Crafts Fair takes place at West Kirby Concourse on Saturday Dec 17, from 11am. Live entertainment will include a community open stage session hosted by Homegrown Bananas. Young performers are particularly welcome. To take part contact ■ Pensby Christmas lights appeal Pensby Community Association has launched an appeal to raise £6,000 for Christmas lights for Pensby and Thingwall. If you can help email For more Christmas ideas, check out our What’s on guide, centre pages.


With the festive season fast approaching, neighbourhoods across Wirral are making sure there’s enough Christmas cheer to go round.

WITH Christmas just around the corner, Operation Christmas Child is getting ready to make a delivery of gift-filled shoe boxes to disadvantaged children across the world. Operation Christmas Child is one of the world’s largest children’s Christmas projects and is supported widely in Wirral by local schools, community groups and churches. You can do your bit by filling up your own shoe box and taking it to a drop off point in Wirral between Nov 1-18. To fill a shoe box: ■ Decorate a medium shoe box with wrapping paper. ■ Fill with small gifts such as pens, pencils, colouring books, toothbrush, dolls, hats and scarves. ■ Download and print the appropriate boy/girl label along with relevant age category and place this in your box. ■ Add £3 shipping donation online which lets you follow your box to see where it ends up. Then drop it off at one of the drop off points. Find your local drop off point and more info on how to take part here: www.

Can you help make Christmas easier for Wirral’s homeless people? CHRISTMAS isn’t always the happiest time of year. Sadly, for some, it can be one of the worst. Few of us would wish to spend Christmas alone, hungry and cold – but some of Wirral’s homeless people do. You can help to change

this by taking part in Wirral Chamber’s Rucksack Challenge. It’s a simple idea – you donate a rucksack filled with items to make Christmas easier for recipients. You drop your filled rucksack at a designated drop-off point. Urgently needed items in-

clude: hat, scarf, gloves, fleece, flask, soup packets, hi-energy bars, underwear (male and female), socks, waterproof, blankets, small water bottles, sleeping bag, small first aid kit, deodorant, wind up torch, shampoos, shower gel, shaving foam, conditioners, tissues,

toothbrushes and wipes. For more information contact 0151 650 6940 or events@wirralchamber. For more information or to find a drop-off point, go to Wirral Chamber’s Facebook page.

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community Modern day detective story will help duplicate sign taken from local beauty spot

Stolen: The old wayfinder map on Thurstaston Hill.

New map to replace hill’s stolen treasure F

ew petty crimes have had more impact on thousands of Wirral people than the theft of the brass wayfinder map that sat for more than 60 years on a sandstone plinth on top of Thurstaston Hill. The map was created and installed in the 1960s, and was known and loved by generations of families who would admire it after climbing to the beauty spot to take in the spectacular view.

Donated by Merseyside company Alan Roberts Engravers, the map included an accurately placed compass, and helped visitors identify what they could see as they took in the view from The Dee to the Mersey. But all that ended in August, when thieves hacked the map from its base - probably to melt down to make a few pounds by selling it as scrap. News of the theft caused

outrage as word spread, with many people calling for it to be replaced. In response, the council, through the Wirral West constituency committee, announced it will replace the map, appealing to residents to send in their own pictures to help replicate the original design. The new map is expected to be made of resin, with a brasseffect finish, nullifying its value as a target for thieves. But it

will recreate the details from the original map as closely as possible. Anyone who has any information about the theft of the original plaque can still contact Merseyside Police by calling 101 or by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

DAVE MARTIN, whose late father-in-law, engraver Alan Roberts, created the original map says he donated it to the borough to celebrate his favourite Wirral beauty spot. ‘Alan always had springer spaniels, and used to walk them on Thurstaston Hill. He loved the place. The craftsmanship that went into that map was fantastic. Even the fonts for the lettering were made specifically for this sign. ‘The people who stole it are mindless. That map brought so much pleasure to thousands of visitors over the years.’

A WALK on Thurstaston Common is one of the great pleasures of Wirral life, and the site is a popular attraction for dog walkers, joggers, and family outings. As well as offering breathtaking views, the 298 foot high hill conceals the legendary Thor’s Stone, a strange rocky outcrop that is both the stuff of romantic Viking legend and a popular scrambling place for adventurous children. The Common is an officially designated local nature reserve, and a Site of Special Scientific Interest, providing a habitat for a variety of wildlife including dragonflies, common lizards, tawny owls, jays and sparrowhawks. ISTOCK.COM/MONKEYBUSINESSIMAGES

Revived town team will give New Ferry a voice RESIDENTS, businesses, and community groups in New Ferry are coming together to create a new local voice for their town. It’s never been more important for people to be able to have their say on things that matter in their neighbourhoods. And New Ferry is a busy community with issues that are

common to other towns in Wirral, as well as some unique ones of its own. The new New Ferry Town Team will be made up of businesses and community organisations including Port Sunlight Village Trust, New Ferry Residents’ Association, New Ferry Village Hall, and

New Ferry Rangers FC. Residents have a lot of passion for their area, and want to see it transformed into a thriving high street and community. Issues such as anti-social behaviour, vacant shop units, and cleaning up the high street were raised. From this meeting, the Resi-

dents’ Association has gained several new members, giving the residents of New Ferry a bigger voice. Through this project, a New Ferry Traders’ Association is also being formed, to make sure that businesses can have their say. New Ferry Town Team hopes to bring everybody in

New Ferry together, and give New Ferry the voice and platform for change it deserves. If you are a member of a local community organisation, a business or a resident of New Ferry, please contact Shannon Kennedy at South Wirral constituency committee on 0151 666 3076 or email

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National tributes paid to our Gothic revival Birkenhead has a Victorian cemetery to rival Highgate. Now we’re working with Historic England to restore this Gothic treasure.


PARTNERSHIP between the council and Historic England is safeguarding the future of a Wirral treasure. Flaybrick Memorial Gardens, one of England’s most important Victorian garden cemeteries, opened in 1864, and contains graves and memorials to the ‘great and the good’ of Victorian Wirral. Now, thanks to a partner-

ship between the council and Historic England (HE), the derelict chapels and grounds are being restored. Repairs to its derelict chapels are part of a long-term plan to preserve the cemetery, which has a special place in the hearts of local people. It is the final resting place of more than 100,000 people, and is Grade II listed. When burials stopped in 1975, the disused chapels fell into disrepair. By the 1980s the chapels had become a target for vandals and it was placed on the national ‘at risk’ register in 2011. The Friends of Flaybrick Memorials Gardens are help-

Partnership: Friends of Flaybrick with Deutsche Bank volunteers.

ing to drive the current project which involves specialist stonemasons repairing carvings which have been hidden for over 30 years. Fallen masonry has been removed from inside

the chapels and will be re-used. The £325,000 project is jointly funded by the council and HE. When finished early next year, the chapels will be secured until their future use is decided in partnership with the Friends group and the wider community.

WORKHOUSE LINK TO LIFE AND DEATH OF YOUNG MOTHER, 20 WIRRAL’S Archive Service and our reference libraries are filled with information including maps, photos, obituaries, and workhouse records. David Try, a former Royal Military Police Officer, turned to our records staff when he wanted to discover what happened to his birth mother. Sheena Gaskell, local and family history librarian at Birkenhead Reference Library, discovered that David’s mother Gwyneth Hands had died aged just 20. Gwyneth was just a teenager when she was sent to Birkenhead workhouse, now St Catherine’s Hospital, to give birth to David.

Three historic buildings no longer at risk HERITAGE surrounds us, from the docklands of Wallasey and Birkenhead, to the old Victorian pleasure gardens of Eastham, to the sandstone farmhouses of West Wirral. Wirral is one of the few authorities to have removed three endangered buildings from the national ‘at risk’ register over the past two years; Birkenhead Priory, which is council owned, Christ Church, Port Sunlight, and Oxton Congregational Church. Our Maritime Heritage

Trail from Eastham to New Brighton was put together by Wirral History and Heritage Association, which represents 50 history and heritage groups. With resources often diverted away from heritage to other priorities, these groups have been crucial to conservation. Every year a series of national heritage open days are held throughout the country; two years ago, our record number of visits to local attractions was only outdone by those for the

Heritage Angels

Angels: Heather Alcock (l), Jess Malpas (centre) and Andrew Lloyd-Webber.

PORT SUNLIGHT is in the national spotlight again, taking top billing at an awards ceremony celebrating the best of British heritage. Council Conservation Officer Jessica Malpas and Heather Alcock, Conservation Advisor for the

City of Lincoln. Our street names reflect our heritage, with names honouring individuals and places that have put Wirral on the map, from Battle of Britain hero Ian Fraser, to Bert Laver, a Birkenhead Marine who became a ‘Cockleshell Hero’. Outstanding work preserving our parks is done by Friends groups throughout Wirral, including Birkenhead Park, which was the first publicly-funded park in the world.

Port Sunlight Village Trust, won Best Research Project at the Historic England Heritage Angels Awards. The partnership working between the council and the Trust was singled out, as the model village became only the second area in Britain to successfully introduce a new Local Listed Building Consent

■ Wirral Maritime Heritage Trail: ■ Wirral Parks Friends Forum: wirralparksforum. ■ Wirral Archives Service: ■ Flaybrick Memorial Gardens:

Order. Their work makes it simpler and less timeconsuming for Port Sunlight residents to make certain alterations to their home without having to apply for Full Listed Building Consent. They were presented with their prize by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, whose foundation sponsors the awards.

vid Try. Searching: Da

This was the breakthrough David had longed for. Council cemetery staff found the exact plot was his mother was buried in Rake Lane Cemetery, Wallasey, and David was able to leave a plaque with a simple message to his late birth mother. He now has permission to plant a rose bush as a permanent memorial. David is still looking for a photo of his Gwyneth. He said: ‘The people I spoke to were invaluable in helping me find more details about my birth mother. I am so grateful.’ For more information about our archives service go to where you will find links to family history sites.

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New calendar is a waggy dog story FRIENDS of Birkenhead Kennels (FOBK) have found a pugtastic way to raise money – by selling a calendar of successfully rehomed dogs. The calendar, priced £5, will help look after dogs at the kennels. The kennels rely on donations but emphasise that, as they now have a good stock of blankets, food and towels, cash donations or nylon chew toys would be much appreciated. You can buy a calendar, make a donation, or give a toy at the kennels in Corporation Road, Birkenhead, CH41 4JZ (open Tuesday-Saturday, between 9am-1pm and 2pm-5pm). Alternatively they also accept donations by Paypal, office@

Volunteers are at the heart of our libraries. With our staff and Friends’ groups, the offer invaluable support. Volunteers at Pensby Library for example have increased from six to 13 which means new clubs and groups for library users. They help us offer a home reader service, and often host reader groups and organise events that get more people into our libraries. If you are interested in volunteering at one of our libraries, please contact Julie Mann on 0151 606 2155.


Devoted: Sam Simpson of FOBK with Lucy.

Support day for people and carers affected by cancer AN EVENT highlighting the support available for people affected by cancer is taking place at Arrowe Park Hospital on Thursday December 1. It is the second event of its kind hosted by Wirral University Teaching Hospital, with partners, for local people living with, and beyond, cancer. There will be short talks from health care professionals on coping with the emotional effects of cancer, consequences of treatment, physical activity and nutrition. There will be


stalls promoting a range of support from fitness advice and welfare guidance to support for carers and local patient groups. Event organiser, Anne Torkington (pictured) who runs the Macmillan Information Centre at Arrowe Park Hospital said: “People don’t realise how much help is available locally for people affected by cancer so this is a great way of highlighting the support we have in Wirral and helping people to access

what they need. Sometimes seeking the right information can feel daunting but by combining information sessions with informal ‘market’ stalls, we hope to make it easier and more comfortable. ‘Whether you are living with cancer, currently recovering or caring for someone with the condition, this event will bring together a wealth of useful resources in one place along with access to expert advice from cancer specialist nurses, Macmillan professionals, dietitians and organisations such as Age UK Wirral.’ The free event runs from 12.30pm until 4pm in the Education Centre, next to the Fracture Clinic. To reserve a place contact Anne on 0151 552 1860, or email wih-tr.

We’re asking people to nominate a local person to receive a Wirral Award, celebrating outstanding achievement over the past year or distinguished service over more than 20 years. Nominations must be in by Friday, Dec 9. For info see www. (email to or by post to Mayor’s Parlour, Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey, CH44 8ED, or ring 0151 691 8527.

‘SAVE OUR ANTIBIOTICS’ BID EUROPEAN Antibiotic Awareness Day takes place every November to encourage us to be more responsible when it comes to using antibiotics. We’re all familiar with these essential medicines which are used to treat infections by killing bacteria. But the more we use them, the greater chance that bacteria becomes resistant and will no longer work. Without effective antibiotics many routine treatments will become increasingly dangerous. Setting broken bones, basic operations, transplants, even chemotherapy all rely on access to antibiotics that work. If we lose antibiotics it will be like going back to the 1930s where infections we now regard as trivial could be fatal.

What can we do? It’s important we use existing antibiotics wisely and make sure these lifesaving medicines continue to stay effective for our children and grandchildren: ■ Don’t ask your GP for antibiotics. For illnesses like coughs, cold or flu ask your pharmacist for advice on how to treat your symptoms. ■ Take antibiotics exactly as prescribed. Always take the full prescription, even if you feel better. Never save them for later and never share them with others. ■ Spread the word. Tell your family and friends about antibiotic resistance. ■ Prevent infections by regularly washing your hands, avoiding close contact with sick people and keeping your vaccinations up to date. Visit www.antibioticguardian. com for more advice.

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VOLUNTARY FUNDRAISING ASSISTANT - AUTISM TOGETHER Is Fundraising your idea of fun? We are looking for committed, inventive individuals with a sense of adventure. You will be working alongside a team in charge of running wild and daring events, from cake sales to overseas treks! If you like the idea of helping with fundraising procedures and you are willing to get stuck in, we want to hear from you. No specific skills are required for this role. An array of training and support opportunities is available for all our volunteers, from autism specific training to IT skills. For further information, contact Lindsay Tilston-Jones on 0151 334 7510 or email VOLUNTEER RETAIL ASSISTANT BARNARDOS CHARITY SHOP, BIRKENHEAD Unlike standard retail outlets, our stores offer a fantastic opportunity to gain experience in all aspects of the retail operation. Our Volunteer Retail Assistants are trained to undertake a wide range of activities including: Providing strong customer service, serving customers, taking receipt of stock donations, signing up new Gift Aid Donors, replenishing stock, merchandising in the store, stock preparation, admin tasks and stocktaking. You will have a friendly and helpful manner, be honest and reliable and have an interest or experience working in retail/ fashion and with the general public. If you have a particular skill or interest, our team would be delighted to discuss how you could utilise it in store! For further information, contact Amber Chesterman on 0151 651 2100 or email VOLUNTEER FOR LOCAL COMMUNITY EVENTS - CLAIRE HOUSE CHILDREN’S HOSPICE A Claire House Volunteer will be an enthusiastic and positive individual. A good communicator and can work well on their own and as part of a team. It is a position of responsibility and trust. This role provides the opportunity to meet like-minded people, learn new skills and increase your confidence whilst engaging with the local community. To have that ‘feel good’ factor of knowing that your time and effort at each event, no matter how small, all contributes to providing the support that Claire House can offer the children and their families at a very difficult time. VOLUNTEER RETAIL BUCKET COLLECTORS (FUNDRAISING) FOR CLAIRE HOUSE CHILDREN’S HOSPICE A Claire House representative will be an enthusiastic and positive individual. A good communicator and can work well on their own and as part of a team. It is a position of responsibility and trust. This role will include attending events run by Claire House Children’s Hospice, supporting third party events in aid of Claire House, collecting donations at various local stores, assisting with bag packs at checkouts, acting as a representative of Claire House in the local Community and promoting the Claire House message. For further information, contact George McGrath on 0151 343 0883 or email george. SUPPORT WORKER - DALE FARM TRUST We are looking for volunteers who have one day a week (10am-3pm) to spare to help with our activities at Dale Farm, helping adults with learning difficulties to participate in a variety of horticultural activities. As a support volunteer you will assist staff in supervising and working with students, helping them with horticultural tasks such as growing organic fruit and vegetables and working in

the sensory garden. Successful applicants will have a willingness to support adults with learning disabilities, as well as patience and understanding. Knowledge of horticulture is not required as support will be given in all areas as needed. For further information, contact Mark Diggory or Colin Smith on 0151 342 7819 or email FARESHARE VOLUNTEER - FARESHARE We save good food destined for waste and send it to charities and community groups who transform it into nutritious meals for vulnerable people. The food we redistribute is fresh, quality and in date surplus from the food industry and the charities we work with can be found across the UK. Voluntary opportunities include driving our FareShare vehicles, delivering the food to the charities and community centres, helping to sort and pick the food within our warehouse or you may prefer an admin based role, speaking to our charities directly and taking their food orders. No previous skills are required, just the willingness to learn. For further information, contact Mark Hall on 07956 799400 or email mark.hall@ TEAM MEMBER - INSPIRE COFFEE BAR Do you care passionately about people and the community? Do you see a need for the Church to be the most welcoming and friendly in the community? In Spire Coffee Bar are offering you the opportunity to work in their new coffee shop in The Spire in Wallasey. The Spire is a newly renovated church that seeks to serve the community. Our aim is for every customer to feel welcomed and appreciated and our volunteers will reflect this in their kindness to all customers. There are many aspects of the role to get involved with. You will not only learn a new skill as a trained barista making quality coffee, you will also be trained to serve to a high standard. You will be given the opportunity to get to know the local community and build relationships, whilst also helping out at events if you so desire. We are also looking for individuals who would like to use the space to run groups such as reading groups, evening music classes, discussion groups etc. Any group is welcome to use the site for a community group or learning group. If this sounds like something you are interested in, we invite you to get in touch. For further information, contact Charlotte Birch on 07857 502176 or email charlbirch@ VOLUNTEER GARDENER - OPTIONS FOR SUPPORTED LIVING We are looking for volunteers who are interested in gardening, to support people with disabilities. The role will involve general garden duties, assisting adults with disabilities to plant, water and it will involve working alongside adults with varied disabilities and giving them the skills and knowledge they will need to look after their gardens. You will need great communication and listening skills as well as a general knowledge of gardening and planting. Ability to use a pc and a variety of software is also desirable, although training will be given. For further information, contact Nicola Currie on 0151 236 0855 / 07587 635421 or email PERSONAL ASSISTANT/ADMINISTRATION THE POWER FOUNDATION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE We are looking for a volunteer to support us as a Personal Assistant. Ideally, someone who enjoys being part of a team and has a passion for young people and the arts. The Power Foundation For Young People is an exciting new charity that aims to help disadvantage young people in many ways, including helping them to apply for financial support as they pursue their chosen discipline in the arts and develop their capabilities so that they may grow to full maturity as

individuals and members of society. We want young people to develop skills in team building, presentation and communication, interpersonal skills, and so gain confidence and self-esteem and raise aspirations. Ideally the volunteer should have experience in finance, business studies, management, marketing and/or public relations, as well as excellent communication and IT skills, good organisation, creative thinking and effective problem solving. For further information, contact Christopher Lee Power on 0151 645 9928 or email OFFICE ADVISORS - CITIZENS ADVICE WIRRAL Giving your time as a volunteer with Citizens Advice is a challenging, but very rewarding

role, and makes a real difference to the lives of people in Wirral. Our volunteers work in a variety of roles, ranging from telephone advisers to those who give advice in face-toface interviews in our offices and outreach locations. We have people that specialise in helping those with mental health issues and others that specialise in financial problems and consumer issues. We also have opportunities for office administrators. For whatever role you take, we give you full training and ongoing support. Before you apply, there are three questions you need to be able to say ‘Yes’ to... Can you commit to a minimum of 1 full day or 2 half days a week? Are you comfortable with computer based office tasks, including working with text in documents and using online office systems? Do you have reasonable numeracy and literacy skills? If your answer is

‘Yes’ to these three questions, please register your interest. For further information, contact Graham Bell or Graham Leigh on 0151 346 8762 or email VOLUNTEER SCOUT LEADER - WEST WIRRAL SCOUTS Our scout groups always looking for help and assistance. We have volunteer leader roles available across the district, ideal for adults to offer a balanced programme to our young people. Skills will include art & craft, basic IT skills, creative & design and experience in managing people. Previous camping skills is a bonus but not required. For further information, contact Phill Richardson by email at dc@westwirralscouts.

Wirral ‘Ways To Work’ programme helps young people enter the workforce. A new programme is helping Wirral young people into work – and looking for businesses to offer employment opportunities. If you live in Wirral and are not currently in employment, education, or training, Wirral’s ‘Ways to Work’ Intermediate Labour Market (ILM) Programme could be for you. Working in partnership with the region’s employers, the scheme can help you find paid employment for a minimum of 7 months in a Wirral business, giving you a great opportunity to prove your worth, learn new skills and gain valuable work experience at some of the area’s fastestgrowing businesses. And if you’re a small to medium sized business and can offer eligible young people work for a period of either 7 or 13 months, the Ways To Work ILM programme could support you with a grant of either £5,000 or £10,000. Please note eligibility criteria applies to participating young people and businesses.

The Ways To Work programme is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) and is being rolled out as part of a wider Liverpool City Region scheme. For more information please contact: Joanne Smith, ILM Manager on 0151 666 5238 or email joannesmith@



The Wirral Ways to Work Programme has received £6,492,648 of funding from the European Social Fund and Youth Employment Initiative as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit: https://

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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. EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICES TEAM LEADER £34,746 – £37,483. Fixed-term until 30/09/2017. Full Time, 36hrs per week This is an exciting opportunity for a highly skilled individual to join the newly developed early childhood services management team, on a temporary contract. This is at a time when exciting new developments are underway. The postholder must have proven leadership and management skills. The role entails leading on the service developments and improvements, across a locality of children centre main hub and satellite model. There are direct line management responsibilities of staff, parent forums/ volunteers. There are key accountabilities in being Ofsted ready and performance monitoring and reporting. For an informal discussion contact Carol Fenlon - Early Childhood Service Manager on 0151 666 4325. Closing Date: Friday, 2nd December 2016. Please quote reference number ED/36/201. Application packs for the above post are available from Delivery, Resources Team, Cheshire Lines Building, Canning Street, Birkenhead, Wirral CH41 1ND (0151 606 2040); email or apply online at DEPUTY HEADTEACHER Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School Leadership Pay scale - L9 - L14 £47,492 - £53,712 Full time Permanent Required 18th April 2017 The governors at Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School are seeking to appoint an inspirational and committed Catholic to the post of Deputy Headteacher. The successful candidate will be ambitious for their own development as well as that of the school. The community of Sacred Heart school is entering an exciting new phase in its journey towards excellence. The successful candidate will join our newly appointed headteacher in sharing the leadership and development of our thriving school. This is an ideal opportunity for a creative, enthusiastic individual to join our hardworking and dedicated team. We are looking for a candidate who: • Has a clear understanding of, and vision for, education in a Catholic school. • Has a commitment and passion to raise standards for all children. • Can successfully lead assessment and curriculum developments throughout the school. • Is an excellent communicator in a range of situations. • Has the ability to motivate, support and inspire staff and pupils. We can offer our new Deputy Headteacher: • A caring school community. • Pupils who are keen to learn and display exemplary behaviour. • A friendly and committed team of staff, working in partnership with active and supportive governors who have the highest aspirations for all our children. • Positive links with the Parish and other stakeholders. • A strong commitment to your continuing professional development. Visits to the school are warmly welcomed and encouraged, by arrangement with the Headteacher. Further details and CES application forms are available from the school website.

Completed application forms should be submitted to Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School marked for the attention of the Headteacher, Mrs Margaret Jackson by 12 noon, Friday 2nd December 2016. Closing date: 12 noon, Friday 2nd December 2016. This post is subject to an Enhanced Level DBS check. 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. All applicants will be considered on the basis of suitability for the post regardless of sex, race or disability. The successful candidate will be required to sign the Catholic Education Service contract. Mrs Margaret Jackson, Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Danger Lane, Moreton, Wirral, Merseyside, CH46 8UG Tel: 0151 677 1091. TEACHER Our Lady of Pity Catholic Primary School Main Scale - UPS Full Time Fixed Term Required from 1 January 2017 We are looking to appoint an excellent teacher who will be committed to maintaining the school’s high standards. The post is for a fixed period of two school terms initially and we welcome applications from recently qualified and experienced teachers. Our school, the lead school in the Deep Learning Teaching School Alliance, is a vibrant and exciting learning community at the forefront of educational development. If you would like to see the school in action please get in touch with us to arrange a visit by emailing Julie English. Closing Date: 9th December 2016. Application forms for the above post are available online at and also from the school office. Completed forms and letters of application can be either emailed to jenglish@ourladyofpity. or posted to: Bernadette Galloway (Head of School), Our Lady of Pity Catholic Primary School, Rigby Drive, Greasby, Wirral, CH49 1RE. Telephone number: 0151 677 6262. Fax: 0151 677 5609. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to teach an observed lesson and attend an interview at the school on Tuesday 13th December 2016. 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. This post is subject to an Enhanced Level DBS check. The school is an Equal Opportunities Employer and positively welcomes applications from all people regardless of their sex, creed, marital status, race, age, disability, sexual orientation or religious belief. CLEANER Elleray Park School Band B £6,492.08 15 hours per week (52 weeks per year) Please Quote: N46778 Cleaner required to be part of our dedicated cleaning team. Hours will be split shifts - 7 to 8.30am, 3.30pm to 5pm. 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. Any offer of employment will be subject to an enhanced disclosure from the DBS. Closing Date: 30th November 2016 Application forms for the above post are available online at www.wirral. and also from the school office. Please return completed application forms with a supporting letter to the Headteacher at Elleray Park School, Elleray Park Road, Wallasey, Wirral, CH45 0LH. Tel: 0151 639 3594. Minicom: 0151 638 8823. schooloffice@ 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 MR BRIAN BEAVER, OMBERSLEY, 8 PINE WALKS, PRENTON, CH42 8LQ. First floor extension over garage to provide additional living accommodation. APP/16/01264. Full Planning Permission. Mountwood Conservation Area. Conservation Area. MR SAM COOPER, BETA PROPERTIES LTD, 19 DRUMMOND ROAD, HOYLAKE. Change of use to three independent apartments within the property and provision of three parking spaces. APP/16/01356. Full Planning Permission. Affects setting of Conservation Area Meols Drive. Any representations regarding the above applications must be received in writing by 30 November 2016 at the address below. Notice is dated 9 November 2016. MISS L POWELL, LIVERPOOL HOUSING TRUST, THE WINDMILL, FOURTH AVENUE, BEECHWOOD, CH43 9QU. Construction of 4 houses and 8 flats. APP/16/01288. Full Planning Permission. MRS J FRITH, WILLOW COTTAGE, BANKS ROAD, HESWALL, CH60 9JS. Condition 3: change of wording to - Summerhouse 1 and boathouse must be demolished before occupation of dwelling sited on the lower level. Condition 8: If a removal of this condition is not suitable, then an adaptation of the wording is preferable. Any fencing or demarcation of the plot must be approved by the planning authority prior to construction. Condition 9: An independent desk based study to be conducted to ascertain when demolition or construction activities can be best timed not to disturb the wildlife of the Dee Estuary. If works are to be undertaken outside these dates, a sound-barrier must be erected to a specification agreed by the planning authority. APP/16/01374. Full Planning Permission. Definitive footpath (public right of way). MR & MRS BARTON, FAIRVIEW HOUSE, ROCKY LANE, HESWALL, CH60 0BZ. New doors and walkway to second floor with glazed guarding. New rooflights to front elevation. New windows to side elevations. APP/16/01378. Full Planning Permission. Heswall Conservation Area. MR & MRS CHALLINOR, 10 ROSEACRE, WEST KIRBY, CH48 5JW. Single storey front and rear extension, alterations to roof including dormer and hip to gable providing floorspace within the roof. APP/16/01380. Full Planning Permission. Meols Drive Conservation Area. MS B KELLY, 24 GREENDALE ROAD, PORT SUNLIGHT, CH62 5DF. Removal of existing conservatory frames and replacement with new hardwood conservatory frames. LBC/16/01389. 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 PAUL KENNY, WEST WALLASEY CAR HIRE LIMITED (FLEETHIRE SERVICES), LAND OFF OF A554, WALLASEY VILLAGE, WIRRAL, CH45 8RH. Proposed signalised junction to create new access off the A554 into the West Wallasey Fleet Hire Services site. APP/16/01407. Full Planning Permission. Departure from U.D.P. MR K ROBINSON, TY COED, 4 CALDY WOOD, CALDY, CH48 2LT. Proposed 1.5 storey side and rear extension. APP/16/01412. Full Planning Permission. Caldy Conservation Area. MR EASTWOOD, ABBEY GRANGE, BRIDLE ROAD, EASTHAM, CH62 8BR. Outline application for a residential development of up to 3 dwellinghouses with garages (All matters reserved). OUT/16/01421. Outline Planning Permission. Archaeological site. Any representations regarding the above applications must be received in writing by 7 December 2016 at the address below. Notice is dated 16 November 2016. MR HUGHES, CAR PARK, DUNCAN STREET, BIRKENHEAD. Erection of a memorial statue to commemorate the first world war fallen, and local historic connections, at the corner of Hamilton Street/Duncan Street, Birkenhead. This will occupy a small unused corner of the existing car park owned by Wirral Borough Council (see location plan 15039.02) accessible from the public pavement. APP/16/01377. Full Planning Permission.

Hamilton Square Conservation Area. Affects setting of Grade II listed building. The following proposal does not accord with the provisions of the development plan: MR MYLES MERCER, THE CROFTON, BROSTERS LANE, MEOLS, CH47 6AH. Erection of side extensions and front dormers. APP/16/01400. Full Planning Permission. Departure from U.D.P. Any representations regarding the above applications must be received in writing by 14 December 2016 at the address below. Notice is dated 23 November 2016. 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. NOTICE OF PUBLIC PATH ORDER - TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING ACT 1990, SECTION 257 SECTION OF FOOTPATH AT SCOTTSFIELD ADJACENT TO KINGS WHARF, SEACOMBE, WIRRAL - STOPPING UP ORDER 2016 The above-named Order (hereinafter referred to as “the Order”) made on the 3rd day of November 2016 is about to be submitted to the Secretary of State for the Environment for confirmation or to be confirmed by the Wirral Borough Council as an unopposed order. The effect of the order, if confirmed without modification, will be to stop up the following public rights of way:- From Point A to Point B in a southerly direction for approximately 14 metres. - From Point A to Point C in an easterly direction for approximately 5.80 metres. - From Point B to Point D in an easterly direction for approximately 4.20 metres. - From Point C to Point D in a southerly direction for approximately 12.50 metre. A copy of the Order and the map contained in it has been deposited at the One Stop Shop, Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey and may be inspected free of charge between the hours of 9.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday. Copies of the map and Order may be purchased. Any representation or objection with respect to the order may be sent in writing to the address below no later than 23 December 2016 and should state the grounds on which it is made. If no representations or objections are duly made, or if any so made are withdrawn, the Wirral Borough Council may, instead of submitting the Order to the Secretary of State for confirmation, themselves confirm the Order as an unopposed Order. If the order is submitted to the Secretary of State for confirmation, any representations and objections which have been duly made and not withdrawn will be sent to the Secretary of State with the order. Notice is dated 16 November 2016.

CONSULTATIONS CONSULTATION ON SCHOOL ADMISSION ARRANGEMENTS 2018/2019 In order to ensure admission arrangements meet the needs of the local area, admission authorities have a duty to consult with relevant parents and the local community on their proposed admission arrangements. Wirral Council is consulting on its proposed school admission arrangements for September 2018 for primary and secondary Community and Voluntary Controlled schools in its area. The proposed admission arrangements are published on the Wirral Council website at The consultation closes on 9th December 2016. The Admissions Authority for Voluntary Aided, Trust and Foundation Schools and Academies is the governing body of the school. Proposed admission policies can be obtained from the school and comments on the proposed admission arrangements for these schools should be addressed directly to the school. Comments should be sent in writing to the Mainstream Admissions team, Hamilton Building, Conway Street, Birkenhead, CH41 4FD or by e-mail to quoting “Consultation 2018-2019” in the subject header. All comments must be received by 9th December 2016. Notice is dated 2 November 2016.

SECTION 77 DISPOSAL OF SCHOOL BUILDINGS AND PLAYING FIELDS - LYNDALE SCHOOL PLAYING FIELD Notice is given of Wirral Borough Councils intention to make an application under Section 77 of the School Standards and Framework Act to the Secretary of State for Education to dispose of the School Buildings and Playing Fields at the following location: The Lyndale School, Lyndale Avenue, Eastham, Wirral, CH62 8DE. The Lyndale School closed on the 22 July 2016 and the students relocated to other schools in Wirral. The buildings and grounds are now surplus to educational requirements. It is the intention of the Council to market the site for housing development subject to planning consent. It is proposed that any capital receipts from the sale of the land designated as playing fields would fund sporting and educational projects within the Borough. The area of former school buildings is designated as part of a Primarily Residential Area in the Wirral Unitary Development Plan. This initial consultation is required prior to the statutory application to the Secretary of State for Education in order for us to take into account the views of neighbours and interested groups. Land use must take into account Wirral’s Unitary Development Plan and reflect the aspirations of the local community by considering the: Site and surroundings, Site history, Public open space, School grounds, Heritage, Environmental diversity. The formal consultation period starts Monday 14th November 2016 and we would like to hear your views to the above proposal. You should send your comments in writing to the address below by the 2nd January 2017. Alternatively you can complete our online form which you will find here: LyndaleSchool. F.A.O. Dee Leyland, Asset Management, Cheshire Lines Building, Canning Street, Birkenhead, Wirral, CH41 1ND. Notice is dated 16 November 2016.

LEGAL THE WIRRAL BOROUGH COUNCIL (LAND ADJACENT TO BOROUGH ROAD, BIRKENHEAD) - COMPULSORY PURCHASE ORDER 2016 - THE TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING ACT 1990 AND THE ACQUISITION OF LAND ACT 1981 1. Notice is hereby given that the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, in exercise of his powers under the above Acts, on 22nd September 2016 confirmed with modifications the Wirral Borough Council (Land adjacent to Borough Road, Birkenhead) Compulsory Purchase Order 2016 submitted by the Wirral Borough Council. 2. The order as confirmed provides for the purchase for the purposes of facilitating the carrying out of improvement on or in relation to the land and in order to contribute to the promotion or improvement of the environmental wellbeing of the area of the land described in the Schedule hereto. 3. A copy of the order as confirmed by the Wirral Borough Council and of the map referred to therein have been deposited at the One Stop Shop Office, Wallasey Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey, Wirral, Merseyside, CH44 8ED and may be seen there at all reasonable hours. 4. The order as confirmed becomes operative on the date on which this notice is first published. A person aggrieved by the Order may, by application to the High Court within 6 weeks from that date, challenge its validity under section 23 of the Acquisition of Land Act 1981. The grounds for challenge can be that the authorisation granted by the order is not empowered to be granted or that there has been a failure to comply with any relevant statutory requirement relating to the order. Schedule - Land Comprised In The Order As Confirmed 1. All interests in that land containing 112.2 square metres of house and yard known as 305 Borough Road Birkenhead. 2. All interests except those already owned by Wirral Borough Council in that land containing 104.7 square metres of house and yard known as 307 Borough Road Birkenhead which includes restrictive covenants relating to use imposed for the benefit of adjoining and neighbouring land contained in a conveyance dated 25th February 1983 registered under title number CH33307. 3. All interests except those already owned by Wirral Borough Council in that land containing 101.7 square metres of house and yard known as 309 Borough Road Birkenhead. 4. All interests except those already owned by Wirral Borough Council in that land containing 101 square metres of house and yard known as 321 Borough Road Birkenhead which includes restrictive covenants relating to use imposed for the benefit of unknown land contained in a conveyance dated 30th December 1893 registered under title number MS390965. Notice is dated 2 November 2016 THE WIRRAL BOROUGH COUNCIL (LAND ADJACENT TO BOROUGH ROAD, BIRKENHEAD) - COMPULSORY PURCHASE ORDER 2016 - FORM OF STATEMENT OF EFFECT OF PARTS II AND III OF THE COMPULSORY PURCHASE (VESTING DECLARATIONS) ACT 1981 TAKE NOTICE THAT: Power to make general vesting declaration 1. The Wirral Borough Council (hereinafter called “the

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recruitment & public notices Council”) may acquire any of the land described in the Schedule above by making a general vesting declaration under Section 4 of the Compulsory Purchase (Vesting Declarations) Act 1981. This has the effect, subject to paragraph 4 below, of vesting the land in the Council at the end of the period mentioned in paragraph 2 below. A declaration may not be made before the end of a period of two months from the first publication of a notice which includes this statement except with the consent of every occupier of the land affected. Notices concerning general vesting declaration 2. As soon as may be after the Council make a general vesting declaration, they must serve notice of it on every occupier of any land specified in the declaration (except land where there is one of the tenancies described in paragraph 3 below) and on every person who gives them information relating to the land in pursuance of the invitation contained in any notice. When the service of the notices of the general vesting declaration is completed, a further period begins to run. This period, which must not be less than 28 days, will be specified in the declaration. On the first day after the end of this period (“the vesting date”), the land described in the declaration will, subject to what is said in paragraph 4, vest in the Council together with the right to enter on the land and take possession of it. Every person on whom the Council could have served a notice to treat in respect of his interest in the land (other than a tenant under one of the tenancies described in paragraph 3 below) will be entitled to claim compensation for the acquisition of his interest in the land, with interest on the compensation from the vesting date. Modifications with respect to certain tenancies 3. In the case of certain tenancies, the position stated above is subject to modifications. The modifications apply where the tenancy is either a “minor tenancy” i.e. a tenancy for a year, or a yearly tenancy or a lesser interest, or a “long tenancy which is about to expire”. The latter expression means a tenancy granted for an interest greater than a minor tenancy but having on the vesting date a period still to run which is not more than the period specified in the declaration for this purpose (which must be more than a year). In calculating how long a tenancy still has to run, where any option to renew or to terminate it is available to either party it shall be assumed that the landlord will take every opportunity open to him to terminate the tenancy while the tenant will use every opportunity to retain or renew his interest. 4. The modifications are that the Council may not exercise the right of entry referred to in paragraph 2 in respect of land subject to a tenancy described in paragraph 3 above unless they first serve a notice to treat in respect of the tenancy and then serve every occupier of the land with a notice of their intention to enter and take possession after the period (not less than 14 days from the service of the notice) specified in the notice. The right of entry will be exercisable at the end of that period. The vesting of land will be subject to the tenancy until the end of that period or until the tenancy comes to an end, whichever happens first. Every person who, if a general vesting declaration were made in respect of all the land comprised in the Order (other than land in respect of which notice to treat has been given), would be entitled to claim compensation in respect of any such land, is invited to give information to the Council making the declaration in the prescribed form with respect to his name, address and the land in question. Should any person have any queries regarding the prescribed form, please contact Mr FitzPatrick on 0151 691 8565 quoting Ref: SF/RSN/32114. Notice is dated 2 November 2016 THE WIRRAL BOROUGH COUNCIL (LAND ADJACENT TO BOROUGH ROAD, BIRKENHEAD) COMPULSORY PURCHASE ORDER 2016 From: To: Wirral Borough Council [I] [We] being [a person] [persons] who, if a general vesting declaration were made under Section 4 of the Compulsory Purchase (Vesting Declarations) Act 1981 in respect of all the land comprised in the compulsory purchase order cited above in respect of which notice to treat has not been given, would be entitled to claim compensation in respect of [all] [part of] that land, give you the following information pursuant to the provisions of Section 3 of that Act. 1. Name and address of Informant(s) (i)


Land in which interest is held by Informant(s) (ii)


Nature of interest (iii)

Signed [on behalf of] Dated (i) In the case of a joint interest, insert the names and addresses of

all of the informants. (ii) The land should be described concisely. (iii) zIf the interest is leasehold, the date of commencement and length of term should be given. If the land is subject to a mortgage or other incumbrance, details should be given, e.g. the name and address of the Bank/Building Society and the Roll Number. Notice is dated 2 November 2016.

OTHER CALLISTER YOUTH CLUB (CHARITY NUMBER 520017) Information to be provided in accordance with Section 276(i) of the Charities Act 2011. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by Wirral Borough Council acting in its capacity as Trustee of the Callister Youth Club that at the meeting of its Standards and Constitutional Oversight Committee on 6 July 2016 it proposed to replace the Trust’s existing objects which are; “the promotion of the welfare of girls and young women resident in the area of Birkenhead“ with “the promotion of the welfare of persons living within the boundaries of the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral who are in need because of their youth”. In accordance with a direction of the Charity Commission, representations may be made in writing by any member of the public about this proposal not later than 20 December 2016 to the following address: The Assistant Director of Law and Governance, Wirral Borough Council, Brighton Street, Wallasey, Wirral, CH44 8ED. Those representations will be taken into account by the Council before any final decision is made. Notice is dated 23 November 2016.

HIGHWAYS HIGHWAYS ACT 1980 - SECTION 118 - UNADOPTED ALLEYWAYS OFF NELSON ROAD, ROCK FERRY, WIRRAL - PUBLIC PATH EXTINGUISHMENT ORDER 2016 The above Order, made on the 9 November 2016 under Section 118 of the Highways Act 1980, will extinguish the unadopted alleyways off Nelson Road, Rock Ferry, Wirral running: From Point A to point B in a southerly direction of approx. 42 m in length and approx. 2 m width, Area C 1059 sqm, 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 9.00am to 5.00pm 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 16 January 2017. 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 23 November 2016

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. Thompson Street (Temporary Road Closure) Birkenhead 2016 The effect of this order will be to close Thompson Street, Birkenhead from its junction with Church Road to its junction with Warrington Street to all vehicular traffic. Maximum Duration of the order: From 8:00am 28 November 2016 until 23:59pm 19 December 2016 (or such earlier date as the works are completed by). Alternative route: Traffic to be diverted via Church Road, Frodsham Street, Warrington Street and vice versa. Notice is dated 2 November 2016. SECTION 14 OF THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 (AS AMENDED) - NOTICE OF MAKING TEMPORARY FOOTPATH CLOSURE ORDER IN THE WALLASEY AREA 2016 Notice is hereby given that Wirral Borough Council intend to

make a Temporary Footpath 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 footpaths specified in the proposed order to take place. The effects of the order, the date the order comes into force and its maximum duration is set out in the schedule below. School Lane (Temporary Footpath Closure) Wallasey Order 2016 The effect of this order will be to close School Lane footpath, Wallasey from Gainsborough Road for a distance of 70 metres in a south westerly direction passing under the railway line to all pedestrians. The footpath will be temporarily closed (in part or in full as required). Maximum Duration of the order: From 00:01hrs 20 November 2016 until 23:59pm 3 March 2017 (or such earlier date as the works are completed by). Notice is dated 2 November 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 Birkenhead Area which the Council is satisfied are necessary to be made as part of the Wirral Loop Line Rail Replacement Service. The Orders to be made and the Highways affected are set out in Schedule 1. Such orders are required to restrict or prohibit vehicular traffic because of works that are proposed to be executed on or near the highways and / or because of the likelihood of danger to the public. The dates upon which the orders will come into operation and the maximum duration are set out in Schedule 1. Schedule 1: Hind Street Area, Birkenhead Dates of Operation of the Order: 00:01am Wednesday 14 December 2016 to 23:59pm on Monday 31 July 2017. METROPOLITAN BOROUGH OF WIRRAL (BIRKENHEAD CONTROLLED PARKING ZONE) (WAITING, LOADING, AND PARKING PLACES) ORDER 2008 (TEMPORARY AMENDMENT) ORDER 2016 The general effect of these temporary orders will be: (a) to suspend and temporarily remove (i) the permitted parking bays along the south western side of Hind Street, Birkenhead from a point 13 metres south east of its junction with Borough Road in a south easterly direction to a point 3 metres north west of its junction with Thomas Street (ii) the permitted parking bays along the north eastern side of Hind Street, Birkenhead from a point 33 metres south east of its junction with Borough Road to a point 7 metres north west of its junction with Thomas Street; (iii) the permitted parking bays along the east side of Jackson Street, Birkenhead from a point 14 metres south of its junction with Borough Road East for a distance of 95 metres in a southerly direction. (b) to replace the permitted parking bays along the south western side of Hind Street with a bus stand clearway for use by rail replacement services, the north eastern side of Hind Street and the east side of Jackson Street with double

yellow line waiting restrictions. (c) to introduce no waiting at any time restrictions along the east side of Jackson Street, Birkenhead from its junction with Waterloo Place for a distance of 43 metres in a northerly direction. Argyle Street South, Birkenhead Dates of Operation of the Order: 00:01am Wednesday 14 December 2016 to 23:59pm on Monday 31 July 2017. METROPOLITAN BOROUGH OF WIRRAL (BIRKENHEAD AREA) (WAITING, LOADING, AND PARKING PLACES) ORDER 2006 (TEMPORARY AMENDMENT) ORDER 2016 The general effect of these temporary orders will be: (a) to suspend and temporarily remove (i) no loading and no waiting restrictions along the south east side of Argyle Street South, Birkenhead from a point 53 metres south west of its junction with Borough Road for a distance of 23 metres in a south westerly direction. (b) to replace the above no loading and no waiting restrictions with parking bays for Hackney Carriage stands and operating as such at the point of parking. Station Road, Birkenhead Dates of Operation of the Order: 00:01am Wednesday 14 December 2016 to 23:59pm on Monday 31 July 2017. METROPOLITAN BOROUGH OF WIRRAL (BIRKENHEAD AREA) (WAITING, LOADING, AND PARKING PLACES) ORDER 2006 AMENDMENT NO. 3 2012 (TEMPORARY AMENDMENT) ORDER 2016 The general effect of these temporary orders will be: (a) to suspend and temporarily remove (i) the disabled parking bays along the north east side of Station Road, Birkenhead from a point 107 metres north west of its junction with Ilchester Road for a distance of 21 metres in a north westerly direction (ii) and the taxi parking bays along the north east side of Station Road, Birkenhead from a point 77 metres north west of its junction with Ilchester Road for a distance of 15 metres in a north westerly direction. (b) to suspend and temporarily remove (i) no waiting at any time waiting restrictions along the north east side of Station Road, Birkenhead from a point 10 metres north west of its junction with Ilchester Road for a distance of 64 metres in a north westerly direction (ii) and no waiting at any time restrictions along the north east side of Station Road, Birkenhead from a point 89 metres north west of its junction with Ilchester Road for a distance of 15 metres in a north westerly direction. (c) to replace the above no waiting at any time restrictions with a bus stand clearway for use by rail replacement services and parking bays for Hackney Carriage stands and operating as such at the point of parking. Tyrer Street, Birkenhead Dates of Operation of the Order: 00:01am Wednesday 14 December 2016 to 23:59pm on Monday 31 July 2017. METROPOLITAN BOROUGH OF WIRRAL (BIRKENHEAD AREA) (WAITING, LOADING, AND PARKING PLACES) ORDER 2006 AMENDMENT NO. 3 2012 (TEMPORARY AMENDMENT) ORDER 2016 The general effect of these temporary orders will be: (a) to suspend and temporarily remove (i) no waiting at any time waiting restrictions along the south west side of Tyrer Street, Birkenhead from a point 53 metres north west of its junction with Ilchester Road for a distance of 39 metres in a north westerly direction. (b) to replace the above no waiting at any

time restrictions with a bus stand clearway for use by rail replacement services. The parking and waiting restrictions shall be indicated by the placing of the appropriate traffic signs. Notice is dated 16 November 2016. BROMBOROUGH CHRISTMAS FAIR SPECIAL EVENT ORDER 2016 Whereas Wirral Borough Council are satisfied that the use of the roads listed in paragraph one below should be restricted to facilitate the above special event and to enable it to take place safely. NOW THEREFORE the Council in exercise of its powers under s16A of the Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984 as amended and of all other enabling powers having satisfied itself that it is not reasonably practicable for the event to be held without being on this road intends to make an Order in the following terms: 1. No person shall cause any vehicle to enter or proceed along the length of roads listed below: Allport Lane, Bromborough from its junction with The Cross to its southern most extent with Allport Lane (south). Legion Lane, Bromborough from its junction with Allport Lane for its entire length. 2. The alternative route for diverted vehicular traffic is along The Cross, The Rake, Allport Lane and vice versa. 3. The Order will not prevent reasonable access at any time for pedestrians to premises situated on or adjacent to any road to which this Order relates nor any premises accessible only to pedestrians from such a road. 4. This Order will be known as the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral Bromborough Christmas Fair Special Event Order 2016 and shall come into operation on December 10 2016 and apply from 00:01am until 19:00pm on that day only. Notice is dated 23 November 2016. SECTION 14 OF THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 (AS AMENDED) - NOTICE OF MAKING TEMPORARY TRAFFIC RESTRICTION ORDER IN THE WALLASEY 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 because of the likelihood of danger to the public on or near the roads specified in the proposed order. The effects of the order, the date the order comes into force and its maximum duration is set out below. Mason Street (Temporary Road Closure) Wallasey 2016 The effect of this order will be to close Mason Street, Wallasey from its junction with Hope Street to its junction with Victoria Road / Victoria Parade to all vehicular traffic including the Mason Street car park. The effect of this order will also be to revoke the existing one way restriction along Mason Street from its junction with Hope Street for a distance of 23 metres in a north westerly direction. Maximum Duration of the order: From 08:00am 07 December 2016 until 23:59pm 13 December 2016. Notice is dated 23 November 2016.

TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDERS 1. Take Notice that Wirral Borough Council in exercise of its powers under Sections 1(1) & 1(2), & 84 (1) and 84 (2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (hereinafter call ‘the Act’) and all of the other enabling powers, has today November 2 2016 made the Orders set out as of this notice. 2. The Orders set out below shall come into operation on 2 November 2016. 3. A copy of all the Orders set out as of this notice, may be seen at all reasonable hours at the Department of Law, HR and Asset Management (quoting reference KAO), Town Hall, Wallasey. 4. Any person wishing to object to the validity of the Orders or any of its provisions on the grounds that it or any of its provisions are not within the powers conferred by the Act or that any requirement of the Act or of any instrument under it has not been complied with may within 6 weeks from the 2 November 2016 apply for that purpose to the High Court. METROPOLITAN BOROUGH OF WIRRAL - THINGWALL ROAD, IRBY (ON-STREET PARKING PLACES) ORDER 2015 The general nature and effect of this order will be to introduce parking bays for specific classes of vehicle as set out below: Schedule Column 1 Parts of road authorised to be used as street parking places

Column 2 Position in which vehicles may be left

Column 3 Classes of vehicles

Column 4 Days of operation

Column 5 Hours of operation

Column 5 Max. period vehicles may be left


The north west side of Thingwall Road, Irby, from a point 33.8 metres north east of its junction with Mill Hill Road for a distance of 50.7 metres in a north easterly direction (measured along the kerb line) and having a width throughout of 2.1 metres.

Wholly within the parking bay parallel to the kerb.

(i) Motor cars within the provision of Section 136(2) (a) of the Act of 1984. (ii) Motor cycles as defined in Section 136(4) of the Act of 1984. (iii) Motor vehicles constructed or adapted solely for the use for the conveyance of goods or burdens the unladen weight of which does not exceed 1525kg. (iv) Invalid carriages. (v) Disabled persons vehicles.

Mon - Sat

9am - 4pm

2 hours return prohibited within 1 hour


The south east side of Thingwall Road, Irby, from a point 44.4 metres north east of its junction with Mill Hill Road for a distance of 38.4 metres in a north easterly direction and having a width throughout of 2.0 metres.

Wholly within the parking bay parallel to the kerb.

(i) Motor cars within the provision of Section 136(2) (a) of the Act of 1984. (ii) Motor cycles as defined in Section 136(4) of the Act of 1984. (iii) Motor vehicles constructed or adapted solely for the use for the conveyance of goods or burdens the unladen weight of which does not exceed 1525kg. (iv) Invalid carriages. (v) Disabled persons vehicles.

Mon - Sat

9am - 4pm

2 hours return prohibited within 1 hour

Item No.

Notice is dated 2 November 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.







Wirral View Issue 2  

Wirral Council and Partners News November 2016

Wirral View Issue 2  

Wirral Council and Partners News November 2016