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ISSUE 3 | December 2016



christmas: Service info

Bit of a buzz Read about the new youth centre that’s going to be a hive of activity when it opens next year.

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comfort and joy ... Our communities are gearing up for Christmas by thinking of others. With collections for food banks, festive fairs and good deeds galore, you’re the greatest!

Hats off!: Stallholders at Wallasey Village Christmas Festival.





balancing the books



booking holidays?

How we’re facing the financial challenges of the New Year.

The brothers and sisters waiting for a ‘forever’ home.

Where do we start? Christmas features and advice aplenty!

Don’t do anything until you’ve read our guide.


DON’T SUFFER IN SILENCE Advice and help if you’ve got the winter blues.

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timely Christmas reminders Don’t forget - it’s ‘Free After 3!’ Throughout December, you don’t have to pay to park in council car parks in Wirral after 3pm. That’s a boost for Christmas shoppers, businesses, and visitors to Wirral events and attractions over the festive period.

Have the facts at your fingertips What are the last posting dates for Christmas, (1st class, Dec 21; 2nd class, Dec 20)? Do you know when our council buildings are open, (see p3)? When are the shops you rely on open?

As well as the ‘Free After 3’ offer, people will also be able to park for ‘Free All Day’ at any council-operated car parks on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Don’t forget to put your bin out There will be no bin collections on Boxing Day (Monday December 26), so if you normally put your bin out on a Monday, remember to put it out on Christmas Eve (Saturday December 24) instead when there will be a special pre-Christmas collection in advance of Santa and his reindeer.

Keep an eye on the roads and railways The Traffic England website ( has live updates on traffic conges-

tion on most motorways and major A-roads in England. The Merseytravel website ( carries live updates on rail, bus and ferry services with regular travel updates. Don’t get stuck on a night out If you’ve a Christmas night out planned, book your taxi beforehand and don’t be tempted to bag a lift in an unlicensed vehicle that could be uninsured and unsafe. Don’t get glued to the sofa There is tons going on throughout the festive period in Wirral’s parks, libraries and at the Floral Pavilion, so get out and about. See Wirral walking guide ( or Active Wirral (www.facebook. com/ActiveWirral). Ask for help This can be a difficult time of year for many people, The Samaritans offer free advice, any time, on 116 123. Also see our feature in Wirral View, this edition, p12.

Nine winter warmers It pays to plan - save money off n Look out for friends, family and neighbours. Do they need food or medication collecting in bad weather? n Keep indoor temperatures to at least 18ºC, particularly if you are not mobile, have a longterm illness or are over 65. n If the weather turns really bad, tune into local forecasts, and ensure you are stocked with basics including regular medication. n Look into benefits such as Winter Fuel and Cold Weather payments, (see p25 for more advice). n Contact your energy and water suppliers to see if you can register as a priority user which will be useful in an emergency. n Don’t expose yourself

your food bill this Christmas

to cold or icy outdoor conditions if you are at a higher risk of illness or falls. n Discuss with friends and neighbours about clearing snow and ice from in front of your house and public walkways nearby. n Line-up any emergency numbers you might need. n Keep a torch, blankets, and a battery powered radio handy, just in case. kiboka

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Each month, the average family throws away £60 of food that was bought but not eaten. That’s a lot of turkey, trimmings and stocking fillers. 1. Christmas countdown. Try using up what’s already in the freezer to make savings on the weekly shopping bill running up to Christmas, and make room for seasonal foods that might be on offer. 2. Perfect portions. Allow roughly 1lb (450g) of turkey per person and you’ll have plenty for the large appetites and a Boxing Day curry too! If there are only two of you, consider a turkey crown instead.

3. The Big Chill. Keep an eye on ‘use by’ dates on fresh meats and fish and move them into the freezer if needed. Many foods which are sold fresh or chilled – such as vegetables, meat, fish, milk, whipped cream, bread, cakes and hard cheeses - can be frozen; check to find out more. 4. Lovely leftovers – Much more than turkey curry! Cook up a Boxing Day feast with your leftovers - chop up your roast potatoes and brussel sprouts and throw into a pan with some spices for a tasty bubble & squeak served with your cold meats.

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Service information for the festive break Only essential services will be running over the holiday period, so make sure you know how you can contact us.


ome council services won’t be available between Christmas and New Year. Due to major budget reductions, council staff have to take four days of unpaid leave every year. By taking the majority of these days at Christmas we can also close a number of our buildings, making savings which total well over £1 million. Adult Social Care and Children’s Services Vulnerable people will continue

to be supported and provided with care over Christmas. If you have an emergency relating to Adult Social Care between 9am and 5pm on December 28, 29 and 30, call the Central Advice and Duty Team on 0151 606 2006. For Children’s Services emergencies, call the MultiAgency Safeguarding Hub on 0151 604 3502. For children or adults, if you have an urgent enquiry after 5pm, or on any of the days not listed above, call the Emergency Duty team on 0151 677 6557. Leisure Centres All leisure centres will be closed from Saturday December 24 to Tuesday January 3 apart from on Saturday December 31 when they will be open for the following times: n Beechwood Recreation Centre – 9am–4pm. n Wirral Tennis Centre – 9am–4pm. n Europa Pools – 9am–4.30pm. n Woodchurch Leisure Centre– 9am-1pm. n Leasowe Recreation

Centre – 9am-1pm. n The Oval. Public swim – 8am-2pm. Disability family swim – 2pm-3pm. Fitness suite, sports hall classes and grounds – 9am-3pm. n West Kirby Concourse. Sports hall, fitness suite and swimming - 9am3pm. Last ticket for the fitness suite and swimming is 2.30pm. Centre closes at 4pm. n Guinea Gap Leisure Centre. Leisure pool – 8.15am–3pm. Training pool – 8.15am–9am and 12noon– 3pm. Fitness suite – 9am–3pm. 3G pitches – 9am–3pm. Libraries All libraries and One Stop Shops will close at their usual times on Friday December 23, and reopen on Tuesday January 3. Gritters Gritting teams will be on standby 24/7, throughout the Christmas period. Telephone Services The council’s telephone services including Council Tax, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support, and Streetscene

will be closed from Saturday December 24, reopening on Tuesday January 3. Infrastructure emergencies Call 0151 647 7810 to report an emergency relating to: n trees n road and pavement maintenance and repairs n road signs. n traffic management n traffic signal faults n fly tipping n highway drainage and flooding n dangerous buildings and structures. Please only call if the emergency is critical, or could be a danger to the public. Registrars If you need to register a death, appointments will be available on: n December 23, 9am-12noon. n December 28 & 29, 9am-1pm and 2pm-4pm. n December 30, 9am-12noon. Call 0151 666 3684. Go online Many services can still be requested through the council website, but will not receive attention until Tuesday January 3.

Railway work next year: Plan in advance and let the bus and boat take the strain Essential works to replace the rail line that runs beneath the River Mersey and around the ‘loop’ are set to cause disruption to travel between Wirral and Liverpool for the first part of 2017. However, forward planning, now, will help travellers get to where they need to be with a minimum of fuss and stress. Inevitably, some people will be tempted to simply get in their cars and drive over the water when there are no trains cross-river, believing that to be the easiest, quickest and most efficient way to cross. If this sounds like you, please think again! The tunnels and approach roads will not be able to cope with an increase in cars, par-

ticularly at peak times, without it causing significant congestion, so if you do have to drive, try to arrange your plans so you can drive through the tunnels when it’s likely to be quieter.

Anyone familiar with rush-hour tunnel queues will know how important that is. But the best way to do your bit to keep congestion to a minimum is to use one of

Reduce stress: Forward planning will help you get around.

the alternative forms of public transport. Rail replacement buses, existing cross-river buses and the Mersey Ferries will all be in operation to keep passengers moving under the river during the works. Other things you can do to alleviate potential disruption include allowing more time for your journey and/or speaking to your employer about possible flexible working arrangements; starting or finishing earlier or later, or even working from home on occasion, will all help to keep traffic flowing between Liverpool and Wirral. Advice for employers is available at toolkit. Travel options for the public are at trackrenewal.

safe skills project teaches our kids how to spot abuse Wirral is taking part in a ground-breaking Merseywide project to prevent young people from being sexually exploited. ‘Safe Skills’ is a joint police, council and child protection initiative, and will be offered to schools throughout Merseyside to help children and teenagers spot older people trying to groom them online and in person (grooming is trying to build an emotional connection with a child to gain their trust for the purposes of sexual abuse, sexual exploitation or trafficking). Merseyside Police have been working with young person’s charity Ariel Trust and the NSPCC, as well as safeguarding experts from all five local authorities including Wirral, to create the free educational package which will be delivered by primary and secondary school teachers to their class. Animated films will show real life scenarios which pupils can relate to that will show how things like talking to a stranger online while gaming, or being encouraged by an older person to bunk off school, can put you at risk if that person turns out to have more sinister motives. It will develop young people’s resilience to protect themselves by using films, role plays and interactive activities to help children put into practice skills for getting themselves out of risky situations. Merseyside’s five local authorities have also contributed funding for the initiative. For advice for young people of all ages about sexual exploitation as well as advice for teachers and parents/ guardians visit listentomy

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Meet the Moreton couple in love with Christmas!

Light fantastic: From left, Sandra and Peter George, with Karen and Frank Williams.


or more than a decade, Karen and Frank Williams, and their neighbours in Amberley Close, Moreton, have decked out their homes with Christmas lights and decorations in aid of the children’s hospice, Claire House. The tradition started by accident but has become part of the run-up to Christmas in Moreton, with coverage in the media and online. ‘It sort of started by accident,’ says Karen. ‘I’ve always switched our tree on December 1 because it’s my birthday. It’s what always happened in our house from when I was little. When we moved here, people thought it was a bit early at first, but then gradually they started to do the same. ‘Initially Frank and I would put lights in the windows, then some outside in the front, and it just grew and grew. ‘People began to leave money on the doorstep or

knock on the door and offer to donate something, so we began to raise money for a good cause, says Frank. ‘We’ve got three children, and they all grew up healthy. But having a child that’s really poorly doesn’t bear thinking about, so when we found out Claire House gets almost all its money from charity it seemed a great choice,’ he adds. Over the years, Karen and Frank, and their next door

neighbours Sandra and Peter George, plus the other residents of Amberley Close, have inspired people to donate £12,000. Last year almost £2,000 was raised, and this year they’re hoping for even more.

‘We have to do something new each time or people might not keep coming. This year I’ve built a full-size sleigh,’ says Frank. ‘It was too expensive to buy one, so I downloaded pictures, and designed and built a sleigh that can be flat-packed after Christmas. It looks brilliant!’ Outside the Williams’ home is a postbox where children can send letters to Santa who always sends every child a handwritten reply. Last year 200 letters were received and answered. As always, this year’s big switch-on took place on November 30. Several hundred people watched Radio Merseyside’s Lesley Butler perform the switch-on. If you fancy taking a look one evening and dropping some money into the wishing well, Karen will most probably pop outside and have a chat, she says there’s nothing she likes better: ‘Some nights I’m out in my PJs until all hours!’

4 fantastic festive facts n Karen and Frank’s lights’ switch-ons have been performed by the likes of Pete Price and the late Herbert Howe. n The Williams’ lights display costs them 25p per hour to run. n Frank is honorary Santa throughout December, but on switch-on night his brother-in-law steps in so Frank can manage all the electrics. n This year there’s a JustGiving page for the Amberley Close lights where donations can be made.

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Annual charity boost: The Wirral Scout and Guide Post.

Charity post still first class With more than £500,000 raised for charity, the Scout and Guide Post is a Wirral success story.


very year, Wirral snaps up the 30p Scout and Guide Christmas Post stamps which help us save money on our Christmas postage - and puts thousands of pounds into local charities. This year is no exception, and - if you haven’t already done so – you only have until December 14 to buy your stamps. But the good news is with more than £500,000 raised

over the past 34 years, the charity is going strong. With Christmas being the season of joy, charity post organisers wanted to share success stories from last year’s campaign with our readers. David Hulme, Charity Chair of Wirral Christmas Post said: ‘We would like to thank each and every one of you for your continued support and wish you all a wonderful Christmas. ‘Since 1982, Wirral Christmas Post has supported more than 220 local charities. Last year those benefiting included Dogs for Good, Ronald McDonald House at Arrowe Park Hospital, Wirral Holistic Cancer Care, Clatterbridge Cancer Care, Hoylake Parade Community Centre, Ferries Family Groups and Newlife. ‘I hope everybody continues to support our charities

by buying their charity post stamps this and every other Christmas.’ Our success stories, Mary and Harry, are just two who have benefitted from the fantastic work charities across Wirral offer, all made possible from the Charity Christmas Post stamps sales. By buying your stamps every year, and sending your Christmas cards with Wirral Scout and Guides, you can enable other charities across Wirral to continue their amazing work. To find out which Wirral charities the Scout post is supporting this year, or to find out where to buy and post your cards visit wirralcharitypost. org or search ‘WirralPost’ on Facebook.

Meet Mary and Yan Dogs for Good supports people by pairing them with trained assistance dogs for support and friendship. Mary Lamb and Yan are just one partnership formed thanks to Dogs for Good, made possible by the donation the Christmas Post was able to make to the charity, from the sale of the stamps. Mary, of Pensby, suffers with (HNPP)

Hereditary Neuropathy with Pressure Palsies which can be extremely painful and mainly affects the arms, hands, legs and feet, making walking and picking things up difficult. Before being partnered with Yan, her assistance dog, she says venturing out of the house was a rare experience. Since Yan has become a part of her life, she has experienced a positive change. ‘The transformation in my life is all down to Yan; he is, quite simply, amazing, he has changed everything.’

Scout and Guide post supporters: Mary and Yan.

now harry sleeps well Newlife, another beneficiary of last year’s fund, supports children across Wirral who have disabilities and are

desperate for help. One of those children, whose life has changed thanks to help from Newlife, is four-year-old Harry from Birkenhead. Harry has Autism Spectrum Disorder; he is a very poor sleeper with no awareness of danger. Newlife and the

donations they have received have helped to get Harry a new specialist bed. It better meets his sensory needs so it helps his sleeping pattern - which in turn makes for a restful night for Harry’s family. Kerry, Harry’s mum, said: ‘Having a secure bed for Harry

to sleep where he is safe during the night has brought such a peace of mind. Knowing he is safe if he wakes and cannot climb or fall or wander around the house is so reassuring. ‘We cannot thank enough everyone who made it possible for him.’

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budget special

Balancing the books: It’s our biggest ever challenge Wirral Council is facing up to its biggest ever financial challenge, with over £130 million to save during the next four years.


ARLIER this year, the Government announced it will be phasing out the Revenue Support Grant – the main grant to local authorities – by 2020. From then, councils throughout the country will have to rely just on the business rates, council tax and other charges they raise locally to pay for services. This policy, combined with rising costs and the increasing demand which comes with an ageing population, means Wirral has to reduce its spending by more than £130 million by 2020 and by £45 million in just the next twelve months. On November 30, the council published ideas for how it will be achieved, as part of a four-year budget plan. Cllr Phil Davies, Leader, Wirral Council, says: ‘Planning over four years buys us some time, and provides the opportunity to redesign services completely, rather than be forced to reduce them each year to balance the books.

However it does come with conditions: the Government will expect annual council tax rises of 1.99%, an additional levy towards the cost of adult social services, and requires us to make sure at least 700 new homes are built each year. ‘The major overhaul of services we are developing will see new community interest companies, charitable trusts and social enterprises being set up to take over and im-

The challenge in numbers: £132 million to save by 2020

£45 million to save in 2017

£156 million cuts made since 2010

prove our services. ‘These new organisations will be much better placed to provide stable, sustainable services to residents and reduce the cost to the council. Even more important is bringing money into the council – the budget strategy is not just based on reducing what we spend, the council has to take every possibly opportunity to increase revenue too. ‘We are fiercely proud of this borough and ambitious for its future so, even in the eye of yet another financial storm, I reaffirm the commitments we have made. We have spelled out where our priorities lie. The Wirral Plan and our 20 Pledges are our contract with the people and we will deliver as promised.’ This is the biggest budget challenge we have faced so far: Let us know what you think by visiting and sharing your views via the link provided.

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Council budget explained M

ANY people think it’s just council tax and business rates which pay for local services – but as the diagram shows, the reality is much more complex. The majority of the money which the council gets comes from the Government in the form of ‘grants’, there is money provided to councils to provide services, mainly for schools and for housing benefits. There is also a general grant to fund other services, and it is this which the Government is phasing out over the next few years. The rest of the money coming into the council comes from charging for some services and council tax and business rates. You’ll see from the diagram most of this money is spent on social care and health (£229 million) or on education and schools (£275 million).

Money is also invested into sports and leisure services, supporting the economy, and housing services. The council has to spend some money on ‘capital financing’, which are costs associated with financing buildings and other major infrastructure projects, and £16 million is spent on ‘back office support’, which are those services which residents rarely see but are essential to keep the council running – things like Human Resources, Information Technology and Finance. Considering inflation, increasing demand and our reducing resources, if we continue to deliver the same services, in the same way, next year we will spend £45 million more than we receive. If the trend continues over the next four years, then the council

Where the money comes from:

will have a budget shortfall of more than £130 million. This is why huge change is needed now to make sure residents can continue to access excellent services, but at a cost which is affordable and sustainable.

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Tax & Rates: £155m Fees & Charges: £51m Grants: £541m Government Settlement: £37m

Where the money is planned to be spent: n n n n n n n

Benefits & Customer Services: £155m Sports & Leisure: £28m Social Care & Health: £229m Education & Schools: £275m Environment, Economy & Housing: £93m Back Office Support: £16m Capital Financing: £33m

Radical reforms planned to save £132 million FINDING ways to reduce council spending by such a huge amount is no easy task: doing it without wholesale closure of the services residents rely on is even tougher. In the budget plan which is being proposed, the council will save the full £132 million by focussing on three main themes; redesigning services, improving efficiency and generating income. n Improving Efficiency £38 million The council needs to be well organised and efficient, and make progress towards

Planned savings: n Improved Efficiency: £38m n Redesigned Services: £40m n Generated Income: £56m

achieving better value for money. Over the next four years, the council is proposing to save £38 million by renegotiating contracts, improving the way money is managed and invested, and getting the best possible value from every pound available. n Redesigning Services £40 million A programme to redesign all council services including leisure and culture, making sure they meet residents’ needs at a reduced cost to the taxpayer, is underway. Detailed consultation with residents on the proposals will be delivered in early 2017.

n Generating Income £56 million Accepting the Government’s offer of a ‘four year settlement’ brings the requirement to agree an annual council tax rise. This, coupled with charging a fair price for ‘paid for services’ will bring significant new income to the council. Plans are also being progressed to increase how many new homes are built in the borough. With more than 13,000 approved planning applications already on the books, a big increase in housebuilding will deliver millions in additional revenue. The council agreed the Wirral Plan last year – 20 Pledges which spelled out a big ambition for the borough and its people. The budget plan which has been put forward allows the council to overcome its biggest-ever financial challenge while at the same time retaining the ability to deliver on every promise it has made to Wirral residents.

Big ambitions: Taking Wirral forward.

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Community interest blueprint for future Finding new ways to provide services is one of the main ways the council is planning to deliver its savings over the next year. A great example of how this approach can work is Edsential, a community interest company jointly owned by Wirral and Cheshire West and Chester Councils, which is this month celebrating its first birthday. Edsential works with almost 300 schools across the region, providing more than 1.5 million meals a year and a range of services as diverse as cleaning, residential and outdoor education, creative and performing arts, music, clerking for governors’ meetings, physical education, swimming, health and wellbeing, continuous profes-

sional development, safeguarding and a host of other training opportunities designed to help all school staff and the school community. There is also now an extensive range of governor training available to all Wirral schools to support them in developing the expertise of their governors. The company’s ‘Our family’ cooking workshops have also been a huge success. A recent initiative occurred after a local school identified a lack of pupil engagement in physical activity. Edsential worked with the school to engage families in parent workshops, focusing on developing fundamental skills; agility, balance and co-ordination. The 6-week programme was deemed a success with parents saying they were more active as a family. Latest initiatives include an art project for pupils and teachers in primary and special schools across Wirral, inspired by the wonderful stories of David Walliams, which will be showcased in an exhibition at

the Williamson Museum in July. Edsential have recently opened a new music centre at The Mosslands School where young musicians can learn to play instruments, sing together in groups, present thrilling performances and put music at the heart of local community. For more information on any of the services that Edsential offer, please visit www.

Coping with pressures on social care ONE of the biggest challenges facing public services is finding ways to continue funding care and support for elderly, disabled or vulnerable people. Social care – for both adults and children – is facing huge financial pressure all across the country, with recent figures suggesting almost 75% of councils in the country finding they do not have enough money to cope with increasing demand. In Wirral, we are lucky to have many voluntary and community organisations which provide excellent services, but even they are feeling the pinch. Jamie Anderson (pictured), chief executive of Age UK Wirral, said: ‘When I joined

the voluntary sector 20 years ago I was motivated, like so many other people working and volunteering for third sector organisations, by the desire to make a difference to the lives of local people. Over the years, that motivation has never changed but the environment in which we all work has evolved significantly. ‘It’s fair to say that surviving in the voluntary sector has become difficult. Rising energy, fuel and food costs have hit us hard. The challenges in

seeking to support an ageing society of such diverse demographics are huge. Within our own services we find we can be working with someone in their 40s seeking help to prepare for their retirement through to people who have celebrated their 100th birthday and are seeking help with care and support - ensuring that we all provide services which are individual and bespoke to the needs of people spanning six or seven generations, and who can be over 60 years apart in age, is no mean feat! ‘It is

not uncommon or unrealistic for many of us to now expect to live into our 80s or 90s this means that we may have a retirement spanning 20, 30 or 40 years - almost our whole working lives all over again. How we spend our time, how we fund our retirement and how we maintain our independence and wellbeing are massive issues.’ The increasing ageing population in Wirral means that Age UK Wirral will need to generate an additional £350,000 per year by 2024 just to maintain its current level of spend per person aged 65+. For more information about the work of Age UK Wirral, visit their website:

TAKING PART IN THE DEBATE The budget proposals were agreed by the council’s Cabinet on December 8. Now, Wirral residents have the chance to tell the council what they think by visiting Specific consultation with people using some services will take place over the next few weeks. In February next year, the council’s Cabinet will meet to agree the final budget proposal. In March, all councillors will vote on the budget proposals before it comes into effect on April 1.

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12 days of Christmas recycling Give your wrapping paper a scrunch! If the paper stays in a ball, it can go in the grey bin. We can only take paper wrapping and not the shiny metallic and glitter types

Hitting the sales? Don’t forget to take your reusable shopping bags!

If you’re having a party, remember to recycle your pop bottles, drinks cans, bottles If your kids have and party food toys in good condition packaging! that they no longer want see if a friend or family member would like them or donate them to a charity shop

Presents mean packaging! All cardboard and paper packaging can go in the grey bin!

Glass drinks bottles and jars can all be recycled again and again, and could turn up for you to use next Christmas!

Christmas cards can be recycled but you can also reuse them by making them into gift tags or bookmarks

Lots of new clothes? Donate your unwanted clothes to your local charity or take them to your local recycling centre

‘Real’ Christmas trees are 100% Green and Grey bins recyclable - chop them There will only be changes up into your brown bin to those households who usually or take them to your have their green and grey bins collected local recycling on Mondays, bins will be emptied centre earlier than normal.   Bin normally collected on: Monday 26th December Will be collected on: Saturday 24th December   All other collection days over Christmas and New Year will be collected as normal

Invest in some reusable batteries, good for your wallet and also the environment!

Buying in the January sales? If you need to get rid of your old sofa, washing machine or bed contact ERIC

Don’t throw out your leftovers turn them into tasty new treats; turkey curry, turkey risotto, turkey pie, the list is endless!

Your local Household Waste Recycling Centres are: Bidston Household Waste Recycling Centre Wallasey Bridge Road, Wirral CH41 1EB Clatterbridge Household Waste Recycling Centre Mount Road, Bebington, Wirral CH63 6JE   West Kirby Household Waste Recycling Centre Greenbank Road, Wirral CH48 5HR   Centres are open every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day

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We’re dreaming of a green Christmas W

e all know Christmas can be a crazy time - so many lists to write, shopping to organise and parties to attend! There's so much going on that often recycling and the reason why it’s so important can fall to the bottom of the priority list. But with all that extra waste Christmas is actually the ideal time to recycle everything you can. It’s so easy to recycle from around the home; there are so many items that can go in the grey recycling bin! So after the presents are unwrapped and you’re wondering how to clear away the mountain of boxes, paper bags and wrapping paper, remember to flatten them and put them in the recycling bin. Only recycle wrapping paper if it’s not foil or glitter, as these can’t be recycled. Christmas lunch, New Year’s Eve and party celebrations all mean one thing – fridges and cupboards stocked with food and drink. Plastic and glass

changes to holiday bin collections There can be lots of extra waste at Christmas, so it’s important to check your recycling collection date. Remember to put your bin out by 7am on the day of collection, with the wheels facing the road. Your bin might be emptied at a different time than usual, so this is really important. Green and Grey bins n There will only be changes to those households who usually have their green and grey bins collected on Mondays. n If your bin collection should be Monday December 26 it will instead be collected before this date on Saturday December 24. n All other collection days will be as normal.

It’s a wrap! Christmas waste can be recycled.

bottles, along with drinks cans, food tins and glass jars need a quick rinse before popping them into your recycling bin.

TOP RECYCLING TIP Not sure if your wrapping paper can be recycled? Give it a scrunch! If it stays in a ball, it can be put into the recycling.

While we might spend a little extra time getting ready for Christmas nights out, remember that toiletries such as plastic shower gel and shampoo bottles, along with card packaging from face creams and moisturisers can all be recycled too. Even your old glass aftershave and perfume bottles can be recycled! If you have lots of recycling or old electrical items such as

hairdryers, DVD players or computers, you can also visit your local household recycling centre. The centres are open every day from 8am to 5pm, except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. For those with ‘real’ Christmas trees, they are 100% recyclable! Just chop it up and put it in the garden waste bin or take it to your local recycling centre.

Don’t waste those lovely leftovers Nobody wastes leftover turkey at Christmas - whether we make a plate of turkey sandwiches in the evening or a turkey curry on Boxing Day. But there are lots of great recipes that use all of your leftovers, which doesn't just save waste, it saves you money. Here is an easy recipe for bubble and squeak that uses your leftover roast potatoes, parsnips, carrots and sprouts. You can use this recipe all year round with leftovers from your Sunday roast!

Bubble & Squeak Serves: 4 Prep time: 10 mins Cooking time: 20mins Ingredients: 1tbsp olive oil; 450g (1lb) cooked roasted potatoes; 1 onion; 200g (7oz) cooked meat, chopped; 225g (8oz) cooked vegetables, such as sprouts, carrots, parsnips; 1 tsp chilli paste; 1 packet turkey gravy; sea salt and black pepper to season.

Method: 1. Heat a large non-stick frying pan and add the oil. 2. Finely chop the potatoes and onions and fry together in the pan for 5 minutes. 3. Add the meat, vegetables and chilli paste and fry for a further 10 minutes, stirring constantly. 4. Serve your delicious bubble & squeak with gravy and enjoy! Find more recipes at

ERIC SERVICE n There will be no facility for booking ERIC (bulky household item collections) from Friday December 23, 2016 until Tuesday January 3, 2017 onwards. Garden waste bin n Garden waste collections will break for Christmas on December 16 and re-start on your scheduled collection day from January 17 onwards. n Check online for your collection date.

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Don’t suffer - find support C

HRISTMAS is traditionally a time of happiness, festive get-togethers, cheery songs and gifts between loved ones… but for some of us, high expectations can bring on stress, loneliness and the added financial pressure of overspending. Christmas and New Year can be particularly difficult times of the year for those who may feel isolated or lonely, those who are bereaved or feel unable to tell anyone how they feel. You don’t have to suffer in silence, there’s plenty of help and support available here in Wirral and lots of things you can do to help ease the pressure. n Take control of worries For many of us, Christmas can quickly become a non-stop season of spending. Overspending and getting into debt can become a real worry. You can get free advice on managing debt problems from the charity Step Change. n Help yourself There’s no quick-fix cure for stress, but there are things you can do to help you stress less. Ditching the comfort of your own home for the outdoors, whether it be a walk to the shops or a trip to the park can be a great way to lower stress levels, releasing tension and anger and boosting your mental health. Being physically active releases feel good hormones and can also help you sleep better. Find the Active Wirral facebook page for lots of tips. n Give to others: Volunteer Helping others is incredibly rewarding. If you have some spare

time on your hands, why not offer to do some volunteering for a local charity or maybe invite a neighbour over for a mince pie and chat? n Talk to someone If you're feeling stressed or anxious, you don’t have to suffer alone. Talking to someone can really help and a great place to start is by telling your GP about how you feel. They'll be able to advise on a range of therapies to best suit you, including counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), a talking-based treatment for people who need help with managing their difficult feelings. SERVICES AVAILABLE IN WIRRAL: n Inclusion Matters Wirral (Wirral’s Primary Care Mental Health Service) Inclusion Matters is a free NHS service to support you with selfhelp, bereavement counselling, talking therapies and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Call directly on 0151 649 1859 (booking line available Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm) to arrange an initial telephone assessment with a therapist, or your GP can refer you. n CWP (Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust) CWP has implemented a ‘Zero Harm’ strategy that includes raising awareness of mental well-being and how meaningful interactions can protect against the risk of suicide and people taking that final irreversible step. For further information

neED helP? If your mental or emotional state quickly gets worse it’s important to get help as soon as possible. If you, a family member or friend need help now, call one of the following numbers below for help. n Arrowe Park Hospital A&E Department 0151 678 5111 (24 hours) n The Samaritans (Liverpool & Merseyside) 0151 708 8888 (24 hours) n Merseyside Police 101 n Drugs Dependency 0151 709 0516 n Wirral Alcohol Service 0151 488 7240 n Age UK Wirral 0151 482 3456 n Campaign Against Living Miserably CALM 0800 58 58 58 n Sane Helpline 0845 767 8000

about Zero Harm and mental health services in Wirral visit n Wirral Wellbeing Campus The Wellbeing Campus is specifically designed to help people cope with issues such as anxiety, stress and depression as well as a host of other mild to moderate mental health problems. Call 07599 872911 to enrol, email or call in on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thurs-

day between 12-1pm to book an initial discussion. 10-12 Bentinck Street, Birkenhead, CH41 4DY n Wirral Mind Wirral Mind is a voluntary service which offers a range of mental health support including training courses, befriending and supported housing. Wirral Mind runs a drop in centre at The Fountain Project, on the corner of Chester Street and Market Street, Birkenhead. They

host fun activities like cookery and poetry groups, Tai Chi and arts and crafts, as well as support sessions for issues like anxiety and depression. You can also volunteer at Wirral Mind by calling 0151 678 5111 or 0151 512 2200. n The Open Door Centre Dedicated support for young people, in a relaxed and informal setting. See our feature below.

‘Open door’ if you’re young and stressed THE OPEN DOOR CENTRE is a specialist counselling and support service for young people, based in Wallasey. Lee Pennington (pictured) founded Open Door to give young people a safe, supportive place to improve their mental health, build selfesteem and use art and music to explore issues around depression and anxiety.

Lee says: ‘I set the charity up because I felt that I, as a ‘normal’ young person, would not access what was being provided in Wirral. Support was very limited, often with very long waiting times and almost always being provided in a clinical environment. ‘So I set up the polar opposite to this, not as a rival but as a complimentary service to give

people a choice. We offer support that is laid back, informal, relaxed, friendly, free of charge and immediate. Loads of other stuff has grown naturally over the five years we have been open, so now we do as much work around volunteering, employability, the arts, music and creativity as we do mental health and wellbeing. ‘The most rewarding thing is

knowing we are reaching people who wouldn’t or couldn’t access traditional avenues of support. Sometimes stigmas, myths and misunderstanding mean people avoid talking to others if they feel depressed or anxious. This can then lead to their condition worsening and ultimately pays a big part in suicide being the biggest killer for young men in the UK.

‘I know we have had a positive impact upon this locally, which is very personally rewarding.’ 0151 639 4545

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Why siblings face a longer wait to find loving family If you could help keep these brothers and sisters together, we want to hear from you.


e are currently looking for adoptive families for sibling groups of two and three children who are waiting to find a family they can call their own. The siblings share a close bond and want to stay together. Keeping brothers and sisters with each other through adoption or fostering is important and this is always our first choice when we’re wanting to find families who can help to keep them together. For many children in foster

care, their brother or sister has been the only constant presence in their lives. A brother or sister may be the only person who understands and shares their experiences and can help them make sense of their new lives. While waiting to find an adoptive family, children stay with foster families who look after them to help them grow in confidence and self-esteem. Brothers and sisters are among the children who wait longest to be matched with a family. On average sibling groups of two or three children wait approximately 40 days longer than a single child to be adopted. Our priority is keeping brothers and sisters together but we do not have enough adopters locally for siblings. If you’re interested in start-

ing or expanding your family please get in touch. No-one should be put off enquiring because they’re single, cohabiting, living in rented accommodation, working full time or in a same sex COULD relationship. For more informaYOU ADOPT tion visit wirral. siblings?

‘Adopting siblings turned our dreams into reality’ WE asked a local family who have adopted siblings to share their experiences with us. This is their story. Why adopt siblings? We have always envisaged our family being us plus two little ones so while we appreciated this would be more challenging; we were ready to embrace it. From the children’s perspective, being adopted is a traumatic and scary time so having a sibling to support them and share the

experience, not just in the short term but throughout their lives, could only be a positive thing. Providing a loving home where they could stay together, was

something we felt lucky to be able to do. How challenging has it been? Going from no children to two is not without its challenges, you could definitely do with another set of hands! All children, but especially adopted children need time, love, support and understanding. The things they have been through means you have to dedicate yourself to providing the very best environment for them to heal and thrive. This is a huge commitment but also a privilege and joy.

What do you love about it? We have the family we always dreamed of. We have two amazing children who are talented, cheeky, beautiful, frustrating, loving and ours. But as siblings they also belong to each other. They have a very special bond: they ask for one another when they wake up, they gravitate towards each other and will tell you they are ‘best friends’. Physically, they have someone in their lives who looks like them; who has the same sort of toe nails and dimples which provides an anchor to

and might answer some questions they may have in respect of their biological history. Reflecting back now, we would not like to think of them being separated or how unfair it would have been for them to have stayed in the ‘looked after’ system for longer, just because there were two of them. As their mummy and daddy they have made our dreams come true and we cannot believe how lucky we are to have them in our lives.

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a Ideas wanted for new Sponsor bench on the prom playground in Wirral ‘Upside down’ tree is centrepiece of new playground led by Woodchurch Partnership.


he Woodchurch community is celebrating a long-awaited new play area on the estate. The project is being managed on behalf of local group the Woodchurch Partnership by the council’s parks and countryside service. The play area, in Carr

Bridge Road, will include a climbing frame with slide, ‘upside down’ play tree and other equipment. Ideas are now being sought for ideas for a name for the new play area, so get thinking and send your suggestions via twitter to @teamwirralwest or by email to wirralwest@wirral. Woodchurch community member Sheila Bevington said: ‘The response to the play area has been very positive and we are all very proud to see it finally being installed on the estate for our families and children to enjoy.’ The funding for the play area comes from a Challenge

In construction: Woodchurch’s new play area.

Fund which was established as a result of land being sold for housing development over 10 years ago.

For more info visit wirral. or follow the Wirral West team on Twitter @teamwirralwest.

Sandbrook kids make history Children from Sandbrook Primary School, Moreton, made history by choosing street names for a new housing development replacing tower blocks in Moreton. The streets are part of a scheme by Magenta Living, which is building 38 affordable homes; 34 houses and four apartments

in the two new streets, which will be named as ‘Oxholme Close’ and ‘Thornfield Close’. Nine children from Sandbrook Primary School received a prize for their winning suggestions; five-year-old Safi Nasir, and seven-year-old Scarlett Murray, Sophie Jones, Bobby Evans,

Boran Duzen, Syed Ahmed, Cole Jameson, Lilly Williams, and Ryan Armbruster. Inspiration for ‘Thornfield Close’ came from the thorns growing close by in local fields. ‘Oxholme Close’ was inspired by the name of a field that used to be farmed on the site many years ago.

BRIGHTEN New Brighton and Wirral Older People’s Parliament are looking for people to sponsor colourful benches along New Brighton and Wallasey promenade. The benches are designed to fit into the seating bays currently provided as part of the sea wall. The initiative is part of amazing things happening in the resort thanks to community groups working together. If you are interested, call Julie on 0151 632 5170 or email julie@wirralopp.

YOungsters’ spooky tales raise money for claire house

‘Evolutions’ capture new opportunities Do you have unused or unwanted bikes that need a new home? Or do you enjoy tinkering with bikes? Eastham Community Cycle Hub, run by Wirral Evolutions, with cycling charity Sustrans and the council, has been awarded cash from Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority to set up a bike recycling project. Based at Eastham Centre, the cycling hub already provides cycling activities for adults with learning disabilities and the local community, which allows them to expand and also reduces the

amount of bikes which are thrown away or left to rust in sheds and back gardens. As well as unwanted bikes, the project needs volunteers to help out. You don’t

need to be a bike mechanic, (although you will pick up bike maintenance skills), just have a spare few hours a week to help out. For further info, call into

Snap happy: Heswall Centre.

the Eastham Centre at Eastham Rake, Eastham, call 0151 327 4348 or email info@ In other news from Wirral Evolutions: n Royden Park Project has built a new log cabin at Royden Park, Frankby, for a classroom, meeting space or weddings. n Heswall Centre came second in the council’s lifelong learning photography competition. n Cambridge Road Centre, New Brighton, is taking forward the Gateway Award, an activity scheme for people with learning disabilities, for the fourth year in a row.

A CREATIVE writing group based at West Kirby Library raised funds for Claire House Children’s Hospice with a spooky storytelling session. The storytellers attend creative writing sessions run by Charlie Lea of local arts group Read Now Write Now. Above are the winning storytellers: Max Langley with, from left, Harry Langley, Sadie Berry and Luca Newton together with Charlie Lea.

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Get a move on - it’s nearly christmas! O

n Sunday December 4, hundreds of Santas got into shape for Christmas at the annual West Kirby Santa Dash, raising money for Hoylake Special Needs Club. Santa’s fitness regime continues on Sunday December 18, at the Port Sunlight 5km Santa Dash, with proceeds going to Autism Together. Go along and support another great cause! Our Christmas What’s On this month has a particular

focus on ideas to keep the children amused - particularly useful in that pre-Dec 25 period. And, if you love a good panto, you're spoilt for choice with Cinderella, Rapunzel and Robin Hood all set to delight audiences at the Floral Pavilion between now and the end of January. Williamson Art Gallery has a watercolour collection featuring works by the considerable talents of Turner, Sargent and Constable, and on a more

lighthearted note, an exhibition celebrating 40 years since British director Alan Parker made Bugsy Malone. When you get a minute, channel your inner poet by writing on the theme of ‘Space’ and sending it to the Chris Salmon Poetry Competition, details on p16.

Council car-parks will be FREE after 3pm every day in December.


Don’t be lonely, free festive lunches available on Christmas or Boxing Day. µSee p18.


There are pantos galore at the Floral Pavilion: n Cinderella, Dec 10 - Jan 8, starring This Morning’s Alison Hammond. n Robin Hood & The Babes In The Wood, The Chrysanthemums, from Jan 12-15. n Starlight Productions present Rapunzel, from Jan 20 - Jan 21.


Wirral Embroiderers Guild celebrates 20 years of textiles on Wirral at the Williamson, from Jan 12 - March 5.


BUGSY EXhibition 17


Faulty Towers PAGE 17

Birkenhead Park holds its first ever Victorian market from Dec 17-23, 11am-7pm daily.

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Festive FLOWER decorations THU 15th Dec, 9.30-11.30am Make beautiful festive decorations. Free. Adults only. St James Centre, 344 Laird St, Birkenhead. 0151 670 9974

CINDERELLA SAT 10th Dec - Sun 8th Jan 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 Stories and Adventures in Victoria Park, TRANMERE Tue 13th DEC, 10am Storytelling with Mark the Ranger and Tracey from Book Tales. Tue mornings, 10am. Friends & Residents of Town Lane Christmas Festival THU 15th Dec, 4-5.30pm Hot drinks, cakes, mince pies, Santa’s Grotto and carol singing. Olivet Hall, Francon Drive, Bebington.

Christmas Carol Evening Thu 15th Dec, 7pm. £5.00 Wallasey Village Library. 0151 630 2105

Storytime with FATHER CHRISTMAS FRI 16th DEC, 4pm Wallasey Central Library. 0151 639 2334 Heswall coffee morning FRI 16th DEC, 10am-12pm Join us for tea, coffee and mince pies! Heswall Library.

Wirral Hospice St John’s Festive Murder Mystery! Thu 15th Dec, 7-10.30pm All tickets £10.00 The Red Herrings present ‘Murder in Makeup (Who bumped off the Genie?)’, a night of pantomime mystery. Mulled wine on arrival. St Michael & All Angels Hall, Gills Lane Pensby. 0151 343 0778 Festive baby bounce & rhyme at Eastham Library THU 15th DEC, 10.30am Wear your Christmas jumpers! In aid of Save the Children. Sing me Merseyside and festive lunch Fri 16th Dec, 11am, £2.00 Singalongs followed by a festive lunch. St James Centre. 344 Laird Street, Birkenhead. 0151 670 9974

GAUTBY ROAD Winter Wonderland SAT 17th - SUN 18th DEC, 1-4pm Gautby Road Centre, Birkenhead Entrance £2.50, includes free food and a gift from Santa! STORYTIME WITH SANTA SAT 17th - SAT 24th DEC, various times. £10.50 Stories with Santa & The Elf. Children receive a gift and a photo. 0151 666 0000 Christmas market, BIRKENHEAD PARK Sat 17th - Fri 23rd DEC, 11am7pm daily. Victorian market with Santa’s Grotto and children's rides.

woodchurch coffee morning FRI 16th DEC, 10.30am-12pm Mince pies and Christmas quizzes. Woodchurch Library.

Wirral Community Orchestra Christmas Concert Sat 17th Dec, 7.30pm £5 adult | £2.00 child Music and songs from The Deeside singers. West Kirby United Reform Church. 0151 632 3045

Carols in the Courtyard Sat 17th Dec, 5.30pm Brass band, choir, mulled wine, hog roast and a visit from Santa. Pennant House Courtyard, Bebington.

West Kirby Xmas Festival Sat 17th Dec, 11am-5pm Art, crafts and live music. West Kirby Concourse and Library. performance@westkirby

Chris Salmon Poetry competition 2017 Following the success of last year’s competition, which attracted over 750 entries, the Christopher Salmon Foundation, in conjunction with Wirral Libraries, is pleased to announce that the Chris Salmon Poetry Extravaganza for 2017 will be launched next

month as part of Wirral Libraries Poetry Week. The annual poetry competition began in 2010 in memory of poetry loving Chris Salmon, a student at Calday Grammar School. He tragically died from a rare streptococcal infection in February 2009, aged just 15.

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The theme this year is ‘Space’. The competition is open to Wirral adults and children of all ages. Cash prizes will be awarded to winners and runners up in each age category and they will be invited to attend a workshop and awards evening hosted by a renowned local poet. The overall winner aged 18 or under will also become Wirral’s Young Poet Laureate for the following 12 months. Chris’s Parents Julie and Rich Salmon said: ‘We are absolutely delighted that the competition has grown so much in popularity and attracts entrants from 4 - 94!

We decided upon the theme after seeing how much British Astronaut, Tim Peake, had inspired people with his broadcasts from the International Space Station. We hope everyone is moved to write about the wonders of the Cosmos!’ The Christopher Salmon Foundation was set up in 2009 and has raised over £48,000 in Christopher’s memory. Entry forms will be available from Wirral Libraries and on www. Forms should be returned to Diane Mitchell at Birkenhead Library by January 20, 2017.

Church Farm Santa Experience SAT 17th & SUN 18th Dec Tickets £13.00 Santa drops in to Church Farm with elves, Frosty the snowman and Rudolph. 0844 8000 410 Christmas celebration at Birkenhead Central Library SAT 17th DEC, 2.30pm Join us for refreshments and songs from the Cantata Choir. ‘It’s the Shepherds!’ Carol service, WEST KIRBY SUN 18th Dec, 6pm - 7pm, West Kirby United Reformed Church. Carols by Candlelight SUN 18th Dec, 6.30pm Traditional carols in candlelight. West Kirby Methodist Church.

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what’s on WALLASEY VILLAGE Carol Service SUN 18th Dec, 3.30pm United Reformed Church.

Tom Russell WED 18th JAN, 8pm Tickets £19.50 | Door: £21.50 American singer song-writer Tom Russell has recorded 35 records, fusing Americana with folk, rock and the cowboy music of the American West. ‘Album of the month’ UNCUT June 2015. 0151 666 0000

PORT SUNLIGHT Santa Dash SUN 18th Dec, 9.30am Proceeds to Autism Together. 5km. Port Sunlight River Park. JinGle jangle Christmas TUE 20th DEC, 11am-12 noon Under 2’s stories and singalong. St James Centre, Birkenhead. 0151 670 9974 ‘It’s the Angels!’ Christmas eve service - WEST KIRBY SAT 24th DEC, 4-5pm United Reformed Church.

Bugsy Malone exhibition WED 18th Jan - 26th FEB Celebrate 40 years since the making of Alan Parker’s iconic film with a photographic exhibition from BAFTA. Christmas Eve Carol and Crib Service - BEBINGTON SAT 24th DEC, 6-7pm Nativity, live music, refreshments. Olivet Hall, Bebington. New Year’s Eve Gala Concert SAT 31st DEC, 9.30pm £39.50 | incl a glass of fizz Featuring the British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. 0151 666 0000 Faulty Towers The Dining Experience WED 25th - SUN 29th JAN, 7.30pm. £45.00 Dine in the ‘Faulty Towers’ restaurant and be served by Basil, Sybil and Manuel. Gags, shambolic service and a ‘70s-style 3-course meal! 0151 666 0000

Health Walks in Birkenhead Park SUN 1st & MON 2nd JAN, 11am Burn off those Christmas calories! Meet at the Visitor Centre. CINDERELLA (AUTISM FRIENDLY PERFORMANCE) THU 5th JAN 2017, 7pm £16.50 | £13.50 under 16s £14.50 conc | £50.00 family Adapted show for children with autism who benefit from a more relaxed atmosphere. 0151 666 0000 FILM CLUB, WALLASEY CENTRAL LIBRARY TUE 10th JAN, 7pm Watch ‘The L-Shaped Room’ as part of British 60’s season. ‘Billy Liar’ (Sat 14th, 2pm) and ‘School for Scoundrels’ (Sat 21st, 2pm). ROBIN HOOD & THE BABES IN THE WOOD THU 12th - SUN 15th JAN, 7.15pm SAT & SUN matinee 2pm £12.00 | £7.50 conc See panto article, page 18. 0151 666 0000 floralpavilion. com

WILLIAMSON Carol Concert SAT 17th DEC, 3.15pm Join the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral Cantata Choir and friends for carols. WILLIAMSON art classes Course begins THU 19th JAN £50 for ten lessons. Drawing & painting for beginners with artist Pamela Sullivan. Drawing 10am, painting 1pm. 0151 652 4177 RAPUNZEL featURING RUMPELSTILTSKIN FRI 20th - SAT 21st JAN, 7.30pm Saturday matinee at 2pm £13.50 | £12.00 conc Watch Rapunzel in her tower, getting in to a tangle with her beautiful long golden hair. A fantastic family panto! 00151 666 0000 Real Diamond - The 'Neil Diamond ROCKS' Tour SUN 22nd JAN, 7.30pm £21.50 | £19.50 conc Tribute act to singer songwriter and living legend Neil Diamond, best known for anthems like ‘Love on the Rocks’, ‘I Am... I Said' and of course the singalong classic ‘Sweet Caroline’. 0151 666 0000

Q&A WITH PASHA FROM STRICTLY On Sunday 26th March Pasha Kovalev is bringing his show Let’s Dance The Night Away to Wirral. Pasha won Strictly Come Dancing in 2014 with Caroline Flack and has scored more 10’s than any other professional dancer since the series began! Not only can you see him perform all of your favourite dances live, but if you book before December 31st, Floral Pavilion are offering you the opportunity to attend a question and answer session with Pasha before the show! Call 0151 666 0000 or visit to book your tickets. Wassail Concert SUN 22nd JAN, 3pm New Year concert with Mostly Madrigals at the Williamson. 20 Years of Stitch and Textiles on The Wirral WED 25th JAN - SUN 5th MAR Wirral Embroiderers’ Guild 20th Birthday Exhibition. Gallery 11 at the Willamson. Embroiderers’ Guild demos FRI 27th JAN, 2 - 4pm More demos on Fri 3rd Feb (2-4pm) and Fri 10th Feb (10am12). Williamson Art Gallery.

‘Tinted Steam AND Liquid Light’ COLLECTION SAT 28th JAN - SUN 19th MAR Outstanding collection that illustrates the delicate fluidity of watercolour art. Includes paintings by Turner, Constable, Sargent and many more. williamsonart For ‘What’s On’ t&cs visit wirral

All Star Superslam Wrestling FRI 27th JAN, 7:30pm. £15.00 adults | £10.00 children. Superslam wrestling returns to the Floral with an all action two hour family event. Guaranteed action from the sound of the first bell! 0151 666 0000

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Panto group totals up a near century of family fun Don’t be ALONE this Christmas


ocal panto society ‘The Chrysanthemums’ celebrate their 99th anniversary in January with their show Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood. Running from Thursday January 12 to Sunday January 15 at the Floral Pavilion, the show is the latest in a long line of performances from the Wallasey-based group which has delighted Wirral audiences for nearly a hundred years. The Chrysanths formed in 1918 when a collection of amateurs staged a summer performance of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ to raise spirits in the borough during World War I. Not only did the show raise a handsome profit of £6 which was donated to the Red Cross in appreciation of their efforts during the war, it was rapturously received and a panto society was born. They named themselves as a constant reminder of that first open-air production, against a glorious backdrop of chrysanthemums at a house in Vaughn Road, New Brighton. Each year the group put on pantomimes, benefiting not

Christmas can be a lonely time for some but with Wirral South Christmas Together it doesn’t have to be. Christmas Together provides free meals for those who might be alone over the festive season.

The Chrysanthemums: Colour, costumes and crazy characters

only the charities it supports but also the local children who are involved with the show. Tickets cost £12 (£7.50 conc) from the Floral Pavilion (see details on page 17). We’re giving away a family ticket to watch the show in our competition below. Good luck!

Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a good panto and you are spoilt for choice this festive period with Cinderella, Rapunzel and Robin Hood all coming to Wirral.

For information on tickets, call 0151 666 0000 or visit Merry Christmas!

WIN FAMILY PANTO TICKETS... Win four tickets to see the Chrysanthemums’ Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood at the Floral Pavilion on Thu Jan 12, at 7.15pm. The first letter of each answer in this quiz will spell the name of a Wirral attraction. Since it’s Christmas, we only want you to tell us the attraction, not every answer!

1. Which festive drink is also the name of a Eurovision Song Contest winner? 2. Which musical features the songs ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ and ‘Do You Hear the People Sing?’ 3. Christmas Island belongs to which country? 4. Which of the eight reindeers shares its name with a God?

5. Which fruit is also the inhab- itant of an island nation? 6. What name is given to a word or phrase that reads the same forwards and backwards? 7. Which type of vegetable is also known as an aubergine? 8. Who was the lead actress in the 1961 romantic comedy Breakfast At Tiffany’s?

9. Which is the most northerly European capital city? 10. Which Wham song is the big- gest selling single not to reach number 1 in the UK charts (‘Do They Know It’s Christ- mas?’ kept it off the top spot)? The Wirral attraction is:

_____ _____

Closing date: Sat 31st Dec 2016. Simply email the answer along with your name, address and phone number to Your entry can be posted to: Wirral View, Wallasey Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey, CH44 8ED.

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Christmas Day lunches, Sun Dec 25: n Delamere Community Centre, Eastham, 12.303pm. Three course meal with wine and a visit from Santa. Transport available. To book call 0151 327 8767 or email admin@ n Christ Church Community Centre, Higher Bebington, 12-3.30pm Christmas dinner, carols and a raffle. To book call Rev Mike or Sarah on 0151 609 0943 or 0151 608 4429. Some transport available. n St. Peter’s Centre, Lower Heswall, 12-3pm. Christmas lunch with all the trimmings. Transport available. For info call 0151 342 3471. n St Mark’s Church Hall, New Ferry, 11.30am-2.30pm Christmas lunch and carols. Transport available. To book call 0151 645 2638 or email admin@ Boxing Day LUNCHES, Mon Dec 26: n Age UK Meadowcroft Centre, 12-3pm Games, a film and Christmas buffet. Transport available. Call 0151 488 7805 to book a place.

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Make a buzz at The Hive! Could you use your skills and experience to inspire a young person?


olunteers aged 18 and over are needed for a new purpose-built youth hub coming to Birkenhead this Spring. The Hive Youth Zone is a once-in-a-lifetime project run by the national OnSide charity, which is currently building a network of Youth Zones across the country. It is an independent local charity, supported by Wirral Council, local businesses and several charitable trusts, with a board chaired by John Syvret CBE, Chief Ex-

ecutive of Cammell Laird. The Hive will be on Exmouth Street in Birkenhead, and open to young people in Wirral aged 8-19 years old (or 25 for those with additional needs). The £6m building will house a multitude of sports and arts facilities, including: n film and multimedia centre n arts and fashion room n music room with recording studio and radio booth n boxing gym n fitness suite n climbing wall n salon n enterprise zone, helping to prepare for employment and apprenticeships.

The Hive will be open from 4pm10pm, as well as at weekFirst ends and volunteer: school holidays Sue Rimmer – and on Bank Holidays. Membership is £5 a year and young people can turn up and enjoy the facilities for 50p per session. They can also buy a healthy meal for around £1. The Hive is looking for volunteers and mentors, aged 18 plus. You can coach budding footballers, use your cookery skills to inspire - or offer support and someone to talk to. Volunteering can boost your employability and CV – and is a great way to meet new people. Sam Curley, training mentor, says: ‘We need 100 people to help

us make The Hive an even better place! You can offer as much time as you want, we’ll provide support throughout.’ The first round of training will start in January 2017. For info, email sam.curley@ or visit the website at www.thehivey

The Hive are looking for: volunteer youth workers, sports volunteers, adventure volunteers, gym instructors, inclusion workers, arts volunteers, music, dance and drama volunteers, employability and enterprise volunteers, kitchen assistants, office/admin/receptionists and volunteer mentors.

Join us: We need your skills!

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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NCS… it all starts at YES! This lively personal development programme is changing lives in Wirral.


o you like travel? Do you like making new friends, learning new skills, and having fun? If the answer is yes to all three, then you’ll love the National Citizen Service (NCS)! Open to young people aged 16 and 17, NCS runs during school holidays and lasts four weeks. It involves two short stays away from home and includes outdoor activities, a community project planning week, and 30 hours of parttime work on a project which benefits your local community. NCS provides a once-in-alifetime opportunity to help

you build practical skills for work and life, as well as develop employability skills such as teamwork, budgeting, communications and confidence. Getting outdoors, working as a team, and getting away from it all can really do you good. It might bring out the adventurer in you by raft building or zip wiring, or harness your creativity to revamp a community garden as part of your community project. What you do is completely up to you – but whatever you decide to do will be recognised at the end of the programme at your graduation ceremony, where you will celebrate your achievements with family and your new found friends from NCS. NCS can be integrated with Citizenship lessons and the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award residential section, and is recognised on your UCAS form in the personal statement section.

Who is NCS for? NCS is open to everyone, regardless of income, interests, background, abilities or ambitions. The program is backed by the Government, so costs no more than £50 per participant for everything – including travel and accommodation. Bursaries are available in cases of financial need.

Working together: Young people developing new skills with NCS.

NCS Class of 2016

Turning art to enterprise

FOUR of the amazing teams that took part in 2016 made a difference with their community projects, which included working with The Charles Thompson Mission to revamp its rucksacks for homeless people. They also improved the gardens of two Birkenhead care homes and raised £600 for Claire House.

IF you’re looking for quirky and interesting presents for family and friends this Christmas, you might just find a hidden gem at the Learning Shop in Birkenhead. Students from Wirral Met who have learning difficulties are creating and selling artwork at their new shop, which is based in the Pyramids Shopping Centre next to Marks & Spencer. The young

NCS summer programme dates: n Wave 1 June 26 – July 21 2017 n Wave 2 July 10 – August 4 2017 n Wave 3 July 24 – August 18 2017 Want to know more? Contact Paula Baker, NCS coordinator, on 0151 666 4367 or paulabaker@wirral.

people are taking part in the Prep for Life programme, which empowers them with practical skills, experience, and the chance to live and work independently. The shop is open to the public on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons during term-time. Pop in and take a look – you might find a bargain from the art world’s stars of the future!

We have a winner! WE offered the chance to win a month’s free Merseyrail travel in our October edition, asking: ‘How much is a Merseyrail All Zone Day Saver for 16 to 18-year-olds?’ n The correct answer is £2.50. Thanks to everyone who entered the competition! Sam Woodworth from Woodchurch has won a Merseyrail pass. Congratulations, Sam!

what’s on... what’s on... what’s on... what’s on... n Young Reporters @ Wallasey Youth Hub, tues JAN 10, 7-9pm £1. No experience required. Practice writing reviews and interviewing with a small group of young people. Contact Jamie Greer 0151 666 3715.

n Hoops Club @ Bebington High School, FRIDAYS, 4-5pm £2. Basketball dribbling, shooting games, and prizes! Please wear sports kit and trainers. Contact Jo Patten 0151 666 4375.

n Male dance sessions @ Pilgrim Street Arts Centre, TUESDAYS, 6.30-9pm 20p. No experience required. Come along and try break dance in a small group. Contact Seline Wakerley 0151 666 3707.

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

Moreton West & Saughall Massie

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.

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 0151 638 5488 briankenny

Ann McLachlan 0151 522 0299 annmclachlan

Julie McManus 0151 677 3660 Contains OS data Š 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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leader’s column

‘2016 was a year of heroes and worldwide change’

Councillor Phil Davies Leader of Wirral Council 2016 has seen some significant events on the national and international calendar, the Brexit referendum, a new Prime Minister and the prospect of President

Trump in America. There have been many sad losses in the world of popular culture, TV and politics, and our own community was moved by the death of PC Dave Phillips. On behalf of everyone in the borough we send our thoughts to his wife and family at this special time of year. The year also saw Wirral in the news for other reasons. Birkenhead’s Cammell Laird shipyard won an order to build The Sir David Attenborough, a £200m polar research vessel, which attracted worldwide interest when the suggested name Boaty McBoatface lead a public poll.

It was a disappointing year for Tranmere Rovers who failed to bounce straight back into the Football League, but things are looking better this season for the SuperWhites. Elsewhere in sport, Caldy Rugby FC are ending the year top of National League 2 and the Olympics provided gold medal success for Wirral’s hockey star Sam Quek. An audience of 300 local school kids were wowed when astronaut Tim Peake tweeted live pictures of Wirral during their school visit to Liverpool Museum and our GCSE and A level students continued to reach for the A*s with another set of outstanding exam results.

Looking forward to 2017, big challenges and opportunities lie ahead. In May, Wirral residents will get the chance to vote for a new Metro Mayor for the Liverpool City Region. There will be upheavals to many of our morning commutes as repairs to the Wirral Line and rail tunnels are completed and residents will be consulted through WirralView and other media channels about proposed changes to the NHS, local authority services and the regeneration of the borough. On behalf of the council and all our partners, I want to express our special thanks to all

those who will be working over the Christmas and New Year period to keep us connected, well cared for and safe. Your efforts are appreciated by all. A happy and peaceful Christmas to all Wirral residents.

May 2016: Family of PC Dave Phillips at the Town Hall.

Get up to speed with guidelines over term time leave are you up to speed with government guidelines over term time leave? Every parent wants the best for their children, and includes getting the best education. It’s important that every parent knows what is expected of them as far as school attendance goes, and includes taking your child out of school during term time. The law states that it’s every parent’s responsibility to ensure their child attends school regularly and on time. In 2013, the government tightened up the rules about taking holidays during term time, and it’s important that parents understand current guidelines. You can be fined and even go to court if you take your children out of school to go on holiday or for any reason that isn’t authorised by your school headteacher. If you take your child out of school for a family holiday and it’s not authorised by the Headteacher, you could receive a Fixed Penalty Notice. This would be for £60 if paid within 21

days but goes up to £120 if it’s paid after that. If you don’t pay within 28 days, you could be taken to court and fined, plus end up with a criminal record. Last year more than 400 parents were issued with Fixed Penalty Notices in Wirral. Some parents who did not

pay the Fixed Penalty Notice were among nearly 200 taken to court. n Exceptional circumstances Headteachers can give permission for children to be off school sometimes, for example, when a child has a medical appointment, or when they

are sick, or to go on holiday but only in exceptional circumstances. The government does not give advice on what count as exceptional circumstances, so headteachers have to judge for themselves. The National Association of Head Teachers describes exceptional circum-

stances as ‘rare, significant, unavoidable and short’. Please think very carefully about whether your reason for taking your child out of school is unavoidable. n The Isle of Wight case Last year, a parent on the Isle of Wight overturned a fine for taking his child out of school without authorisation. This does not mean that the law has changed – the government is supporting the Isle of Wight in appealing against the decision, and may even change the law to make it stricter.

What you need to do

Schooldays: Get up to speed on term time leave. davidf

IF YOU plan on taking your child out of school during term time, you must first speak to their school and give your reasons for doing so. The headteacher will then decide on a caseby-case basis.

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Don’t put off your flu jab V

accination is the best protection we have against the flu virus. While for most people flu is not serious, for those over 65, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions, there is a greater risk of becoming seriously unwell and possibly ending up in hospital. If you are one of these people it is vital to have the flu jab as the virus can change every year. n Children aged 2-4. Flu can asiseeit

If you’re eligible for a free flu jab - it’s because you need it. Don’t miss out on yours.

be horrible for little ones and if they get it, they can spread it around the whole family. For children this age, the vaccine is not an injection, just a quick and painless nasal spray. Children who get flu have the same symptoms as adults – including fever, chills, aching muscles, headache, stuffy nose, dry cough and sore throat. Ask your GP about the free flu vaccine for your child now. n Children in school years 1, 2 & 3. For these children, the nasal spray vaccination is also free and available at school. Parents will receive a letter with the arrangements for getting the vaccine for your child. n Pregnancy. If you are pregnant having the flu jab is the safest way to help protect you and your baby. Pregnancy naturally weakens the body’s immune

Vaccination: Best protection from effects of flu.

system which means flu can cause serious complications. You may be less able to fight off infections, increasing the risk of becoming ill as a result of flu. Flu immunisation can take place at any stage of your pregnancy. Ask your GP, pharmacist or midwife about the free flu jab. n People aged over 65. All people over 65 are eligible for a free flu vaccination. Ask your GP

or pharmacist for details. n Health conditions. If you have a health condition, even if it’s well managed, flu can easily develop into something very serious. Contact your GP or pharmacist to find out how you can get the flu jab now. n Carers. If you are the main carer of an older or disabled person you may be eligible for the free flu jab. Ask your GP.

If you’re pregnant, you need a flu jab now Flu can cause serious complications for you and your baby you could both get seriously ill. The flu jab is the safest way to help protect you and your baby. So don’t put it off. Ask your GP, pharmacist or midwife about the free flu jab today. It’s free because you need it, however many months pregnant you are and however fit and healthy you might feel.

Flu is highly contagious and is spread by coughs and sneezes. Even people with mild or no symptoms can still infect others. For healthy individuals, flu is an unpleasant illness but there’s usually no need to see a doctor. If you have flu-like symptoms you should begin to feel better within about a week. The best remedy is to rest at home, keep warm and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Even if you’re not eligible for a free flu jab you can choose to pay for one. They range in price but start at around £5. Ask your pharmacist.

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Fighting the cold this winter E

very winter there are 25,000 extra deaths when the weather gets colder. Older people who may be frail, or who have existing health conditions, are particularly at risk. It sounds obvious, but keeping snug and cosy in your home will help protect your health. Sitting for long periods of time in a cold home can put pressure on your heart and circulation. This can lead to serious problems like heart attacks and strokes. At this time of year, we are asking everyone to remember the needs of friends, relatives and neighbours. Many people who are vulnerable to the cold, including older people, those with underlying health conditions, pregnant women and those with young children, are not aware they

may be putting themselves in danger by not keeping warm. Heating homes to at least 18ºC reduces the health risk from cold temperatures, however, if you have reduced mobility, are over 65, or have a health condition, such as heart or lung disease, then having temperatures slightly higher than 18ºC would be better for your health. Advice to keep warm and well: n Don’t put off getting the flu vaccination. If you’re eligible for a free flu jab, it’s because you need it. Get it now. n Look out for friends, relatives and neighbours who may be vulnerable to the cold. n Stay tuned to the weather forecast and plan ahead with supplies. n If you meet the criteria, register for priority service with your energy and water suppliers. n Have regular hot meals and drinks throughout the day and keep active to help you stay warm. n Get financial support to make your home energy efficient, improve your heat- imageegami

Advice to keep warm isn’t just about comfort - it can save your life.

Turn it up: A warm home keeps you healthy.

ing or help with bills. n Have your heating and cooking appliances checked regularly. n Wear a few layers of thin clothing rather than one thick layer, and when you need to go outside wear shoes with slip resistant, good grip soles. Help for you: n Find informa-

tion on keeping warm and well at n The council offers interest-free Cosy Loans to homeowners to make improvements that reduce energy costs. The scheme is managed by Wirral Methodist Housing Association on our behalf, call 0151 647 5471 or email kathryn@

‘Amazing’ carers providing a family lifeline A social media post highlighting the work of carers who look after children and young people with complex medical needs has attracted a flurry of praise. Wirral University Teaching Hospital’s Continuing Care team provides care to children and young people with complex medical needs on a 24 hour basis, 365 days a year. Working across Wirral, they look after young patients with life threatening or life limiting conditions in their homes, at day nursery, at school or at college, supporting them to achieve their full potential. Following an article on Facebook about their work, which reached more than 7,000 people, comments included ‘we could not function as a family without them,’ ‘they do it because they care’ and

‘amazing people’. One person hailed the team as ‘a lifeline for so many families’ and another grateful mother explained how they had been her ‘crutch’ dur-

ing a particularly difficult time. Muscular dystrophy, myotubular myopathy, neurological or genetic conditions and brain acquired injuries are just some

Part of the family: Scott with his mum Chantelle (l) and one of his carers, Jenilee.

of the conditions affecting the children and young people that the team looks after. Families rely heavily on their support and establish long-term, trusting relationships with them, many patients having been under their care since birth. Scott Howell, nine, from Moreton is one such child. He suffers from myotubular myopathy, a rare muscle disease which means he needs life support 24 hours a day. With two other children, his mum and dad say they could not manage without the support provided by Scott’s carers. Mum Chantelle Smith said: ‘If it wasn’t for the team, Scott wouldn’t be able to live at home and would have to stay in hospital. They help us to be a ‘normal’ family and as a result have become part of our extended family.’ n There are entitlements and benefits you can apply for if you are struggling to keep you house warm, such as Winter Fuel Payments and Cold Weather Payments. Go to for information or call 03459 15 15 15 .

Your views on health wanted NHS Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is asking the public to have their say on proposals to change some services, including minor cosmetic surgery, treatment and removal of ear wax, surgery for some orthopaedic procedures, fertility and sterilisation services. More information is available on wirralccg. including the reasons for change and possible impact. If you can’t get online, the questionnaire can be posted to you. Please call 0151 541 5401 to request a copy. Responses should be received by January 17, 2017.

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‘Not outside our schools!’ Our colourful campaign against dog fouling has the backing of schoolchildren whose environment is often worst hit by persistent offenders.


ur powerful campaign, ‘No More Mucking around! Do the right thing!’ was designed to make irresponsible dog owners sit up and take notice. A series of colourful cartoon images urge dog owners to do the right thing and clean up after their pet – or face an onthe-spot fine of £50. Lynn Struve our Eco Schools

Officer says, ‘It’s great to have schools backing the campaign. Children are passionate about looking after their local area and make excellent ambassadors. We need people to get behind the campaign and encourage others to ‘do the right thing!’ Our Eco Schools officer works throughout the year with many schools on a range of environmental topics and Poulton Lancelyn Primary and Well Lane Primary are the first of many schools to get behind the campaign. Environmental issues like dog fouling remain the number one priority that residents want us to tackle. And we’ve promised to tackle it as part of our environmental pledges for 2020. Working with our partners Kingdom, 63 fixed penalty notices have been issued since

Passionate advocates: Pupils from Well Lane and Poulton Lancelyn primary schools.

May 2016, to people who haven’t picked up their dog’s mess. Support for the campaign is growing – joggers, litter pick

ers, a football team and parks’ staff starred in a video on our website, healthy and safe. We have all the services you need to keep your child healthy and help them grow with confidence and self-esteem. From pregnancy to pre-schoolers, our midwives, health visitors, and child health experts will help you give your child the best possible start in life. #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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Welcome to #OurDay E

ver wondered what we get up to in a typical day? Every year, public service organisations like Wirral Council take part in a national social media campaign called #OurDay. It allows us to give a

glimpse into a number of the services provided by the council and the hard work which goes into delivering them. Like our colleagues across Britain, we shared stories, facts, photos and videos across

social media as we went about our business. Dozens of UK council services took part, tweeting updates as they provided services. From cycling officers in Swindon to work experience

advisors in Hertfordshire, local government staff across the UK took the opportunity to showcase their work. Here’s some excerpts from Wirral - we hope you enjoy reading about our day.

5 things you can do on our website Our website uk is a quick and easy way to access council services including: n Bins: Check your collection day, report a missed collection, check what you can put in which bin, sign up for garden waste collections. n Leisure Centres: Find an activity at a leisure centre and book it. n Council Tax: Pay your bill, manage your account or tell us you’ve moved. n Schools: Check school holidays or apply for a school place. n Libraries: Join the library, find or renew a book, borrow an e-book.

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Now is the time to get yourself active! Fitness facts

Any day is a good day to start with Active Wirral.

25% of Wirral adults

are classed as ‘physically inactive’, meaning they regularly take less than 30 minutes of moderate exercise per week.


o we know that January 1 is traditionally the time for New Year resolutions, but here at Active Wirral, we think any day is a good day to make a fresh start. We launched Active Wirral earlier this year to get more people exercising and playing sport, with a particular focus on young women and families. Only a third of Wirral women take part in sport at least once a week, and girls aged 14 do less than half the physical activity for boys of the same age. We also want to help single parent families feel the benefit of exercise as they tend to get much less exercise - on average around 56 per cent less - than those with two parents. Wirral’s own Tranmere Rovers FC was one of the first organisations to back Active Wirral and has been organising

43% of men compared to 33 per cent of women take part in sport at least once a week.

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estimates that 283 deaths a year could be prevented if Wirral’s 40-79 year olds exercised more.

Backing Active Wirral: Tranmere Rovers chairman Mark Palios and Cabinet Member, Cllr Ann McLachlan, at Prenton Park.

activities in parks, leisure centres and at the club’s new training facility at Solar Campus, Leasowe. Mark Palios, Chair of Tranmere Rovers said: ‘Tranmere Rovers are delighted to be part

of Active Wirral. ‘We are constantly increasing opportunities for members of the public to take part in regular physical activity, ensuring it’s accessible, affordable, and appealing to as many people

as possible.’ If those facts have shocked you, Active Wirral and Invigor8, the council’s leisure and fitness membership scheme, are here to help! Useful links:

Gym starts from £15 Advent surprises The cost of joining a gym can be off putting, but membership of the council’s Invigor8 fitness scheme ranges from £15 - £34 a month. For that, you can use eight Invigor8 centres across the

bike hire on cheap

borough, seven fitness suites, 10 pools and choose from more than 350 gym classes per week. Some schemes also include use of municipal golf courses all day Monday - Friday. To join Invigor8, complete the application form on wirral. and return to your nearest Invigor8 leisure centre. Or call into your nearest leisure centre for a chat. We welcome members of all ages. You’ll be given a one-to-one induction, and there is support available to help you meet your goals.

This year we made a special distributed through food effort for Christmas with our banks and one stop shops. Active Wirral advent calendar. Every day, people opened the door to a new suggestion for keeping active, from using bags of sugar instead of dumbbells, to doing star jumps every time a christmas advertisement came on the TV. There were also a series of excruciating puns and jokes, like ‘what do young elves do when they get home from school?’ GNOMEWORK. And ‘what did scrooge get his wife for christmas’ – BAH HANDBAG! The calendars are being

Merseyrail Bike & Go manager, Linda van der Haar

Bike hire just got easier - and cheaper - with a special offer for Wirral residents. Merseyrail’s Bike & Go lets you hire a bike for 24 hours, then return it to any Bike & Go station in the borough. Thanks to a new partnership between Merseyrail and Active Wirral, if you live in Wirral you can pay just £5 for a year’s membership of the scheme – half the standard price of £10. Once you’ve paid your annual membership fee, each 24-hour rental costs just £3.80 for up to two bikes. Bike & Go is available at lots of Merseyrail train stations across Wirral, including New Brighton, West Kirby, Bidston, Port Sunlight and Hooton. Members can also use Bike & Go at 70+ locations across the UK, including in Leeds, Sheffield, Glasgow, Manchester and of course, Liverpool. Wirral is a great place for cycling. We have miles of off-road and traffic free cycle tracks, which are particularly good for nervous cyclists or families. Many of the Bike & Go stations are on the round-borough Wirral Circular Trail or close to our fantastic Green Flag Award parks. To register for the Active Wirral offer, visit and enter the code promo16.

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When winter blows in, you have two options: You can pull the blanket over your head and go back to sleep - or you can head outside and get active. There’s no reason you need to take a break from physical activity when the temperature drops. In fact, exercising in cooler weather has some advantages over working out in warmer weather. For one, you don’t have heat and humidity to deal with. In fact, winter’s chill can make you feel revitalised! Not only that, you can work out harder in the cold weather - which means you burn even more calories. Any activity is good for you, whether it’s spring, summer autumn or winter! Exercising will also: › CUT YOUR RISK for heart disease, stroke and diabetes › Extend your LIFE EXPECTANCY › Work toward a HEALTHY WEIGHT or maintain the weight you have › Give you MORE ENERGY to do the things you love › Help you SLEEP BETTER › Enhance your MENTAL WELL BEING › Help you be an active ROLE MODEL for your kids › Get you GEARED UP for swimsuit season


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recruitment & public notices 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 The following proposal does not accord with the provisions of the development plan: Mr Craig Harper, Carr Farm Garden Centre, BIRKENHEAD ROAD, MEOLS, CH47 9RE. Proposed change of use to Footgolf course and erection of a Club House in connection with the Footgolf and for children’s parties, access and car park. APP/16/00980. Full Planning Permission. Departure from U.D.P. The following proposal does not accord with the provisions of the development plan: Mr P. Burgess Goodman Wells, Birchen House, 8 HAMILTON STREET, BIRKENHEAD, CH41 6DN. Change of use for a cafe (A3) to an apartment (C3). APP/16/01087. Full Planning Permission. Hamilton Square Conservation Area. Departure from U.D.P. Mr R Davies, 156-162 BEDFORD ROAD, ROCK FERRY, CH42 2AS. Demolition of existing buildings and erection of 27 apartments - extending existing planning permission (amended address). OUT/16/01091. Outline Planning Permission. Mr B Evans, Land between 36 and 52/54 STANLEY LANE, EASTHAM, CH62 0AG. Detached new dwelling. APP/16/01237. Full Planning Permission. Eastham Conservation Area. Affects setting of Grade II listed building. Greenfields McNally, Greenfields, 295 BIRKENHEAD ROAD, MEOLS. Demolition of existing kennel block and replacement with upgraded kennels. APP/16/01286. Full Planning Permission. Mr B French, HSBC Corporate Real Estate,

HSBC Bank, 58 BROMBOROUGH VILLAGE ROAD, BROMBOROUGH, CH62 7ET. Replacement of the existing external ‘HSBC’ signage with ‘HSBC UK’ equivalent’s. ADV/16/01445. Advertisement Consent. Bromborough Conservation Area. Affects setting of Grade II listed building. Mr Darbyshire, Harwood, 7 HESSLE DRIVE, HESWALL, CH60 8PS. Proposed two storey side extension, single-storey rear extension, terrace and external/internal refurbishment. APP/16/01481. Full Planning Permission. Heswall Conservation Area. Any representations regarding the above applications must be received in writing by 21 December 2016 at the address below. Notice is dated 30 November 2016. Goodman Wells, LAND AT CONWAY STREET, BIRKENHEAD, CH61 6EN. A mixed use community/ commercial/shop/ financial service and public space to the ground floor, with 132 one and two bed apartments to upper storeys with private garden terraces. APP/16/01088. Full Planning Permission. Affects setting of Grade II listed building. The following proposal does not accord with the provisions of the development plan: Greenfields McNally, Greenfields, 295 BIRKENHEAD ROAD, MEOLS. Demolition of existing kennel block and replacement with upgraded kennels. APP/16/01286. Full Planning Permission. Departure from U.D.P.

listed building. Hamilton Square Conservation Area. Mr Morton, 9 ACREFIELD ROAD, PRENTON, WIRRAL. The proposal is to demolish the garage and outrigger and to attach a two storey extension, matching the existing in form, mass and finish. A further single storey extension is attached at the rear. APP/16/01430. Full Planning Permission. Mountwood Conservation Area.

and new snug. General internal and landscaping alterations. APP/16/01529. Full Planning Permission. Affects setting Conservation Area Heswall.

Mr Ware, Redcliffe, 34 WELLINGTON ROAD, NEW BRIGHTON. To remove the existing canopy to the rear and replace mortar facade with sandstone. LBC/16/01454. Listed Building Consent. Grade II listed building. Wellington Road Conservation Area.

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

Mr M Harty, Biffa Waste Services, Bromborough Dock (South) Landfill Site, DOCK ROAD SOUTH, BROMBOROUGH, CH62 4SU. Construction and operation of Bromborough Re-cycle Park incorporating a new vehicular access, car park, weighbridge and gatehouse, welfare facilities, drainage and landscaping. APP/16/01495. Full Planning Permission. Mrs A Grant, Lyndhurst, 29 THE GREEN, CALDY, CH48 2LA. Demolition of a timber framed single glazed rear conservatory, erection of a single storey rear extension, erection of a single storey side extension and conversion of double garage into a guest suite. APP/16/01499. Full Planning Permission. Caldy Conservation Area.

The Vyner Estate, Diamond Farm, SAUGHALL ROAD, SAUGHALL MASSIE, CH46 5ND. Residential Development and Conversion of Existing Barns. APP/16/01334. Full Planning Permission. Grade II listed building. Saughall Massie Conservation Area. Archaeological site.

The following proposal does not accord with the provisions of the development plan: Ms K Stevenson, 26 ST GEORGES PARK, NEW BRIGHTON, CH45 9LN. Garden landscaping including raised terrace and retaining walls, rear single storey extension, additional front dormer and two new dormer windows to the rear. APP/16/01526. Full Planning Permission. Departure from U.D.P.

Mr John Green, 34 HAMILTON STREET, BIRKENHEAD, CH41 5AD. Conversion of property into 2No. flats with internal and external improvements/repair works. LBC/16/01384. Listed Building Consent. Grade II

Mr Vinnie Donoghue, 8 CHURCH MEADOW LANE, HESWALL, CH60 4SB. Demolition of existing single storey side porch. Construction of new single storey domestic extension to rear, to form extended kitchen / dining area

Any representations regarding the above applications must be received in writing by 4 January 2017 at the address below. Notice is dated 14 December 2016.

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. LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1972 - SECTION 123 AS AMENDED BY SECTION 118, SCHEDULE 23 PART. V PARAGRAPH 14 OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT PLANNING AND LAND ACT 1980 - THE PROPOSED DISPOSAL OF APPROXIMATELY 943 SQUARE METRES OF LAND ADJACENT TO NELSON ROAD, ROCK FERRY, WIRRAL, MERSEYSIDE TAKE NOTICE that Wirral Borough Council in pursuance of its powers contained in the above mentioned Act intends to dispose the above mentioned land to Lovell Partnerships Limited. A plan showing the extent of the disposal is available for inspection free of charge at the One Stop Shop Office Wallasey Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey Wirral CH44 8ED and may be seen there at all reasonable hours. Any objections to the proposed disposal should be made in writing to the Department of Law and Governance at Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey Wirral (quoting ref SF/

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Licensing LOCAL GOVERNMENT (MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS) ACT 1976 - HACKNEY CARRIAGE VEHICLE FARES NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Wirral Council under the provisions of Section 65 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 proposes an increase in fares for hackney carriage vehicles as follows:Present Fares Tariff 1 Tariff 2 Tariff 3 Tariff 4 First 600 yards or part thereof £2.80 First 900 yards or part thereof £3.30 First 966 yards or part thereof £3.90 £5.20 Each subsequent 245 yards 20p Each subsequent 205 yards 20p Each subsequent 182 yards 20p Each subsequent 137 yards 20p Proposed Fares Tariff 1 Tariff 2 Tariff 3 Tariff 4 First 300 yards or part thereof £2.80 First 900 yards or part thereof £3.30 First 966 yards or part thereof £3.90 £5.20 Each subsequent 245 yards 20p Each subsequent 205 yards 20p Each subsequent 182 yards 20p Each subsequent 137 yards 20p Tariff 1 - Standard day rate (6am to 10pm). Tariff 2 - Standard night rate (10pm to 6am) and Public and Bank Holiday day rate (6am to 10pm) (including Good Friday and Easter Sunday). Tariff 3 - Public and Bank Holiday night rate (10pm to 6am) (including Good Friday and Easter Sunday). Tariff 4 - Christmas and New Year day and night rate. Any person wishing to make representations in connection with this proposal should do so in writing the Licensing Office, Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey, Wirral, Merseyside, CH44 8ED no later than 14 December 2016. Notice is dated 30 November 2016.

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recruitment & public notices Highways NOTICE OF CONFIRMATION OF PUBLIC PATH ORDER HIGHWAYS ACT 1980 - SECTION 118 - UNADOPTED ALLEYWAYS OFF CANTERBURY ROAD, ROCK FERRY, WIRRAL - PUBLIC PATH EXTINGUISHMENT ORDER 2016 On 22 November 2016 Wirral Borough Council confirmed the above named Order under Section 118 Highways Act 1980. The effect of the Order as confirmed will extinguish the unadopted alleyways off Canterbury Road, Rock Ferry, Wirral running: - From point A in a southerly direction to point D for approx. 53m in length and approx. 1.75m width - From point B in a southerly direction to point C for approx. 13m in length and approx. 2m width - From point B in a westerly direction to point E for approx. 65m in length and approx. 2m width - From point F in an easterly direction to point G for approx. 24m in length and width approx. 3m widening to approx. 8m - From point H in a southerly direction to point I for approx. 24m in length and width approx. 2m As shown on the Order Map. A copy of the Order as confirmed and the Order Map may be inspected free of charge at the One Stop Shop, Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey, Wirral between 9.00am and 5.00pm on Mondays to Fridays. Copies of the Order and Map may be purchased there. The Order becomes operative on 7 December 2016, but if a person aggrieved by the Order desires to question its validity or that of any provision contained in it, on the ground that it is not within the powers of the Highways Act 1980, as amended, or on the ground that any requirement of the Act, as amended, or of any regulation made under the Act has not been complied with in relation to the Order he or she may, under paragraph 2 of Schedule 2 to the Act as applied by paragraph 5 of Schedule 6 to the Act, within 6 weeks from 7 December 2016 make an application to the High Court. Notice is dated 7 December 2016. NOTICE OF CONFIRMATION OF PUBLIC PATH ORDER HIGHWAYS ACT 1980 - SECTION 118 - UNADOPTED ALLEYWAYS OFF CHATHAM ROAD, ROCK RERRY, WIRRAL - PUBLIC PATH EXTINGUISHMENT ORDER 2016 On 22 November 2016 Wirral Borough Council confirmed the above named Order under Section 118 Highways Act 1980. The effect of the Order as confirmed is to extinguish the unadopted alleyways off Chatham Road, Rock Ferry, Wirral running: - From Point A in a southerly direction to point B for approx. 156m in length and approx. 2m width - From point B in a westerly direction to point C for approx. 21m in length and approx. 2m width

As shown on the Order Map. A copy of the Order as confirmed and the Order Map may be inspected free of charge at the One Stop Shop, Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey, Wirral between 9.00am and 5.00pm on Mondays to Fridays. Copies of the Order and Map may be purchased there. The Order becomes operative on 7 December 2016, but if a person aggrieved by the Order desires to question its validity or that of any provision contained in it, on the ground that it is not within the powers of the Highways Act 1980, as amended, or on the ground that any requirement of the Act, as amended, or of any regulation made under the Act has not been complied with in relation to the Order he or she may, under paragraph 2 of Schedule 2 to the Act as applied by paragraph 5 of Schedule 6 to the Act, within 6 weeks from 7 December 2016 make an application to the High Court. Notice is dated 7 December 2016. NOTICE OF CONFIRMATION OF PUBLIC PATH ORDER HIGHWAYS ACT 1980 - SECTION 118 - UNADOPTED Alleyways OFF ROCHESTER ROAD, ROCK FERRY, WIRRAL - PUBLIC PATH EXTINGUISHMENT ORDER 2016 On 22 November 2016 Wirral Borough Council confirmed the above named Order under Section 118 Highways Act 1980. The effect of the Order as confirmed is to extinguish the unadopted alleyways off Rochester Road, Rock Ferry, Wirral running: - From point A in a northerly direction to point B for approx. 92m in length and approx. 2.75m width - From point B in an easterly direction to point C for approx. 16m in length and approx. 2.65m width - From point D in an easterly direction to point E for approx. 20m in length and approx. 3.15m width - From point E in a southerly direction to point H for approx. 157m in length and approx. 2.90m width - From point I in an westerly direction to point J for approx. 18m in length and approx. 2.65m width - From point F in a easterly direction to point G for approx. 19m in length and approx. 1.50m width As shown on the Order Map. A copy of the Order as confirmed and the Order Map may be inspected free of charge at the One Stop Shop, Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey, Wirral between 9.00am and 5.00pm on Mondays to Fridays. Copies of the Order and Map may be purchased there. The Order becomes operative on 7 December 2016, but if a person aggrieved by the Order desires to question its validity or that of any provision contained in it, on the ground that it is not within the powers of the Highways Act 1980, as

amended, or on the ground that any requirement of the Act, as amended, or of any regulation made under the Act has not been complied with in relation to the Order he or she may, under paragraph 2 of Schedule 2 to the Act as applied by paragraph 5 of Schedule 6 to the Act, within 6 weeks from 7 December 2016 make an application to the High Court. Notice is dated 7 December 2016.

Traffic THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 Notice is hereby given that Wirral Borough Council have made the above 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 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 (having already advertised notice of intent). 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

Unless otherwise stated, all Metropolitan Borough of Wirral Public Notices are published by Surjit Tour, Assistant Director of Law and Governance, Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey, Merseyside, CH44 8ED.

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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 7 December 2016.

Calling charities, community groups and social enterprises! Invitation to apply for support If you are a social enterprise, charity or community organisation in Wirral, you may be entitled to a share of a £4m support fund aimed at new and growing social businesses in the region. The aim of the fund is to help social businesses with investment and support to make their organisation bigger and better in the long term. First Ark Social Investment is inviting socially-driven organisations in Wirral to apply for the £4m ‘Invest for Impact’ fund, which offers a mixture of grants and unsecured loan finance to charities and social enterprises. The total investment per business is between £50K and £150K, with up to 30% available as a grant. The maximum term is 60 months and interest rates start from 6.5% APR. There’s no capital repayment in year one and no arrangement or early repayment fees. The Good Finance website is helpful for charities and social enterprises to consider the funding options available. Visit the Invest for Impact website for full eligibility criteria.

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