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■ On Friday, September 15, Wirral Council honoured the 96 men, women and children who died at Hillsborough with the Freedom of Wirral. We also dedicated the gardens around the town hall as a permanent memorial to the 96, and to their families campaign for justice and truth. For full story see inside.
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September 15th, 2017: Wirral remembers thenews 96 Families of those who died at Hillsborough took part in an emotional service to honour their
You’ll Never Walk Alone: Te as Wirral stands with 96 an T
HE RIVERFRONT gardens that sweep down to the River Mersey at Wallasey Town Hall will forever be dedicated to the memory of the 96 in celebration of their lives and in recognition of the campaign for justice fought by their families. After an emotional river crossing when 96 roses were scattered by the families, the gardens at Wallasey Town Hall were dedicated in their honour, and the 96 were awarded Freedom of Wirral, the highest honour the borough can bestow. A crowd had gathered on the promenade as the families gathered outside before massed pipers from Merseyside after officially receiving the Freedom of Wirral on behalf of those who died. They heard an emotional address by Margaret Aspinall CBE, Chair of the Hillsborough Families Support Group, who thanked Wirral for this special tribute to their loved ones. And if anyone had wanted to know why now, and
why Wirral, they had their answer as families stood in this new place of peace and reflection, overlooking the mighty Mersey, with views over to Liverpool and Anfield. Actress Sue Johnston, who has long supported campaigners in their fight for justice, spoke at the dedication service. She said: ‘This setting, here on the banks of the Mersey and looking directly over to Anfield, provides a fitting place for people to remember the 96 and they will provide a lasting
Politicians stood united as one as they delivered their speeches to honour the 96 and their families.
reminder for generations to come. ‘As well as commemorating all those lost, they will also serve as a lasting tribute to the courage, dignity and tenacity of their families and their long campaign for justice. Cllr Phil Davies, Leader, Wirral Council, said: ‘I feel immensely proud and honoured to be here. Proud to be with the families of the 96, who have shown immeasurable dignity, determination and fight over these past 28 years. The people here represent the very best of what makes Merseyside such a special place. Nowhere else in the UK comes close. ‘We cannot let this night pass without once more showing our admiration and respect for what the families of the 96 have achieved. To take on the might of the establishment – in the face of sustained, constant attack and opposition – and deliver the justice which was demanded for so long is nothing short of incredible. I owe you a huge debt of gratitude,
as does everyone in the entire Liverpool City Region.’ Earlier, guests heard tributes from campaigner Steve Kelly, and members of all parties on Wirral Council, who gave a standing ovation to the families. Politicians stood united as speeches honoured the 96 and the campaign for justice, at an Extraordinary Meeting to bestow the Freedom awards.
Riverfront gardens will be permanent memorial THE NEW MEMORIAL Gardens to the 96 have been created overlooking the River Mersey and planted with lavender to create a place of peace and remembrance. With expansive views of Liverpool, Anfield, Goodison, and to the busy Port and the Mersey estuary, the setting captures the essence of Merseyside, source of pride and with open arms to the rest of the world. The lawned areas and steps of the building are already wellused by the local community. As evening fell on the night the gardens were dedicated, they shone out in a rich warm red, as the building was illuminated
in tribute to the 96, and 96 candles flickered and shone brightly in the night air. Wirral Pipe Band and the Massed Merseyside Pipe Band had played a lament as the families of the 96 were led out by the Mayor of Wirral, Councillor Ann McLachlan. The families had earlier been brought over by Mersey Ferry and had cast red roses on the water of the Mersey in honour of their loved ones. Politicians of all hues gathered to see the gardens dedicated by the Rt Rev Keith Sinclair, Bishop of Birkenhead. A plaque which will stand as permanent memorial to the 96 was unveiled by
local resident Sue Roberts, who lost her much-loved brother Graham John Roberts at Hillsborough. She was accompanied by the Mayor of Wirral. Also attending the ceremony was Steve Rotheram, Mayor, Liverpool City Region, and Lord Mayors and Mayors representing friends and neighbours from across the Liverpool City Region. Guests also included players from Tranmere Rovers and Liverpool and Everton Football Clubs. Merseytravel provided the Ferry that brought families to Wirral, and the staff choir sang as they arrived at Seacombe. Stagecoach and Arriva
provided shuttle buses. Wirral Pipe Band were joined by the Massed Merseyside Pipe Band and provided suitably stirring accompaniment to the service.
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September 15th, 2017: Wirral remembers the news 96 loved ones and create a permanent civic memorial on the banks of the River Mersey.
ars and tributes nd their families Tribute: Margaret Aspinall addresses the crowd.
Time to reflect: Families at the service. Never forgotten: Families gather outside the town hall for the dedication of the gardens.
STANDING OVATION FOR ST JOSEPH’S SCHOOL CHOIR
Clockwise from top left: Campaigner Steve Kelly, actress Sue Johnston, Mayor of Wirral and Lord Mayor of Liverpool, and bottom left, councillors from all parties on Wirral Council gave a standing ovation to the families and their fight for justice.
THERE WAS A rousing ovation for Miss Lester and the year 5 and 6 choir from St Joseph’s Primary School, Birkenhead, who sang ‘We All Stand Together’ and ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ for the families. Before making the formal Freedom of Wirral presentations, Mayor of Wirral, Cllr Ann McLachlan, said she was proud and humbled to be honouring the families. ‘I can think of no more deserving candidates or cause. This is our highest civic award. It should symbolise bravery, dedication and honesty. It should signify recognition of outstanding conduct improving the lives
of everyone in this borough. This award is our small way of recognising what you have done, of showing our appreciation for the truly stunning achievements you have made. We are proud we are of all you have achieved.’ Students from Wirral Met College catered for the event, and the Mann Island Choir sang for families at Seacombe.
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ways to be prepared FIVE WAYS TO BEAT FLU for anything!
#30days30waysUK has been running this month as part of a national campaign to encourage us to ‘be prepared.’ Visit 30days30waysuk.org.uk for hints and tips.
Search for ‘emergencies’ on wirral.gov.uk - includes advice for residents and businesses on preparing – and recovering - from the unexpected.
Set up flooding alerts and find advice on what you should do at gov.uk/ check-flood-risk
Redcross.org.uk is a mine of information on being prepared, and you can download a useful app too.
Get winter advice at metoffice.gov.uk/ barometer/get-ready-forwinter.
Clean surfaces like your keyboard, phone and door handles regularly to get rid of germs.
WITH THE ANNUAL ‘Stoptober’ campaign looming, now is the time to quit. If you stop smoking for 28-days you are five times more likely to quit for good.
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Don’t put off getting the flu vaccination. If you’re eligible for a free jab, book an appointment with your GP. It’s free because you need it. Reduce risks of getting flu or spreading it to other people; wash your hands regularly with soap and water.
Five ways to quit this ‘Stoptober’ Editorial:
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WHEN PEOPLE TALK about emergencies, you may think of headline grabbing incidents that happen in other parts of the world, but emergencies can happen to anyone at any time. Here’s how you can prepare:
■ Plan to quit on October 1 and avoid temptation. Write down the reasons why you’re quitting (for your children, your health, extra money) and make sure you don’t have any cigarettes, lighters or matches to hand. ■ Contact your local stop smoking service ABL Wirral on 0151 541 5656 or text ABL to
60777 for free support and advice. Download the Smokefree app or speak to your pharmacist, doctor or practice nurse.
■ Find your own way of coping with cravings - call a friend for support, go for a brisk walk , drink a glass of water or juice.
■ An e-cigarette can help you quit - and with support from ABL you have a higher chance of success.
■ Remember there’s never ‘just one’ cigarette. Keep busy, and if you find a certain time of day hard, try a new routine. Stopping smoking can be really tough, but even if you aren’t successful immediately, every quit attempt is another step on the journey to kicking the habit for good. You CAN do it!
For more info visit smokefree. nhs.uk/Stoptober.
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If you start to feel unwell, even if it is just a cough or cold, don’t wait until it gets more serious, get help from your pharmacist. If you do have the flu, stay off work or school until you’re feeling better. For most people, this will take about a week. O
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New Ferry blueprint is shared with public Residents told that plans must be ‘realistic and deliverable’ to take the town forward.
EW FERRY residents and traders have been invited to have their say on redevelopment plans. The council appointed consultants GVA to explore ideas put forward by local people and assess the area’s potential to emerge successfully from the impact of the explosion in March which devastated the area. Consultation events have been taking place, building on ideas proposed by the community. People could also comment online. David Ball, who is leading the council’s recovery operation, said: ‘This is a really significant stage and we want everyone’s input into regeneration plans. New Ferry deserves
In safe hands: The demolition of unsafe properties in New Ferry is underway.
to see progress made and the proposals must be realistic and deliverable.’ Once plans have been drawn up, they will be reviewed again by residents. Final proposals will be submitted to the govern-
ment and other agencies for funding support, described as ‘critical’ to the progress. David added: ‘What we are looking at are initial ideas – more detailed plans and impressions will emerge later. We
are committed to continuing to work hand in hand with local people on the regeneration of New Ferry so consultation at this stage is very important – we look forward to sharing these ideas with residents.’
TOP EXPERTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD SET FOR URBAN PARK EVENT WIRRAL is set for a worldwide audience as the World Urban Parks Congress takes place next month. Venue for the conference is the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton, but the event will showcase some of the jewels in Wirral’s parks and countryside including Birkenhead Park, Flaybrick Cemetery, Port Sunlight, and Vale Park. Wirral has been chosen to host the event to commemorate the 170th anniversary of Birkenhead Park, which opened in 1847 and was the blueprint for Central Park, New York. The CEO of Central
‘Move more’ older adults told as activity rates fall further MORE THAN 850,000 adults aged 40-60 in the North West do not get even 10 minutes of continuous brisk walking over the course of a month and are missing out on important health benefits, according to new evidence. The findings reveal how lifestyles have changed, showing that people in the UK are 20 per cent less active now than they were in the 1960s. The sedentary nature of modern, busy lives makes it difficult for many to find the time for enough exercise to benefit their health.
The new ‘One You’ activity campaign is encouraging adults to build 10 minutes continuous brisk walking into their day as a simple way to improve their health. This is particularly aimed at people who don’t move around much during a normal day. An ‘Active 10’ app has been developed to show how much brisk walking a person is doing each day and how they can incorporate more into their lifestyle. Walking just 10 minutes a day at a brisk pace can have enormous health benefits and
Park, Doug Blonsky, will be speaking at the event. No stranger to Wirral, he has visited the area before on a reciprocal visit and will be talking about sustainable cities and vibrant parks. The conference takes place from Oct 17-Oct 19 and is aimed at people working in the ﬁeld of parks and countryside. If this is something you’re interested in, further information can be obtained from worldurbanparks.org.
is good for your overall mental and physical wellbeing as well. The Active10 app will help you set achievable goals and gradually build up activity. Search ‘Active 10’ to download the free app for advice and encouragement on upping your exercise and incorporating 10 minute bursts of brisk walking into your daily routine. ISTOCK/SOLSTOCK
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royal visit special
Splashing good fun! When HRH The Duke of Cambridge visited Guinea Gap, Wallasey, everyone agreed it went swimmingly well!
HE DUKE of Cambridge visited Guinea Gap Baths, Seacombe, as part of a day of engagements on Merseyside. As His Royal Highness dodged the showers, well-wishers waited outside for a glimpse of The Duke, and some took the opportunity to wish him the best on the forthcoming birth of the new Royal baby. His Royal Highness was in Wallasey for a series of activities in the pools at Guinea Gap Leisure Centre, Seacombe, bringing together three of his patronages – the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC), English Schools Swimming Association (ESSA) and Swim England (formally Amateur Swimming Association). He visited Merseyside SubAqua Club first to chat with local divers before visiting Guinea Gap Leisure Centre. At the pool, The Duke saw children from Wallasey Swimming Club showcasing Swim England’s ‘Learn to Swim’ programme and BSAC’s snorkelling and diving activities. He
also viewed an ESSA water polo session in action. During the visit His Royal Highness met the Mayor of Wirral, Cllr Ann McLachlan, her consort Mr Bill McLachlan, and Cllr Phil Davies, Leader, Wirral Council, and Eric Robinson, Chief Executive, Wirral Council. He viewed an exhibition about the history of the Edwardian swimming pool, and was introduced to Simon Bellamy, the council’s leisure operations manager, and Martin Simmons, team leader at Guinea Gap. Cllr Ann McLachlan, Mayor of Wirral, said: ‘We are delighted that The Duke of Cambridge could include Wirral on his visit to Merseyside. It means a lot to the organisations here today, and to the well-wishers outside who gathered to greet him.’ Cllr Phil Davies, Leader, Wirral Council, said: ‘Guinea Gap has a special place in the local community and, as part of the wider fitness centre, is going from strength to strength. It remains a wellused local resource and it has been fascinating to see and meet the organisations here today, all of which have The Duke’s patronage.’ Jon Glenn, Swim England Learn to Swim and Workforce Director, said: ‘This was a great opportunity to highlight the many fun activities that are available for people to take part in at their local pool.’
Royal greeting: Our selection of pictures shows Prince William meeting local people at Guinea Gap.
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Royal seal of approval for record beating Guinea Gap From visiting dolphins to royalty, Wirral’s oldest swimming baths has seen it all!
RINCE William is the latest distinguished visitor to an Edwardian treasure that has seen generations learn to swim. Guinea Gap, the oldest pool in Wirral was opened in 1908 near a break in the newly-built promenade that was popular with swimmers. The area was reputedly named after a stash of golden guineas that was found by workmen in 1849, or perhaps more realistically, after the word ‘gyn’ meaning ‘gap in the cliffs.’ The old Seacombe and Egremont Swimming Club, founded back in 1890, had met at the old Guinea Gap, so moved to the pool. They changed their name to Wallasey Swimming Club in 1913 and have called it home ever since. The club’s website speaks with fondness: ‘For many
years, it has been a favourite swimming venue and family meeting place. Almost all local people share memories of learning to swim there, of taking their children to be taught how to swim there, of joining a swimming club, or of taking part in their first swimming gala there.’ The baths has a colourful history. It miraculously survived two world wars and during World War I helped rehabilitate wounded soldiers cared for at nearby Wallasey Town Hall, then used as a military hospital. The pool was originally filled with seawater from the Mersey. This is thought to be the key to the huge number of national and international swimming records broken there. Wallasey Swimming Club takes over the story: ‘Excellent coaching and supreme effort from all the swimmers led to record breaking results. Between 1908 and 1957 no fewer than 205 world and national swimming records were achieved at Guinea Gap Baths.’ If you were at school in the 1970s, you may have been taken to the baths every winter when they were a temporary home for dolphins who earned
Remember this? Dolphin displays were an annual event every winter.
their keep by putting on displays for visitors. Like the golden guineas, they are part of the Guinea Gap story.
Photos courtesy of Wallasey Swimming Club (wallaseyswimmingclub.co.uk) and hiddenwirral.org.
Revamp signalled new era for much-loved leisure treasure GUINEA GAP’S two swimming pools – a leisure pool and competition pool - are now part of a fitness centre that is going from strength to strength. The centre received a £750k revamp as part of £2m council investment in fitness facilities across the borough. It’s now part of a complex that involves state of the art gym and fitness equipment and outdoor ‘all weather’ sports pitches, which have proved popular with local
leagues and football clubs. Wallasey Swimming Club have the last word: ‘All of us are proud of our home pool and of the services it has brought to so many over its 100 years. May the baths continue servicing the community for many more years.’ Facilities include: ■ leisure pool ■ 25m competition pool ■ fitness suite ■ aerobics studio ■ spinning studio ■ sauna ■ 5-a-side pitches (astro-turf)
■ viewing galleries ■ free parking ■ bicycle racks. For more information see wirral.gov.uk/invigor8 or call 0151 606 2010.
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eat well wirral
Warm up with Ron’s scouse This is a healthier version of an autumn comfort food classic courtesy of Eat Well Wirral.
VERYONE has their own favourite way of making scouse, but at Beryl’s takeaway and sandwich shops, owner Ron Carroll prides himself on a version that’s as healthy as he can make it without compromising taste. Beryl’s is an Eat Well Wirral award winner, part of a council initiative to encourage takeaways to offer healthier versions of family favourites. One of Ron’s best sellers is
scouse, which he makes with lean stewing steak and vegetables, with the minimum of oil (used only to brown meat and vegetables). He hasn’t provided quantities as he says you’ll be cooking for different numbers (he regularly cooks 40 portions at a time!), plus, some people prefer more veg to meat and vice versa. You can go vegetarian by leaving out meat and using a vegetable stock cube. Top with grated vegetarian cheese. Like all scouse aficionados, he says keep it simple and stick to the same basic ingredients – meat and veg. Cook ‘slow and low’ for about two and a half hours he advises, and if you can, leave till the next day for the flavours to develop.
RON’S SCOUSE Ingredients Stewing steak; carrots; onions; potatoes; 1-2 tbsp veg oil; beef stock cube. Method 1. Peel and chop carrots, onions and potatoes into largish chunks. Keep about 1/3 of the potatoes to one side for adding later (store in water or they will go black). 2. Cut up stewing steak to bitesized pieces. Remove any gristle. 3. Heat veg oil in large pan and lightly brown the veg and meat pieces on all sides. 4. Add enough hot water to the pan to cover the ingredients by a couple of inches. 5. Add crumbled stock cube and bring to the boil, then
Ron’s scouse: Goes down a storm with his customers!
turn down low and simmer for around two hours. Check and stir regularly to ensure it doesn’t stick or burn. 6. When the potatoes, carrots and meat are soft and tender, it’s almost ready. Most of the
original potatoes will have disintegrated to thicken the scouse so you just need to add the remaining potatoes for the last 30 minutes until tender. 7. Serve with pickled beetroot or red cabbage.
Walk-in Services Walk-in Centre Arrowe Park Hospital Open everyday from 8am - 10pm (including bank holidays) Victoria Central Walk-in Centre (Wallasey) Open every day from 8am - 10pm (including bank holidays) X-ray facilities open 9am - 8.30pm Birkenhead Medical Building Monday - Thursday 10am - 8pm Friday 10am - 6:30pm weekends and bank holidays 10am - 5pm Parkfield Medical Centre (New Ferry) Monday -Friday 2 - 6pm Moreton Health Clinic Monday - Tuesday 10am - 7pm Wednesday - Thursday 10am - 8pm Friday 10am - 6pm
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New look children’s centres open to all! Our children’s centres have a bright new look time to take your babies and toddlers.
IRRAL’S three main children’s centres have been refurbished and now offer a wider range of classes and activities than ever before. We have a network of centres across Wirral. They are open to all families of preschoolers, regardless of where you live or your circumstances. And the good news is admission and all activities are FREE! As a council, we believe in helping all kids to get a good start in life. That can be difficult when like all new or busy parents, you’re struggling, but whatever your circumstances, you’ll be assured of a warm welcome.
Fun and games: Our children’s centres will help give your little ones the best start in life.
Refurbishments include new reception spaces and fully inclusive family friendly activities and activity areas. There are also bright and interactive sensory rooms and resources, offering light, sound and tactile experiences.
Our centres are shared by other organisations who can offer support, so for example, we have community midwives working out of our centres advising expectant and new parents. The hubs have been part of the first stage of refurbishments and
■ SOUTH AND WEST Main Children’s Centre Hub: Pensby Children’s Centre, Fishers Lane, CH61 8SD. Tel: 0151 666 4819, email: email@example.com Satellite centres: West Kirby Children’s Centre, Black Horse Hill Infants School, Saughall Massie Road, CH48 6DR. Bromborough Children’s Centre, Gratrix Road, CH62 7BW. Tel: 0151 666 4819, email:
firstname.lastname@example.org What’s new? Sensory room at Pensby plus extended reception area and outdoor all weather play area with canopy and mud kitchen. Twins and Multiples support group supported by Twins and Multiple Births Association, (14 sets of twins at first meeting!) Bromborough set to receive new sensory room and additional improvements.
LEXI, RUBYMAE and Keira took time out from a busy summer to help look after their local area as part of eﬀorts by the newly-formed Westbourne Road Community Association to clean-up and brighten Birkenhead. Working with Involve Northwest, Liverpool Housing Trust and local councillors over the past six weeks, the Association is looking to ‘adopt’ a piece of land in Westbourne Road, Birkenhead, and aims to get the community working together to provide a safe place to garden, get together and support one another.
we’re now starting work on our other satellite centres. You can find out ‘what’s on’ at the children’s centres at wirral.gov.uk/cc. You’re also welcome to call in for a look around. We’d love to hear your feedback.
Area by area guide to refurbishments ■ WALLASEY Main Children’s Centre Hub: Seacombe Children’s Centre, St Paul’s Road, CH44 7AN. Tel: 0151 666 3506, email: email@example.com Satellite centre: New Brighton Children’s Centre, Mount Primary School, Mount Pleasant Road, CH45 5HU. Tel: 0151 630 1845, email: newbrightoncc@ wirral.gov.uk What’s new? New book swap area plus specialist sensory room. Soft play area refit and new outdoor classroom and outdoor space.
WORKING HARD FOR ‘THE WEZZY’
■ BIRKENHEAD Main Children’s Centre Hub: Brassey Gardens, 2 Brassey Street, CH41 8DA. Satellite centres: St Werburgh’s Catholic Primary School, Park Grove, CH41 2TD; Cathcart Street Primary School, Dover Close, CH41 3BY; Rock Ferry Children’s Centre, Ionic Street, CH42 2BL. Tel: 0151 652 1916, email: firstname.lastname@example.org What’s new? New reception, waiting area and sensory station with ‘spaghetti lights’. Rock Ferry refurb starts soon.
■ Please note that some activities are delivered at other centres as part of our Children’s Centre programme. For further info on activities and workshops, see the ‘My Child Can’ Facebook page and wirral.gov.uk/cc.
Clean sweep: ‘Wezzy’ volunteers.
The project is being managed by Eve Openshaw and Sandra Dodd, who say that as a community association, they will be promoting health, wellbeing and education. Eve says: ‘We are so proud of our youngest members wanting to see the area looking amazing. We would love our local community to be as one. In the next few weeks we will be fundraising so we can start buying supplies. We as a community would like to thank Antonia and Chris from Involve Northwest and our local councillors Jean Stapleton and Paul Jobson for all their support and guidance.’
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Shops back ‘age friendly’ bid We hope the initiative will encourage traders to pick up on the top three priorities identified in an Age UK survey, namely, parking facilities, staffed checkouts and politeness. Available seating and accessible toilets were also identified as key components of a decent and friendly shopping experience. A lack of adequate toilets and seating is a major issue for many older people, affecting their confidence to leave home and proving a significant barrier for some to even enter a shop. Having decent, accessible and clearly-signed toilets gives many older people the confidence to go into a store, and at least a few chairs on shop floors - even stacked away with staff trained to offer them if needed - creates a more
hospitable and welcoming environment. Look out for the Age Friendly sticker in shop windows in Birkenhead from October 1. Age UK: What is an age friendly place? Age friendly places are places where age is not a barrier to living well and where the environment, activities and services support and enable older people to: ■ enjoy life and feel well ■ take part in society and be valued for their contribution ■ have enough money to live well ■ feel safe, comfortable and secure at home ■ access quality health and care. Why do we need age friendly places? Like the rest of the country,
F YOU’RE older, you might be fed up with trawling around shops that don’t have public loos and somewhere to sit down and have a breather. In a survey carried out by Age UK, four out of 10 people over 65 said they believed that retailers and other businesses have very little interest in the needs of older shoppers, despite older households spending an estimated £145bn a year on goods and services. On October 1, the council and our partners including Age UK Wirral, Wirral Older People’s Parliament, and local businesses are launching a new initiative - ‘Age Friendly Businesses’ in Birkenhead. Those carrying the Age Friendly sticker guarantee elderly visitors the minimum of a chair, the loo and a drink.
people in Wirral are on average living longer. At last count, one in five Wirral people were aged over 65, with that number set to rise to one in four by 2030. In addition, 3,000 plus people over 65 have been diagnosed
with dementia. As we grow older, we often spend more time in our homes and communities, so our immediate environment has a significant impact on our health. Age friendly places are now viewed as essential for an ageing population.
When we get older, we want to be active Things we take for granted, like climbing stairs, going shopping or even playing with our grandchildren, could be beyond us in later life unless we exercise now. Small changes to your daily routine can help you stay fitter, maintain a healthy heart and live the life you want, as you get older.
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best start in life
Common sense ways to enjoy your pregnancy W
ITH A THIRD Royal baby on the way, pregnancy is in the news at the moment, particularly as mum-to-be is suffering with morning sickness. Medical conditions aside, there is a lot you can do to keep healthy when you’re pregnant. A healthy diet and folic acid You don’t need to go on a special diet, but it’s important to eat healthily during pregnancy to get the right balance of nutrients that you and your baby needs to develop and grow. It is recommended that you take a 400 microgram (mcg) folic acid supplement each day, from before you are pregnant until you are 12 weeks pregnant,as it can help to prevent birth defects such as spina bifida. If you didn’t take folic acid before you conceived, you should start as soon as you find out that you are pregnant. ■ Vitamin D in pregnancy All adults, including pregnant and breastfeeding women, need 10 micrograms (10mcg) of vitamin D a day, to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy. Supplements are available from pharmacies and supermarkets, or your GP may be able to prescribe them. If you want to get your folic acid from a multivitamin tablet, make sure that the tablet does not contain vitamin A (or retinol). ■ Healthy Start vouchers for pregnant women These vouchers can be used to buy milk and fresh and frozen vegetables at local shops. You’ll also get coupons that can be exchanged for free vitamins. For more info go to healthystart.
■ No need to ‘eat for two’ You will probably find that you are hungrier than usual, but you don’t need to ‘eat for two’. Slimming World, have worked with the Royal College of Midwives to ensure their programme is suitable for pregnant women, are able to offer bespoke support to help you maintain a healthy balanced diet and prevent excess weight gain during your pregnancy. Speak to your midwife for further information.
You don’t need to go on a special diet - or eat for two. Just get the right balance of nutrients.
■ Get vaccinated - You need your ﬂu jab During pregnancy, your immune system (the body’s natural defence system) is naturally weakened to protect the pregnancy. This can mean you’re less able to fight off infections, which can raise your risk of getting flu. If you are pregnant you need the flu jab now, it’s the safest way to help protect you and your baby against flu. Flu immunisation can take place however many months preg-
Simple and sensible lifestyle advice will help keep you - and your baby - happy and healthy.
nhs.uk/healthy-start-vouchers or call the Healthy Start helpline on 0345 607 6823
nant you are and however fit and healthy you might feel. Ask your GP pharmacist or midwife about the free flu jab now. Whooping cough Young babies with whooping cough are often very unwell and most will be admitted to hospital because of their illness. When you have the whooping cough vaccination in pregnancy, your body produces antibodies to protect against whooping cough, maximising the chance that your baby will be protected from birth.This offers them some protection until he or she is old enough to have their whooping cough vaccination at eight weeks old. The best time to get vaccinated to protect your baby is from 16 weeks up to 32 weeks of pregnancy. Talk to your midwife or GP and make an appointment to get vaccinated. ■ Is it safe to drink alcohol when pregnant? The Chief Medical Officers for the UK recommend that if you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant, the safest approach is not to drink alcohol at all to keep risks to your baby to a minimum. Drinking in pregnancy can lead to long-term
harm to the baby. Wirral Hospital Trust have a dedicated midwife who offers specialist support to women with alcohol or drug problems in pregnancy – referrals can be made via your midwife or GP. ■ Quitting smoking Quitting smoking is one of the best things you and your partner can do to help your baby develop healthily during pregnancy and beyond. You will: ■ Reduce the chances of miscarriage, stillbirth and sudden
infant death (cot death) and the chances of your baby being born too early. ■ Reduce your baby having conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia and middle ear infections. Contact ABL Health Wirral for free confidential support including access to free stop smoking medication, information, advice and support for friends and family members wanting to quit. Call 0151 541 5656, text ABL to 60777 or email email@example.com
Make the most of technology to get information and advice There are a range of websites and apps available including:
pert videos, parents’ tips and interactive tools to explore.
■ nhs.uk/Conditions/ pregnancy-and-baby/ pages/pregnancy-andbaby-care.aspx Whatever you want to know about getting pregnant, being pregnant or caring for your new baby, you should find it here. You’ll find detailed weekby-week guides and lots of ex-
■ Sign up to nhs.uk/ start4life to give your baby a better start in life. Weekly emails and videos will give you all the help and advice you need during pregnancy, birth and parenthood.
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Mine of anecdotes: Viv, right, and Sandy at the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton.
Meet the stars of the Floral S
ANDY DAVIES and Vivienne Scullion, more affectionately known as Viv & Sandy, are the mainstays of New Brighton’s Floral Pavilion. They have seen it all at the Floral over the years. From caged lions back stage, to ponies escaping into the auditorium. Viv began her career at the Floral 43 years ago as a 15-yearold, selling ice cream during the interval. Sandy, then aged 14, began working at the Floral soon after, and has now been working there for 41 years. The Floral was dramatically different back then. Even on the theatre’s busiest nights, only three staff organised everything. From printing programmes to serving drinks, advertising, seating
the guests, the lot. There wasn’t a café like there is today; Viv and Sandy used to serve refreshments through a hatch to the old crazy golf course that once existed next door.
Viv even got married at the Floral
Sandy and Viv now run the box office in the Floral foyer, selling tickets for shows throughout the year.
Sandy says: ‘The theatre is much more commercial today, although it holds fewer people. We could host 900 people back then! Some days though, if there wasn’t a show on, we wouldn’t see another person all day.’ Viv continues: ‘The theatre was our social life, so we made many lifelong friends. The summer season was 10 weeks long, which meant we would get to know the casts of shows really well. We even used to let some of them stay at our houses during that time rather than stay at a B&B.’ The old Floral Pavilion first opened its doors to the public in 1913 as an open-air summer theatre. The old building was closed in 2007 and demolished as part of New Brighton’s £60m makeover. It was re-
opened in 2008 and goes from strength to strength as one of the focal points of the resort’s regeneration. Viv and Sandy are big fans of the new building, but it wasn’t an easy transition: ‘We shed a tear when the old building came down. We made so many memories in there. ‘But we accepted that the old building needed updating. When it rained, the audience would have to watch shows under umbrellas!’ The pair have many stories to tell about the stars that have performed or visited the Floral over the years. Most notably, HM The Queen, when she visited the new building in 2011. A memory both Viv and Sandy clearly hold dearly; giggling as they describe how they were
practicing their curtsies in the office before her arrival. They are enthusiastic champions and ambassadors for the area: ‘Wirral has everything,’ says Sandy. ‘Views, walks, the Wirral Way and having Liverpool on your doorstep make Wirral such a nice place to live.’ They have seen at first hand the effect of cuts on council budgets: ‘Austerity is having an impact on the work we can do. As we are funded by the local authority, our budgets are stretched as the council’s budget is reduced. We just worry that young people wanting to enter the arts industry won’t have the same opportunities that we had when we were younger.’
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Wirral Bookfest is back this October with its usual eclectic mix. see page 15
Let’s get busy! W
IRRAL’S THEATRES have a packed programme this Autumn with a whole host of household names set to appear. Expect magic, music and mayhem when Sooty, Sweep and Soo come to Wirral and sing along to all of your favourite songs from The Three Degrees, Showaddywaddy, former teen icon Nik Kershaw and Roy G Hemmings from The Drifters. There will be laughs aplenty from comedians Danny Bhoy
and Jimeoin and you can marvel at UK’s foremost psychic TJ Higgs. Top international talent will be taking on the best of British at Superslam wrestling and for something completely different, don’t miss Puccini’s masterpiece Tosca. Starring Hollyoaks baddy Keith Rice, psychological thriller Blood Runs Deep is playing at Gladstone Theatre and fans of Victorian horror will love Morbid Curiosities at the Floral.
And if that’s not enough, there will also be shows for fans of Abba, Cliff Richard, George Michael, Dirty Dancing, Pink Floyd and John Denver too! For more info about Wirral’s hugely diverse range of shows this month, see Listings.
TOUR DE BEBINGTON
Port Sunlight Wheelers once again host the North West Cyclo Cross at Bebington Oval. see Listings
THE WILFRED OWEN STORY
Learn more about the life and poetry of the great WWI poet. see page 16
Enjoy 10 of the best pubs in Wirral on the Real Ale Trail. realaletrail.co.uk
Meet the daleks on Sci-Fi Day at Wallasey Central Library. see Listings
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THE IMAGE OF CLIFF 15
Oh Danny Bhoy PAGE 15
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WOMEN IN WIRRAL PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION Until 1st October Photo stories which showcase the diversity of the area and champion the women of Wirral. williamsonartgallery.org WHITECHAPEL FREAKS THU 28th SEP 7.30pm. £12 A macabre Victorian cabaret. Can you work out who is Jack the Ripper? Gladstone Theatre. gladstonetheatre.org.uk NIK KERSHAW THU 28th SEP, 8pm. £25 Former 80s teen idol Nik Kershaw comes to Wirral. floralpavilion.com STAND UP COMEDY NIGHT THU 28th SEP, 7pm. £10 Hilarious comedy raising money for Wirral Mencap. Tranmere Rovers, Prenton Park. 0151 666 1829 TOSCA - RUSSIAN STATE OPERA THU 28th SEP, 7.30pm. £31 | £29 Puccini’s masterpiece about two lovers, Tosca and Cavaradossi. floralpavilion.com SUPERSLAM WRESTLING FRI 29th SEP, 7.30pm. £15 | £10 A lineup of top international talent face the best of British. floralpavilion.com MAGGIE’S CULTURE CRAWL FRI 29th SEP, 6.30pm. £20 A 10km walk around Liverpool as the sun sets, with all money raised going to Maggie’s at Clatterbridge, who provide free support for people with cancer. Register at: maggiescentres.org/ culturecrawl/findevent/culturecrawlliverpool
GIMME ABBA FRI 29th SEP 7.30pm. £18.50 | £16.50 conc Tribute act with all of the costumes, dance routines and hits of Sweden’s most famous export. Gladstone Theatre. gladstonetheatre.org.uk
MOTOWN & PHILADELPHIA TOUR SAT 30th SEP, 7.30pm. £21.50 | £19.50 conc Roy G Hemmings, the longest serving former member of The Drifters, performs songs by The Temptations, Four Tops, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder and The Drifters themselves. floralpavilion.com NORTHERN RHYTHM BIG BAND SAT 30th SEP, 7.30pm. £14 14 piece band play everything from Glenn Miller and Frank Sinatra to Michael Buble and Adele. Gladstone Theatre, Port Sunlight. gladstonethea tre.org.uk
ANGELA BRABIN: POISON IS A WOMAN’S WEAPON SAT 30th SEP, 2.30pm. £2.50 A talk about murder in Victorian Liverpool. Birkenhead Central Library. 0151 606 2665
MAYOR’S CHARITY BALL FRI 6th OCT, 7.30pm. £40 Three course meal with entertainment. Thornton Hall Hotel. In aid of IncuBabies and Merseyside Autistic Children’s Society. 0151 691 8527
A NIGHT OF DIRTY DANCING SUN 1st OCT 7.30pm. £22 | £20 Be part of the summer of ‘63 with ‘She’s Like The Wind’, ‘Hey Baby’, and of course ‘(I’ve Had) The Time of my Life’. floralpavilion.com
THE THREE DEGREES FRI 6th OCT 7.30pm. £26.50 Featuring two original members, the trio are known for hits like ‘When Will I See You Again’ and ‘Take Good Care Of Yourself’. floralpavilion.com WIRRAL ALE TRAIL SAT 7th OCT, 11am-11pm. £15 Enjoy ten of the best real ale venues in Wirral. Buses pass each pub every 30 minutes. realaletrail.co.uk
WIRRAL BUS & TRAM SHOW SUN 1st OCT, 10am-4pm Vintage buses will be running around Wirral and a tram will link Woodside Ferry Terminal, Pacific Road and Taylor Street. 0151 647 2128 TJ HIGGS - PSYCHIC MEDIUM WED 4th OCT 7.30pm. £21 UK’s foremost psychic. gladstonetheatre.org.uk SHOWADDYWADDY FRI 6th OCT, 7.30pm. £20.50 All of the hits, including ‘Under The Moon of Love’ and ‘Three Steps to Heaven’. Gladstone Theatre, Port Sunlight. gladstonetheatre.org.uk
FASHION & PHOTOS FROM THE 50S FRI 20th OCT to March 2018 Liverpool-born June Duncan was one of Britain’s top models, who modelled for all the major couture houses in London and Paris and appeared regularly in the pages of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Vanity Fair. This exhibition at Lady Lever Art Gallery includes some of her best-known images, as well as beautiful 1950s evening dresses from National Museums Liverpool. liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/ladylever
THE GEORGE MICHAEL LEGACY SAT 7th OCT, 7.30pm. £23.50 front | £21.50 rear A celebration of one the greatest singer-songwriters of all time. floralpavilion.com
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ICONIX DANCE SAT 7th OCT, 7pm. £11 A dance show with razzmatazz! gladstonetheatre.org.uk YOGA IN BIRKENHEAD PARK SUN 8th OCT, 10am Free yoga classes. Bring a mat! 0151 639 2334 DEAN JOHNSON ‘THE BELFRY’ TUE 10th OCT, 6.30pm. Musical versions of Sylvia Plath’s poetry. Wallasey Central Library. 0151 639 2334 YOUNG AT HEART CLUB (50+) MON 9th OCT, 2-4pm. Quizzes, internet tuition and more. St John’s Church, Meols. 0151 632 5011 BLOOD RUNS DEEP WED 11th - SAT 14th OCT, 7.30pm. £12 - £16 A mother is on the run, hoping to hide her secret. Psychological thriller starring Keith Rice from Hollyoaks. Gladstone Theatre. gladstonetheatre.org.uk OWLS IN BROTHERTON PARK THU 12th OCT, 7- 11pm. Join Terry and the Rangers to learn about owls. Includes a walk around Dibbinsdale. Booking essential. 0151 334 9851
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what’s on GLOW WITH THE FLOW WALK FRI 13th OCT, 6pm. £15 | £5 Glow-in-the-dark 5 mile ladies twilight walk starting and ending at West Kirby Leisure Centre in aid of Wirral Hospice St John’s. Sponsorship forms at: wirralhospice.org/glow
CHORAL PAVILION & FRIENDS SAT 14th OCT, 7.30pm. £10 All proceeds to Claire House. floralpavilion.com SCI-FI DAY, WALLASEY LIBRARY SAT 14th OCT 9am-5pm Meet the daleks! Plus sci-fi films. 0151 639 2334 RAT PACK VS DIVAS CRUISE THU 19th OCT, 7-9.15pm. £15 Music on the river. Departs 7pm, Seacombe Ferry Terminal. merseyferries.co.uk
DANNY BHOY FRI 13th OCT, 8pm. £16.50 Unique brand of observational storytelling from Scottish comedian Danny Bhoy. Suitable for ages 15+. floralpavilion.com THE SOOTY SHOW SAT 14 OCT 11am & 2.30pm. £13.50 | £11.50 Izzy wizzy let’s get busy! Magic, music and mayhem for Sooty fans old and new. floralpavilion.com JOHN DENVER ANNIVERSARY SHOW SAT 14th OCT, 7.30pm. £10 Sing along to ‘Country Roads’, ‘Leaving On A Jet Plane’ and more in this tribute to the legendary singer. St Hildeburgh’s Church, Hoylake. 0151 653 3794
VICTOR MICHAEL SAT 21st OCT 7.30pm. £16 | £15 A night of opera and classical music with The 3 Sopranos. floralpavilion.com ECLIPSE - THE PINK FLOYD EXPERIENCE SAT 21st OCT, 7.30pm. £15.50 | £12.50 Enjoy all of the Floyd classics. floralpavilion.com PORT SUNLIGHT WHEELERS CYCLO CROSS RACE SUN 22nd OCT, 8am-5pm. £14 | £10 (plus £3 membership) Competitive cycling event for all ages. Bebington Oval. pswcx.blogspot.co.uk BABY BOUNCE & RHYME MON 23rd OCT, 9.30am Singalongs at Moreton Library. 0151 606 2665
L-R: Dalek at Wallasey Library, Jimeoin and The Three Degrees
THAT’LL BE THE DAY FRI 27th OCT, 7.30pm. All tickets £25.50 A fantastic line-up of smash hits spanning the 50s, 60s, 70s & 80s, plus more side-splitting comic sketches! Prepare for an unforgettable night of nostalgia, laughs and ROCK ‘N’ ROLL! ﬂoralpavilion.com
THE BLUES BAND THU 26th OCT, 7.30pm. All tickets £22.50 Rhythm & blues. floralpavilion.com MAYHEM THE MONSTER THU 26th OCT, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm. Mayhem the Monster will be giving away free treat bags to children! Pyramids Shopping Centre, Birkenhead. 0151 666 2626 FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL Every Friday, 6.30-8.30pm. Football on 3G pitches for boys and girls aged 12-19 years. The Oval Leisure Centre, Bebington. 07876 577187 DON’T GO INTO THE CELLAR MORBID CURIOSITIES FRI 27th OCT 7.30pm. £12 | £10 Be chilled by the Queens of Victorian horror fiction. floralpavilion.com JIMEOIN - RIDICULOUS SAT 28th OCT, 7.30pm. £19.50 A hilarious evening of stand-up from the Irish comedian. floralpavilion.com THE IMAGE OF CLIFF RICHARD FRI 27th OCT, 7.30pm. £19 Captivating and convincing Cliff Richard tribute act Ytsun Wolfe, plus the Sounds of the Shadows. Gladstone Theatre. gladstonetheatre.org.uk
Read all about it... WIRRAL BOOKFEST returns in October covering everything from science ﬁction to romance, murder mystery to Jane Austen! All events are free but please book ahead on 639 2334.
■ ELIZABETH GATES, FROM IDEA TO PUBLICATION TUE 3rd OCT, 2pm. Heswall Library. ■ STEPHEN MAY: STRONGER THAN SKIN WED 4th OCT, 2.30pm. Seacombe Library. ■ RAMSEY CAMPBELL: FIFTY YEARS OF FEAR THU 5th OCT, 6pm. Birkenhead Central Library. ■ MAUREEN LEE MON 9th OCT, 2pm. Best-selling romance novelist at Bebington Library. ■ HOW TO PROMOTE YOUR BOOK - DIANE HINDS WED 11th OCT, 2pm. Moreton Library. ■ ANDY SAWYER MON 16th OCT, 6pm. How fan groups changed the face of Sci-ﬁ. Wallasey Central Library.
■ DAVID HEWITT: JOSEPH 1917 MON 16th OCT, 2.30pm. A book about military service tribunals during the Great War. Rock Ferry Library. ■ ANGELA BRABIN: THE TRIAL OF DR.TOMANZIE THU 19th OCT, 6pm. A tale about Victorian ‘fallen women’. Wallasey Central Library. ■ KATE ELLIS: WRITING CRIME PAST & PRESENT MON 23rd OCT, 2pm. Author known for her Wesley Peterson novels. West Kirby Library. ■ SHIRLEY JONES: JANE AUSTEN A LIFE IN LETTERS THU 26th OCT, 2pm. The signiﬁcance of letters in Austen’s life and writing. Bromborough Library. ■ DEAN JOHNSON: TESSIMOND’S CATS & FIDDLES FRI 27th OCT, 2pm. Poetry piece based on the work of AJS Tessimond. Wallasey Village Library. ■ HOWARD WHITE & IAN SLOAN: BEING MOROSE MON 30th OCT, 6pm. Satire on the Morse novels. West Kirby Library.
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THE WILFRED OWEN STORY
Inspiring art T
HIS YEAR’S Wirral Arts Festival has a diverse line-up including live music, art shows, book launches and much more. The annual festival was the brain-child of Valerie Warr and Edward Peak. Back in 2010 the pair had a lightbulb moment: Heswall needed an arts festival. ‘We didn’t know what we were creating’ says Valerie, ‘we spread the word to put together a pretty good line-up. And people liked it’. Five years later the festival had grown to more than 100 events and to reflect its widespread appeal, was renamed Wirral Arts Festival. Growth can be a mixed blessing. As a non-profit organisation staffed by volunteers, money for essentials like printing of programmes is in short supply. If you would like to sponsor the festival, email info@wirralarts festival.co.uk
■ SAT 30th SEP: Swing Era Band play Johnny Pye at 4pm and Robert Keeley launches his spooktacular new book High Spirits at 2pm at Lingham’s. Choose between an evening of opera at West Kirby Arts Centre (£6), a folk concert at Heswall Hall (£8) and a ceilidh dance at Victoria Hall, Bebington (£8). ■ TUE 3rd OCT: Learn about Law in the Real World from 10am at Heswall Hall (£2) and Peninsula Jazzmen play Royal British Legion, Heswall, from 8.30pm.
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■ THU 5th OCT: Heswall Hall hosts lectures on Mega-structures and short films at Wirral Historic Film Night (£5). ■ FRI 6th OCT: The 3 Choirs are at Heswall Hall, 7.30pm (£9). ■ SAT 7th OCT: Visit the Wirral Society of Arts 8th Open Exhibition at the Williamson or the Manor Gatehouse Club Exhibition. Enjoy music of the 16th century with Exordium at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Heswall from 1.30pm (£7) and a Celebration of Simon & Garfunkel at West Kirby Arts Centre, 7.30pm (£12).
■ WED 11th OCT: Join mid-west guitar maestro Josh Harty at West Kirby Arts Centre, 7.45pm. ■ THU 12th OCT: Science Day Lectures at Heswall Hall (£1). ■ SAT 14th OCT: Riverside Writers Reading Day from 2pm at West Kirby Library and Retra’s Art Exhibition, from 6pm at Victoria Hall, Bebington. Don’t miss the closing night classical concert, Rhapsody in Blue, at Heswall Hall (£15). ■ Throughout the festival follow the Scarecrow Trail around Heswall and enjoy Blue Moon Gallery Exhibition.
ONE HUNDRED years ago a chance meeting helped turn Wilfred Owen in to the greatest poet of the First World War. Suﬀering from shellshock in August 1917, he was sent to Craiglockhart Hospital near Edinburgh, where he met his hero Siegfried Sassoon. During this three month period Wilfred wrote his most famous poem, Anthem For Doomed Youth. He lived in Birkenhead from 1897 to 1907 and was educated at Birkenhead Institute. Wilfred’s father was stationmaster at Woodside Station. After the war, Siegfried Sassoon threw his Military Cross in to the Mersey as a tribute to his friend Wilfred, who was killed in action on 4th November 1918, just a week before the war ended. To ﬁnd out more about his life and his poetry, visit The Wilfred Owen Story, Birkenhead. The museum is open Tue-Fri, 11am-2pm. For more info, call 07903 337995. wilfredowenstory.com
WIN TICKETS... TO SEE RUTH RENDELL’S A JUDGEMENT IN STONE ON MON 6TH NOV AT THE FLORAL. Q: WHAT WAS THE NAME OF THE CHARACTER CHRIS ELLISON PLAYED IN THE BILL?
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Memorial plan for war hero Battle of Britain hero’s story featured in major new ‘Dunkirk’ feature film.
OVES are afoot to create a permanent memorial to a Battle of Britain hero whose story featured in the recent film ‘Dunkirk.’ The council’s heritage champion has been trying to trace surviving family and friends of Wallasey-born RAF pilot, Jack Potter who fought at both the Battle of Britain and Dunkirk. Cllr Jerry Williams says it is Jack’s story that forms the narrative of the pilot in ‘Dunkirk’ whose plane ditches into the sea. An appeal through the media to find surviving friends and family of the Oldershaw School old boy led to Jack Potter’s son, who lives in Brighton, and was delighted to learn of his father’s auspicious past. Jack served in both epic battles, and survived the war, later settling and ending his days in Brighton, in 1977.
Did you know? War hero Jack.
Cllr Jerry Williams, Wirral’s Heritage Champion explains: ‘Although Jack is not mentioned by name in the new film, ‘Dunkirk,’ the pilot ditching his spitfire into the sea during the film is based on him. ‘He had an illustrious war record. At Dunkirk, he destroyed a Messerchmitt; less than a week later, his engine seized 15 miles from the English coast and he ditched into the sea, later being picked up
HELP FOR OWNERS OF EMPTY PROPERTIES EMPTY PROPERTIES don’t just blight neighbourhoods they can cost the owner dear through lost income and charges like council tax. The council can help owners of long-term vacant properties to bring them back to use. This in turn helps us increase the stock of muchneeded quality housing in
the borough. As part of our pledge towards good quality housing, we aim to bring 1,250 empty homes back into use by 2020. If you own a vacant property, we can help you improve, let or sell it through a number of schemes. To find out more call 0151 691 8132 or email email@example.com.
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and landed at Dover. During the Battle of Britain, he ditched into the Channel again, picked up by a German vessel, and spent the rest of his war in a Prisoner of War Camp.’ It is thought that efforts by the RAF saved more than a third of a million soldiers at Dunkirk. They intercepted large numbers of German Luftwaffe planes as they were machine gunning land and sea as soldiers awaited evacuation. Cllr Williams says: ‘Jack survived the war and died in Brighton in 1977. Around this time I wrote to Jack. Sadly his relatives said he had just died, but sent me a copy of his signature.’ Jerry is keen to make contact with anyone who knew Jack when he lived in Wallasey. You can call him on 0151 608 3769.
Your child can receive 15 hours free* childcare if you receive certain benefits. Use your allowance at a participating day nursery, pre-school, playgroup, childminder or children’s centre to give them the best possible start in life. #mychildcan…succeed www.wirral.gov.uk/fis *Terms & conditions apply
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Reuse and recycle: Don’t bottle it in the bathroom! Whether your bathroom regime is a quick shower or a two-hour makeover, Wirral is teaming up with Recycle Now to support the national campaign, Recycle Week. This year’s theme encourages us to look and feel good by recycling bathroom items like empty shampoo bottles and finished-with fragrances.
HILE WE all do our bit to recycle what we can, certain items around the house can somehow evade the recycling bin. Recycling just a few more items can make a big difference – and the bathroom is a good place to start. In the
UK, almost 90% of packaging is recycled in our kitchens, while just over half (52%) of items are recycled in the bathroom. In fact, new research from Recycle Now found that over a third (38%) of the UK population say they don’t always recy-
cle glass items in the bedroom such as aftershave and perfume bottles after they are empty. While recycling may feel like a chore, the benefits of recycling are seemingly endless – what goes around comes around, after all! Did you know that shower gel and shampoo bottles can be recycled into football shirts? Linda Crichton, Head of Recycle Now, said: ‘Many of us have our daily bathroom routines in place - whether we’re getting ready to go to work, out for a party, or just settling down for a night in. During Recycle Week, we are looking to shake up those routines and let people know that they can do good for the environment they live in, in the process of looking good.’ Top tips to maximise your bathroom recycling: ■ Put a recycling bag or bin in
your bathroom or bedroom to make recycling an easy part of your routine. Then transfer the contents to your grey recycling bin before collection day. ■ Where possible empty and rinse containers before they go in the recycling bin. ■ Put caps and lids back on
your plastic and glass containers before recycling. Don’t forget plastic cleaning bottles like bleach and bathroom cleaner. To ﬁnd out what you can recycle at home, visit wirral. gov.uk/recycling.
Bin amnesty called NEW
For more information about recycling go to: www.wirral.gov.uk/recycling
DO YOU HAVE more than one green general waste bin at your house? In the coming months our waste and recycling team will be carrying out a borough-wide review of households that currently have authorisation for additional green bins. In the meantime, we are offering to take away any unwanted green general waste bins for properties that have more than one and perhaps don’t need one anymore. For collection, each household is only allowed to put out one green general waste bin, one grey recycling bin and one or more brown garden waste bins (if subscribed to the garden
waste club), unless they have been approved by the council to have an additional bin. Who qualiﬁes for an extra bin? The council collects extra bins from households that fully use their recycling bin and live in a household with one or more of the following: ■ 6 or more permanent residents at the property ■ Clinical waste (e.g. pads, dressings etc.) ■ Children under school reception age in nappies, permanently resident at the property. To request removal of your additional bin, please visit www.wirral.gov.uk/recycling
MERSEYSIDE RECYCLING AND WASTE AUTHORITY have updated their recycling guidelines to make recycling even easier. ■ You can now recycle envelopes with plastic windows - the plastic will be removed during the recycling process. ■ Put lids and caps back on plastic bottles. ■ Put the lids back on glass bottles and jars. ■ Put loose metal lids inside the tin. View full recycling guidelines at wirral.gov.uk/ recycling
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Hospice will always have a special place in our hearts Growing demand means new plans for Claire House but links with Wirral are strong.
LAIRE House Children’s Hospice has enjoyed a special place in the hearts of the people of Wirral for almost 20 years. As the charity seeks to establish a second children’s hospice in Liverpool to try to meet an ever-growing need for its services, the original Claire House alongside Clatterbridge Hospital will continue to play a massive central role in the years ahead. The hospice first opened its doors in December 1998, the fulfilment of the dream of the loving parents of Claire Louise Cain, who had died after a long, courageous fight against cancer two weeks before her 10th birthday, in 1989. When Claire was in hospital in her final hours, the whole family could not be together as
they would have wished, but taking her home would have meant sacrificing the support they received at the hospital. Her parents Christine and Bobby were determined that families of other children with serious or terminal illnesses should not face the same impossible choice. They started the first Claire House committee, to raise funds for a much-needed children’s hospice for Wirral. They, along with a children’s social worker, formed the first Claire House committee Thanks to the work they started, and to the generous support of countless charity donors, Claire House has looked after hundreds of families over the years from Wirral, the rest of Merseyside, Cheshire, Lancashire and North Wales. Claire House provides a range of therapies, day care, short breaks, counselling, and end of life care. It helps seriously and terminally ill children live life to the full by creating wonderful experiences and bringing back a sense of normality to family life. But the number of children and young people it helps has
Treasured: Claire House Children’s Hospice.
grown by 40% in the last four years. Last year it has had to cancel 30 planned and badly needed respite stays due to demand for emergency respite or end of life care, which have to take priority. The hospice is only able to help one in two of the families in the region who would benefit from the unique range of services and support it can offer. That is why the charity is
‘Caring for Jamie is a 24/7 job’ says mum THREE-YEAR-OLD Jamie, from Wallasey, has Down’s syndrome and epilepsy, a chronic lung condition and digestive problems. ‘Claire House have supported us so much’, says his mum Leanne. ‘Without the team at the hospice being on the end of the phone or able to pop round, I don’t know how I’d have coped. ‘Caring for Jamie is a 24/7 job and it breaks my heart that our older son Leo sometimes has to be a bit more self-sufficient than other five year olds, getting his own breakfast or
entertaining himself whilst I change Jamie’s colostomy bag or give him his medication. ‘When Jamie comes to stay
at the hospice, my husband Graham and I can spend quality time with Leo. Claire House helps us redress the balance.’
working hard to develop a new base in Liverpool to help meet a desperate need. Said Chief Executive David Pastor: ‘Claire House remains an outstanding source of care and support to families with a seriously or terminally ill child in our region. ‘We are developing a new site in Liverpool because we have reached capacity at the current site and want to one
day reach every single child and family that needs us.’ You can support Claire House by volunteering at one of its fundraising events or in one of its network of 25 shops, making a donation, or giving your unwanted clothes, brica-brac and furniture to one of the shops. Another fun and easy way of helping the charity is to sign up for its lottery at lottery.clairehouse.org.uk
‘THE STAFF HERE ARE ANGELS’ ERIN MOORE, aged four, from Wallasey, was diagnosed with severe cerebral palsy and epilepsy when she was five weeks old, as a result of birth trauma. She needs round-the-clock care. Erin has been going with mum Wendy to the Claire House mums and tots group for more than two years. ‘The staff at Claire House are angels,’ said Wendy. ‘For the first time we were able to do the things other children her age do such as listening to story time, singing, and playing with coloured sand and spaghetti.
‘Seeing Erin so happy meant the world to me. The play therapists were brilliant. ‘Erin made paintings we could bring home, just like at a mainstream playgroup, and because all of the children had different illnesses, I didn’t have to worry about other parents judging her.’
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Write now in memory of poet Chris Salmon Put pen to paper (or fingers to laptop!) and let us know your thoughts on ‘memories’.
HE CHRIS SALMON Poetry Extravaganza is an annual event that has raised around £50,000 for the Christopher Salmon Foundation, a charity raising money in memory of a talented Wirral schoolboy who died aged just 15. The competition is run in association with Wirral Libraries and this year, the theme is ‘Memories.’
Open to people of all ages, entrants have until January 19, 2018, to enter their work. Although it’s a popular event with young people and schools throughout Wirral, every year people of all ages enjoy having a go. Winners and runners-up in each age category can win cash prizes and this year, the chance to attend a writers’ workshop with Merseyside storyteller and poet John Hughes. John will also be presenting the prizes at an awards evening for the winners and their families at Wallasey Town Hall. Winning poems will be published in an anthology. Now in its 8th year, the competition began as a tribute to former Calday Grammar
School student Christopher who tragically lost his life to a rare streptococcal infection in February 2009, aged just 15. It has grown in popularity each year, capturing the atten-
Poet: Chris Salmon.
tion of many talented writers. Chris’s parents, Julie and Rich Salmon, say the competition helps keep the memory of their talented son alive, and is a catalyst for other poets to get started on a writing career. ‘The competition has grown so much in popularity and now attracts entrants whose ages range from 4 - 94. It is wonderful to be able to do something positive and creative in Christopher’s memory. It captures the imagination of so many talented people,’ they said. Full details of how to enter this year’s competition and official entry forms are available from Wirral libraries and on the charity’s website chrissalmon.org.uk.
New hub garden is looking beautiful! A STRETCH of land between Birkenhead Fire Station and new Hive youth zone has been transformed into an oasis of calm. Young people at The Hive have been working with youth workers, firemen, the council and contractors to create the peaceful garden, which has seating areas, raised beds, beehives, bird boxes and a greenhouse. Some of the young people who took part in the project are taking part in an Enterprise and Employability course at the centre. Ash Georgeson, one of the course members, said: ‘Working on the garden projects has been one of the best parts of the programme.’
Another course member, Lindsey Hitchmough, said: ‘This has given me a good idea about what it’s like to work outside. I think this is something I would like to look into as a career.’ As finishing touches were being made to the garden, judges from North West in Bloom stopped by to take a look and evaluate it as part of Birkenhead in Bloom’s entry to the annual competition.
After: A bright oasis (below).
Before: Dull & gloomy
‘THESE GIRLS CAN’ KICK START THE SEASON IN STYLE
WEST KIRBY WASPS girls’ team are ready to kick oﬀ the football season in style with their brand new team kit after help from the This Girl Can Wirral campaign. The under 16 footballers had been struggling to ﬁnd enough funds to buy a new kit in time for the start of the season. The team’s manager Neil Holding contacted This Girl Can Wirral for help. The campaign, which aims to encourage more girls in Wirral to take part in sport, was able to provide some sponsorship for the team, so they could get their kit in time for the new season. The girls from the team attended a photoshoot at The Yog Bar, Hoylake, to unveil their new kit and looked the part ready to take on the new season. If you’d like to ﬁnd out more about This Girl Can In Wirral, follow the campaign on Instagram @thisgirlcaninwirral or Twitter @TGC_Wirral.
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‘Ask Us’ Wirral: your regular advice column
■ Ask Us Wirral is a regular page of advice and information supplied by the ‘Ask Us Wirral’ service - askuswirral.org.uk.
ACCESSING INFO ONLINE
ADVICE FOR PEOPLE WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES
■ The service provides free, impartial and conﬁdential advice and information to local residents.
More Wirral residents than ever are going online for information about services or practical issues such as housing, consumer, relationships, rights, benefits, debts. Askuswirral.org.uk have online advisers who will ring you back if needed.
People with a learning disability and their carers can get specialist beneﬁts advice from Wirral Mencap (part of Ask Us Wirral) at 42-44 Market Street, Birkenhead. People can receive a range of information,
■ Funded by the council and Wirral CCG, it’s delivered by Citizens Advice Wirral, Age UK Wirral, Wirral Change and Wirral Mencap.
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HILDCARE costs make a huge difference to a family’s monthly income but most families can get help, says Carol Johnson-Eyre, Chief Executive at Citizens Advice Wirral. ‘Options for parents who are studying or working are set out at childcarechoices.gov.uk, which gives you options based on your child’s age, income and individual circumstances. If you are working: ■ 15 hrs free childcare for children age 2. Eligibility includes parents whose income is below £16,190 and receive tax credits or receive Income Support, Income based Jobseekers Allowance, or Child Disability Living Allowance. ■ 30 hrs free childcare for all families with children aged 3 and 4. ■ Tax free childcare – for every £8 you pay in, the Government will add an extra £2. Children aged between 0 and 11 (or 16 if disabled). ■ Tax credits for childcare – 70% childcare costs paid up to a cap. Children aged between 0 and 15 (or 16 if disabled). You need to be working more than 16 hours per week and depending on your income you could receive £122.50 per week for one child or £210 for two children or more. ■ Universal Credit for childcare – up to 85% eligible childcare costs up to a cap. Children aged between 0 and 15. Child-
care vouchers – up to £933 per year in tax and National Insurance savings. Children aged between 0 and 15 (or 16 with a disability). If you are studying: ■ Care to Learn – payments of up to £160 per week towards childcare – if you are under 20. ■ Discretionary childcare support - if you are over 20. ■ Childcare Grant – for children aged between 0 and 15 (or 17 if disabled). A childcare grant if the parent is in full time higher education. ‘I am applying for Universal Credit but there is a six week wait before the ﬁrst payment. What can I do?’ There are things you can do to tide you over. As part of the claim process, you’ll attend an interview. At the interview ask if you can apply for an ‘advance payment.’ This is a loan that will be deducted from your future benefits. You have to apply within 21 days of your initial claim, and it’s down to you to apply for it. You’ll need to demonstrate how much money you need to cover essentials and that you will be in severe fi nancial hardship if you don’t get the loan.
advice and support in one place including planning for the future, housing and social care queries, beneﬁts and identifying social clubs, courses and activities. For more information see mencapwirral.org.uk
WE L VE WHERE WE LIVE Hundreds of people across Birkenhead take great pride in where they live, planting, painting, cleaning and tidying their local areas to keep them looking fantastic. Let’s celebrate the wonderful places we are so lucky to have right on our doorstep. Find out more f: @LoveWirral www.wirral.gov.uk/lovewirral
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Making small changes to your daily routine like walking your kids to school, can help you keep fit and healthy... and your kids too! Find out more ways you can make a big difference at facebook.com/activewirral
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Archives shed light on trip that remains an enigma For an area devoid of mountains, Wirral has surprising connections with climbing world.
HERE is still speculation whether Wirral mountaineers Andrew ‘Sandy’ Irvine and his climbing partner George Mallory were the first people to scale Everest back in 1924. Their expedition, which resulted in their deaths on the slopes of the world’s highest mountain, became the stuff of myth and fable, even after the body of George Mallory was found on Everest 75 years after his death. Were they on their way down from the summit when they died, had their ascent on the peak been successful? It seems we will never know. The council’s archives throws fascinating light on the two friends, with an account
in the Birkenhead News dated Saturday November 4, 1922, detailing a talk Mallory had given at Birkenhead Town Hall. He had recently returned from Everest, where he had been a member of the climbing party ascending 27,235 ft up the mountain, the highest altitude then ever attained by man. He told a packed town hall about his love of climbing and mountains, saying he did not see himself ‘at war’ with Everest. He said he hoped the summit would be reached without
FRIENDS’ FATEFUL JOURNEY STARTED AT WOODSIDE DESPITE THE discovery of George Mallory’s body in 1999 on the north face of Everest, (by a specialist expedition), debate still rages today about whether he and his friend Sandy Irvine reached the summit. Sandy Irvine, who died on the same attempt, and whose
MEMORIAL TO MOUNTAIN MAN PLANNED FOR BRECK IN 1986, WALLASEY-born mountaineer Alan Rouse became the ﬁrst British mountaineer to summit K2, the world’s second highest peak. He was killed on the mountain days later, and this year therefore marks the 30th anniversary of his death and his ﬁnest achievement. An old sandstone quarry which has been used by generations of rock climbers is now set to house a permanent memorial garden for the mountaineer. Alan climbed at The Breck,
the use of oxygen, and said he believed that the expedition that finally reached the summit would be a British one. Two years later, and Mallory had enlisted a new party, this time including another local climber, Sandy Irvine, and the two set off from Woodside on their journey. Mallory’s remains were found on Everest in 1999. Irvine’s have never been found. Whether they achieved their dream looks set to be the subject of continuing research.
Wallasey, as a teenager. The steep sides of the old quarry, and Granny’s Rock, a large sandstone outcrop there, is still a favourite training ground for would-be mountaineers. The Breck now has a thriving Friends’ group led by council ranger Paul Sinclair, and has received a Green Flag Award. Volunteer task days are held every Thursday from 10am-2pm. New members welcome. More information on Facebook ‘The Breck.’
body has never been found, was the son of a wealthy businessman, who grew up in Park Road South and was a pupil at Birkenhead School. His future climbing partner Mallory moved to Wirral when his father became vicar of St John’s Church in Grange Road, Birkenhead.
Climber: Sandy Irvine.
Retracing the steps of heroes A BIRKENHEAD PUB is the unlikely venue for Wirral’s own Gwydyr Mountain Club, which celebrated its 50th anniversary by retracing Mallory and Irvine’s original route during
their fateful trip in 1924. The club meets every Tuesday in the Stork Pub, Price Street, Birkenhead. Their 22-strong anniversary expedition was led by founder member Roger Hughes.
Long way home: Wirral mountaineers at the start of their homage to Mallory and Irvine.
Says Roger: ‘We wanted to mark the club’s 50th year with a major trip. The Everest expeditions of 1921, 1922 and 1924 had included George Mallory, son of the vicar of St John’s Church in Birkenhead; the 1924 expedition also included Sandy Irvine, a Birkenhead man educated at Birkenhead School. This local connection gave this trip extra appeal.’ Despite its Welsh name, Gwydyr Mountain Club was formed in Birkenhead in February 1967. If you are interested in joining them on their next adventure, the group meets every Tuesday evening in the Stork Hotel, Price Street, Birkenhead, (see gwydyrmc.org.uk).
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Wallasey Liscard Leasowe & Moreton East
Wirral Council is made up of 66 locally elected councillors across 22 electoral wards. Wirral Council is a labourled council with a labour Cabinet whose members have separate portfolios and responsibilities. all councillors have a role in reviewing decisions and
Moreton West & Saughall Massie
decision making. Community leadership and engagement is at the heart of each councillorâ€™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
Christina Muspratt 0151 645 8864 christinamuspratt @wirral.gov.uk
Walter Smith 07795 243 342 waltersmith @wirral.gov.uk
Jerry Williams 0151 608 3769 jerrywilliams @wirral.gov.uk
Birkenhead & Tranmere
Brian Kenny 0151 638 5488 briankenny @wirral.gov.uk
Ann McLachlan 0151 522 0299 annmclachlan @wirral.gov.uk
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Leader of Council
Pat Cleary 07852 842 559 patcleary @wirral.gov.uk
Phil Davies 0151 691 8540 phildavies @wirral.gov.uk
Jean Stapleton 07929 780 326 jeanstapleton @wirral.gov.uk
Chris Carubia 07720 847 265 chriscarubia @wirral.gov.uk
Phil Gilchrist 0151 334 1923 philgilchrist @wirral.gov.uk
Dave Mitchell 0151 327 2095 davemitchell @wirral.gov.uk
Treena Johnson 07722 007 309 treenajohnson @wirral.gov.uk
Anita Leech 0151 691 0540 anitaleech @wirral.gov.uk
Tom Anderson 07917 807 776 tomanderson @wirral.gov.uk
David Burgess-Joyce 07769 326 170 davidburgessjoyce @wirral.gov.uk
Bernie Mooney 07811 060 891 berniemooney @wirral.gov.uk
Thomas Usher 07407 702 182 thomasusher @wirral.gov.uk
Paul Doughty 0151 651 2059 pauldoughty @wirral.gov.uk
Stuart Kelly 07940 545 003 stuartkelly @wirral.gov.uk
Phillip Brightmore 07794 428 126 phillipbrightmore @wirral.gov.uk
Louise Reecejones 07468 419 765 louisereecejones @wirral.gov.uk
Wendy Clements 0151 677 4045 wendyclements @wirral.gov.uk
Janette Williamson 07871 075 182 janwilliamson @wirral.gov.uk
Paul Stuart 0151 638 8067 paulstuart @wirral.gov.uk
Matthew Patrick Tony Smith matthewpatrick 0151 677 1384 @wirral.gov.uk tonysmith @wirral.gov.uk
Cherry Povall, JP 07814 913 975 cherrypovall @wirral.gov.uk
Adam Sykes 07855 379 397 adamsykes @wirral.gov.uk
Andrew Hodson 0151 342 6253 andrewhodson @wirral.gov.uk
Michael Sullivan 07584 207 739 mikesullivan @wirral.gov.uk
Kathy Hodson 07747 603 405 kathyhodson @wirral.gov.uk
Les Rowlands 0151 342 2454 lesrowlands @wirral.gov.uk
Steve Foulkes 07712 133 696 stevefoulkes @wirral.gov.uk
Eddie Boult 0151 632 2605 eddieboult @wirral.gov.uk
Gerry Ellis 0151 632 1976 gerryellis @wirral.gov.uk
Moreton West & Saughall Massie
Bruce Berry 07733 012 414 bruceberry @wirral.gov.uk
Pat Hackett 07771 972 302 pathackett @wirral.gov.uk
Chris Blakeley 07803 614 418 chrisblakeley @wirral.gov.uk
Steve Williams 07974 717 666 stevewilliams @wirral.gov.uk
Angela Davies 07747 735 133 angeladavies @wirral.gov.uk
Paul Hayes 07837 205 171 paulhayes @wirral.gov.uk
Gillian Wood 07493 142 672 gilliwood @wirral.gov.uk
John Hale 0151 632 4570 johnhale @wirral.gov.uk
Tony Jones 07516 731 717 tonyjones @wirral.gov.uk
Chris Spriggs 07855 315 088 christinespriggs @wirral.gov.uk
Moira McLaughlin 07880 348 024 moiramclaughlin @wirral.gov.uk
Chris Meaden 07738 824 130 chrismeaden @wirral.gov.uk
Tony Norbury 07952 297 652 tonynorbury @wirral.gov.uk
Denise Realey 0151 652 3059 deniserealey @wirral.gov.uk
Stuart Whittingham 0151 653 5539 stuartwhittingham @wirral.gov.uk
George Davies 07713 644 330 georgedavies @wirral.gov.uk
Hoylake & Meols
Chris Jones 07853 042 243 christinejones @wirral.gov.uk
Tracey Pilgrim 07831 269 506 traceysmith1 @wirral.gov.uk
Pensby & Thingwall
Adrian Jones 0151 638 9050 adrianjones @wirral.gov.uk
Irene Williams 0151 608 7806 irenewilliams @wirral.gov.uk
Alan Brighouse 0151 652 6041 alanbrighouse @wirral.gov.uk
Warren Ward 07581 414 518 warrenward @wirral.gov.uk
Greasby, Frankby & Irby
Leasowe & Moreton East
Ron Abbey 07957 721 248 ronabbey @wirral.gov.uk
Joe Walsh joewalsh @wirral.gov.uk
Bill Davies 07867 772 437 billdavies @wirral.gov.uk
West Kirby & Thurstaston
Ian Lewis 07886 133 571 ianlewis @wirral.gov.uk
Lesley Rennie 07795 450 497 lesleyrennie @wirral.gov.uk
To check which councillor covers your area visit wirral.gov.uk/councillors
David M Elderton 07973 662 395 davidelderton @wirral.gov.uk
Jeff Green 07766 725 125 jeffgreen @wirral.gov.uk
Geoffrey Watt 0151 625 3941 geoffreywatt @wirral.gov.uk
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‘We will quietly continue to help New Ferry’s recovery’
T WAS SIX months ago this week that residents of New Ferry had their lives shattered by the explosion which ripped through the town centre. Thankfully no lives were lost, but our continuing thoughts are with those who
suffered injury, loss of their homes or businesses, and the dozens of families still displaced from the town they call home. Despite the appeals of the council, the local New Ferry elected members and our local MPs, the Government has throughout these difficult times refused to offer any financial support to help with the recovery effort. To date the council has spent more than £400,000 from its balances, providing safety and making staff available to residents. As we said at a recent public meeting, we will continue on the twin track of providing recovery and urging Govern-
ment to play - and pay - its part. Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotheram made a much welcomed £20,000 donation after his recent visit and the council-managed fund will put this greatly appreciated contribution to work. Thankfully, after lengthy discussions with insurance companies and building inspectors, the demolition of the most badly damaged properties has now begun. The council’s team and consultants have started work towards planning a brighter and better New Ferry. Local councillors recently spoke to New Ferry residents, local businesses and the repre-
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sentatives of neighbouring Port Sunlight village to explore a range of options for rebuilding. Residents, I am told, want the rebuilding of a new, New Ferry - one that better sup-
Linking New Ferry to Port Sunlight could open a series of regeneration opportunities
ports residents, improves housing and brings vitality back to the high street - to be an opportunity for every resident to be involved; working with the Council to have a say on what their town’s future should be. Linking New Ferry to Port Sunlight could open a series of regeneration opportunities, offering residents of Wirral’s famous garden village and visitors to the Lady Lever Gallery with new choices to eat and shop. Involving Port Sunlight in the new plans could also support local businesses reopening in the town and help the successful farmer’s market in becoming a regular feature.
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What’s the story behind ancient prayer scrolls? In a new feature, we’ll be looking at rarely seen treasures from the council’s archives.
YSTERY surrounds who donated two protective amulets inscribed with prayers, spells and charms, which are kept in the vaults of the council’s archives service in Cheshire Lines, Birkenhead. They originated in Abyssinia (now Ethiopia) in 1869,
probably captured as part of a military campaign, and would have been designed and carried by an individual to restore health or ward off evil spirits. The scrolls were made from strips of parchment made from animal skin, sewn together to form a single scroll equal in height to its owner. On the back is a faded inscription: ‘Taken from Pallad el Addis Abyssinia by Major R. Annesley Rtd. 10th Reg. February (18)68.’ Sadly no records have survived of who deposited the items or how they themselves came to have them, but they were being kept at Birkenhead
Reference Library before being moved for safekeeping to the archives service at Cheshire Lines, Birkenhead. Wirral Archives Service If you laid all the documents and artifacts held by our archives service end to end, they would stretch for five miles, ranging from the 15th century, through Victorian times to present day. The most precious are kept in a state of the art strong room, curated by head archivist Will Meredith and his team. The archives are open to the public, however you do need to make an appointment
before calling in. This will ensure the documents you need are at hand. Contact us on 0151 606 2929 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ancient: The history of these fascinating prayer scrolls remains a mystery.
Join NHS Wirral CCG’s AGM All welcome
Annual General Meeting Refreshments available from 12:15pm
Thursday 28th September 2017 1-4pm Prenton Park,Tranmere Rovers
Come and learn about the work we have been doing, the people and organisations we have been working with and the areas we are focusing on over the coming year. To register to attend and to submit any questions prior to the meeting visit www.wirralccg.nhs.uk or call 0151 541 5430.
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recruitment & public notices JOBS For full details on the following vacancies or to apply online visit wirral.gov.uk/jobs Details can also be downloaded free of charge from Wirral Libraries and One Stop Shops. PUPIL ESCORT Casual Hours - £8.7015 per hour Ref no: 0000020063 Casual staﬀ required to act as pupil escorts on home to school transport for children with special educational needs and/ or disabilities attending special schools and bases. Pupil escorts are employed to supervise children and to ensure the health and safety of children who are travelling to and from various schools on transport provided by the Authority. Casual staﬀ will be employed to cover for sickness or leave of absence for permanent escorts employed by the Authority. Hours will vary from 1 - 30 depending on the individual journey and length of time the cover is required. Escorts will work in taxis, minibuses and wheelchair accessible vehicles. Applicants must be physically ﬁt, must be able to work under pressure and must be willing to attend appropriate training courses. Experience of dealing with adults or children with special educational needs and/or disabilities is desirable but not essential. Casual staﬀ must be available to work at short notice. The post is subject to an enhanced DBS check. For an informal discussion please contact Rob Smith on 0151 666 4212. Applications will be accepted until midnight on the closing date. We reserve the right to close this vacancy earlier than the speciﬁed date should we receive suﬃcient applications. Applications can only be accepted through the Jobs page following registration. Forms received via the post will not be processed. All applicants invited to interview must evidence their right to work in the UK. Details of required documents can be found by clicking the link at the bottom of the Jobs page. The job description and other supporting documents will not be accessible once the vacancy closing date has passed so if a copy is required you should download it now. Applications to be completed online by 1st October 2017 Wirral Council is an Equal Opportunities and Disability Conﬁdent Employer and we are committed to employ and retain disabled people. We take a positive approach in the selection of people with disabilities, including interviewing all disabled people who meet the essential selection criteria. View all job vacancies at wirral.gov.uk/jobs
PLANNING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the following applications have been received:TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING ACT 1990 TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING (LISTED BUILDINGS AND CONSERVATION AREAS) ACT 1990 MR A KING, SITE OF THE FORMER PUBLIC HOUSE KNOWN AS LA BANQUE, 58, BOROUGH ROAD, SEACOMBE, CH44 6NQ. Erection of 28No. new build apartments in one three storey block and one two storey block together with site works (Renewal of application OUT/13/01140 approved 16/1/2014). OUT/17/01035. Outline Planning Permission. MR BOOTON, REDSUN DEVELOPMENTS, LAND OFF RIVERVIEW ROAD, BROMBOROUGH, CH62. Erection of a large industrial unit (Use Class B1, B2 or B8) with associated oﬃces, parking, landscaping and infrastructure. APP/17/01049. Full Planning Permission.
Any representations regarding the above applications must be received in writing by 4 October 2017 at the address below. Notice is dated 13 September 2017. MRS MALIN, 57 ASHVILLE ROAD, CLAUGHTON, CH43 8SA. Replacement roof with Welsh slate, installation of roof insulation, replacement of rainwater pipes with black alumasc downpipes and where needed replacement lead gutters. LBC/17/00817. Listed Building Consent. Grade II listed building. Birkenhead Park Conservation Area. MISS WILD, LAND AT POOL LANE, BROMBOROUGH. Variation of house type on Plot No.39. APP/17/00945. Full Planning Permission. Scheduled Ancient Monument. Grade II listed building. Bromborough Pool Conservation Area. MR COYLE, FLAYBRICK HOMES LTD. PLOT 4 FLAYBRICK HILL RESERVOIR, BOUNDARY ROAD, BIDSTON, CH43 7PE. Erection of a ﬁrst ﬂoor extension over existing ground ﬂoor entrance hall and garage following grant of original approval ref: APP/15/00984. APP/17/01046. Full Planning Permission. Aﬀects setting of Grade II listed building. MR & MRS GASS, HEATHER BROW, FEATHER LANE, HESWALL, CH60 4RL. Part demolition of existing wall construction of new wall. APP/17/01058. Full Planning Permission. Heswall Conservation Area. MR D LEWIS, WESTFIELD, HESSLE DRIVE, HESWALL, CH60 8PS. Extend existing roof over the existing porch by 2.2m. APP/17/01059. Full Planning Permission. Aﬀects setting Conservation Area Heswall. MR ARMSTRONG, WIRRAL BOROUGH COUNCIL, 2 - 8 BOUNDARY ROAD, NEW FERRY, CH62 5ES. Remedial repair works following blast causing severe damage particularly to properties on Bebington Road, Boundary Road and Circular Drive. LBC/17/01081. Listed Building Consent. Port Sunlight Conservation Area. Grade II listed building. MR ARMSTRONG, WIRRAL BOROUGH COUNCIL, 45 - 55 BEBINGTON ROAD, NEW FERRY, CH62 5BG. Remedial repair works following blast causing severe damage particularly to properties on Bebington Road, Boundary Road and Circular Drive. LBC/17/01082. Listed Building Consent. Port Sunlight Conservation Area. Grade II listed building. MRS BAZELEY, BRIGHT SMILES DAY NURSERY, 2 MORPETH ROAD, HOYLAKE, CH47 4AT. Demolition of existing garage and erection of 1 residential dwelling house - resubmission of 17/00191. APP/17/01099. Full Planning Permission. Meols Drive Conservation Area. Any representations regarding the above applications must be received in writing by 11 October 2017 at the address below. Notice is dated 20 September 2017. 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, South 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 www.wirral.gov.uk/planning/ and you can email comments to email@example.com 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.
LICENSING LICENSING ACT 2003 - NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO VARY A PREMISES LICENCE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that I Peter Goodman have applied to Wirral Borough Council to Vary a Premises Licence in respect of the premises known as Wallasey Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey as follows:• Consumption of alcohol on and oﬀ the premises • Extension of internal licensed area A full copy of the above application is kept by the Licensing Authority, Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey. The application can be viewed Monday to Friday 10.00am to 4.30pm except bank holidays. Any person wishing to make representation in respect of the application must do so in writing to the Licensing Authority, Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey no later than 4th October 2017. It is an oﬀence knowingly or recklessly to make a false statement in connection with an application. The maximum ﬁne for which a person is liable on summary conviction for
making a false statement is a Level 5 ﬁne on the standard scale. Notice is dated 20 September 2017.
TRAFFIC SECTION 14 OF THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 (AS AMENDED) - NOTICE OF MAKING TEMPORARY TRAFFIC RESTRICTION ORDER IN THE BEBINGTON AREA 2017 Notice is hereby given that Wirral Borough Council intend to make a Temporary Road Traﬃc Regulation Order under section 14 of the Road Traﬃc Regulation Act 1984 as amended by section 1 and Schedule 1 of the Road Traﬃc (Temporary Restrictions) Act 1991 and of all other enabling powers to enable works on or near the roads speciﬁed in the proposed order to take place. The eﬀects of the order, the alternative route for vehicular traﬃc the date the order comes into force and its maximum duration is set out below. Beta Close (Temporary Road Closure) Bebington 2017 The eﬀect of this order will be to close Beta Close, Bebington from a point 25 metres south west of its junction with Windsor Close for its entire length in a south westerly direction to all vehicular traﬃc. Maximum Duration of the order: From 08:00am 02 October 2017 until 23:59pm 15 October 2017 (or such earlier date as the works are completed by). Notice is dated 13 September 2017. NEW HEY ROAD AREA, WOODCHURCH (20MPH SPEED LIMIT) ORDER 2017 Notice is hereby given that Wirral Borough Council propose to make the following Order under sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 32 and 35, & 84 and Parts II and III of the Road Traﬃc Regulation Act 1984, and of all other enabling powers. Metropolitan Borough of Wirral - New Hey Road Area, Woodchurch (20MPH Speed Limit) Order 2017 The general nature and eﬀect of the order will be to prohibit any person from driving any motor vehicle at a speed exceeding 20 miles per hour on New Hey Road from its junction with Houghton Road to its junction with Carr Bridge Road, the full lengths of Bridge Meadow Road, Sunﬂower Close, Benedict Close, Camden Mews and Myrtle Way, Woodchurch. A copy of this notice, the proposed Order, map and a statement of the Council’s reasons for proposing to make the Order, may be seen during normal oﬃce hours at Cheshire Lines Buildings, Canning Street, Birkenhead, Wirral, CH41 1ND and on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9:00hrs to 17:00hrs and Wednesday 10:00hrs to 17:00hrs at The One Stop Shop, Wallasey Town Hall Brighton Street, Seacombe, CH44 8ED. Any objections together with the grounds on which they are made, may be made on-line by 6th October 2017 at www. wirral.gov.uk/highways (“Submit comments, questions or objections about new highway schemes in Wirral”) quoting the scheme reference number. Alternatively any objections can be sent in writing to Simon Fox, Interim Commissioned Services Manager (Highways and Traﬃc), Business Services, PO Box 290, Brighton Street, Wallasey, CH27 9FQ quoting the scheme reference number by 6th October 2017. Please quote ref: DC-TfG-1718-5. Notice is dated 13 September 2017. PROPOSED LOCAL SAFETY SCHEME - NEW HEY ROAD AREA, WOODCHURCH Notice is herby given that Wirral Borough Council in exercise of its powers under sections 90 A 90 C and 90 D of the Highway Act 1980 propose to introduce speed cushions as set out below: 18 no Speed Cushions on New Hey Road, Woodchurch. 1 no Flat Top Road Hump on New Hey Road, Woodchurch. The cushions will be arranged in sets of three, the cushions being 3.5 meters long and 1.6 metres wide with 500mm gap in between cushions and kerb face. The ﬂat top road hump will be installed at the same height as the existing kerb height, 10 metres long from kerb to kerb. A copy of this notice, the proposed Order, map and a statement of the Council’s reasons for proposing to make the Order, may be seen during normal oﬃce hours at Cheshire Lines Buildings, Canning Street, Birkenhead, Wirral, CH41 1ND and on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9:00hrs to 17:00hrs and Wednesday 10:00hrs to 17:00hrs at The One Stop Shop, Town Hall, Brighton Street, Seacombe, CH44 8ED. Any objections together with the grounds on which they are made, may be made on-line by 6th October 2017 www. wirral.gov.uk/highways (“Submit comments, questions or objections about new highway schemes in Wirral”) quoting the scheme reference number. Alternatively any objections can be sent in writing to Simon Fox, Interim Commissioned Services Manager (Highways and Traﬃc), Business Services, PO Box 290, Brighton Street, Wallasey, CH27 9FQ quoting the scheme reference number by 6th October 2017. Please quote ref: DC-TfG-1718-5. Notice is dated 13 September 2017.
CHURCH ROAD AREA (VARIOUS ROADS), UPTON (20MPH SPEED LIMIT) ORDER 2017 1. Take Notice that Wirral Borough Council in exercise of its powers under Sections 1(1) & 1(2), & 84 (1) and 84 (2) of the Road Traﬃc Regulation Act 1984 (hereinafter call ‘the Act’) and all of the other enabling powers, has today September 13 2017 made the above Order. 2. This Order shall come into operation on today September 13 2017. 3. The general nature and eﬀect of the order will be to prohibit any person from driving any motor vehicle at a speed exceeding 20 miles per hour on the full lengths of Church Road, West Drive, Heath Drive, Mount Road, Kirkmount, Mount Haven Close, Green Mount, Concordia Avenue, The Paddock and South Drive from its junction with Church Road/Heath Drive to its junction with Manor Drive. 4. A copy of the Order may be seen at all reasonable hours at the Department of Law, HR and Asset Management, Town Hall, Wallasey. 5. Any person wishing to object to the validity of the Order or any of their provisions on the grounds that they or any of their provisions are not within the powers conferred by the Act or that any requirement of the Act or of any instrument under it has not been complied with may within 6 weeks from the 13 September 2017 apply for that purpose to the High Court. Notice is dated 13 September 2017. CHURCH ROAD / HEATH DRIVE / WEST DRIVE/ SOUTH DRIVE / MOUNT ROAD, UPTON (PROHIBITION OF WAITING) ORDER 2017 1. Take Notice that Wirral Borough Council in exercise of its powers under Sections 1(1) & 1(2), & 84 (1) and 84 (2) of the Road Traﬃc Regulation Act 1984 (hereinafter call ‘the Act’) and all of the other enabling powers, has today September 13 2017 made the above Order. 2. This Order shall come into operation on today September 13 2017. 3. The general nature and eﬀect of this order will be to prohibit parking at the junctions of Church Road / Heath Drive with West Drive and South Drive and Church Road / Mount Road, Upton as set out below. Schedule Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Length of Road and Side of Road Day Hours and Description Church Road (West side) From its junction All Days All Hours with West Drive in a southerly direction for a distance of 19.8 metres. Church Road (East side) From its junction All Days All Hours with South Drive in a southerly direction for a distance of 22.4 metres. Heath Drive (North west side) From its junction with West Drive in a north easterly direction for a distance of 13.7 metres.
All Days All Hours
Heath Drive (South east side) From its junction with South Drive in a north easterly direction for a distance of 5.2 metres.
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West Drive (North side) From its junction with Heath Drive in a westerly direction for a distance of 18 metres.
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West Drive (South side) From its junction with Church Road in a westerly direction for a distance of 9 metres.
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South Drive (North west side) From its junction with Heath Drive in a north easterly direction for a distance of 11 metres.
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South Drive (South east side) From its All Days All Hours junction with Church Road in a north easterly direction for a distance of 25 metres. Church Road (East side) From a point 13.7 All Days All Hours metres north of its junction with Mount Road to a point 22 metres south of its junction with Mount Road. Mount Road (Both sides) From its junction All Days All Hours with Church Road for a distance of 10 metres in an easterly direction. 4. A copy of the Order may be seen at all reasonable hours at the Department of Law, HR and Asset Management, Town Hall, Wallasey. 5. Any person wishing to object to the validity of the Orders or any of its provisions on the grounds that it or any of its provisions are not within the powers conferred by the Act or that any requirement of the Act or of any instrument under it has not been complied with may within 6 weeks from the 13 September 2017 apply for that purpose to the High Court. Notice is dated 13 September 2017. THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 Notice is hereby given that Wirral Borough Council intends to make temporary road traﬃc regulation orders in exercise
of its powers under Section 14 of the Road Traﬃc Regulation Act 1984, as amended by Section 1 and Schedule 1 of the Road Traﬃc (Temporary Restrictions) Act 1991 in respect of certain highways in the vicinity of A552 Woodchurch Road Gyratory / M53 Junction 3 Interchange which the Council is satisﬁed are necessary to be made as part of bridge repair works to M53 Woodchurch Road North and South bridges. 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 A552 Woodchurch Road Gyratory / M53 J3 Interchange - (Temporary 30mph Speed Limit Order) - Woodchurch 2017 The general eﬀect of this temporary Speed Limit Order will be to reduce the existing 40mph speed limit on the full “Woodchurch Circle” gyratory to 30mph. The temporary speed limit will start at each entry point to the gyratory and end at each exit lane. Dates of Operation of the Order: 00:01am Saturday 21 November 2017 to 23:59pm on Wednesday 6 June 2018. A552 Woodchurch Road Gyratory / M53 J3 Interchange - (Temporary 7.5T Weight Restriction Order) - Woodchurch 2017 The general eﬀect of this temporary Weight Restriction Order will be to prohibit vehicles exceeding the maximum gross weight of 7.5T tonnes from using the length of roads set out below: i) The north gyratory arm of the “Woodchurch Circle” to be restricted to 7.5T for the full length of the bridge crossing over the M53. (M53 Woodchurch North Bridge). Alternative route: Traﬃc will be directed to take the M53 northbound and then exit and return southbound at M53 J1, where the diversion will then end at M53 J3. ii) The south gyratory arm of the “Woodchurch Circle” to be restricted to 7.5T for the full length of the bridge crossing over the M53. (M53 Woodchurch South Bridge). Alternative route: Traﬃc will be directed to take the M53 southbound carriageway to J4 and then exit and return at J4 to take the M53 northbound to J3 where the diversion will end. Dates of Operation of the Order: 00:01am Saturday 21 November 2017 to 23:59pm on Wednesday 6 June 2018. Notice is dated 20 September 2017. KINLOSS ROAD / HENDON WALK / PUMP LANE, GREASBY - (PROHIBITION OF WAITING) ORDER 2017 1. Take Notice that Wirral Borough Council in exercise of its powers under Sections 1(1) & 1(2), & 84 (1) and 84 (2) of the Road Traﬃc Regulation Act 1984 (hereinafter call ‘the Act’) and all of the other enabling powers, has today September 20 2017 made the above Order. 2. This Order shall come into operation on today September 20 2017. 3. The general nature and eﬀect of this order will be to prohibit parking at the junctions of Kinloss Road with Hendon Walk and Pump Lane, Greasby as set out below. Schedule Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Length of Road and Side of Road Day Hours and Description Kinloss Road (North west side) - From a All Days All Hours point 10 metres south west of its junction with Hendon Walk in a north easterly direction to a point 12 metres north east of its junction with Hendon walk. Hendon Walk (Both sides) - From its junction All Days All Hours with Kinloss Road in a north westerly direction for a distance 10.5 metres. Kinloss Road (Both sides) - From its junction All Days All Hours with Pump Lane in a south westerly direction for a distance of 10 metres. Pump Lane (South west side) - From a point All Days All Hours 13.7 metres south east of its junction with Kinloss Road in a north westerly direction to a point 18.5 metres north west of its junction with Kinloss Road. 4. A copy of the Order may be seen at all reasonable hours at the Department of Law, HR and Asset Management, Town Hall, Wallasey. 5. Any person wishing to object to the validity of the Orders or any of its provisions on the grounds that it or any of its provisions are not within the powers conferred by the Act or that any requirement of the Act or of any instrument under it has not been complied with may within 6 weeks from the 20 September 2017 apply for that purpose to the High Court. Notice is dated 20 September 2017.
Unless otherwise stated, all Metropolitan Borough of Wirral Public Notices are published by Philip McCourt, Assistant Director of Law and Governance, Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey, Merseyside, CH44 8ED.
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Published on Sep 25, 2017