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FOSTERING / P7 / P18-19 happy birthday

eventsON / P13-16 WHAT’s / P14

YOU CAN DO IT what’s on Film portrays what it takes to become a foster parent

Don’t miss our comprehensive guide.

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2 tickets for ‘Cilla: The Musical’ - p16

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it’s showtime Curtain rises again on Wirral’s best-kept secret

kop for that - strikers’ support for sleepout Rovers stars give their backing to Prenton Park event in aid of Wirral Ark - p19

New Ferry Festival / P5

community united

Fun for all the family at neighbourhood festival

word on the street

giants / P21

big news on our visitor

volunteers / P20

Line-up revealed for month-long celebration

Update about the forthcoming spectacular event

How staff have helped spruce up local charity

bookfest / P25

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There has never been a better time to get in shape and Wirral is blessed with a variety of locations and types of activity to help you on the road to a fitter, healthier lifestyle...

ways to keep fit for free in Wirral National Fitness Day takes place on Wednesday 26 September and in Wirral that means residents will be able to access free fitness classes, gym sessions and mini health checks on that day without the need for an Invigor8 membership. Here are four more ways you can get fit for free in Wirral!

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With 25 miles of uninterrupted coastline to play with, our peninsula is a long distance runner’s dream. But Wirral’s promenades aren’t reserved for the marathon runners amongst us; just 10 minutes of brisk walking a day counts as intense physical activity. So whether you go one mile or 26, the Active 10 app will help you unlock your fitness goals.

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As the nights draw in it can be difficult to find the motivation to get outside and exercise. Why not stay warm and focus on flexibility with an online yoga video? We recommend Youtube’s ‘Yoga with Adriene’ as a beginner’s guide to yoga at home.

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Why not make use of the outdoor gym equipment in your local park? Open all year round and never too far from an outdoor play area, the outdoor gym could be the perfect option for parents wanting to get fit while looking after the kids.

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Ladies, get your blood pumping with free fitness classes at Tomorrow’s Women Wirral. TWW offers a range of empowering activities to all women aged 18+. On National Fitness Day you can enjoy a free boxercise class with friends at 9.30am – followed by a free brew. Call 0151 647 7907 for further details.

‘Run in Wirral’ Locations

Run in Wirral is a hugely successful local ‘club’ for fun runners, which has supported hundreds of beginners and novices on the road to fitness through running. They run from four local locations. For more details, call Fiona on 0776 967 4718 or 0151 929 7823.

n Frankby Cemetery Thursdays, 5.30pm. This is a session for ‘absolute beginners’.

n The Oval, Bebington Wednesdays, 6.15pm with Zoe and Anna or Sara and Fiona.

n West Kirby Concourse Mondays and Wednesdays, 6.30pm with Fiona, Jen, Mike

n Birkenhead Park Visitor Centre Saturdays, 9.45am with Fiona/Debbie, Trish/Jane and Kim/Dave.

or Jay (Monday includes a Couch 2 5k session in addition to the regular run). Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9.30am with Lynne and Pat. Sundays, 8.30am - a minimum of 6 miles/10k at various speeds. Not forgetting... the Birkenhead parkrun, which is a free 5km timed event for runners of all standards, which takes place every Saturday at 9am in upper Birkenhead Park.

And now there is a junior parkrun at Wirral Country Park at 9am on Sundays. Visit parkrun.org.uk for details.


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Wirral’s Chamber goes way out West Business support group opens up a new branch in revamped former Hoylake town hall

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irral Chamber of Commerce has expanded its business reach by opening a new satellite office in Hoylake. Located in refurbished offices at the iconic former town hall building in Market Street, the Wirral Chamber of Commerce (West Wirral) branch opened for business this month with a launch attended by 75 invited businesses. Expanding from its main headquarters in Birkenhead to the new office in the heart of Hoylake, Wirral Chamber of Commerce is keen to engage with more businesses with this more visible presence. Geographically, the new base will also provide easier access for businesses in west of Wir-

Down to business: The Chamber’s West Wirral office is now open

ral to visit and work directly with the Chamber. The opening of the Chamber office offers support to the development of The Beacon, a project also based at the town hall, which has received planning approval. The Beacon will

include a cinema/arts space with fine dining restaurant and associated cafe/bistro, atrium cafe/bar, together with retail units around a central courtyard. Additionally, there will be retail units for artists and makers and 40 apartments over

The ‘Local Plan’ is the policy which guides how an area can be developed; it determines what can be built where and what land should be protected from development.

All local authorities are required by the Government to produce a Local Plan and it will determine what brownfield sites should be made available for housing, it determines where new employment and mixed use sites should be released for development and it will, through a full review, decide what Green Belt land might be released for development. This is why council officers have been out and about explaining what it means and hearing what

Community businesses in Wirral are being offered the chance to grow and develop - with the help of a national £2.5 million funding pot. Projects across the borough and the neighbouring city of Liverpool can apply now for their share of the Community Business Fund, provided by independent trust Power to Change. The fund offers grants of between £50,000 and £300,000 to businesses ‘trading for the benefit of, and accountable to, their local communities’. Successful applicants will receive their grant early 2019. Wirral and Liverpool are among just 10 places identified by Power to

four upper floors. The Wirral Chamber of Commerce (West Wirral) office will be open 9am-5pm MondayFriday. If you would like to arrange a meeting, please call 0151 650 6988 or email andysnell@wirralchamber.co.uk

Residents learn more about Local Plan A series of public consultation events on Wirral’s Local Plan for housing were attended by more than 2,000 people. The events, which were held at the start of a sixweek period of formal public consultation on the plan, took place across the borough and allowed residents to learn about what the proposals mean to Wirral as a whole but also how they might impact their local community.

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local residents and businesses have to say about how the homes Wirral residents need today and tomorrow can be provided while still maintaining the character and charm of Wirral. The consultation events took place at Wallasey Town Hall, Pensby, Port Sunlight, New Brighton and West Kirby. Full details of the Local Plan proposals, plus information about how you can have your say, is available online: www.wirral.gov.uk/localplan. Comments must be received by 26th October 2018.

Change as most likely to benefit from the input of community businesses. The fund has already helped more than 90 organisations, including farms, libraries, canal moorings and cinemas, to deliver social impact. The Florrie in Liverpool (pictured) is one local business which benefitted from the fund in the last round. Applications for this latest round of funding close should be in by midday on 9th October 2018. For more information visit powertochange.org. uk/funding/grants/community-business-fund

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irkenhead Town Hall can boast many treasures stained glass windows, polished granite and Minton tiled floors and an impressive concert hall. Less well known, though, is its collection of historic cinema equipment which one man - Mike Taylor - has dedicated 27 years of voluntary service to ensuring it remains in tip-top condition and ready to show the magic of celluloid to future generations of movie-goers. As a schoolboy in Liverpool, Mike always wanted to work in the movies and helping out at his school’s film club gave him his first role in the business. Mike said: ‘When I left school I was one of four boys in my class to become apprentice projectionists, which shows how many cinemas there were back then - nearly 100 at one

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point. You could count the number of cinemas in Merseyside on your fingers now. ‘In Wallasey alone there were seven; the Tivoli, Marina, Winter Gardens, Empress, ABC, Gaumont and Queens. Birkenhead had some smashers too, including the Super, the Argyle and the ‘Showplace of the North’ - the beautiful Ritz. ‘It wasn’t the technical or practical side of the industry that interested me - I’ve always loved the cinematography and the magic that is created through a simple piece of celluloid coated in emulsion – that’s the real art of motion pictures.’ After a career spent in cinemas across Merseyside, Mike has many wonderful memories. ‘I was lucky enough to be working in the Paramount on London Road in Liverpool

when it hosted the premier of Hard Day’s Night. John Lennon personally brought the projection team a few beers up to say thanks... I really wish I’d got him to sign the bottle now!’ Mike got involved in the cinema at Birkenhead Town Hall at the start of the 1990s when its Assembly Room was kitted out as a professional cinema for the opening of Wirral Museum. Much of the equipment was salvaged from elsewhere by the Projected Picture Trust, including two wonderful ‘Peerless’ projectors dating from the 1940s. The cinema opened in 1993 and was run by Birkenhead Library Film Society, supported by Mike and other volunteers. They showed their last film, the Wizard of Oz, just before Christmas 2013.

Now, after nearly five ‘dark’ years during which time Mike spent every Friday morning maintaining the equipment, he is delighted to be screening a classic film again. Mike explains: ‘As part of Wirral Arts Festival, on 12th October we will be showing a 1933 print of the original King Kong. As with any film that age, there will be some scratches and joins and a few ‘plops and bangs’ as we say, but it will be full of texture and character. Before the main feature we have a lovely selection of old ads and trailers, including the original 1939 one for ‘Gone With The Wind’. ‘We’re the only place in Wirral capable of showing classic movies on film, so I reckon we’re the borough’s best kept secret!’

‘Reel’ treat for classic film buffs King Kong will be shown at Birkenhead Town Hall on Friday 12th October at 7.30pm. Tickets, £7.50, are available from Wirral Arts Festival outlets and on the door. Wirral Arts Festival, (29 Sep - 13 Oct) is an annual two week celebration of art in all its forms, including music, theatre, craft, dance and food. Visit www.wirralartsfestival.co.uk or pick up a programme from any Wirral library.


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New Ferry’s festival of fun Community comes together for actionpacked programme of activities at New Ferry Park

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undreds of people, from New Ferry and elsewhere, came together for the second year running for a weekend of fun and fundraising. The New Ferry Festival took place at New Ferry Park on the weekend of 1st and 2nd September bringing together a variety of attractions appealing to all ages. The event was raising money to support local community groups and some of the proceeds will also go towards this year’s Christmas lights and decorations in the area. The weekend of frolics was opened early on the morning of Saturday 1st September by Wirral’s Mayor, Cllr Geoffrey Watt, and BBC Radio Merseyside presenter Roger Phillips. In addition to a range of stalls selling a variety of

goods, plus plenty of food and drink choices, there were activities throughout the weekend. Classic cars and military vehicles, donkey rides and a whole host of funfair rides kept visitors entertained on the field. Other attractions included face-painting, glitter tattoos and an inflatable assault course. Vintage buses, provided by the Wirral Transport Museum, were a big attraction, particularly when people were able to take a ride on one as they carried out guided bus tours of Port Sunlight village. Animals and live music literally took centre stage at the festival, however. There were a number of animal contests such as ‘Looks Like Owner’, ‘Cutest Puppy’, ‘Most Unusual Pet’ and ‘Waggiest Tail’, while live music was provided by a diverse range of acts from the Wirral Sign Choir, the Shed Brothers, Ragamuffin and Jonathan Campbell.

Town in the running for Mayoral fund The long-term regeneration of New Ferry after the devastating explosion last year has received a significant funding boost. The council will shortly be submitting a bid to the Town Centre Fund, set up by the Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram with the aim of kickstarting the revitalisation of towns outside of the city of Liverpool. A bid of £500,000 will be lodged and, if approved, the money will be used towards progressing the New Ferry Regeneration Plan developed by the council and local residents six months ago, but which as

yet has received no funding from central government. In addition to this bid for funding, work is continuing on developing the residential aspect of the New Ferry Regeneration Plan. The area has

received an initial investment of £100,000 from Homes England to investigate the viability of new homes, car parking and environmental improvements around the Woodhead Street area.

Devastated: The regeneration of New Ferry is moving closer

Homes England have now commissioned BDP to take this work forward. Over the next six to nine months they will be working with stakeholders in New Ferry to help progress a residential masterplan and identify a preferred development option, which is capable of forming the basis of an outline planning application and attracting a potential developer partner. They are also working on preparing a land acquisition strategy, which will assist with any potential future purchases of land in the area to further progress the regeneration of New Ferry.

BB old boys celebration Old boys from the 1st Port Sunlight Boys Brigade, which sadly disbanded this year after 118 years, are being invited to a commemoration event this month. A special service will take place at Christ Church on Sunday 30th September, 3pm. The service will include laying up of colours, reflections from old boys and the Boys’ Brigade hymn. Everyone associated with the Company is welcome to come along.

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Flood wall workshops Residents will get the chance to have their say on design features of new flood barrier

Dozens of children and their families were treated to a trip to the children’s museum Eureka! – and have told museum bosses what they would like to see when it opens in Wirral. Plans are already moving forward to bring the popular tourist attraction to Seacombe with the recent approval of £3 million towards the £11m needed for the unique project at Seacombe Ferry Terminal. North Birkenhead Development Trust took

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est Kirby residents will shortly be asked for their views on what the new flood defence barrier that will be built along South Parade will look like. The consultant appointed to work with Wirral Council to design the 1.1 km floodwall, AECOM, will host a series of workshops in West Kirby in the autumn to give local people the chance to comment on a number of potential design options. Access points, materials, aesthetics and integrated features, such as seating, will all be under discussion during the workshops as AECOM prepare a final design proposal to submit to the planning authority. If all goes according to schedule with the scheme, construction work will begin

Along the prom: West Kirby is set to get a new flood defence on South Parade

early in 2019 and last up to six months after which homes and businesses along South Parade will enjoy greater protection from flood waters. The flood alleviation scheme, which aims to protect the resort from flooding well into the next century, was boosted by the approval of a £1.7m grant from the Environment Agency earlier this year.

The scheme proposes a 1.1 km new floodwall running along South Parade between Riversdale Road and Sandy Lane. Supported by capital funding from Wirral Council and a Local Levy of £500,000, the scheme will cost in the region of £3m in total. By today’s estimate, up 70 homes and 23 businesses in West Kirby that currently have

big response to dog proposals Thousands of Wirral residents made their views known during the recent consultation on a proposed Dog Control Public Space Protection Order in Wirral. There were more than 8,700 entries to the online survey alone on top of hundreds of written representations and a number of petitions. From the start of the process, the

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council made a commitment that if any of the initial plans were overwhelmingly rejected by the public, they would not be taken forward in the final plan. As soon as the consultation closed, it was already clear that the majority of Wirral residents did not want proposals for dog restrictions on small sections of beaches to go forward. As a result, those proposed beach restrictions were taken

out of consideration. The council is now in the process of considering all the other comments and representations that have been received in order to put together a final proposal. Sports pitches will be analysed on a pitch by pitch basis to ensure any future restrictions are right for the residents that use those facilities on a regular basis. The consultation and the dog control measures are part of the council’s commitment to ensuring that Wirral’s open spaces can be enjoyed to the full by everyone.

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a 0.5% chance of flooding in any year will have improved protection provided by the new floodwall. Over the next 100 years as climate change continues to cause sea levels to rise, the new floodwall will reduce risk to 567 homes and 104 businesses, effectively safeguarding West Kirby from flooding from the sea.

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a group of youngsters to the museum in Halifax to see what it offers. Following their visit the children and adults completed feedback forms highlighting what they thought worked best, which were passed back to bosses as they develop the new site. Comments included ‘please bring this to the Wirral - so many children from there and nearby areas would really benefit, plus it will attract tourists’. Anna Barnish, Trust Manager, said: ‘It was a great day out and we are all looking forward to Eureka! Merseyside opening in 2021.’


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Wirral’s backing for ‘giant’ regional fostering drive Emotional film at the heart of campaign to recruit more foster carers in Wirral

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irral Council is one of 23 local authorities backing the #youcanfoster campaign which aims to address the need for more foster carers across the North West. The campaign is based on the theme of ‘giants’ and aims to highlight the many, extraordinary roles of a foster carer, and the gigantic impact

they can have on a child’s happiness and development. The main focus of the campaign is a short threeminute film telling the story of Jack and Ellie, a brother and sister who want to stay together when they find themselves in foster care. ‘Giants’ is an important, emotional and inspirational film and really captures the essence of fostering. Wirral Council has more than 830 children who are currently looked after and keeping siblings together is one of our top priorities. For many children in foster care, their brother or sister has been the only constant presence in their lives.

There are many myths surrounding who can foster, leading to people ruling themselves out unnecessarily. The reality is - almost anyone can apply to foster. We’re looking for people just like you and in return we are there to support you through it all. Visit wirral.gov. uk/fostering to find out more.

Film clips: Screen shots from the fostering ‘Giants’ film

Mentor. Protector. Role-Model. Story-Teller. From the everyday, to the extraordinary, foster carers have many roles. Each one has a gigantic impact on a child’s happiness and development, and so can you. Become a foster carer with your local authority and we’ll support you every step of the way. Do something incredible. Go to youcanfoster.org/wirral

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Involve boss scoops NW business award Justine’s success with local charity recognised at regional Women in Business awards

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he chief executive of Involve Northwest has been recognised for her contribution to business at the Barclays Women in Business Northwest awards. Justine Molyneux, nominated in the ‘not for profit’ award category, was chosen by an independent judging panel which included industry experts and previous winners. The awards, aimed at senior business women and businesses operating across all sectors and sizes in the North West, attracted 109 nominations which were shortlisted to 32 finalists in

seven categories from across the region. Involve Northwest is a registered charity that aims to support individuals and families with issues affecting their quality of life. Justine has worked tirelessly to improve the services they offer and has increased turnover from £168,000 in 2003 when she joined the organisation, to £5m today – all for the public benefit. Justine was shocked to have won the award: ‘I am immensely proud to have been awarded the Barclays Woman in Business Award – Not for Profit. For me, it embodies what has been achieved over the past 15 years. I was shocked to receive the award as the competition was so strong but I’m so delighted to bring it home for Wirral!’ ‘My drive for Involve has never left me. I know our services make a difference to families every day.’

Honoured: Justine Molyneux with her award

Oakenholt makes its ‘In Bloom’ debut Parents, clients, carers and community volunteers have come together to give a new lease of life to gardens at Wirral Evolution’s Oakenholt day centre for this year’s In Bloom competition. Local shops, businesses and schools all supported the six-month long makeover at the More-

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ton centre, donating flowers, planters and their time. Garden furniture has been painted, walls have been muraled by a graffiti artist and scores of plants and flowers have been planted to create a bright and fun space for clients at the day centre to enjoy. Wirral Evolutions works with people in care to offer support and facilities tailored to meet their needs. This is the first time Oakenholt have entered the annual ‘In Bloom’ competition and are one of more than 30 entries this year – the most ever for Wirral. Debbie Broster, Manager

of Oakenholt Day Centre for Wirral Evolutions said: ‘This project has seen a large number of people come together to make a real difference in their community and I am so grateful for their hard work and support. ‘The results are exceptional and will make a real difference to the lives of everyone who benefit from the services we provide here at Oakenholt.’ Visit the Love Wirral Facebook page to see more of Wirral’s ‘In Bloom’ entries, facebook.com/lovewirral. To find out more about Wirral Evolutions, visit wirralevolutions.org

prenton fit club gets mayor’s seal of approval Wirral’s Mayor and Mayoress recently paid a visit to an innovative local scheme that supports young people with their health and fitness. The Mayor, Cllr Geoffrey Watt along with Mayoress Ann, went along to the 0-19 Health and Wellbeing Team in Prenton to find out about the amazing work the team does to support local children and their families. The Mayor was particularly interested in hearing about the award-winning Fit Club and how it helps families to live healthier lifestyles by making small and meaningful changes to their daily lives. Fit Club offers one to one support for children on or above the 98th percentile for BMI and covers healthy eating, portion size and increasing activity levels. After three months on the programme, 63% of those involved have reduced or maintained their BMI. Fit Club is run by Wirral NHS Community Trust as part of 0-19 service which offers birth and infant feeding support, advice and support around sexual health and emotional wellbeing, as well as wider health and wellbeing concerns, such as stop smoking, alcohol/ drug misuse, mental health, internet safety, aspirations and goals, confidence and self-esteem.


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Can you help deliver restorative justice? Volunteers needed to help facilitate neighbourhood justice scheme across Wirral

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esidents who have a strong interest in contributing to the safety and quality of life within their community may be interested in a new volunteering role. Wirral Council and Merseyside Police are looking for Volunteer Facilitators for its Restorative Justice programme.

They play a crucial role in mediating between victims and offenders and resolving issues between the two. This opportunity is one of a number of volunteering options in Wirral where local residents can come together with the support of local partners to build safe and friendly communities. Others include neighbourhood watch and constituency volunteers. Restorative justice brings those harmed by low-level crime or anti-social behaviour and those responsible for it into contact with one another. It empowers victims by giving them a voice, offering them the chance to meet with their offender to explain the

real impact of the crime. It also holds offenders to account for what they have done and helps them to take responsibility and make amends. In Wirral alone, 69 referrals have been made to ROC Restore since February 2017. ROC coordinates the restorative justice scheme and receives referrals from the police, housing providers and the Anti-Social Behaviour Team. National figures show that restorative justice provides an 85% victim satisfaction rate and a 14% reduction in the frequency of reoffending.  The Volunteer Facilitator role will involve assessing a case to see if it’s suitable for the restorative process, pre-

paring participants, facilitating a meeting between the two parties and evaluating the outcome. Sometimes, when a face to face meeting is not the best way forward, the victim and offender may communicate via letters, recorded interviews or video. A free training course will take place on 6th, 13th and 20th October. After completing the three days’ training you will receive a certificate confirming your qualification as a Restorative Justice Facilitator. To find out more about how you can get involved, visit roc.uk.com/volunteer. These courses fill up fast – so make sure to sign up soon so you don’t miss out!

Young ‘mystery shoppers’ needed Young people aged 15 or 16 can play a part in efforts to ensure that retailers are abiding by the law when it comes to selling age-restricted items. Trading Standards regularly asks young people to assist them in test purchasing operations to see whether they are able to buy items such as tobacco, alcohol and fireworks from shops in Wirral. Those premises who do sell to underage volunteers will have action taken against them. The next round of test purchasing is set to begin and Trading Standards are on the look-out for 15 or 16 year old volunteers to support this clampdown. Test purchasing operations are carried out within strict guidelines to ensure the safety of the volunteer and the consent of a parent or guardian is essential.

Volunteers will be fully trained in what to say and do and will be accompanied by a CRB-checked officer from Trading Standards at all times. They would not be asked to visit shops near where they live, go to school or socialise. There is no pay for this work but volunteers are given a £10 voucher, plus lunch or tea out at an establishment of their choice. They also get a reference and certificate. This is a rewarding opportunity for young people to assist in combating underage sales which in turn helps protect young peoples’ health and improves our community. If you know someone who may be interested in this work during occasional school holidays, evenings or weekends then please get in touch tradingstandards@wirral.gov. uk or call 0151 691 8033.

Return of Friday footy fun The ‘Friday Night Football’ season - for boys and girls aged 12 to 19 - has kicked off again at the Oval. Young people across Wirral can turn up with their friends and play small sided games and tournaments on 3G pitches for free. Sessions run from 6.30pm - 8.30pm every Friday.

Get onboard Borderlands open day Arriva, the operators of the Borderlands railway line which links Bidston, Upton and Heswall to Liverpool and Wrexham, are staging an open day for people to find out how they can get more out of their service. It takes place on 22nd October between 10am and 3pm at Heswall Library.

littering statistics published With the support of one of the trustees of its Friends group, Corinne Whitham, the Williamson Art Gallery and Museum has taken the unusual step of twinning its ladies toilets with another ‘facility’ in Pakistan. Working with Toilet Twinning, a worldwide water and sanitation charity initiative, Corinne and her friends raised enough

money to twin two toilets – her own, and one at the Williamson. The gallery hopes that twinning its ladies toilet will help raise awareness of the programme. Toilet twinning costs £60 with the money helping those in desperate poverty get access to hygienic facilities, clean water and health information.

In an effort to increase transparency and improve residents’ understanding of how Kingdom Environmental Enforcement enforces laws around littering and dog fouling in the borough on behalf of Wirral Council, detailed information – including monthly statistics – is now being published online. The information can be found at wirral. gov.uk/environmentalproblems.

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Businesses reminded of trade waste rules Companies - big or small - must manage their own waste disposal arrangements

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usinesses that generate waste are being reminded of their legal responsibilities around its disposal - and about the consequences of them failing in their duties. No matter how small the business, or how much waste it generates, the law requires there to be arrangements in place for its proper management and disposal. That means sorting and storing it safely and securely, using a properly-registered carrier to collect and dispose of their business waste and keeping accurate records of every load of waste you send for disposal. These requirements must be met whether you are selfemployed and working from home or a large retailer on a busy business park. Commercial waste is commercial

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waste and it is up to the business to arrange for its proper disposal - it is not a landlord’s responsibility nor the local authority’s. Nor can it be disposed of in public litter bins, domestic bins or taken in person to the tip.

Businesses in Wirral will shortly be receiving a reminder of these responsibilities through the post before the council starts to carry out more regular checks and enforcement of the legislation. Businesses who don’t comply

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will also make it easier for residents and families who rely upon it. As part of the funding boost, a new website - ‘My Route’ – will be launched providing a single point of contact for any updates or travel changes to be shared between service users, parents, transport providers and schools. The new process will mean residents who use the service will get immediate notifica-

tions of any changes made to drivers, routes or any last minute changes necessary due to adverse weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This will help people plan ahead and maintain safety and safeguarding standards. My Route will also help with journey planning, minimising the number of routes needed and length of time a journey takes. Alongside the online system, some of the

West Kirby Recycling Centre will be closing for two weeks from Monday 1st October to undergo essential maintenance works. The centre will re-open on Monday 15th October at 8am. West Kirby is one of the most popular centres in Wirral and receives approximately 1,000 tonnes of material a month from local residents. Due to this demand on the facility essential maintenance is required to ensure the centre remains safe for customers and employees. During the temporary closure of the Greenbank Road facility essential repairs and reconstruction of the road surface will take place. Other facility improvements include upgrading signage, improving staff

with the requirements could be hit with an immediate Fixed Penalty Notice of £300. If prosecuted, they could be hit with a fine of up to £5,000, or be fined an unlimited amount if taken to Crown Court.

Investment boost for ‘Assisted Travel’ Residents with disabilities and special educational needs who need help to get to school, college and day centres are set for a funding boost. Wirral’s Assisted Travel Service is getting a 21st century uplift thanks to an investment of £250,000. Apart from modernising the service and upgrading some of the council’s own vehicle fleet, the investment

essential work shuts tip for a fortnight

council’s existing Assisted Travel vehicle fleet will be replaced with newer vehicles. Staff from the Assisted Travel Service are currently piloting the new website with a view to introducing it to parents, service users, transport operators and schools during the autumn term. More information can be found on Wirral’s Local Offer website, www.localofferwirral.org

facilities and making improvements to road markings around the site. The closure of the facility will mean that residents should use their next nearest or most convenient Recycling Centre or, if they can, keep hold of their items till the centre reopens. For many residents living in and around West Kirby, the nearest facilities will be Clatterbridge (Mount Road, CH63 4JZ) or Bidston (Wallasey Bridge Road, CH41 1EB).


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Social care benefits from joined-up work More council staff relocate to NHS in order to ensure right kind of care for the vulnerable

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ORE THAN 100 council employees have moved over to work in the NHS to provide a joined-up health and care service for children and adults with disabilities and problems with mental health. After discussions with the people and families of those who use the services, it was clear that it was necessary to change the way the work was done. People want to tell their care provider their story once; have just one number to ring and have one person to contact when they need help. Our aim is to provide the right care, in the right place, at the right time by the right

person and by working with the NHS to bring services together, we are now on the right path to be able to develop and improve what we can offer to local people. Nationally, the government is encouraging councils to integrate their care services with the NHS. Across the country, local authorities are doing this in different ways, depending on the needs of their residents. Having spoken to many of our service users, their priorities were clear and for Wirral, integrating with our NHS partners to create single services which bring health and care together was the way forward. The council transferred staff from our children and adults with disabilities teams - and our adult mental health teams - to Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust at the end of the summer. This move followed the transfer last year of around

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240 staff to Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust, to provide a fully joined up social care service with their community health teams, and the joining of our commissioning teams with NHS Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

This second move means that together, the council and the CCG are responsible for commissioning health services for the residents of Wirral, bringing our spending together to get better value for money.

New team lines-up to support families Adolescence is a time of immense change in all areas of a young person’s life. The effects of physical, emotional and hormonal development combined with a growing desire for independence and peer approval, can often be confusing for young people (and their parents) and in some cases can lead to risk taking behaviour and even family breakdown. In England, the proportion of adolescents who are looked after by local authorities is 39% for 10 to 15 year olds, and 24% for those aged 16 or over. Responding to the complex needs of adolescents requires

a distinct service response, and in Wirral we have established an Adolescent Edge of Care Team to provide this response. The Adolescent Edge of

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Care Team makes better use of Council resources by bringing together a range of practitioners into a single team which aims to work innovatively to find alternatives to care that allow, wherever it is safe to do so, young people to remain living with their families and communities. The service is offered 7-days-a-week, including evenings, and provides one-to-one support, group work, family mediation, respite, and placement support. As adolescents often enter care during a crisis- with their family, the Police or due

to their mental or emotional health- the team have strong links with partners such as health and education. The relationship between the adolescent and the worker can be critical in making the difference. The Adolescent Edge of Care Team ensures that each young person has a named worker who is highly skilled and supported across a range of issues such as substance misuse, child exploitation, homelessness and anxiety. To get support please contact 0151 606 2008 and ask for access to the Adolescent Edge of Care Team.

share your photos and memories of the sea A 200 year old maritime charity is calling on people from Birkenhead to share their memories of the sea to highlight our connection and dependence on the sea. Stuart Rivers, the Chief Executive of the Sailors’ Society’s charity, explained: ‘Whether it’s beach balls, flip-flops or the ingredients used to make an ice cream, 90 per cent of everything you see beside the seaside is transported by sea. ‘During the heatwave, many people from Birkenhead will have headed to the coast to create long-lasting memories. ‘Whether you spent childhood holidays at the beach or coastline, or have made a career out of working at sea, we’d love to hear and share your stories.’ Sailors’ Society is an international charity working in ports across the world, providing practical, emotional and spiritual welfare support to the world’s 1.6m seafarers. The charity’s chaplains and ship visitors have a presence in 91 global ports, with wider projects and services covering 30 countries. They support seafarers away from home and their families in a variety of ways, whether they need medical treatment or intervention if they are kidnapped by terrorists or imprisoned. They build homes and schools and provide grants to bring hope and security to seafaring communities. You can share your stories and pictures now at www.theseaandme.org

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HERE is a lorra lorra stuff to get excited about this month in the busiest - and most diverse - theatre programme we can remember! Cilla - The Musical, running from Tue 23 - Sat 27 Oct at Floral Pavilion, tells the extraordinary story of an ordinary teenage girl from Liverpool, Priscilla White, and her incredible rise to fame. The Cause, at Gladstone Theatre on Wed 17 Oct, imagines the meeting between Emeline Pankhurst and Millicent Fawcett and Get Well Soon, Sun 30 Sep at Gilroy Community Allotments, West Kirby, is an outdoor play celebrating 70 years of the NHS.

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Wirral Arts Festival has a superb lineup this year, including Captain Duncan’s Diaries, the true story about a Wirral man’s captivity in SE Asia during WWII and Puccini’s opera La Bohème. Musical lovers are in for a treat as some of the biggest productions come to Wirral this month. Sing along to Oliver! and Carousel at Gladstone Theatre, and be sure to see the wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz at the Floral! You can also catch Russian State Ballet’s opera Carmen, the legendary Blood Brothers and kids’ favourite Horrible Histories at the Floral and don’t miss Agatha Christie’s

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thriller Go Back For Murder at The Little Theatre in Birkenhead. And finally, with Halloween approaching, how about a bit of classic horror, Frankenstein 1899 at Gladstone Theatre? For more info about these shows and much more, see Listings. n WIN TICKETS to the opening night of ‘Cilla - The Musical’. See p16.

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BYGONE ROCK FERRY Until SAT 22nd SEP Vintage photo exhibition at Rock Ferry Library. 0151 641 2858 AGATHA CHRISTIE’S GO BACK FOR MURDER TUE 18 - SAT 22 SEP, 7pm. £9 | £7 A woman tries to clear the name of her wrongly convicted mother. The Little Theatre, Grange Road West, Birkenhead. carltonlittletheatre.co.uk

Bruce Grobbelaar WED 26 SEP, 7pm. £10 An evening with Liverpool legend Bruce Grobbelaar and book signing. Ticket redeemable against the book. linghams.co.uk

The Merseysippi Jazz Band SAT 29 SEP, 8pm. £10 An evening of jazz from a band established in February 1949, who have performed with Louis Armstrong! Heswall Hall. wirralartsfestival.co.uk

Joe Longthorne WED 26 SEP, 7.30pm. £24.50|£23 Joe sings your favourite classics by Tom Jones, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr and more! floralpavilion.com

That’ll Be The Day SAT 29 SEP, 7.30pm. £26 Rock & roll spectacular blending hits from the 50s, 60s & 70s with bags of hilarious comedy. floralpavilion.com

Endellion Quartet MON 24 SEP, 7.30pm Mendelssohn, Britten and Beethoven at St Hildeburgh’s Church, Hoylake. chamberconcert.co.uk Buddy Holly & The Cricketers TUE 25 SEP, 7.30pm. £20 | £18 Superb tribute act play ‘That’ll Be The Day’, ‘Peggy Sue’, ‘Heartbeat’ and more. floral pavilion. com

MaCMILLAN COFFEE MORNING FRI 28 SEP, 10.30am - 12pm Tea, coffee, cakes and a raffle. Proceeds to MacMillan Cancer Support. West Kirby Library. 0151 606 2665 an Evening of Genesis SAT 29 SEP, 7.30pm. £20.50| £16.50 Plus songs by ex members Peter Gabriel, Mike Rutherford and Phil Collins. floralpavilion.com

DON’t MISS the Giants Spectacular in New Brighton on FRIDAY 5 OCTOBER. For more information and to read about their route, see page 21.

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Apple Day At Eastham Country Park SUN 30 SEP, 1.30pm - 4pm Juice making, children’s activities, plus the Mersey Morris Men. Free. Visitor Centre. 0151 327 1007

BRIGITTE JURACK IB 2018 Until SUN 28 OCT Artwork reflecting Oxton Road, one of the most culturally diverse roads in Wirral. The courtyard at the Williamson. williamsonartgallery.org

Carmen SUN 30 SEP, 7.30pm. £32.50 | £30 Russian State Ballet’s powerful opera with treachery, passion, betrayal and more. floralpavilion.com

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GARY BARLOW: ‘A Better ME’ TUE 2 OCT, 7 - 8pm. £25 The former member of Take That talks about his autobiography. Thornton Manor. wirralartsfestival.co.uk

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Brunanburh and Back – Wirral Nordic Roots MON 1 - SAT 6 OCT, 11am- 4pm Visit Lord Leverhulme’s first residence, the beautifully restored Bridge Cottage, 23 Park Road, Port Sunlight. wirralartsfestival.co.uk

Tea & memories FRI 28 SEP, 1.30pm - 3.30pm Share your family stories and photos of WW1 and meet Brian Howell, author of ‘Emma’s WW1 Suitcase’. Birkenhead Central Library. 0151 606 2665 WIRRAL SOCIETY OF ARTS 70TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION Until SUN 21 OCT Highlighting 160 talented contemporary Wirral artists. williamsonartgallery.org

Get Well Soon SUN 30 SEP, 1pm Outdoor play to celebrate 70 years of the NHS. Gilroy Community Allotments, West Kirby. 07775 734 410

ARCHAEOLOGY FOR ALL SUN 30 SEP, 12pm - 4pm Permanent excavation at Tam O’Shanter’s Farm. bidstoncommunityarchaeology. weebly. com

The Cause WED 17 OCT, 7.30pm. £12| £10 How far would you go for what you believe in? This dynamic play imagines the meeting between two great rebels Emmeline Pankhurst and Millicent Fawcett and their different approaches to the cause. gladstonetheatre.org.uk

Bring Me Sunshine WED 3 OCT, 2pm. £6 Afternoon concert at Church of the Good Shepherd, Heswall. wirralartsfestival.co.uk

WIRRAL BOOKFEST MON 1 - MON 29 OCT Exciting programme of events in Wirral’s libraries. See p25. BABY BOUNCE & RHYME TUE 2nd OCT Nursery rhymes and songs for children aged 0-4. Seacombe Library (10am), West Kirby Library (10am) and Prenton Library (10.30am).

Captain Duncan’s Diaries WED 3 & 10 OCT, FRI 5 & 12 OCT, 7.30pm. £5 True story about a Wirral man’s captivity in SE Asia during WWII. Church of the Good Shepherd, Heswall. wirralartsfestival.co.uk The Opera Boys FRI 5 OCT, 7.30pm. £18.50 Some of the UK’s finest classically trained tenors. gladstone theatre. org.uk

HORRIBLE HISTORIES: TERRIBLE TUDORS: WED 10, 7pm. THU 11, 1.30pm. FRI 12, 10.30am. SAT 13, 2.30pm. AWFUL EGYPTIANS: THU 11, 10.30am. FRI 12, 1.30pm. SAT 13, 7pm. SUN 14, 3pm. £19 | £14 (£34 | £24 for both shows) Historical figures come alive! From the horrible Henries and evil Elizabeth to the Pharaohs and the power of the pyramids. Suitable for children 5 - 11. floralpavilion.com


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what’s on Three Choirs - Encore FRI 5 OCT, 7.30pm. £10 Off Pitch choir, The Bunker Boys and Wallasey Choir sing for local charities. Heswall Hall. Plus raffle. wirralartsfestival.co.uk

La Bohème SAT 6 OCT, 7.30pm. £10 | £8 Flat Pack Music present Giacomo Puccini’s beautiful opera performed in English. Hope Church, Hoylake. wirralartsfestival.co.uk The Songs of Nick Drake SAT 6 OCT, 7.45pm. £12 Keith James sings the haunting songs of Nick Drake. ‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’ - The Independent. westkirbyartscentre.org.uk

The Rag Dolls SAT 6 OCT, 7.30pm. £18 | £15 Frankie Valli tribute act sings ‘Can’t Take my Eyes off of You’, ‘Ragdoll’ and ‘Grease’ and more. gladstonetheatre.org.uk All Star Superslam Wrestling SAT 6 OCT, 7.30pm. £15 | £10 Top global talent take on the best of British. floralpavilion.com Nordic-Scouse – in words and music SAT 6 OCT, 2pm Plus a short film to celebrate the heroes of Telemark. Bridge Cottage, Port Sunlight wirralartsfestival.co.uk Kaboodle Community Choir SAT 6 OCT, 1pm & 2pm Free concert at Lady Lever Art Gallery. liverpoolmuseums. org.uk/ladylever

The Magic of Musicals SUN 7 OCT, 7.30pm. £10 Music from Oliver!, Carousel, Les Miserables and more. Birkenhead Town Hall. wirralartsfestival.co.uk Let’s Hang On SUN 7 OCT, 7.30pm. £25 | £23 The music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons! Sing along to all of your favourite hits, including ‘December 1963 (Oh What a Night!)’, ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’ and ‘Working My Way Back To You’. floralpavilion.com

The Everly Brothers: Dream TUE 9 OCT, 7.30pm. £21 | £19 Incredible tribute with hits like ‘Bye Bye Love’, ‘Cathys Clown’ and ‘Wake up Little Susie’. gladstonetheatre.org.uk TWO Talking Heads Alan Bennett WED 10 OCT, 7.30pm. £10 Alan will perform two of his classic monologues ‘Bed Among the Lentils’ and ‘A Lady of Letters’. West Kirby Arts Centre. wirralartsfestival.co.uk

WIRRAL BUS & TRAM SHOW SUN 7 OCT, 10am - 4pm Free event with vintage buses, tram-rides and more. Split between Woodside, Pacific Road and Taylor Street Museum. www.mtps.co.uk Rosemary Shrager THU 11 OCT, 7.30pm. £20 TV cook and star of The Real Marigold Hotel, signs copies of her new book ‘Cookery Course’. Ticket includes a copy of the book. Neston Cricket Club. wirralartsfestival.co.uk

Northern Rhythm Big Band SUN 7 OCT, 2.30pm. £11 | £9 Glen Miller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and more. gladstonetheatre.org.uk HEALTH WALK IN THE PARK SUN 7 OCT, 11am - 12pm Every Sunday in Birkenhead Park. Meet at the Visitors Centre. 0151 652 5197

Jane Austen Regency Ball SAT 6 OCT, 6.45pm. £20 Dance to the music of the Pemberley Players. Heswall Hall. wirralartsfestival.co.uk

ROVERS RETURN Tranmere have four big matches at Prenton Park this month, as they look to build on a solid start in League Two: n Sat 22 Sep, 3pm: Newport County n Tue 2 Oct, 7.45pm: Lincoln City n Fri 12 Oct, 7.45pm: Macclesfield Town n Sat 27 Oct, 3pm: Crawley Town tranmererovers.co.uk

SIT FIT, Bebington MON 15 OCT, 2.45pm. £3.50 Chair based exercise at Christ Church Community Centre. 07925 076914 VOLANTE MON 8 OCT, 7.45pm. £29.50 Classical concert in the opulent setting of Lord Leverhulme’s Music Room in Thornton Manor. wirralartsfestival.co.uk

SPACE: OUR CHALLENGES THU 11 OCT, 6pm - 7.30pm Will Dr Jaclyn Bell be ‘the first scouser in space’? Insightful talk about UK’s space programme. Wirral Boys Grammar School. wirralartsfestival.co.uk GLOW WITH THE FLOW FRI 12 OCT, 6pm - 7.30pm 5 mile charity walk in aid of Wirral Hospice St Johns. Coronation Gardens, West Kirby. To get your sponsorship form call 0151 343 0778

ART TO ART WIRRAL Arts Festival is back this Autumn, with a superb lineup of artists and a sprinkling of stardust for good measure! The annual celebration, which runs from 29 Sep to 13 Oct, includes Captain Duncan’s Diaries, a play about a Wirral man’s captivity in SE Asia during WWII, as well as Puccini’s tragic love story La Bohème and monologues by Alan Bennett. The hugely diverse programme includes everything from a Jane Austin Regency Ball to some classic King Kong! There will be book signings by Gary Barlow, Michael Palin and Rosemary Shrager, as well as jazz concerts, science talks and comedy nights. For the full lineup and to book your tickets, visit wirral arts fes tival. co.uk

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CHRIS BANNISTER: THE MUSIC OF JOHN DENVER FRI 26 OCT, 7.30pm. £16.50|£14 Chris will entertain you with all of John Denver’s biggest hits including ‘Annie’s Song’, ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’ and of course ‘Leaving on a Jet Plane’. floralpavilion.com

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what’s what’son on Evolvr in Concert FRI 12 OCT, 8pm. £7.50 Cinematically driven art rock band from Wirral. Heswall Hall. wirralartsfestival.co.uk

Orchestra dell’Arte – From Russia with Love SAT 13 OCT, 7.30pm. £15 Spectacular gala concert to close Wirral Arts Festival, featuring a feast of Russian classical music. Heswall Hall. wirralartsfestival.co.uk Cotton Town Chorus SUN 14 OCT, 7.30pm. £12 One of the leading barbershop groups in the UK. gladstonetheatre.org.uk

FrankEnstein 1899 SUN 21 OCT, 7.30pm. £10 | £7.50 The Wilton Herriot Players present their adaptation of the classic horror story. gladstonetheatre.org.uk Wishbone Ash – XLIX SUN 21 OCT, 8pm. £21.50 Experience the iconic twin guitar sound on classics tracks such as ‘The King Will Come’, ‘Throw Down The Sword’ and ‘Blowin’ Free’. floralpavilion.com

Pros and Cons ‘Pour me another round’ FRI 12 OCT, 7pm. £6 Comedy night with Jack Shanik, Daniel Triscott, Carla Pol, King Rats and Reid Anderson. West Kirby Arts Centre. wirralartsfestival.co.uk Mersey Ferries WhoDunnit Cruise FRI 12 OCT, 7.20pm. £25 What did the ‘Pathfinder’ find at the bottom of the sea and why are the crew so murderously curious to find out? Departs Seacombe Ferry Terminal. merseyferries.co.uk

Eclipse: Pink Floyd Experience FRI 19 OCT, 7.30pm. £15.50 - £19.50 A selection of Floyd classics, including ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ in full. floralpavilion.com

Des O’Connor & Jimmy Tarbuck Live THU 18 OCT, 7.30pm. £31.00 Legends of television, show business and Royal Variety Performances come together for a night not to be missed. floralpavilion.com

Ocean Waves CONCERT - IN AID OF RNLI SAT 13 OCT, 7pm . £8 Songs of the sea for a great cause. West Kirby Arts Centre. wirralarts festival. co.uk

Keep The Home Fires Burning FRI 19 OCT, 7.30pm. £19 | £15 Songs from the Great War, including ‘Pack Up Your Troubles’, ‘Oh It’s A Lovely War’, ‘Long Way to Tipperary’ and more. gladstone theatre.org.uk

MUSIC AND MAYHEM FRI 26 OCT, 7pm. £5 | £3 A night of music at Seacombe United Reformed Church. 0151 630 7006 SeYes - Yes Tribute Show SAT 27 OCT, 7.30pm. £15.50|£13.50 Prog rock classics like ‘Yours is No Disgrace’, ‘Roundabout’ and ‘I’ve Seen All Good People’. floralpavilion.com The Witching Hour WED 31 OCT, 7.30pm. £12 Montague Rhodes James’s tales of antiquarian terror! floralpavilion.com CAROUSEL WED 31 OCT - SAT 3 NOV, 7.30pm. £13 | £10 Musical about the desperate measures Billy Bigelow takes to provide a decent life for his family. Rock Ferry Operatic Society. gladstonetheatre.org.uk

King Kong – An Evening of Film Nostalgia FRI 12 OCT, 7.30pm. £7.50 Classic 1933 version of the film in Birkenhead Town Hall’s cinema. wirralartsfestival.co.uk

The Image Of Cliff SAT 13 OCT, 7.30pm. £20 Kytsun Wolfe performs all of Cliff Richard’s hits including ‘Move It’, ‘Living Doll’, ‘Bachelor Boy’ and many more. gladstonetheatre.org.uk

Wet the Tea FRI 26 OCT, 7.30pm. £5 Irish folk at the Arts Centre. westkirbyartscentre.org.uk

CILLA - THE MUSICAL TUE 23 - SAT 27 OCT, 7.30pm. Matinee 2.30pm on WED, THU & SAT. Tickets from £31.50. See article, p13 Oliver! THU 25 - SAT 27 OCT, 7.30pm. £13 An adventure through the underworld of Victorian England, with songs like ‘Where is Love’ and ‘Food, Glorious Food’. gladstonetheatre.org.uk NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM FRI 26 OCT, 5pm - 9.30pm See Wirral Transport Museum’s trams and buses transformed by lights. Plus ride the tram! www.mtps.co.uk

The Wizard of Oz THU 1 NOV - SAT 3 NOV, 7.30pm. Matinee 2.30pm on SAT. Tickets £13.50 - £19.50 Join Dorothy, Tin Man, Lion and Scarecrow on a journey ‘Over The Rainbow’ to the Land of Oz. Wallasey Musical Theatre Company present the much loved musical. floralpavilion.com

Blood Brothers BOOK NOW for this legendary musical, telling the tale of twins separated at birth, who grew up on opposite sides of the tracks. Playing from Mon 5 - Sat 10 Nov at Floral Pavilion, this captivating Bill Kenwright production has been described as ‘one of the best musicals ever written’ by Sunday Times. floralpavilion.com

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LIGHT FANTASTIC AS WELL as showing the latest blockbuster movies, Light Cinema in New Brighton has an exciting art and music programme. n The highly acclaimed ‘Funny Girl - The Musical’ will be screened on Wed 24 Oct at 7pm, featuring Sheridan Smith as Broadway Star Fanny Brice. n Fans of Cliff Richard can sing along to all of his greatest hits from his ‘60th Anniversary Tour’, on Fri 12 Oct 8pm. n Ian McKellen reigns supreme in National Theatre’s ‘King Lear’ on Thu 27 Sep. For full listings, visit newbrighton.light cinemas.co.uk

WIN... WIN TWO TICKETs to THE OPENING NIGHT OF ‘CILLA THE MUSICAL’ at FLORAL PAVILION ON TueSDAY 23 OcTOBER. Q: WHAT WAS THE NAME OF THE TV DATING SHOW CILLA HOSTED FROM 1985-2003?

Closing date WED 10 OCT 2018. Email your answer plus your name, address and phone number to wvcomps@ wirral.gov.uk. Your entry can be posted to Wirral View, Wallasey Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey CH44 8ED


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How old are you at heart? This quick test can tell you A

lmost 50,000 adults in Wirral have been diagnosed with high blood pressure and another 45,000 have high blood pressure but don’t know it. High blood pressure can lead to heart attacks and strokes. Are you one of the 45,000? High blood pressure has no obvious symptoms but is linked to at least 50% of all strokes and heart attacks and increases the risk of kidney disease and dementia. To increase awareness of heart health, Public Health England has launched a campaign to encourage adults to complete an online ‘Heart Age Test’. Early stats are quite wor-

rying and show that 77% of people have a heart age higher than their actual age. The Heart Age Test takes less than three minutes and asks physical and lifestyle questions to provide an estimate of someone’s ‘heart age’. Having a heart age older than your actual age means you are at a greater risk of having a heart attack or stroke. To help people better understand the danger of having a higher heart age, the test also predicts the risk of having a heart attack or stroke by a certain age. To find out your heart age, visit www.nhs.uk/oneyou/behealthier/check-yourhealth/ heart-age-test

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Support for survivors at Tomorrow’s Women Wirral Birkenhead women’s centre launches new, inhouse domestic abuse course

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omorrow’s Women Wirral (TWW), the local charity which empowers women to make positive lifestyle changes, launched a new domestic abuse course over the summer. ‘Finding Me’ is TWW’s first completely in-house domestic abuse programme, supporting survivors to change their lives for the better. Based at the Birkenhead centre, the six-week plan will cover topics from low self-esteem and confidence to mental health and wellbeing. Nicola Fenton, TWW’s Domestic Abuse Empowerment Advisor, will deliver the course. Offering emotional aid, Finding Me is also designed to raise women’s

awareness of domestic abuse. Nicola said: ‘We’re not only looking at physical abuse but emotional and financial abuse too. The course covers topics such as coercive control and manipulation, which can be very difficult for survivors to recognise, especially if it’s been going on for a long time.’ Established in 2012, TWW provides a safe women-only space for women from all walks of life to access a range of health and wellbeing support. Based at the site of the old St Laurence’s Primary School, TWW currently has more than 6,000 women registered with them. Drop-in support from 180+ partner organisations makes TWW the perfect base for the Finding Me course. Angela Murphy, CEO of Tomorrow’s Women said: ‘The content of our monthly timetable means that a woman attending Finding Me can also access legal, mental health and housing support as well as much more, all under one roof.’ Talking about why some-

Advisor: Nicola Fenton from TWW Empowerment

thing like Finding Me is needed in Wirral, Angela added: ‘More than 45% of women who joined TWW last year disclosed current or previous domestic abuse on their first visit. ‘We tend to see further

members disclose on later visits as they become more comfortable talking about their experiences within the centre. ‘There’s some great work going on with our domestic abuse partners in Wirral,

we’re proud to add Finding Me to that list.’ To learn more about TWW call 0151 647 7907 or visit the centre at St Laurence’s Old School Site, Beckwith Street East, Birkenhead, CH41 3JE. Women 18+ only.

Change in law lets survivors protect their vote Changes made to voting legislation earlier this year enable survivors of domestic abuse to use their right to vote, safely. Anonymous voter registration allows individuals to register to vote without their name and address appearing on the electoral roll. This means survivors of domestic abuse will be able to vote without the fear of their former partners finding their home or refuge address. Some of the other changes include expanding the

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range of professionals that are able to support an application for survivors to include police inspectors, medical practitioners, nurses, midwives and refuge managers. In order to start the process of registering to vote anonymously, a person must first complete an application form, which is available to download online via the web address at the end of this piece. There will need to be a brief explanation as to why there is a risk to their safety, or the safety of someone in

the same household, if their name and address appeared on the electoral register. There also needs to be documentary evidence to support their application, either a court order or an attestation. The application can then be sent to the Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) at the council. The ERO can also answer any other questions an applicant may have. To learn more about anonymous voter registration, visit https://bit.ly/2MXJXn1


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Kip on the Kop and help Wirral’s homeless people Charity sleepout will raise funds and awareness about homelessness in Wirral

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IRRAL ARK and six other local homeless organisations are teaming together with Tranmere Rovers Football Club for a unique fundraiser on Friday 5th October. Kip on the Kop will give people the opportunity to wrap up warm and spend the night in the famous stand at Prenton Park, not just raising money for homeless charities but giving an insight in to what hundreds of people in Wirral have to go through every single night. Tranmere chairman Mark Palios said: ‘Tranmere Rovers is a football club that is rooted in its community and we wholeheartedly support this event. ‘It is a great way of creating

awareness of this important issue as well as helping raise much needed funds for charities that help and support so many people across the borough.’ At a time when the number of people sleeping rough nationally has risen by 169%, with the North West of England showing the biggest percentage increase, the work of organisations such as Wirral Ark has become more crucial than ever. It is a great

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way of creating awareness and raising much needed funds

The charity, based on Sidney Street in Birkenhead, provides accommodation to the homeless, as well as a health clinic, preventative support and training to help people gain valuable skills to help turn their life around.

Wrapped up warm: Tranmere forwards James Norwood and Cole Stockton on the Kop

Aydin Djemal, Chief Executive of Wirral Ark, said ‘Our main work is a 27 bedroom homeless hostel but we also help people find jobs, places to live independently and connect those with alcohol problems to local services’.

Registration is just £10 per person with a minimum sponsorship target of £50. Participants must bring their own warm clothing and

Care leavers receive health passports Wirral’s care leavers now have their very own Health Passport - an easyto-reference record of their medical and healthcare history, designed to help them keep track and take control of their health into adulthood. Launched at Moreton Family Centre recently, the passports were presented to the young people after months of planning and consultation. A partnership between Wirral Council and Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust, the Health Passport is designed like a real passport

and contains pages to record all health contacts and past health history. When asked what the Health Passport meant to them, the young people were really positive. One care leaver said:

‘This will help me in life and help me with my independence.’ Another care leaver described how it would help her manage all her personal information, adding: ‘I have so many pieces of paper - this will keep it all in one place. ‘The size is practical and helps take away the worry that I’ll lose important information about me.’ The Health Passport is an important reference for care leavers, their clinicians and carers now, and a record they can take into their adult lives. There are plans to

make an electronic version available on the Right Side of Care website, which will enable young people with special educational needs easier access to the document. Jayne Williams, named nurse for safeguarding children at Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust said: ‘I am very proud that the trust is part of this initiative to support some of our most vulnerable young people to take control of their own health needs and equip them with health information for adulthood.’

sleeping bag and must be aged 18 or over. To sign up and get your own fundraising pack, visit kiponthekop.com

road safety in focus Wirral’s Road Safety Team is hosting an event for residents aged 60 plus on 3rd October. Taking place at Hulme Hall, Port Sunlight, 10am - 2pm, the free session offers advice and resources to keep people safe on our roads. Industry experts will be there to provide information with lunch and refreshments provided. To book your place call 0151 606 2151 or email roadsafety@wirral.gov.uk

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A priceless way to support your local community Volunteering can make a big difference in people’s lives and your own

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olunteering is a great opportunity for people to develop new skills and gain experience in the workplace, whilst making a difference to people’s lives. Though there isn’t a financial reward in terms of a wage, there are other rewards that make volunteering an attractive prospect for people from all walks of life, across the age range. And there are lots of ways for people to get involved; from helping out in your local area to making a regular commitment to a community or charity group. Becoming a volunteer is a great way to meet new people, do something you enjoy while making a big difference to your community, improve your confidence, boost your CV and make yourself stand out. There are opportunities for volunteers to get involved in a number of council service areas - parks, libraries and as people who can be called upon to help with large events or major emergencies. However, council staff are also encouraged to seek volunteer opportunities within the Wirral community. Last summer, the council introduced a scheme allowing employees to take two days’ leave to volunteer in the community. Staff have embraced the scheme and are using the time to support local charities and events. This has included visiting residents at Hoylake Cottage Hospital, taking

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Clean-up: Council workers helping out at Stick ‘n’ Step

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We were overwhelmed with what the volunteers were able to achieve

young children on residential trips, helping at animal rescue centres and supporting local charities at their charity shops or with their events. In the past month, our parks and gardens team along with our Corporate Director of Children’s Services, Paul Boyce and Director for Adult Care and Health, Graham Hodkinson have been working with Wallasey charity Stick ‘n’ Step. Stick ‘n’ Step enables, inspires and supports children and young people with cerebral palsy, and their families. Our volunteers helped transform

the centre’s outdoor space for the young people who visit the centre each week for conductive education sessions. Janet Ratcliffe, Trusts and Grants Fundraiser at Stick ‘n’ Step said: ‘We were overwhelmed with what the volunteers from the council were able to achieve. They tidied up and improved our car park and garden areas, transforming what had become a bit of an uninviting space into a kaleidoscope of colour. ‘They also weeded, trimmed back overgrown bushes and stained the wooden furniture, gates and raised planters. It looks fantastic and we’ve already had lots of comments from the parents who use the space to relax in whilst their children are in the classroom sessions.’

Transformation: Our photos show some of the changes brought about at Stick ‘n’ Step thanks to the hard work of volunteers


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Route revealed for Wirral leg of Giant Spectacular M

ore exciting details about the forthcoming Giant Spectacular in October have been revealed – including which Giants will be hitting the streets of Liverpool and Wirral and where they’ll be heading. The final instalment of Liverpool’s Giant trilogy will see a Giant explore Wirral for the first time, with part of the story unfolding in New Brighton on Friday 5th October. The incredible show, created by world-famous street theatre company Royal de Luxe, is called Liverpool’s Dream and runs from 4th to 7th October. The Giant coming to New Brighton appeared in 2012’s Giant Spectacular as a diver. He is expected to wake up by the lighthouse at Fort Perch Rock at 11.15am before heading out towards the Dips where he will have a siesta at around 1pm. When the Giant wakes up again at 3pm, he will head back on Kings Parade and down past the Floral Pavilion, going along Magazine Promenade beyond Vale Park where the show is due to finish around 5.15pm. All timings are approximate and subject to change. In Liverpool that day, the action kicks off at 10am from

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St George’s Hall Plateau and will see the Little Giant and Xolo the dog visit Princes Park for the first time. All the Giants will be reunited in the city across the week-

end, culminating on Sunday 7th October with a focus on the waterfront and a parade finale. Visit www.giantspectacular.com for full details. Those who want to see the

show in New Brighton are encouraged to use public transport and to plan their journeys in advance as the town is expected to be very busy. The Giants’ visit to New

Brighton is part of the Imagine Wirral year of culture, creativity and ideas, which has seen hundreds of thousands of people participate in cultural events so far this year.

2019 will see Wirral become Borough of Culture Following the success of this year’s Imagine Wirral programme, another extraordinary year of cultural events lies ahead for 2019, as Wirral is set to become the Borough of Culture for Liverpool City Region – and you could be part of it. Discovery, exploration and the great outdoors provide the themes of the year and these will inspire unmissable events, alongside unique opportunities for residents of all ages to experience unique

and magical arts and culture on their doorstep. Wirral Council’s Culture and Visitor Economy team wants to help facilitate events, performances, exhibitions and creative projects from as many organisations, individuals and communities as possible to be part of Wirral’s Borough of Culture in 2019 – from helping develop your ideas to identifying opportunities for you to link up with others and access potential venues.

To register your interest and for more information, email cultureteam@wirral.gov.uk.

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irral Council is made up of 66 locally elected councillors representing 22 local areas known as wards. Wirral Council is a Labour-led council with a cabinet made up of Labour councillors. Each member of the cabinet has a separate area of responsibility such as health, transport, environment.

All councillors have a role in reviewing and scrutinising decisions and decision-making within the authority. Community leadership and engagement is at the heart of each councillor’s role, working in partnership with voluntary and community organisations to actively engage residents and those who use our services.

Moreton West & Saughall Massie

Labour

Seacombe

Conservative

Bidston & St James

Hoylake & Meols

Liberal Democrats

Birkenhead & Tranmere

Claughton

Green Party

Upton Oxton Greasby, Irby & Frankby

Independent

Rock Ferry Prenton

West Kirby & Thurstaston

Bebington

Pensby & Thingwall

Bromborough

Bebington

Bidston & St James Clatterbridge

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Eastham

Tony Cottier tonycottier @wirral.gov.uk

Christina Muspratt 0151 645 8864 christinamuspratt @wirral.gov.uk

Jerry Williams 0151 608 3769 jerrywilliams @wirral.gov.uk

Birkenhead & Tranmere

Liz Grey elizabethgrey @wirral.gov.uk

Brian Kenny 0151 638 5488 briankenny @wirral.gov.uk

Julie McManus 0151 677 3660 juliemcmanus @wirral.gov.uk

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Pat Cleary 07852 842 559 patrickncleary @wirral.gov.uk

Phil Davies 0151 691 8540 phildavies @wirral.gov.uk

Jean Stapleton 07929 780 326 jeanstapleton @wirral.gov.uk

Eastham

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

Sharon Jones sharonjones1 @wirral.gov.uk

Anita Leech 0151 691 0540 anitaleech @wirral.gov.uk

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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 541 4990 pauldoughty @wirral.gov.uk

Stuart Kelly 07940 545 003 stuartkelly @wirral.gov.uk

Phillip Brightmore Kate Cannon katecannon 07794 428 126 phillipbrightmore @wirral.gov.uk @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

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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

Tony Cox tonycox @wirral.gov.uk

Gerry Ellis 0151 632 1976 gerryellis @wirral.gov.uk

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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 stephenwilliams @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 gillianwood @wirral.gov.uk

Andrew Gardner andrewgardner @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

Rock Ferry

Samantha Frost samanthafrost @wirral.gov.uk

Tony Norbury 07952 297 652 tonynorbury @wirral.gov.uk

Wallasey

Stuart Whittingham stuartwhittingham @wirral.gov.uk

George Davies 07713 644 330 georgedavies @wirral.gov.uk

Hoylake & Meols

Prenton

Upton

Chris Jones 07853 042 243 christinejones @wirral.gov.uk

Mary Jordan maryjordan @wirral.gov.uk

Heswall

Pensby & Thingwall

Seacombe

Adrian Jones 0151 638 9050 adrianjones @wirral.gov.uk

Irene Williams 0151 608 7806 irenewilliams @wirral.gov.uk

Liscard

Oxton

Allan Brame allanbrame @wirral.gov.uk

Joe Walsh joewalsh @wirral.gov.uk

Greasby, Frankby & Irby

Leasowe & Moreton East

Ron Abbey ronabbey @wirral.gov.uk

Jo Bird jobird @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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Residents’ views are vital

Councillor Phil Davies Leader of Wirral Council

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art of Wirral’s charm and attraction is the wonderful physical environment we enjoy. Wirral residents are currently making their views known as part of our Local

Plan consultation - about how the Council responds to the Government’s top-down house building targets which now threaten many of these green spaces. We need every resident to raise their voice and participate in the consultation. Through the consultation we need residents and businesses to come forward with solutions. We need Wirral people to ‘think outside the box’ when it comes to meeting the housing needs of future generations. One proposal which has recently received support is to create new garden suburbs and towns. I think this is something Wirral could explore. After all we have a

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We need Wirral people to think outside the box when it comes to meeting the housing needs of the future

history of doing this – Port Sunlight is probably one of the greatest examples of newtown design – Why not develop a 21st Century version with eco-efficiency, health and wellness, and public

transport at its core? The housing crisis is a national issue but its character is different depending where you live. The government’s standard national assessment formula suggests Wirral needs to build 12,000 new homes by 2035 – a calculation we believe is greatly exaggerated and can’t be met with the available brownfield sites and urban locations available. I have written to the Government asking for greater flexibility and continue to urge local land owners like Peel Group to bring forward detailed plans for house -building on their land. Local Plans are a statutory requirement for every council in England and

Wales. To not produce one, or to submit one which doesn’t meet the Government’s expectations, is not an option. Government officials have already said they will happily do this work if we don’t, so every resident’s contribution is vital. Local Plans set the framework for planning decisions and, when produced properly, can protect boroughs like Wirral from untapped urban sprawl and unwarranted approaches from developers. For my administration, doing them properly means doing them locally with full participation from residents.

Volunteers give new lease of life to Rock Park A previously polluted area of Wirral coastline has been transformed thanks to a group of volunteers. Residents of Rock Park have cleared an area of beach close to the Tranmere Sailing Club which, due to unsightly debris washing up on the tideline, was previously unvisited by locals or families. The hardy group of volunteers started their clean-up efforts in September 2015. With the help of Wirral Council, who provided a skip and sacks for the removal of waste and debris, the team cleared years of waste from the area. Speaking of the partnership, Alan Thompson, one of the group’s original organisers, said, ‘We provided the legwork, they provided the resources to make it a success. We’ve also received help from the local yacht clubs who launch their watercrafts in the area with particularly heavy rubbish removals.’

Following their first event they made regular visits to the area to prevent it from returning to its previous state. The group of around 12 regular volunteers now meets approximately every six weeks to carry out clean-ups, with the nearby Refreshment Rooms restaurant offering them free tea, coffee and warmth to reward their hard work. Alan added: ‘We’re just a group of people who want to make a difference. Since we

began clearing the area we’ve seen massive improvements as dog walkers, runners and even some families have started to use the beach for leisure activities.’ Alongside their litter-picking efforts the group are also trying to raise awareness with local people about the rubbish that

ends up in the water before cluttering the shoreline.

‘We’re letting people know what we’re doing but also, if there was less rubbish, the issue would be less,’ Alan said. The latest Rock Park clean-up was due to take place as part of National Beach Clean Day in September. If you’d like to learn more you can email the group direct at loverockpark@gmail. com.

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Don’t let Halloween become a nightmare Keep costume safety in mind this Halloween - advice from trading standards

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ollowing a number of incidents involving children’s costumes catching fire without warning, parents are reminded to think safety first. To prevent the day becoming a nightmare, it’s important to always pick a costume that meets safety standards. To help here’s some advice to bear in mind: n Look for an EN71 label this is a Europe-wide standard, which tests for a number of things including flammability. n Check for a ‘CE’ mark – this shows a costume complies with essential safety requirements. This can be easy to fake, so check that the middle

line on the letter ‘E’ is shorter than the other two. n Pick a costume that displays a manufacturer’s name and contact details. n Check the outfit has a registered business trademark. n Look for fire warnings and safety information. n Ditch the candles – use battery operated candles that can be switched off. n Layer up - put another layer of clothing underneath their costume. That way, there is a layer between the costume and their skin. Other safety tips to consider this Halloween when out trick-or-treating: n Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and - if possible - wear light colours. n Let kids use glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers. n If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, remind them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and go out in groups.

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New facilities set to pitch up at Leasowe Plans for a new Astro Turf at Leasowe Leisure Centre have been approved and work is due to start shortly. The pitch is to be built on the field next to the large car park and will allow for three simultaneous seven a side games or an 11 a side game to be played. The investment, approved by the council’s cabinet, is in response to the huge demand for outdoor pitches

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across north west. Junior football participation has grown rapidly in the last 10 years, including boys’ and girls’ grass root teams, and the aim is to create a centre of excellence for girls’ football in the region. Approved by the sport’s governing body, the Football Association, the new 3G pitch (high grade artificial grass) includes spectator areas and free car parking. Junior and Youth leagues from across the Wallasey area will benefit from being able to access the facility throughout the year reducing the number of match and training

cancellations. Leasowe Leisure Centre is open seven days a week and already provides a wide range of facilities accessed by both Invigor8 Members and casual users. It is a thriving multi use facility offering a six court sportshall, squash courts and exercise studios. The centre also offers a modern gym, two swimming pools, viewing gallery and junior swimming lessons for all ages. For more details about all Wirral’s Leisure Centres see the website: wirralleisure. co.uk or call us on 0151 606 2010 for more information.

take part in small business saturday Companies across Wirral are being urged to take part in this year’s Small Business Saturday. Birkenhead Town Centre has been selected as one of the stops for a UK wide bus tour promoting the benefits of small businesses to local economies. Small Business Saturday (SBS) allows independent traders to promote their businesses and encourages more people to shop locally. Whether you’re a new business or have been operating for years, online or high street, wholesaler, business service or small manufacturer, SBS wants to hear more about you. During the day the bus will host activities and workshops designed to highlight the support available to existing businesses and those thinking of starting up on their own. Small Business Saturday started in the USA in the wake of the financial crisis to support independent businesses and is now a worldwide initiative. The bus tour will be in Birkenhead on Friday 26th October, ahead of the Small Business Saturday on 1st December. For more details about how to take part and promote your business see smallbusinesssaturdayuk. com/my-small-business


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Book ahead to guarantee a place at library events Now in its 11th year, Wirral Bookfest once again brings together a wide variety of writers

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T’S VERY nearly that time again when writers, poets and performance artists set their sights on Wirral for the annual celebration of the written and spoken word. The line-up for Wirral Bookfest 2018 brings an eclectic range of authors for the month-long festival celebrating books and reading.

Most events this year are aimed at adult audience and are held in libraries throughout Wirral and the event coincides with both National Poetry Day and National Libraries Week. Booking for the events is essential with tickets available either via Eventbrite or from the library hosting the event. There is a booking fee for tickets booked on Eventbrite.

Author: Cath Staincliffe

When Where What Mon 1 Oct 6pm Bebington Library Amanda Brooke: It’s Never Too Late Tue 2 Oct 2.30pm Prenton Library Ben Thexton: Surviving A Brain Injury Wed 3 Oct 1pm Bebington Library Booklovers Event Wed 3 Oct 2.30pm Moreton Library Connor Wray: Dear Henry Thurs 4 Oct 6pm Wallasey Central National Poetry Day Thurs 4 Oct 7pm Wallasey Village Mary Torjussen: Suspense Fri 5 Oct 2.30pm Upton Library Diane Hinds: Promote Your Book Mon 8 Oct 2.30pm Pensby Library Karen Ankers: The Crossing Place Mon 8 Oct 6.30pm Wallasey Central Cath Staincliffe: Criminally Good Wed 10 Oct 11am Seacombe Library Graham West: Finding Amelia Wed 10 Oct 2.30pm Birkenhead Library David Richardson: Jane Austen Thurs 11 Oct 2.30pm Bromborough Library Hilary Green: Workhouse Orphans Mon 15 Oct 2.30pm West Kirby Library T M Logan: Lies Mon 15 Oct 6pm Bebington Library Tony Evans: Two Tribes Wed 17 Oct 2.30pm Heswall Library Carys Bray: The Museum of You Thurs 18 Oct 2.30pm Irby Library Grahame Lloyd: Fifty Not Out Mon 22 Oct 6pm Birkenhead Library Martin Edwards: Making a Crime Novel Thurs 25 Oct 2.30pm Greasby Library Caroline Hulse: In Conversation With... Mon 29 Oct 6.30pm West Kirby Library Crime Panel

Cost £3 £3 Free £3 Free Free £3 £3 £3 £3 £3 £3 £3 £3 £3 £3 £3 £3 £3

For more information on all things Bookfest, contact elainewilson@wirral.gov.uk

When was the last time... ...you learned something new? It’s never too late to learn a new skill or take on a new challenge - like trying a favourite recipe, learning a new skill or signing up for a course. Doing it will make us feel proud. Some of your best memories might be thanks to a time when you decided to give something a go. When will the next time be?

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Ask Us Wirral

‘Ask Us’ Wirral: your regular advice column n Ask Us Wirral is a regular page of advice and information supplied by the ‘Ask Us Wirral’ service - askuswirral.org.uk. n The service provides free, impartial and confidential advice and information to local residents. n Funded by the council and Wirral CCG, it’s delivered by Citizens Advice Wirral, Age UK Wirral, Wirral Change and Wirral Mencap.

Choose the best energy supplier for you and save money Value for money and good customer service are what most people want from their energy supplier. Wirral residents often tell us that they have stayed with the same supplier for years, as they value the good customer service they receive from their existing supplier. Do you know Citizens Advice rate the customer service of every energy supplier in the marketplace? Find out which energy suppliers give the best customer service by going to bit.ly/2KcIMQ5 If you switch energy supplier you are likely to save money. Go to bit.ly/1SFsYz8 to find top tips about switching.

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How we can help to overcome loneliness M

ost people will feel lonely at some point in their lives. It’s a deeply personal experience that in most cases will thankfully pass. For a growing number of people, particularly those in late life, loneliness can define their lives and have a significant impact on their wellbeing. But what causes loneliness in our lives? We often feel lonely when we feel we don’t have strong social relationships or are unhappy with the ones we have. There have been several studies that have identified a range of factors associated with being lonely in older age. These factors include:

n Social Networks - living alone, being widowed or divorced, a lack of contact with friends and family and limited opportunities to participate in social occasions.

n Health - poor health, limited mobility, social care needs or cognitive and sensory impairment. n Individual characteristics - structures of buildings and streets, provision of local amenities, territorial boundaries, area reputation, neighbourliness, material deprivation of area of residence. Loneliness is associated with depression, sleep problems, impaired cognitive health, heightened vascular resistance, hypertension, psychological stress and mental health problems.

How can we help you overcome your feelings of loneliness? If you are feeling lonely, you can get advice on practical steps you can take to improve your situation.

If you care for someone who is lonely, we can give you advice to help make a difference. Do you want to help us combat loneliness? We run services that need volunteers that make a difference to

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someone’s life. It’s important to know you are not alone, you can phone 0300 33 00 111 for information and advice on overcoming loneliness or visit www.ageuk. org.uk/wirral for activities.

Borrow Important advice so you money safely don’t fall prey to scammers You can be scammed online, by phone, by post or in person. Scammers try to get your personal details to get money from you or steal your details so they can pretend to be you. If you think someone might be trying to scam you, don’t: n give them any personal information, like bank details, computer passwords or PIN numbers n reply to their email or click on any links n download any attachments or files in emails n send them any money or buy anything

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n ring any numbers in emails or letters you receive n let them into your house if they’re at your door

For more tips go to bit. ly/2JpLoZw or phone Citizens Advice on 03454 04 05 06.

At Ask Us Wirral, people sometimes come to us for advice about their debts, or because they don’t have enough money to buy food, because they have borrowed money from a high interest lender or from a Loan Shark. Before you borrow money make sure you get the best deal you can and that you will be able to keep up the repayments. Why not sign up to a credit union such as Wirral Credit Union, were you can save money and have access to affordable loans? Phone them on 0151 638 4332 or go to their website www.wirralcu.org.uk to find out more and secure yourself a good, safe loan.


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recruitment & public notices Jobs You can view all job vacancies and apply online 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 Rowland, Glenbank, 12 MILL HILL ROAD, IRBY, CH61 4UF. New two storey dwelling and detached garage together with new vehicular accesses. APP/18/00859. Full Planning Permission. Definitive footpath (public right of way). Mr & Mrs Matthews, Angarra, 9 THE RIDGEWAY, GAYTON, CH60 8NB. The appearance, the scale and massing, the landscaping, access and the layout. DLS/18/00952. Reserved Matters. Definitive footpath (public right of way). Mr Latif, Colvend, Meols Parade, Meols, CH47 7AU. Erection of a two-storey detached replacement dwelling with associated landscpaing following the demolition of the existing dwelling on site. APP/18/01045. Full Planning Permission. Archaeological site. Mrs Linley, Rock Cottage, DEE VIEW ROAD, HESWALL, CH60 0DJ. Demolition of existing porch, conservatory and chimneys. Erection of two storey side extension and single storey front and side extension. General internal alterations. New external works. APP/18/01055. Full Planning Permission. Heswall Conservation Area. Mr & Mrs Dooney, 4 LONG MEADOW, GAYTON, CH60 8QQ. Proposed single storey side garage extension. APP/18/01070. Full Planning Permission. Affects setting of Conservation Area Gayton. Mr Pleasance, Onward Homes, Site at the junction of CHURCH STREET and LISCARD ROAD. EGREMONT, WALLASEY. Erection of 2/3-storey residential building containing 10 No. apartments for affordable rent together with parking and landscaping. APP/18/01077. Full Planning Permission. Affects setting of Grade II listed building. Mr R Magee, Stonehill, Lower Garden at 3 Portland Street and Pilots Way, New Brighton, Wirral, CH45 2PA. Proposed split level detached dwelling house with basement accommodation within the lower garden of 3 Portland Street. APP/18/01078. Full Planning Permission. Grade II listed building. Wellington Road Conservation Area. Mr Jamie Robertson, Willow Cottage, Banks Road, Heswall, Wirral, CH60 9JS. Demolition of existing dwelling (Willow Cottage). Erection of a detached dwelling/garages. APP/18/01079. Full Planning Permission. Definitive footpath (public right of way). Mr & Mrs Woodrow, 45 BIRCH ROAD, OXTON, CH43 5UF. Demolition of existing single storey rear extension and construction of new. Extension of loft conversion with dormer. APP/18/01088. Full Planning Permission. Oxton Conservation Area. Any representations regarding the above applications must be received in writing by 3 October 2018 at the address below. Notice is dated 12 September 2018. Mr Tolley, 2 WITNEY CLOSE, GREASBY, CH49 3QR. I would like to move the position of my garden fence to a new position that I believe to be the boundary of my property. The fence in concern is the one that runs along Chippenham Drive. The area of grass outside of the fence is currently maintained by myself as instructed by the previous owners but would be easier to maintain if within the new proposed position. The fence would be replaced by a new fence to the same dimensions. Please see land registry MS141813. APP/18/00820. Full Planning Permission. Archaeological site. Mr Patterson, Rock Bottom, KINGS DRIVE, CALDY, CH48 2JF. Variation of Condition 2 on planning application APP/15/01479 (minor amendments to design

and location of windows). APP/18/01057. Full Planning Permission. Caldy Conservation Area. The following proposal does not accord with the provisions of the development plan: Mr Darren Bown, 34 Donne Avenue, Spital, Wirral, CH63 9YH. Extension to side and rear of dwelling. APP/18/01082. Full Planning Permission. Departure from U.D.P. Mr & Mrs Robinson, 43 BARTON HEY DRIVE, CALDY, CH48 1PZ. Single storey rear extension. APP/18/01111. Full Planning Permission. Caldy Conservation Area. The following proposal does not accord with the provisions of the development plan: Mr Woltman, Whitehouse Homes (Northwest), 3-7 GERTRUDE STREET, BIRKENHEAD, CH41 5HJ. Conversion of existing office building into 4 No. flats. APP/18/01113. Full Planning Permission. Hamilton Square Conservation Area. Grade II listed building. Departure from U.D.P. Mr Woltman, Whitehouse Homes (Northwest), 3-7 GERTRUDE STREET, BIRKENHEAD, CH41 5HJ. Conversion of existing Grade II office building into 4 No. flats. LBC/18/01114. Listed Building Consent. Hamilton Square Conservation Area. Grade II listed building. Mr Farrar, The Spinney, 9 LONG HEY ROAD, CALDY, CH48 1LY. Loft conversion with velux windows. APP/18/01128. Full Planning Permission. Caldy Conservation Area. Any representations regarding the above applications must be received in writing by 10 October 2018 at the address below. Notice is dated 19 September 2018. You can see details and plans of the application on our web site at https://planning.wirral.gov.uk/online-applications/ and you can submit comments online or by E-mail to planningapplications@wirral.gov.uk. A copy of the application, plans and other documents are available for inspection at the offices for Delivery Services, Wallasey Town Hall, South Annexe, Brighton Street, Wallasey, CH27 9FQ between 9.30am to 12.00pm Tuesday and Thursday by appointment only. Please contact 0151 691 8454. 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. Please be aware that all comments received will be made available for viewing on the file and your stance and address will be published online. We value the privacy of your data and we advise you to read our Privacy Notice online for further information: https://www.wirral.gov.uk/planning-andbuilding/planning/development-management-privacy-notice. Wirral Local Plan Development Options Review The Council is consulting on land which may be identified for new development in the Council’s statutory Local Plan. The proposals include proposed land allocations for housing, employment and mixed uses and sites for further investigation in the Green Belt. A copy of the proposals and the consultation documents can be viewed in your local library and on the Council’s website at https://www.wirral. gov.uk/planning-and-building/local-plans-and-planningpolicy/local-plans/core-strategy-local-plan-6. The deadline for comments to be received is 5pm on Friday 26 October 2018. Further information can be obtained from 0151 691 8110 or forwardplanning@wirral.gov.uk. Notice is dated 5 September 2018. LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1972 SECTION 123 AS AMENDED BY PARAGRAPH 14 OF PART V OF SCHEDULE 23 TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT PLANNING AND LAND ACT 1980 TAKE NOTICE that Wirral Borough Council in pursuance of its powers contained in the above mentioned Act intends to dispose of the following parcel of land:• Approximately one hundred and thirty eight (138) square metres of land at 140a Church Road, Birkenhead, CH42 0LJ. A plan showing the extent of the above disposal is available for inspection in the Department of Business Management Governance & Assurance, Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey, CH44 8ED during normal office hours (Ref:PAR/ LHRAM/42461) and any objections to the proposed disposal should be made in writing before the 5 October 2018 to the Department of Business Management Governance & Assurance at the above address quoting the above reference. Notice is dated 5 September 2018.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1972 SECTION 123 AS AMENDED BY PARAGRAPH 14 OF PART V OF SCHEDULE 23 TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT PLANNING AND LAND ACT 1980 TAKE NOTICE that Wirral Borough Council in pursuance of its powers contained in the above mentioned Act intends to dispose of the following parcel of land:• Approximately three hundred and fifty (350) square metres of land on Leverhulme Sports Field, Green Lane, Bromborough. A plan showing the extent of the above disposal is available for inspection in the Department of Business Management Governance & Assurance, Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey, CH44 8ED during normal office hours (Ref:PAR/ LHRAM/42223) and any objections to the proposed disposal should be made in writing before the 5 October 2018 to the Department of Business Management Governance & Assurance at the above address quoting the above reference. Notice is dated 5 September 2018.

Traffic THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 Notice is hereby given that Wirral Borough Council intends to make temporary road traffic regulation orders in exercise of its powers under Section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, as amended by Section 1 and Schedule 1 of the Road Traffic (Temporary Restrictions) Act 1991 in respect of certain highways in the Wallasey, New Brighton, and Seacombe Areas which the Council is satisfied are necessary to be made as part of its traffic management plan for the Giants Event 2018. The Orders to be made and the Highways affected are set out in Schedule 1. Such Orders are required to restrict or prohibit vehicles because of the likelihood of danger to the public. The effect of these Temporary Orders will be to close certain roads, to vehicular traffic but not so as to prevent access and egress for vehicles of residents in the roads affected by the Orders. Alternative routes for diverted vehicular traffic will be signed accordingly. The dates upon which the orders will come into operation and their maximum duration are set out in Schedule 1. Schedule 2 is a list of roads that will be subject to temporary waiting restrictions by the placement of No Waiting at Any Time (NWAAT) traffic cones. SCHEDULE 1 Dates of Operation of the Order: 08:00 hours Thursday, 4 October 2018 to 23:59 hours Sunday, 7 October 2018. Various Roads (Temporary Traffic Restrictions) Wallasey, New Brighton and Seacombe Order 2018 • Keegan Drive, Wallasey from its junction with Church Road for its entire length • Shirley Street, Wallasey from its junction with Brighton Street to its junction with Toronto Street • Borough Road East, Wallasey from its junction with Church Road / Victoria Place for its entire length • Toronto Street, Wallasey from its junction with Brighton Street for its entire length • Riverview Road, Wallasey from its junction with Brighton Street for its entire length • Queen’s Road, Wallasey from its junction with Brighton Street to its junction with Wilson Road • Harrowby Road, Wallasey from its junction with Brighton Street to its junction with Wilson Road • Sandon Road, Wallasey from its junction with Brighton Street for its entire length • Riversdale Road, Wallasey from its junction with Brighton Street for its entire length • Elmswood Road, Wallasey from its junction with Brighton Street for its entire length • Tobin Street, Wallasey from its junction with King Street to its junction with Sandon Promenade • Kinglake Road, Wallasey from its junction with King Street to its junction with Egremont Promenade • St Vincent Road, Wallasey from its junction with King Street for its entire length • St Elmo Road, Walasey from its junction with King Street for its entire length • St Bride’s Road, Wallasey from its junction with King Street for its entire length • St Lucia Road, Wallasey from its junction with King Street for its entire length • Blenheim Road, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road for its entire length • Maddock Road, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Egremont Promenade • Manor Lane, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Egremont Promenade • Warwick Drive, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Manor Lane

• Caithness Drive, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Egremont Promenade • Lincoln Drive, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Egremont Promenade • Elgin Drive, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Egremont Promenade • Radnor Drive, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Egremont Promenade • Hertford Drive, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Egremont Promenade • Denton Drive, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Haydock Road • Hale Road, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Haydock Road • Holland Road, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Magazine Promenade • Dalton Road, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Orrell Road • Westmoreland Road, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Orrell Road • Cumberland Road, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Orrell Road • Ash Grove, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Melling Road • Birch Grove, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Melling Road • Magazine Lane, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Magazine Promenade • Vaughan Road, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Magazine Promenade • Dalmorton Road, Wallasey from its junction with Seabank Road to its junction with Magazine Promenade • Molyneux Drive, Wallasey from its junction with Rowson Street for its entire length • Egerton Street, Wallasey from its junction with Rowson Street to its junction with Tower Promenade • Victoria Road, Wallasey from its junction with Rowson Street to its junction with Victoria Parade • Wellington Road, Wallasey from its junction with Rowson Street to its junction with Waterloo Road • Seacombe Promenade, Wallasey from its junction with Victoria Place to a point 105metres north of its junction with Victoria Place • East Street, Birkenhead from its junction with Birkenhead Road for its entire length (except access for industrial traffic only) • Marine Promenade, Wallasey from its junction with Rowson Street for its entire length • Bayview Drive, Wallasey from its junction with Harrison Drive for its entire length • Coastal Drive, Wallasey from its junction with Kings Parade for its entire length • Mockbeggar Drive, Wallasey from its junction with Harrison Drive for its entire length • Portland Street, Wallasey from its junction with Kings Parade to its junction with Victoria Road. • Pilots Way, Wallasey for its entire length • Atherton Street, Wallasey from its junction with Kings Parade to its junction with Victoria Road. • Rowson Street, Wallasey from its junction with Wellington Road to its junction with Marine Promenade • Greenleas Road, Wallasey from its junction with Leasowe Road to its junction with Bayswater Road • Sandcliffe Road, Wallasey from its junction with Grove Road for its entire length Danhurst Road, Wallasey from its junction with Grove Road to its junction with Sandcliffe Road • Sea Road, Wallasey from its junction with Grove Road for its entire length • Harrison Drive, Wallasey from its junction with Bayswater Road to its junction with Grove Road • Seacombe Promenade, Wallasey for its entire length • Sandon Promenade, Wallasey for its entire length • Egremont Promenade, Wallasey for its entire length • Magazine Promenade, Wallasey for its entire length • Tower Promenade, Wallasey for its entire length • Tollemache Street, Wallasey from its junction with Albert Street to its junction with Tower Promenade • Kings Parade, Wallasey for its entire length • New Brighton Promenade, Wallasey • Bayswater Road, Wallasey from its junction with Kings Parade / Harrison Drive to its junction with Bayswater Gardens The above closures will only take place during certain times to enable the safe undertaking of the Giants Event when necessary for that particular road and will not operate for the full duration of the times advertised. Victoria Road, Wallasey Dates of Operation of the Order: 08:00 hours Thursday, 4 October 2018 to 23:59 hours Sunday, 7 October 2018. Wirral Borough Council (Victoria Road, Wallasey) (Temporary Amendment) Order 2018 No person shall proceed to park or cause any other vehicle

to do so within the permitted parking bays along the north western side of Victoria Road, Wallasey from a point 15 metres north east of the junction with Rowson Street in a north easterly direction to a point 7 metres south west of its junction with Wateroloo Road except for those designated as a public service vehicle and operating as such at the point of parking. Atherton Street, Wallasey Dates of Operation of the Order: 08:00 hours Thursday, 4 October 2018 to 23:59 hours Sunday, 7 October 2018. Wirral Borough Council (Atherton Street, Wallasey) (Temporary Amendment) Order 2018 No person shall proceed to park or cause any other vehicle to do so along the western side of Atherton Street, Wallasey from a point 14 metres south east of the junction with Victoria Road in a south easterly direction to a point 20 metres north west of its junction with Albion Street except for those designated as a Hackney Carriage and operating as such at the point of parking. SCHEDULE 2 List of roads subject to temporary waiting restrictions by the placement of No Waiting at Any Time (NWAAT) traffic cones. These restrictions may not be in place for the whole of the period specified as below:08:00 hours Thursday, 4 October 2018 to 23:59 hours Sunday, 7 October 2018. • Kings Parade - For its entire length - Both sides - Traffic Cones • Coastal Drive - For its entire length including the two link roads to Kings Parade - Both sides - Traffic Cones • Portland Street - Kings Parade to Pilots Way - Both sides Traffic Cones • Pilots Way - For its entire length - Both sides - Traffic Cones • Morrison’s Car Park Access - From Kings Parade in a northerly direction for a distance of 55 metres - Both sides - Traffic Cones • Marine Promenade - Its entire length (including parking bays between Rowson Street and Victoria Parade) - Both Sides - Traffic Cones • Victoria Parade - Belmont Road to Marine Promenade / Tower Promenade - Both sides - Traffic Cones • Tower Promenade - From Marine Promenade to the turning circle adjacent Egerton Street - Both Sides Traffic Cones • Bayswater Road - From the end of the North Wallasey Approach Road to the Harrison Drive roundabout - Both Sides - Traffic Cones • Harrison Drive - From the junction with Bayswater Road to Coastal Drive through to Kings Parade - Both Sides Traffic Cones • Harrison Drive - From the junction with Bayswater Road to Grove Road - Both Sides - Traffic Cones • Bayview Drive - From Harrison Drive to Derby Pool (Harvester) car park access - Both Sides - Traffic Cones • Wallasey Grove Road Station approach road - From Grove Road to station car park - Both Sides - Traffic Cones • Wallasey Village - From Grove Road to Green Lane - Both Sides - Traffic Cones • Grove Road - Dean Avenue to Warren Drive (not including the disabled bays outside ‘The Village Medical Centre’) - Both Sides - Traffic Cones • Sandcliffe Road - Grove Road to Coastal Drive (not including 2 to 8 and 1 to 37 Sandcliffe Road) - Both Sides - Traffic Cones • Warren Drive - Grove Road to Victoria Road - Both sides Traffic Cones • Victoria Road - Warren Drive to Rowson Street (not including lay-bys outside 144-160 and Wallasey Sea Cadets) - Both sides - Traffic Cones • Atherton Street - Victoria Road to Kings Parade (Not including parking bay 4 to 12 and 18 to 24 Atherton Street) - Both Sides - Traffic Cones • Rowson Street - Victoria Road to Marine Promenade Both Sides - Traffic Cones • Rowson Street - Victoria Road to Seabank Road (not including 51 to Stoneacre (Albion Street) and 64 to 102 Rowson Street - Both Sides - Traffic Cones • Seabank Road - Rowson Street to King Street - Both Sides Traffic Cones • King Street - Seabank Road to Brighton Street - Both Sides - Traffic Cones • Brighton Street - King Street to Church Road Both Sides Traffic Cones • Church Road - Brighton Street to Birkenhead Road - Both Sides - Traffic Cones • Beaufort Road - Wallasey Bridge Road to Ilchester Road Both Sides - Traffic Cones • Wallasey Bridge Road - Stanley Road to Dock Road - Both Sides - Traffic Cones Notice is dated 12 September 2018.

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