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NEW PARKING CHARGES AXED ON HIGH STREETS Proposals to bring in new charges at on-street car parks across the borough have been withdrawn, following feedback from Wirral residents and businesses. THE PLANS that have been withdrawn had been put forward to increase or introduce new charges for parking, including at car parks in New Brighton, West Kirby and other centres. Leader of the Council, Cllr Phil Davies, said: ‘While the original proposals from officers helped close the yawning funding gap the council faces, it was clear the impact of these charges on our tourism and small business economy would do more harm than good. ‘Cabinet members felt this proposal was ‘one step forward and two steps back’ and through the consultation process, Wirral residents let us know what they think too. I hope they will be pleased we listened and removed these proposals.’ Stephen Muff, of Muffs of Bromborough, was among those businesses welcoming

the decision: ‘This is a great relief not only to shoppers but to workers and businesses as well. It will help safeguard jobs. ‘We’re delighted that the council has listened to our views, this is very good news for the local community,’ said the Bromborough trader. The council has also reduced the proposed increase in off street car parking charges from 50p to just 20p, and slashed the new charges proposed for Wirral’s country parks. ‘Regular park users were unhappy with what seemed an excessive charge,’ said Cllr Davies, ‘so we have reduced the car parking proposal to 50p an hour with a maximum of £2 per day. This helps us cover the cost of maintaining the parks and the footpaths without deterring visitors.’ The new budget proposals will now go before the full council on March 6.



Fees chopped: Stephen Muff with Cllr Stuart Whittingham, Cabinet Member for Transport, left, and Cllr Phil Davies.




Keeping safe in the kitchen this half-term.

Businesswomen support our campaign to empower teen girls.

New scheme keeps older drivers on the road.



How we’re meeting the challenge of providing new homes.


SO WHAT IS ‘EXTRA CARE’ ? A revolution in housing is supporting independent living.

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

tips to keep the kids flipping safe! Do your kids get involved in the kitchen on Shrove Tuesday, Feb 28? It’s nice to get them involved, but Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service say it’s important to know the hazards of a hot hob:


Don’t leave children in the kitchen alone when cooking. Keep matches and saucepan handles out of their reach.


Take pans off the heat if you need to leave the kitchen.


If a pan catches fire, don’t take any risks - Get Out, Stay Out, and Call 999.


Double check the hob is off when you’ve finished cooking.

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Keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob.


Don’t wear loose clothing this can easily catch fire.


Take care with electrics keep leads and appliances away from water and place grills and toasters away from curtains and kitchen rolls.

FIVE WAYS TO MANAGE YOUR COUNCIL TAX BILL Council Tax bills are sent out in March. Here are five ways you can manage your Council Tax at ■ Sign up to pay by Direct Debit ■ Pay your

Council Tax online ■ Manage your Council Tax account ■ Tell us about a change of address or other circumstances ■ Find out if you can get a discount.

Five things you can do on our website... is a quicker and easier way to access council services on your desktop, tablet or mobile. You can: ■ BINS Check your collection day, report a missed collection, check what goes in which bin, sign up for garden waste collections. ■ LEISURE CENTRES Find an activity at a leisure cen-

tre and book it. ■ COUNCIL TAX Pay your bill, manage your account or tell us you’ve moved. ■ SCHOOLS Check school holidays or apply for a school place. ■ LIBRARIES Join the library, find a book, renew a book, borrow an e-book.

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Balancing books requires ambitious four-year plan In March, all councillors will meet to agree how Wirral will find savings of more than £130 million over the next four years.


IRRAL is facing up to its biggest ever financial challenge and in early March, councillors will have to agree a set of proposals which reduce the council’s budget by more than £130 million by 2021 and £45 million just next year. The budget challenge follows the Government’s decision to remove the Revenue Support Grant - one of the main sources of income to local government - combined with rising costs and the increasing demand which comes with an ageing population.

In November last year, the council published its ideas for how these savings could be made. Part of the plan is accepting the Government’s offer of a ‘four-year settlement’, which would give the council certainty in how much income it will receive for the next four years. Accepting this gives Wirral time to look at how it provides services and how they could be done differently to save money, rather than reduce them each year to balance the books. However this does come with conditions: the Government will expect the council to raise Council Tax every year by 1.99% as well as including the extra ‘levy’ they introduced to raise money for adult social care. The council will also need to make sure hundreds of new homes are built each year. The budget proposals cover the next four years and involve the complete reform of almost every service the council providers - from leisure centres,

Council budget: £45m to save next year.

through to parks, libraries and community safety. The budget for the next financial year will be formally agreed by the council in March 2017, and further proposals for how services will be redesigned will be put forward throughout the year for debate and consultation with residents.

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

£156 million cuts made since 2010

£45 million to save in 2017

Housebuilding targets could force land review FOLLOWING LAST WEEK’S Government announcement to build 1,000,000 homes nationwide by 2020, an independent assessment - developed as part of the legallyrequired ‘Local Plan’ - has revealed Wirral must build a minimum of 900 new homes every year. This assessment considers how the borough is changing in terms of population, economy, and the demand for housing – and requires the council to identify adequate amounts of available land and building plots, which must include a review of land including Green Belt. Failing to produce an adequate Local Plan could carry financial penalties and lead


to the council being at risk of losing planning appeals with developers who apply to build on green belt sites. Council Leader, Cllr Phil Davies said: ‘We have no option but to do a Local Plan

and Green Belt review, but I 10,000 of which are in the ‘Wiram adamant we must stay in ral Waters’ site between Walcontrol of planning regulations. lasey and Birkenhead - there is This is the only way we can nothing that can currently be control development and build done to make developers start the homes residents need, while work until they feel they have protecting our environment and the right economic conditions. preventing decisions Simply put – this means develbeing overturned on opers will only build when appeal. it is profitable for them. ‘CONTROL ‘Building the ‘Getting developers OF OUR right homes, in building, bringing derPLANNING IS elict sites and old industhe right places, needs the cooperatrial locations back into CRUCIAL’ tion of the borough’s use, refurbishing empty landowners, house homes, increasing housing builders and local communities densities, and providing support and must be supported by apfor residents to stay in their own propriate government and city homes and live independently region policies.’ will be at the front of our Local While Wirral has thousands Plan response. But the need to of approved building consents have land available for so many already in place – more than new homes each year inevitably

means we have to look at the Green Belt too – but that can only be as a last resort,’ said Cllr Davies. ‘Over the coming weeks, the Local Plan will be developed and discussed. We want to ensure we keep the open spaces which make Wirral the special place it is, but if we are to meet the Government’s targets on new homes, we need to have a Local Plan which represents the needs of Wirral residents.’ The Local Plan – subject to being approved by the council’s Cabinet in late-February – will be available for residents to comment on and provide their views. More information will be posted on uk, and in Wirral View.

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A special sanctuary I

N 12 MONTHS, Steph Oliver has launched a charity, opened three fundraising shops and helped rehome various critters in foster homes around Wirral. Steph, 28, is the founder of Wirral Animal Sanctuary which finds foster homes for animals in need. Says Steph: ‘I had a job which I liked well enough, but it wasn’t my calling. I’ve always loved animals and got a rescue dog called Jackson who’d been with the RSPCA for months. He was huge and no-one wanted him. That made me want to help animals.’ With enthusiasm but very little money Steph registered Wirral Animal Sanctuary as a charity and decided she needed premises for a shop. ‘I wrote a cheeky email to Derek Millar, director of the Pyramids in Birkenhead,

High Five: Flo

was rehomed.

What a team

: The volunteers.

and asked, ‘You’ve got some empty shops, any chance we can practice in one for free for a few weeks? ‘He wrote back and said yes, which was amazing! That was last January and we are still there, only now we’re tenants and the shop has become a focus for the animal loving community in Birkenhead.’ Not long after opening, Hercules, a lizard found in Birkenhead Park was brought in, along with an undernourished puppy called Flo. ‘We got into fostering by accident. My colleague Emily is a reptile expert so she took Hercules home and nursed him back to health. He now lives in Southport and was named Reptile of the Month in a magazine! ‘Flo went to live with our rescue coordinator, Corrie, and was rehomed to a lovely

Hercules: Back to full strength.

lady in Wales. They come back to give us updates.’ Wirral Animal Sanctuary now has three part-time staff and more than 30 regular volunteers. New shops have been opened in Moreton and Hoylake and all three welcome donations of stock.

Steph wants to expand but has to make sure the sanctuary remains viable. ‘We’re still at the point where an unexpected large vet’s bill can have a real impact, so anything people can donate is very warmly received.’ As well as looking for foster homes for the sanctuary’s unwanted pets, Steph now cares for hedgehogs at Carsgoe Road, Carr Lane Industrial Estate, Hoylake. This isn’t the busiest time of year, (that’s spring when the hogs emerge from hibernation), but they are typically taking in two a week. If you can provide donations of newspapers, meatflavoured cat and dog food (biscuits or wet), mealworms and kitchen roll for the ‘hogs’ (hedgehogs), take them to the sanctuary (staffed from 10am6pm daily, you’re advised to call 07539 524755 first).

HEDGEHOG HEAVEN! ■ Hedgehogs out in the daytime most likely need our help, particularly if they look injured, are very small, or lethargic. Call the number below or get in touch via Facebook. ■ If you have healthy hogs in your garden, please leave out dog or cat food (meat flavours) and/or meal worms and a little water. Hedgehogs should not be fed bread and milk! Rubbish can be dangerous to them; cut through plastic six pack rings keeping tins or cans together, and squash cans flat. Hedgehogs are very active at night and will go exploring through – and into - rubbish! ■ At the sanctuary, all hogs are assessed, and checked for common conditions such as lungworm, fleas, and mange. Appropriate treatment is given and hogs rehabilitated through the winter then released into the wild. ■ There is capacity for up to 60 hogs and a team of volunteers are trained in cleaning and medicating them. If you would like to volunteer, contact the sanctuary (below). ■ For info contact: 07539 524755 or check out washogsrescue. General enquiries, email:, Tel: 07931 388518 Rescue enquiries, Tel: 07931 388519 Volunteer enquiries, email: Shop/donations, Tel: 07951 818227 Wirral Animal Sanctuary shops are at: 15 Princes Pavement, Birkenhead, 200 Hoylake Road, Moreton, and 112 Market Street, Hoylake.

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‘Extra care’ is answer to independent living Extra care homes promise independent living for older people but demand from prospective tenants is outstripping supply.


OST older people prefer to live independently in their own homes. But it’s a fact that as you get older, you need more support to stay happy and healthy. Extra care housing enables people to live in their own home surrounded by support if they need it. Over the last five years, the percentage of older people placed in residential care homes has fallen in Wirral by 17 per cent while the number of people over the age of 65 has risen by

Extra care: This scheme in Bromborough is in demand.

nearly eight per cent over the same period. With demand outstripping supply, we have a 70 per cent shortfall in the kind of homes we need to provide. To address this, we’re working with our partners to increase housing for vulnerable residents

by 300 homes over the next few years, bring more than 1,200 empty properties into use, and adapt 2,000, so that vulnerable people or residents with additional needs or a disability can stay in their own home. Wirral proportionally has a large ageing population, larger

Population changes - planning for the future ■ Thanks to advances in medicine and health care, the proportion of residents aged 65 plus in Wirral is rising. It’s expected to rise to just over 22% by 2021.

■ By 2021, the proportion of residents aged 85 plus in Wirral is expected have risen to 3.39%. This is higher than the rest of England (2.87%) and the North West (2.76%).

■ By 2021, the highest population increase in Wirral will be in the age range of 70-74 (32.01%) and the largest decrease (22.62%), will be in ages 45-49.

than many parts of the UK. We also have fewer people in the borough going into residential care, preferring other housing options to achieve that balance between care and independence. Helping people live independently as they get older – and frailer – plays a critical role in improving health and personalised social care. As well as helping the individual, people living at home eases pressure on budgets. Nationally, spending £1.6bn on providing people with the support they need to stay living independently at home saves the UK £3.4bn a year in health and social care.

Extra care housing - what does it mean?


EXTRA CARE HOUSING provides people with their own ‘front door’ while supporting them with care if they need it. Some developments include meeting spaces, a café or restaurant, a hairdresser or a shop. Most build links with local neighbourhoods so that the development and the residents are an important part of the community, and the community is invited in. They can incorporate amenity space and communal facilities includ-

ing a dining area, lounge, activity spaces, hair salon, wellbeing suites, guest room, buggy store, bathing suites and staff facilities. They provide residents with the security and privacy of their own home with 24 hour care and support if needed. Housing 21, a provider of retirement housing, care and support services for older people, has worked in partnership with the council and our health partners on a range of

developments including extra care housing at sites in Wallasey and Bromborough. Other providers include Abbeyfield Wirral Extra Care Society. To register an interest in Extra Care housing, you or a relative or carer can contact the council by calling 0151 606 2006 or email cadt@ A full assessment of health and social care needs would need be carried out to assess eligibility.

NEW SCHEME TO IMPROVE PRIVATE RENTALS TENANTS are benefitting from a scheme that improves the quality of private rented accommodation. The project operates in four areas where there is a large proportion of local housing owned and let by private landlords. Under the scheme, landlords have to get a licence to let their property, however this is only awarded if the property meets basic standards. Since July 2015, 1,270 properties have been licensed, almost all known licensable properties in the scheme’s four areas - Egerton North, Birkenhead South, Seacombe Library and Egremont Promenade South. Driving up standards of rented accommodation has a positive knock-on effect for local quality of life, health and wellbeing, safety and security. It also makes areas more attractive to potential new tenants and landlords. Under the Selective Licensing Scheme, it is now a crime to let a privately rented property in a designated area without a licence, or to fail to comply with the conditions of the licence. A vibrant private rented sector is one of the cornerstones of our Housing Strategy. This is why we’re reducing empty properties, improving energy efficiency and developing programmes that boost the health and wellbeing of all residents.

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Why we’re keeping new stars a secret


T WASN’T easy to judge, but we now have the winning designs for New Brighton’s new Mermaid Trail. The trail will be placed at strategic locations throughout New Brighton, inspired by and celebrating the resort’s history, heritage, and its links with the mythical ‘Black Rock Mermaid’, who was said to have appeared to a local sailor in New Brighton in the 18th century.

■ St George’s Primary School, Wallasey ■ St Mary’s Catholic College, Wallasey ■ Ebb & Flow, a community interest company which works with local groups. The successful teams will each be credited with a plaque on their statue and the designers and sculptor will be guests of honour when the trail is officially launched. The Mermaid Trail is the result of a successful bid for funding by New Brighton Coastal Community Team to Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund, a grant scheme set up by DONG Energy to benefit voluntary groups and organisations near to the coastline where it has an offshore


The winning designs for Wirral’s latest tourist attraction have been announced but will not be unveiled quite yet!

It’s an exciting shortlist – but the winners won’t be unveiled until May, when the Mermaid Trail will be officially launched. In an open competition, schools and arts-based groups were invited to submit their ideas for decorating the sculptures, which are the work of Wallasey artist Barry CanningEaton, below, (who will himself decorate one of the statues). The others will be decorated by: ■ The Mosslands School, Wallasey ■ Wirral Hospitals’ School, Claughton


wind farm. New Brighton is one of the jewels of the Wirral coastline; from May 27-29, it will be the setting for the first ever New Brighton Seaside Festival. As well as seaside-themed entertainment, there will be food events, live music, and a full children’s activity programme. For further info see

AS WELL AS being seen around Black Rock at New Brighton, the legendary mermaid was also reputedly sighted near Leasowe Castle, and near Mockbeggar Wharf, Wallasey. Legend has it that she still sings for her lost Liverpool sailor, John Robinson, who met her when she boarded his ship in a storm. In return for a promise that he would see her again, she gave him a compass that would allow him to return safely to shore: he agreed, and she kept her word. When they met again, she bewitched him with her singing, put her ring on his finger, and they pledged to meet again. However, on returning home he fell ill and died five days later, leaving the Black Rock Mermaid to forever mourn her lost love.

Award-winning design teams rise to the challenge

St Mary’s Catholic College ‘Having the chance to bring joy to the people of Wirral through our artwork and pay tribute to our town and stunning coastline is such an honour. Our theme ties in with the nautical culture of distant times in Wirral and Liverpool.’ Angie Brady, Art Technician, (Angie will be working with Jake McHugh, Joanna Kruszynska, Jasmine Ralph and Louise Croft, some pictured above).

Wirral Hospitals’ School St Mary’s ‘We’re thrilled toCatholic have the Collegel chance to bring our ideas into ‘Having the opportunity reality. Our school is a therapeuto bring the people tic alternativejoy fortoyoung people of Wirral through our in Wirral and this will help artwork and pay tribute develop life skills and build selfto our town and stunconfidence in our most vulnercoastline is suchwill an ablening students. Our design honour. We can’t wait to tell the story of the ‘Black Rock get started! Our theme ties Mermaid’ in a way that provokes in with the nautical/seaawareness of the sensory needs faring with culture of distant of people anxiety and on times in Wirral/ the autistic spectrum.’Liverpool and is also something thatKitchin, is relevant to today’s Derek headteacher, society.’ above left, with fellow trail designers.

Ebb & Flow Community Interest Company (CIC) ‘Ebb & Flow Projects is delighted to be part of this captivating New Brighton Mermaid Trail. We can’t thank enough those concerned with sponsoring and organising this initiative, however, it’s been excruciating keeping it secret! The natural wonders and the people that we meet are the inspiration for our design. We can’t wait to get started!’

The Mosslands School ‘Mosslands School is delighted to be contributing to this exciting and fun project, making the Wirral coastline a site of art, and bringing it in line with the region’s reputation as a growing national capital for the arts. Our idea grew naturally: we are striving to tell the story of strong young people, boys and girls, who are finding their own voice and establishing their own foothold in a very confusing and confused world.

Christina Condron, Director, Ebb & Flow (CIC)

Jo Robbins, Head of Arts, The Mosslands School

St George’s Primary School ‘We are over the moon to hear that St George’s Primary School has been selected to participate in the Mermaid Trail. Our pupils will be thrilled and proud to create artwork for the enjoyment of our local community. Our mermaid will take people on a journey back in time to a dark yet glowing evening at New Brighton fairground.’ Miss F Mulheirn, Class Teacher/Art Leader at St George’s Primary School

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your council

Wallasey Liscard Leasowe & Moreton East


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

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

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Budget proposals to be considered soon I

Councillor Phil Davies Leader of Wirral Council

T WAS WITH great sadness we learned of the death of Claughton Councillor Denise Roberts earlier this month. Denise was a tireless campaigner in her community and had served local residents on this council since 1999. Denise’s passion was improving quality of life and opportunity for Wirral residents and she played an active role in the management of Tam O’Shanter farm and other community facilities. On behalf of all at Wirral Council we send our sincere condolences to her

husband John and family. This month we have laid out our budget proposal to be discussed at council in early March. In 2017/18 Wirral Council has to make £45million in savings, the largest single year reduction ever. This comes at a time when demand for services - especially social care and support for elderly residents - is growing. We have set out a four year financial plan to try and limit any negative impacts, but by 2020, the council will have to make savings of £130million.

To continue to provide the services Wirral residents expect and deserve, we are having to think differently about how we deliver. This means creating new businesses and partnerships, working with local communities to do more together and, in some cases, raising fees and charges. I look forward to the debate about how we can make these savings, what we can do differently and how we invest in and grow the economy that provides jobs and services in Wirral.

Community turns out as station reopens BEBINGTON’S NEWLY refurbished police station has reopened after a six month refurbishment. The extensive project has seen the building brought back to life. Existing partitions and walls have been removed to provide a more efficient, openplan working space and the entire site has been modernised and refreshed. The station will now house 74 police officers,

Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and Special Constables and has a room to allow officers to meet with members of the public on an appointment basis. Two Merseyside Police officers on horseback, wearing full regalia, and members of Merseyside Police’s youngest recruits, the Mini Police, were guard of honour for Wirral South MP, Alison McGovern,

and other local dignitaries including the Leader and Deputy Leader of Wirral Council, Cllrs Phil Davies and George Davies. The Commissioner, Jane Kennedy, and Chief Constable Andy Cooke formally welcomed guests, before inviting Alison McGovern to open the building. The project to bring Bebington Police Station back into use is part of the Com-

Six month refurb: Bebington Police Station is back in service after extensive refurb.

missioner’s 10-year strategy to modernise Merseyside Police’s buildings and facilities, while working to reduce the annual running costs of the estate by an estimated £2.5m. As the first major refurbishment under the Commissioner’s plan, Bebington Police Station will set the benchmark for future projects. Work at the site included installing a new car park and lift and putting in place new power, data, heating and ventilation systems. Landscaping has also been carried out around the building which is opposite the town’s Civic Centre. The renovations were part funded by earmarked capital reserves specifically set aside for the estate strategy and external loans from approved sources, in accordance with the Prudential Code for capital finance. This money is completely separate from, and cannot be diverted to, the funding used to pay for Merseyside Police’s officers and staff. Contractor Wates Smartspace were the principal contractor on the project after being appointed through a competitive tendering process using the Northwest Construction Hub.

TRIBUTES PAID TO COMMUNITY CHAMPION The Leader of Wirral Council has paid tribute to close friend and colleague, Cllr Denise Roberts, who has died aged 74. Cllr Phil Davies said Cllr Roberts, a councillor for Claughton ward since 1999, was a hard-working community leader who championed and fought for the interests of residents throughout all her years of service. ‘Denise was passionate about serving the people of Claughton but also about getting the best for all Wirral residents,’ Cllr Davies said. ‘She was tireless in her efforts, not just in her role as a councillor, but in the variety of other duties she undertook on behalf of the council and the community. ‘She volunteered with the Citizens Advice Bureau and was involved in the management of a number of community organisations, including Tam O’Shanter Urban Farm and Beechwood and Charing Cross Play and Community Centres. ‘Our deepest condolences go out to her husband John, Nick, Jessica and the rest of her family and friends at this time.’ Cllr George Davies, Deputy Leader of Wirral Council and a fellow Claughton councillor, added: ‘Denise would do anything for anyone and was a credit to Wirral.’

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Calling all young creatives! plus issue-based touring theatre and dance. From dance, to art, ■ Music and singing – weekly sessions support band develto drama, we have opment, singing and vocal ways of helping skills, plus song writing, recording and learning about young people the industry. express themselves! ■ Technical theatre and visual arts hands-on workshops teach the backstage aspects of theatre HETHER drama is your including sound, lighting and thing, or dance, music or recording. Visual arts such visual arts, the Creative Youth as photography, drawing and Development team (CYD) has painting are also included. an activity for you. Pop along Specialist Arts Youth workto one of their sessions on ers are on-hand to help build Monday to Thursday nights or confidence and develop skills. Saturday afternoons and you’re You’ll have loads of opsure to make new friends and portunities to perform, and discover skills you never exhibitions will help you to knew you had! showcase your work. Based in Pilgrim All sessions cost ALL Street Arts Centre, just 20p – bargain! SESSIONS Birkenhead, CYD No experience necesCOST JUST works with young sary. Projects are people aged 13-19 inclusive and work 20P! (and up to the age of with all young people 25 for those with addi– including those with distional needs). abilities and additional needs A range of classes is avail– in a supportive and caring able, including: environment. ■ Dance and drama workshops Interested? Call one of the offer the opportunity to develop team to find out more. performance skills, explore isShiralea Coldicott 0151 666 3706 sues affecting your lives, create Jamie Greer 0151 666 3715 new productions and shows, Seline Wakerley 0151 666 3718.


Dance off: Members of the disability dance group.

Foster carers come from all walks of life.

Male or female, single or married, young and old, living alone, with a partner or with a family, you might have your own home or rent. We’re looking for people just like you and in return we are there to support you through it all.

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New moves: More dance moves on show.

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shopping centre. The attractive art deco building has always been a treasured Around Wirral, asset, but the Friends of WalFriends’ groups are local lasey Village Library was formed 18 months ago by people who the glue keeping were concerned that not enough communities people were using it, and it could be in decline. together. They have made it their own. Health is big on the agenda; they RIENDS’ GROUPS are very organise walks that are ‘preimportant to Wirral. Formed scribed’ by GP practices nearby. by people with an interest in a They plan to buy £500 worth local asset, (like a park, facility or of self-help books that will be library), they harness the talents offered on prescription, again and creativity of people and by local doctors. They hold really make a difference. local history talks, social The Friends’ group events for all ages, and COULD based at Wallasey Vilfun sessions for todYOU BE A lage Library is typical dlers. of many the length and Members make LIBRARY breadth of our bordiff erent commitments FRIEND? ough. Volunteers work in terms of time. Some with the council to make give a couple of hours a the most of a valued commuweek, others much more. But nity asset, and can breathe new any help is welcome. life into a service. If you are interested in setting The library is at the heart of up or joining a Friends’ group, see Wallasey Village, not far from or visit your local the local parish church and library for details.


Above and left, events at Wallasey Village Library with Friends’ and volunteers.

Joining up our vibrant communities ‘WE KNOW HOW much the people round here value their local library, and with the health events, we feel we are really making a difference.’ Barbara Carrington is talking about the Friends of Wallasey Village Library on a busy Friday morning. ‘Wiggle and Jiggle’ (for toddlers) is about to start, and Barbara’s fellow volunteers Jacqui Greenall, Gillian Dodd and Jackie McKenna, (in our photo above), are discussing the previous evening’s successful local history talk. ‘Our catchment area here is fairly elderly, but there are a lot of younger families who use the library too. So we cater for a broad church!’ says Barbara.

The group runs a successful Walking For Health scheme, with health walks held at 11am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Everyone is welcome, and people with a variety of health conditions have benefitted from meeting new people.

Social activities, including tea parties for seniors, are held on a Sunday, when people who live on their own can often feel most isolated. The next tea party, with ‘Sing Me Liverpool,’ is on Sunday, March 19, from 2-4pm. ‘We know people who live on their own struggle with Sundays as often friends have other family commitments. We provide afternoon tea and entertainment, and everyone is welcome to come along,’ says Barbara. Other events include: ■ Tai Chi, 10am and 11.30am, Wednesdays ■ About Autism Parent Support, 10am, every 2nd Thursday of the month ■ Pre-schoolers Mini Me

Yoga, Mondays, 5pm-6pm, and Sundays, 11am-noon. For info, call Barbara Carrington on 630 2105. The group is planning to spend World Book Day on March 2 placing books in local businesses and cafes for people to share and exchange. They are always looking for new people to join in or help out. You can find out more by calling into the library, or calling 0151 638 1024.   There are Friends’ groups all over Wirral, linked to parks, libraries, and museums. If you would like more, contact your local library or see

HAVE YOUR SAY IN REVIEW OF BUS SERVICES WIRRAL RESIDENTS now have the chance to give their views on local bus services as part of an ongoing review of the bus network. The review is asking people to describe how they use the bus network, particularly any supported bus service. You can give your views at a series of drop in events running until March 22, when residents will have the opportunity to speak to representatives from Merseytravel about bus services. There will also be an opportunity to provide feedback via an online survey on the Merseytravel website. Details of the online survey and the drop-in event dates will be published at www.merseytravel. Your feedback will help Merseytravel look at how people use the network, and consider if changes need to be made to encourage people to use it more easily. Any possible changes as a result of the review would go out to consultation.


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Teens: Read our tips for happy relationships G

CONSENT Consent means agreeing to do something or for something to happen, and you being comfortable with that decision. If you’re planning on doing anything sexual, both of you must give consent every time, without being pressurised. Signs of being pressured to



OOD RELATIONSHIPS can be amazing, but when they’re not so good it can be stressful and confusing. Sometimes behaviour we see as ‘normal’ is actually unacceptable, so it’s important for us to know what’s what, in order to stay safe and happy. The ‘DisrespectNoBody’ campaign (www.disrespect helps us to understand what a healthy relationship is, and how to spot the signs when things aren’t going so well. When you know the facts you feel empowered – and ready to avoid, challenge or report abusive behaviour. This is the case whether you identify as a boy or a girl, or whether you’re heterosexual, lesbian, gay, or bisexual. It would be tough to cover everything in relationships in one article, but we’ve summarised some of the key issues below.

give consent can include: ■ Being made to feel stupid or bad for saying ‘no’, or being made to feel you have to do something. ■ Someone trying to pressure you by calling you frigid or saying ‘if you loved me you would’. ■ Being encouraged to drink lots of alcohol or take drugs to make you more likely to have sex. ■ Making someone feel bad for changing their mind. ■ Someone trying to pressure you into something to ‘prove’ you are not lesbian, gay, bi, or transgender. Read the ways to spot consent at consent/signs-to-spot/ RELATIONSHIP ABUSE Abuse is never okay – and blaming abuse on anger, jealousy, alcohol, or the other person’s behaviour is not acceptable. It’s not just physical violence like punching or kicking that can make a relationship abusive. If your relationship leaves you feeling scared, intimidated or controlled, it’s possible you’re in an abusive relationship. Other warning signs of potential

abusive behaviour include: ■ Extreme jealousy or anger. ■ Anger when you want to spend time with your friends. ■ Isolating you from friends and family. ■ Trying to control your life (how you dress, who you hang out with and what you say. ■ Humiliating you, putting you down. ■ Threatening to harm you or to self–harm if you leave them. ■ Demanding to know where you are all the time. ■ Monitoring your calls and emails. ■ Pressuring you to send sexual texts and images of yourself.

How to know you are good together


✔ Being good friends. ✔ Freedom to do your own thing. ✔ Time and space to see your friends. ✔ Having your own interests. ✔ Listening to each other. ✔ Trusting each other. ✔ Respecting each other’s opinions.

✔ Being able to go at your own pace – including sexually. ✔ Being able to talk about it when you have an argument. ✔ Respecting the decision if either of you wants to end the relationship.

■ If you are in immediate danger, please call the police on 999. ■ Call Childline free on 0800 1111. They will help you work out what to do next. Childline is open all the time. ■ Response can offer support and information. Call them on 0151 666 4123 or email response@ ■ Youth workers can offer advice – find your nearest youth hub at

what’s on... ■ MULTISPORTS @ Wirral Tennis Centre Fridays, 5-7pm. Free. Contact Dave Simmonds on 07876 577187. ■ FIRE CADET UNIT @ Wallasey Fire Station

Thursdays (term-time only), 6-8pm. For young people,13-21. Fire drills, community events and more. Free. Contact Steph Bond on 07811 167764. ■ LGBTQI GROUP @ WALLASEY YOUTH HUB Mondays 7-9pm. Support, advice, and workshops for LGBTQI people aged 13-19. Free. Contact Katrina Maxwell on 0151 666 3960.

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Celebrate Cilla’s rags to riches story A

STUNNING review of the life of Cilla Black will be coming to Gladstone Theatre on Sunday March 26. Cilla & the Shades of the 60s soars its way through Cilla’s rags to riches story, from her rise from nightclub cloakroom attendant to the top of the charts. The show stars Liverpool born singer Victoria Jones (BBC’s ‘The One & Only’), singing songs including ‘You’re My


World’ and ‘Anyone Who Had a Heart’, while the Shades trio swing through a decade of hits by Cilla’s friends such as ‘I Only Want to Be With You’ and ‘River Deep Mountain High’.

■ THERE ARE lots of familiar faces coming to Wirral this month. Ruby Wax, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers and Pasha from Strictly Come Dancing will all be


delighting audiences. If that’s not enough stargazing, there will also be a chance to see Elvis, Michael Jackson, Otis Redding and Led Zeppelin tribute acts! Kids can also see a 40 foot replica of a T-Rex skeleton in Hoylake. Make no bones about it, there’s loads going on in Wirral this month!

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Face painting, pottery and craft stalls. Victoria Park, Tranmere, Tue February 21 - Sat February 25. 


Great line-up of bands at Prenton Park this May book now! 


Musical focus on shipyard people and heritage.  See page 16


Play tennis for free in Birkenhead Park.  See listings

HOWARD’S WAY The fascinating story of Katherine Howard, Henry VIII’s 5th wife. Gladstone Theatre.  0151 643 8757


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DINOSAURS IN HOYLAKE TUE 21st - THU 23rd FEB, 10am - 4pm. £3 | £2. See a 40 foot long replica T-Rex skeleton! Plus displays, posters, models, real fossils and evening talks - tickets available. Hoylake Community Centre.

SMART - A LEARNING DISABILITY PROJECT Until 12th MAR. Artwork by adults with learning disabilities as part of their Gateway Award, with the support of local artists. CHAIR-BASED TAI CHI FRI 24th FEB, 10.30-11.30am. £3 Tai Chi is a gentle form of exercise that can improve the condition of bones, muscles and joints. Every Friday at Church Hall, Claremount Rd, Wallasey.

WIRRAL BIRD CLUB - THE TEARDROP ISLAND - KEITH OFFORD THU 23rd FEB, 8-9:30pm. £4. A presentation about Sri Lanka, its immense cultural diversity and 33 endemic species of bird. Kingsmead School Hall, Hoylake A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN Until JULY 2017 A room full of rooms for you to explore. The exhibition is named after an essay published in 1929 by Virginia Woolf, the sister of Vanessa Bell who has two paintings in the collection. williamson GERRY CROSS THE MERSEY THU 23rd FEB, 7.30pm. £21. Gerry & the Pacemakers topped the charts for much of the 60s. Hear all their greatest hits including How Do You Do It, I Like It, You’ll Never Walk Alone, and many more. 0151 666 0000

ENGLISH WATERCOLOURS Until Winter 2017 The Williamson has over 2000 watercolours and drawings, including this selection of landscapes spanning the 18th and 19th centuries.

ONE NIGHT OF ROCK SAT 25th FEB, 8pm. £22 | £20. 48 air-punching, arm-waving, foot-stomping, head-banging, chorus-singing rock anthems. 0151 666 0000

‘THE DOME OF HOME’ GUIDED HERITAGE TOUR SAT 25th FEB. Enjoy a guided tour of St Peter, Paul and St Philomena’s Church in New Brighton, aka ‘The Dome of Home’. Tours last about 45 minutes and are followed by refreshments. 07743 235046 20 YEARS OF STITCH AND TEXTILES ON THE WIRRAL Until SUN 5th MAR, 10am-5pm. Wirral Embroiderers’ Guild 20th Birthday Exhibition at Willamson Art Gallery. williamson WEDDING FAIR SAT 25th & SUN 26th FEB 10am-4pm. Meet local wedding suppliers and see two rooms at the Williamson dressed ready for you to walk down the aisle. TENNIS FOR FREE IN BIRKENHEAD PARK SUN 26th FEB, 10am-12pm. Anyone for tennis? Come and learn to play at the tennis courts on Cavendish Road. All ages are welcome and trained instructors are on hand to help. Equipment available.

FIT BODY, FIT MIND WITH PILATES Pilates is a great way to stay fit and is suitable for all levels, ages, men and women. Come along this month! Free places still available. ■ Hoylake Community Centre, Monday 6pm. ■ St. Bridget’s Centre, West Kirby, Tuesday 9.15am and 6.30pm. ■ St. Hildeburgh’s Hall, Hoylake, Thursday 6.30pm. ■ The Greasby Centre, Greasby, Friday 2.30pm. For more info call 07557 682 699 or visit

THE VERDICT TUE 28th FEB - SAT 4th MAR, 7.30pm. Matinee WED & SAT, 2.30pm. £23.50 - £28.50 adults | £21.50 - £26.50 conc. Courtroom thriller made famous by the Oscar-nominated film with Paul Newman. Starring Clive Mantle (Robin Of Sherwood and Casualty) and Jack Shepherd, who played the lead role in the television series Wycliffe. 0151 666 0000 CHORAL PAVILION CHOIR TUE 28th FEB, 1-3pm. £4. Rehearsals on Tuesdays during term time. 0151 666 0000 ‘TINTED STEAM AND LIQUID LIGHT’ COLLECTION Until SUN 19th MAR. Includes paintings by Turner, Constable, Sargent and more. LET’S TALK ABOUT WIRRAL WED 1st MAR, 2-3.30pm. A meeting group in which the audience are involved through an interview style presentation. Mike Bird presents ‘A virtual Hilbre Boat Trip’. St Hildeburgh’s Church Centre, Hoylake. 07590 728456 KATHERINE

CHANGING FACE OF TRANMERE THU 2nd MAR, 2pm. Local history workshop by Mary Ward, Wirral Archives Service. AN EVENING OF GENESIS FRI 3rd and SAT 4th MAR, 8pm. £17.50 | £15 conc. A night of Genesis music with the emphasis on their prog rock songs - featuring ‘Duke’ played live in its entirety as well as classics such as In the Cage, Los Enos, and Home by the Sea. 0151 666 0000 THE KNITTED BIBLE SAT 4th - 11th MAR, 11am - 4pm. 33 knitted bible scenes at St David’s UR Church, Eastham. Call for tickets. 0151 334 2857 RUBY WAX: FRAZZLED! SUN 5th MAR, 7.30pm. All Tickets £21.50 Ruby is the ‘it girl’ of mental health campaigning with a Master’s degree in Mindfulness from Oxford University. She discusses her new bestselling book, ‘A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled’. 0151 666 0000

THE MUSIC OF OTIS REDDING PERFORMED BY MUDIBU & THE JEZEBEL QUARTET SUN 12th MAR, 7.30PM. £16.50. Experience the incredible sound of Otis Redding’s music as two of the UK’s most exciting soul acts join forces to create the world’s funkiest Otis tribute. Burundian singer songwriter Mudibu grew up with a heartfelt love of 1960s soul and RnB. The Jezebel Sextet have over 10 years experience on the live circuit, playing all over Europe. 0151 666 0000 ISTOCK/JACOBLUND

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HOWARD WED 1st - SAT 4th MAR. 7.30pm. £8. The story of Henry VIII’s 5th wife, performed by Bebington Dramatic Society and written by William Nicholson - author of ‘Shadowlands’, screenwriter of Elizabeth, Les Miserables and Gladiator. Gladstone Theatre, Port Sunlight. 0151 643 8757

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what’s on LITTLE WOODPECKERS ROYDEN PARK MON 6th MAR, 12pm. £3. A new new nature club for preschool aged children. Meet at the Rangers Office. 0151 677 7594 PEDAL AWAY RIDE TUE 7th MAR, 10am-12pm. Meet outside Guinea Gap Leisure Centre every Tuesday for an easy bike ride.

TEA WITH OSCAR WILDE FRI 10th MAR, 7.30pm. £12 | £10. A chat show with a difference! Join Oscar Wilde as he interviews celebrities of the Victorian era. 0151 666 0000 MOTHERSHIP LED ZEPPELIN TRIBUTE SAT 11th MAR, 7.30pm. £14.50 | £11.50 conc. More than two hours of classic Zeppelin. ‘The most authenticsounding Zep tribute in the UK’ - Classic Rock Magazine. 0151 666 0000

FOREVER JACKSON MICHAEL JACKSON TRIBUTE SAT 11th MAR, 7.30pm. £21. Awarded the ‘No.1 UK Michael Jackson Tribute Show’ at the 2013 UK National Tribute Awards, this show is fast becoming the number one Michael Jackson show to see! Gladstone Theatre, Port Sunlight. 0151 643 8757 WIRRAL HISTORY & HERITAGE FAIR SAT 11th MAR, 10am-4pm. Wirral’s heritage revealed. 50 stalls, memorabilia, vintage vehicles, local and family history. Birkenhead Town Hall. Free admission. SILVER TRUMPETS & SILVER VOICES SUN 12th MAR, 2.30pm. £17.50. A spectacular concert featuring renowned Flint Male Voice Choir, soprano Helen Picket, tenor Tom Loughlin, X Factor singer Kirsty Murphy, the Peninsular Jazzmen Trio, The Hoylake School of Dance and The Northop Silver Band. 0151 666 0000

YOUNG AT HEART CLUB, MEOLS MON 13th MAR, 2-4pm. Chat over tea/coffee and biscuits in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Includes quizzes, internet tuition, dominoes, jigsaws and cards. St John’s Church Centre. 0151 632 5011

DOWN OUR STREET TUE 14th MAR - SAT 18th MAR, 7.30pm. Matinee SAT, 2.30pm. £18.50 | £16.50 conc. See feature, page 17. 0151 666 0000 LES MCKEOWN’S BAY CITY ROLLERS SUN 19th MAR, 7.30pm. £24. A voyage back to Rollermania in the 70s, when Les and The Bay City Rollers’ music became the soundtrack for a generation of teenagers. All the original hits as well as new songs from the upcoming album. 0151 666 0000 MENOPAUSE: THE MUSICAL WED 22nd MAR, 7.30pm. All Tickets £26.50 Join Cheryl Fergison (EastEnders), Maureen Nolan (The Nolans), Rebecca Wheatley (Casualty) and Ruth Berkeley (Penny Dreadful) for a show packed full of one-liners and parody songs about hot flushes and memory loss. 0151 666 0000 SOMEONE LIKE YOU THE ADELE SONGBOOK THU 23rd MAR, 7.30pm. £21. A celebration of one of our generation’s finest singer songwriters. Hand-picked by Adele herself on Graham Norton’s ‘Adele at the BBC’ special, Katie Markham has the voice to deliver all your favourite Adele hits from her recordbreaking albums 19, 21 and 25. 0151 666 0000

SAT 11th MAR, 7.30pm. £20 | £16.50 conc Featuring the UK’s number one tribute to Robbie Williams, this show will celebrate Take That’s latest music as well as the old classics. The night is in aid of the K Woods Foundation, which raises awareness for people living with dementia. In August the foundation launched a drop-in service for local carers, families, friends and those living with dementia. 0151 666 0000

ARRIVAL - THE HITS OF ABBA FRI 24th MAR, 7.30pm. £21 | £20 A multi award-winning show of ABBA’s hits, with authentic costumes. Experience the thrill of a live ABBA show! 0151 666 0000 THE ELVIS YEARS THE STORY OF THE KING SAT 25th MAR, 7.30pm. £22 | £20 The highs and lows of Elvis’ journey from truck-driving teenager from Tupelo, Mississippi through the army, Hollywood and legendary Las Vegas concerts. 0151 666 0000

PASHA KOVALEV LET’S DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY SUN 26th MAR, 7.30pm. £26.50 | £24.50 conc All your favourite dances, costumes and music, with guest Anya Garnis. Pasha won Strictly Come Dancing with Caroline Flack in 2014. Pre-show Q&A session, starts at 6.45pm. 0151 666 0000 CILLA & THE SHADES OF THE 60S SUN 26th MAR, 7.30pm. See feature, page 14. Gladstone Theatre, Port Sunlight. 0151 643 8757

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HELP FUND ‘UKE’ EVENT THE SUMMER Strum festival will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2017 with top ukulele players from around the world. Organisers have issued a plea to help raise £2,000 to support the staging of the event, which takes place July 7-9 in Hoylake. The free event takes place each year thanks to a team of dedicated unpaid volunteers. To make a donation, visit www.justgiving. com/crowdfunding/ summer-strum-5

HALF TERM AT CHURCH FARM CHURCH FARM is open every day throughout the school holidays, from February 18-26. As well as seeing romantic alpacas (see p13), visitors can enjoy goatfeeding, egg-collecting, rabbit cuddling and more. Tickets cost £4.50 for adults, £4 for children and under 1s go free. For more information, call 0151 648 7838

FRANKLY SINATRA FRI 10th MAR, 7.30pm. £26 | £24 conc. Celebrating the centenary of Sinatra Live at the Sands, it’s the world’s number 1 Sinatra, Stephen Triffitt, backed by the fantastic sound of big band swing. Includes classics Mack the Knife; New York, New York and My Way. 0151 666 0000

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Wirral Festival of Firsts coming soon COMMUNITY arts festival, Wirral Festival of Firsts, is back from Sat July 8 - Sat July 22. Expect eclectic arty happenings, community participation, and a quirky mix of music, drama, poetry and one-off pop-up events. Local talent will be working with partners at West Kirby Arts Centre and Melrose Hall, Hoylake. Highlights this year include writer, lyricist and

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OWN OUR STREET looks at the history of Cammell Laird shipbuilders, one of the greatest shipbuilders in the world, through the eyes of generations who lived on one street in Birkenhead. This fast moving musical, playing at the Floral Pavilion from Tue March 14 to Sat March 18, was written by Brian McCann, who wrote his first piece when he was 16 years old at Wirral Metropolitan College.

His plays often address important social subjects, such as bullying, sexual health and tackling ‘isms’. Brian said: ‘I’ve also always been fascinated by the impact theatre can have if the subject matter reflects the memories of an area. ‘With this show, people enjoyed jogging memories of family members who once worked down the Yard.’ The finale song has been

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co-written with Bruce Laird, the great, great, great grandson of William Laird, the founder of the shipyard. The photo on the poster for the show (above, featuring children of the workers standing barefoot, was taken on Back Chester Street in 1901, which was demolished to make way for the tunnel entrance. For more details about the show, visit or call 0151 666 000.

broadcaster Simon Armitage. There will also be a series of community days including a Children’s Festival in Meols, Hoylake Festival and Parade, and a West Kirby Summer Festival day. Judy Ogunna, festival organiser, is looking for volunteers to organise or perform at the event. Sponsors are also vital. For further details email or call 0151 632 2750.

NEARLY 70 AND NOT OUT WIRRAL FESTIVAL of Music, Speech and Drama is in its 69th year and is trying to reach more performers than ever! The festival, to be held in March, is open to people of all ages. The syllabus is at, together with details of how you can enter.


Q: HOW MANY WIVES DID HENRY VIII HAVE? Closing date FRI 24th MAR. Email your answer plus your name, address, phone number and email address to or post it to Wirral View, Wallasey Town Hall, Brighton St, Wallasey CH44 8ED

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JODIE SAYS Empowering message from ‘YOU CAN!’ dynamic local business duo Two Wirral businesswomen have become the first advocates for a campaign to empower girls.


IRRAL’S ‘This Girl Can’ campaign aims to help get girls from 13-16 feeling confident enough to take part in physical activity as well as celebrating those already enjoying getting stuck in to fitness or sport.

Picking up on their interest in healthy eating, sisters Stephanie and Charlotte Hodson of the Yog Bar in Hoylake have become the campaign’s first advocates and are now working with the council on a competition to find groups of girls to be the faces of This Girl Can in Wirral. The main role for our winning teenage advocates will be to encourage other girls to get involved and to help decide how the This Girl Can campaign will run and what activities will be organised. This will all start with an exclusive launch party later this year. Steph and Charlotte have pledged that

their frozen yoghurt business will play an active role in the campaign so to find out more follow @thisgirlcaninwirral and @theyogbar, on Instagram.

Steph’s selfie: At Birkenhead High School Academy.

If at first you don’t succeed, freestyle.

Positive role models: Charlotte (l) and Steph.

Under these gloves are some boss nails.

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Stay driving safer for longer A free two hour course is helping older people drive safely for longer and improving road safety in the process.


HERE’S NO DOUBT being an older motorist can help preserve your independence and your social life. But as we get older, our ability to drive safely can be impaired as our eyesight and reaction times begin to decline. If this feels familiar, the council runs a number of initiatives designed to help

FREE TUITION AVAILABLE FOR OLDER DRIVERS DRIVE SAFELY for Longer is run by Wirral Council’s road safety team for

people like you drive ‘Safely for Longer’ focussing on the issues that can affect older road users. The next event is a seminar on Thursday, March 23, at New Brighton Cricket and Bowling Club, Rake Lane, Wallasey, where we’ll be discussing some of the issues that affect older road users, whether you’re a driver, pedestrian, public transport user, cyclist or motorcyclist. The seminar takes place from 10am-2pm with speakers from the police and fire services, and information and advice provided by the council. There is also lunch provided. Admission is free, but places are limited, so booking is essential, ring 0151 606 2143 or email freecourses@no-excuses. Merseyside Road Safety Partnership and is designed to enhance drivers’ practical skills and give you the chance to improve your observation skills. It also advises how to cope with the actions of other road users. We offer free ‘drive safely for longer’ driving assessments for drivers aged 65 plus. These are two-hour ses-

Safe drivers: Some previous participants of the driving assessments.

sions out on the road with an approved driving instructor, helping you to brush up on your skills and learn techniques for safer driving. We’ll discuss your requirements and issues with you before setting off for a drive, usually in your own vehicle. Along the way, the instructor will give you useful advice and tips.


Though the course lasts two hours, it’s not TWO HOUR all driving, and there is SESSIONS no pass or fail mark at the end of it! If you’d like an assessment, contact Kathy Hall on 0151 606 2143 or email freecourses@no-excuses. You can also find info on (search ‘drive safely for longer’)


‘Life changing’ scheme praised

Community spirit: Some of the faces seen during the door knock.

FRIENDS AND PARTNERS got together to take part in another Great Wirral Door Knock, talking and getting to know people on the Woodchurch estate. The previous event, on Eastham’s Mill Park Estate, was the first one to be held, and reached hundreds of people. For some, the contact was literally ‘life changing,’ say organisers. Organisers now plan to visit an area of Wirral a month, spending three days knocking on every single door, and talking to residents about their hopes, needs and aspirations. During the Woodchurch Door Knock, our partners, (this

time assisted by the Police Cadets): ■ Knocked on 895 doors ■ Had 246 conversations ■ Made 98 referrals for help ■ Let six people who live alone know about various lunch clubs ■ Identified recipients for food hampers donated by Asda, Arrowe Park Residents will now be invited to a Woodchurch celebration event to be held in partnership with the council’s Constituency Team; this is likely to take place in March. This initiative, led by Age UK Wirral and working in partnership with Wirral CAB, Wirral Council, Merseyside Fire & Rescue, Merseyside Police

and Merseytravel, reached hundreds of people during the week that, without the Great Wirral Door Knock, would not otherwise have been reached. To find out more about West Kirby Constituency Team’s work in the community, see (search for West Wirral Constituency). Age UK Wirral, who led the initiative, organises many exciting and stimulating events and activities. From Knit and Natter to its Annual Ball, Tai Chi to IT, day trips and meals out, there’s something for everyone. For further info call 0151 482 3456 or visit uk/wirral

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Learning skills for life Adults looking to boost their literacy, numeracy and confidence can get support from our lifelong learning service.


HE LIFELONG and Family Learning Service, based at Leasowe Early Years and Adult Learning Centre, provides vital tools for people to improve educational and life skills. This can not only help their chances of finding a job but can really boost confidence and selfesteem. An impressive range of

courses give people the chance to pick up computer skills, improve their maths and English or learn skills in hairdressing, music, catering and hospitality - all of which can improve employability. All the courses are run in friendly relaxed environments with special short courses aimed specifically at beginners or those with few or no qualifications. Kevin Norris, curriculum leader for the service said:

‘We’ve already found that our service has not only helped people improve or gain employment skills but has also done a lot to boost their self esteem. ‘What we aim to do is help adults to engage in learning in a way which encourages them to develop as individuals. ‘We are particularly interested in working with newcomers and those who have little or no qualifications and want to use their learning to enter the job market. ‘Likewise our wellbeing courses are helping people to develop social skills which ISTOCK/LISAFX

FREE CHILDCARE COMING SOON FROM September this year, the amount of free childcare is being doubled from 15 to 30 hours a week for working parents of three and four year olds. The new entitlement applies to children whose parents are working but the current allowance of 15 hours a weeks free early learning for all three and four year olds is still in place. To take advantage there are conditions you must meet. Find out more from Wirral’s Family Information Service on 0800 0858 743 or email fi s@

enable them to become more active members of the local community.’ Sample courses Among the courses on offer is an Employability Skills Programme which focuses on literacy, numeracy and English for speakers of other languages at all levels from entry Level 1 up to Level 2. All English and Maths courses are free to enrol on and concessions are available for other courses for those receiving Income Support and Jobseekers allowance. In addition to the centre at Leasowe, the course also operates at Rock Ferry and outreach venues across Wirral. For further information contact 0151 630 3486 or visit

Free Adult Learning Wellbeing Sessions and Skills for Life & Work Courses available to everyone age 19 and over starting February / March 2017 To reserve place, or for further information, please phone 630 3486 or email Bebington Library, Civic Way, Bebington, Wirral CH63 7PN

Leasowe Nursery School & Family Centre, Twickenham Drive, Leasowe, CH46 2QF Health & Wellbeing Bling up your Wardrobe (Tricks and tips to make that garment dazzle) Flowers for Fun (meet an international flower judge and have a go at a simple arrangement) Drawing for Wellbeing Gardeners’ Questions (20 tips and techniques to prepare for spring and summer) Get the Most out of your tablet or iPad (bring your own device or we can supply one) Introduction to Batik (discover a whole new world of wax and dyes) Up-Cycle and Recycle old clothes for a new look Walking with a Camera (visiting Wirral locations and meeting people with similar interests What a Florist Knows (skills and tips from a professional tutor)

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Dog mess fines 100 not out Zero tolerance dog fouling campaign will be stepped up for spring.


ORE THAN 100 irresponsible owners have now been issued with fixed penalty notices for not picking up after their dog fouled in public. At the same time as recognising the success of our new zero tolerance approach to dog fouling, we’re also grateful to the thousands of responsible owners in Wirral who not only pick up after their pet, they’re quick to let us know when they see other owners who don’t. In May 2016, the council delegated powers to its en-

forcement partner, Kingdom, to issue on-the-spot punishments to people who were seen leaving their dog’s mess behind when out in public. Since then Kingdom officers have been using information reported to the council website by members of the public to target specific problem locations and have been enforcing the legislation whenever they have seen an offence. By January this year they had chalked up a century of fixed penalties issued within the fi rst eight months, compared to just 13 issued during the whole of 2015 when the council’s policy focussed on education rather than enforcement. As Spring looms, with lighter mornings and evenings, Kingdom will be

continuing the zero-tolerance approach by organising earlier and later patrols. Feedback from the enforcement officers is confi rming what the council has always believed – that the vast ma-

jority of Wirral dog owners are responsible citizens and contribute greatly to keeping our streets, parks and beauty spots and clean for the benefit of everyone.

BAG SCHEME A SUCCESS ■ We are now piloting the use of bag dispensers in some of our parks so people can grab a bag to clean up after their dog if they have forgotten to bring one out with them. ■ The scheme is in operation in Victoria Park, Tranmere, Harrison Park, Wallasey, Royden Park, Frankby, and Dibbinsdale Nature Reserve, Bromborough.

Royden Park: Chosen for poop bag pilot scheme.

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This kit could save your life Bowel cancer is one of the most common cancers in the UK but you can test for it yourself.


OWEL CANCER is the fourth most common cancer diagnosed in the UK. It affects both men and women, and the risk increases with age. More than 9 in 10 people who are diagnosed with bowel cancer in England are aged 55 or over. If you’re aged 60-74 and registered with a GP in England, you’ll be sent a free NHS bowel cancer screening kit in the post, once every two years. It is completely your choice whether you complete your

bowel cancer screening kit or not, but Cancer Research UK recommends you do. It’s meant for people with no symptoms and looks for tiny amounts of blood in your poo that you may not be able to see. The test may feel a little embarrassing for some, but it can be completed in the privacy of your own home. Bowel cancer screening is a great way to detect cancer at an early stage, when it’s easier to treat successfully. If you are worried about symptoms such as a persistent change in your bowel habit, pain in your abdomen, bleeding from the back passage, tiredness or weight loss, or are worried about your bowel health in any way, you shouldn’t wait for your bowel cancer screening test kit. You should speak to your GP, who can arrange

for referral to a specialist if necessary. For further information, call the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Helpline on 0800 707 60 60 or visit www.


Bowel cancer: Now you can test at home.

AROUND 300,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in England each year, but more than 4 in 10 cases could be prevented through things such as: ■ NOT SMOKING Smoking increases the risk of many cancers. The best thing you can do for your health is quit. ■ LOOK AFTER YOURSELF Being overweight or obese can increase your risk of some cancers. Maintain a healthy weight and keep active. ■ CUT DOWN ON ALCOHOL Drinking alcohol is known to increase your risk of some cancers. The more you drink, the greater your risk.

Health experts back moves to CHAIN RUNNER CHALLENGE: ARE YOU TOUGH ENOUGH? increase cost of cheap cider CHEAP, HIGH STRENGTH cider is putting the health and wellbeing of young people and heavy drinkers at risk. So says a new campaign to increase tax on strong cider which is being backed by health experts in Wirral – and a recent survey found that 66% of public support the move. Three litre bottles of these ciders can contain the same alcohol as 22 shots of vodka, and can be bought for as little 16p a unit. Already in Wirral, the council is working with health agencies and support groups to curb the sale of super strength alcohol. Our ‘Reducing The Strength’ scheme initially concentrated on the ‘7 Beats’ area of Birkenhead, but has now been rolled out to

other parts of the borough. It encourages retailers to voluntarily agree to stop selling very cheap, very strong (6.5% ABV and above) beers, lagers and ciders. This helps us to support local people to live healthier lives, particularly those who live in our most deprived areas where life expectancy is lower than people who live in our more affluent areas. Many local stores have independently decided to support the campaign and have reported additional benefits to removing cheap, strong alcohol from their shelves. To support our Reducing The Strength campaign contact Gareth Hill on 0151 666 5187 or gareth

Community action on alcohol WIRRAL has been chosen as a Local Action Area to take part in the new phase of a national programme to tackle alcoholrelated crime and health. This will mean the council working with partners in local agencies to address problems caused by alcohol in our area. We’ll be looking for innovative ways to share, and make better use of, data and information so that individuals with alcohol problems can be supported more effectively, and the impact of alcohol on local communities and services reduced.

AFTER THE SUCCESS OF 2016, organisers are already planning a bigger and better Chain Runner event in March. Stephen Henderson and Stephen Carroll, both from Wirral, came up with the novel idea of being chained to each other and dragged along a course. The idea grew into an event of its own and in 2016, with the help and support of Park Ranger Jo Hanik, Chain Runner was born! More than 500 runners from around the UK took part in the first event. The next one takes place on March 25 at Wirral Country Park, Thurstaston, through mud, sand and crazy obstacles. Proceeds are for Claire House, to book, visit

For your Active Wirral 25% discount, enter code: AW25 when signing up.

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“When I get older I still want to be able to use the stairs”

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“I still want to be able to walk my dog” “I still want to be able to play with my grandkids” “I still want to be able to do my own garden” “I still want to be able to have a good social life”

Things we take for granted, like climbing stairs or going shopping could be beyond us in later life unless we exercise now. Research reveals that people who are active for seven hours a week have a 60% chance of living longer than those who are active for less than 30 minutes. Small changes to your daily routine, like taking the stairs, can help you to live the life you want, as you get older.


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YOUR Don’t let February see HAVE SAY ON KEEPING ACTIVE off your health kick! IN- ANDWIRRAL WIN A February is crunch time when it comes to keeping those all-important new year resolutions.


OU may have made that decision to get healthier at the beginning of the year but can you keep the commitment going? The answer is YES and we have a host of tips and activities to spur you on. The Active Wirral campaign is designed to put you in charge when it comes to getting healthier and encouraging you to adopt small lifestyle changes which can make a BIG difference to your health and wellbeing. You can find out more about local Active Wirral activities close to you by visiting the Active Wirral Facebook page. There you’ll find details on walks, sports, fitness and social events as well as important tips

Bike it: And make a difference!

on heathier changes to your everyday life and habits. Also visit the Live Well Directory which gives you details on local clubs, services and activities happening near you simply by tapping in your

postcode. Visit thelivewelldi for more information. In addition you can also find out more information on Public Health England’s One You initiative which provides

important tips on eating well, drinking less alcohol and quitting smoking and increasing your activity rate each day. Visit for more details.

LOOKING AFTER YOURSELF as you get older is the key to helping prevent problems later in life. Finding the time (and the motivation) to exercise after you reach 50 can be a challenge but keeping fit today can lay the foundations for a better quality of life tomorrow. Together with our partners we have launched a brand new campaign to give you the tools to stay active, not just now, but well into retirement age. Through the Active Wirral Facebook page we’ll be helping you live the life YOU want to live when you get

that little bit older. ‘Like’ the page to see our regular tips for keeping active and healthy. They involve doing the most straightforward things, like taking the stairs, taking care of the garden, walking each morning or leading a more active social life. We’ll also have suggestions for local activities to keep those healthy vibes flowing. You could try an over 50s walking football initiative hosted by Tranmere Rovers FC providing the chance to enjoy a slower paced version of the national game. Further details are available from the club’s website at

Or maybe more relaxed activities, such as, fitness, yoga and pilates, as well as art and craftwork and musical theatre. Many of the activities are hosted at the Meadowcroft Wellbeing Hub in Bromborough. Further details are available from 0151 482 3456 or by emailing activeage@ We’ll have more ideas in future issues of Wirral View but in the meantime, look at our website


Keeping fit at 50+ is crucial


KEEPING ACTIVE is something most of us will think about at some point, but how often do we put those thoughts into action, and if we don’t, what are the barriers stopping us from getting healthier? Now you have the chance to tell us - we want to hear your views on what motivates you and what will encourage you to do more healthy activities in the future. Active Wirral is a campaign to help motivate and encourage residents to get more active by making small lifestyle changes that could make a BIG difference to both their health and their family’s. But to plan the right local activities, we need to know what works and doesn’t work for you. These include what types of exercise you prefer, what you feel are the most beneficial and what often stops you from exercising. We also want to know what kind of health and fitness activities you would like to see in Wirral in the future. Furthermore you will also have the chance to win a £20 Amazon voucher, just by taking part in the survey. Further details are available by logging on to the survey at surveymonkey. and residents of all ages are welcome to take part. The survey is live until March 10. Look out for more details on the results of the survey in the next issue of Wirral View.

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Safe place to escape abuse A domestic abuse project is giving families a nonjudgemental place to share stories.


EAPFROG, a domestic abuse programme, gives people at risk a safe place to share their stories. The programme has been running for more than 20 years and works with all members of a family experiencing abuse to build resilience and self-esteem. Paula, (not her real name), says the project has been a lifeline: ‘I was in an abusive relationship from the age of 21 until I was 47.

‘It took me seven years to break away, I struggled to find a way out, and this added to my feelings of guilt and shame. I was supported by my parents, the Family Safety Unit and the police. ‘I went to Leapfrog because one of my sons was showing signs of anxiety and needed to make sense of the abuse his father had inflicted on us. Even though I’d been separated for years, I was terrified of going along, but I wasn’t judged or made to feel any shame. After the first session my son said ‘mum, this happened to other kids not just me!’ ‘I want my sons to be happy, well balanced, caring and to have healthy relationships. If I had continued in that relationship my sons may have been damaged further.’


Leapfrog: Safe place to share

LEAPFROG is run by Involve Northwest. For more than 20 years, the charity has been helping individuals and families make lasting changes at difficult times in their lives. This includes support with domestic abuse. Wirral is working towards zero tolerance of domestic abuse and Leapfrog provides a safe and neutral place for family units to work through what has happened and rebuild relationships and trust. For more information visit

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

I’m Middle Sis, Sophie, aged 4

I’m Big Sis, Mya, aged 5

I’m Baby Bro, Ted, aged 3

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Sign up to the ‘army’!


Running can be a scary prospect if you’re new to it but here’s a ready-made army of women waiting to welcome and help you.


HE’S KNOWN throughout Wirral as Running Rachel. But the inspirational Rachel Brown is much more than just someone who runs to keep fit she runs to get the lives of other women back on the right track. As founder of the groundbreaking Mums to Marathons community of more than 600 female runners, Rachel (pictured) has revolutionised the way many women are now taking control of their own future. They are those who, like

Running Rachel Brown (centre) : Rachel and her Orange Army.

her, have been in the depths of despair but are today part of her Orange Army of women who, she says, can take on anything that life throws at them. And Rachel should know as she overcame her own severe depression, mental illness and family tragedy by using running as a way of chasing away her dark days. Rachel, a former dancer who was advised to start running after putting on weight after the birth of her three children, explained: ‘A few years ago, I was in a terrible state mentally. I was suffering from post-natal depression and just hated the way I looked to the point of paranoia.

‘I’d been seriously ill during pregnancy, had become really fat and was at an all-time low. ‘When running was suggested as a way of losing weight, I didn’t hold much faith as, although I’d been fit in the past I couldn’t run - at all. ‘As the weight started to drop off, I noticed another massive change - my confidence was coming back and my low ebbs were getting less and less. I was really starting to feel great.’ From a small group of runners, there are now more than 600 women of all ages and from all walks of life in Mums to Marathons whose road to recovery has been

down to Rachel. One group member who couldn’t run up the road can now run for three miles without stopping; another novice did a 10K run in exactly one hour. Rachel is always looking to sign up more recruits for her Orange Army, so named because of their bright orange running kit. If you are interested in finding out more about Mums to Marathons you can contact Rachel on 07545 144449, email rachelbrown69@ or go to Facebook and ask to join her closed group ‘Rachel’s Mum’s to Marathons’. All women are welcome.


You can help by: ■ Keeping your dog in if you’re expecting callers. ■ If your dog’s in the back garden, make sure it can’t get round to the front. ■ Shutting your dog in a room before opening the front door. ■ Don’t let children open the door, dogs can push past. ■ Distracting your dog with food or a toy when the door goes. ■ Using a wire letter basket to protect post and your postie’s fingers.

RALLY CALL TO RESIDENTS Join residents, traders and businesses from the Pensby area as they continue to campaign and fundraise for their neighbourhood. All interested are welcome to a public meeting on Wednesday, February 22, from 7pm-8.30pm at Pensby Library, Pensby Road. They are looking for support from all sections of the community. Refreshments will be provided.


‘Protect your postie’ INJURIES caused by dog attacks are more common on Merseyside than anywhere else in the country. Up to 70 per cent of attacks take place on private property, in gardens, drives, paths and private roads. Postal and delivery workers, gas, water and electricity workers, district nurses, home helps, health visitors, and care workers, are all at risk.

CASH confiscated from convicted loan sharks is funding a series of events in Wirral to highlight the dangers of loan sharks. Loan Shark Week, in February half term will include free art and craft for all ages at The Pyramids, Birkenhead, from February 20-24 from 10.30am-3pm. Wirral Methodist Housing Association will also visit sheltered housing schemes and YMCA Wirral’s homeless hostel to spread the message. To report a loan shark call the 24/7 confidential hotline 0300 555 2222, text a report to 07860 022 116, email reportaloanshark@, or message

ON SATURDAY MARCH 11, Wirral History and Heritage Association hosts its annual History and Heritage Fair at Birkenhead Town Hall. Dozens of local history societies and galleries, from Port Sunlight Museum to Birkenhead Priory, will be available to provide information about their historical walks and tours. The fair is free entry and will be open from 10am-4pm.

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recruitment & public notices JOBS For full details on the following vacancies, visit Details can also be downloaded free of charge from Wirral Libraries and One Stop Shops. HEAD OF EXTENDED SERVICES St George’s Primary School, Wallasey Band G (£19,304.99 to £22,129.99). Part-time. 30 hrs per week. All year round. Required from 18/04/17. Please Quote N46862. St George’s Primary School are looking to appoint someone to be responsible for and manage the overall co-ordination of the Extended Services provision. The successful candidate will provide high quality care for the children before and after school and during the holidays. The post holder will ensure health and safety requirements are met and that high expectations are maintained at all times. The Head of Extended Services would be responsible for expanding the club and working to make certain the provision meets the needs of all children. Application forms for the above post are available online at www.stgeorges. Please return completed application forms with a supporting letter to Mrs Mylie Barker at admin@ Closing date: Monday 27th February 2017, 9am. Interviews: Monday 13th March 2017. This posts is subject to an Enhanced Level DBS check. The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All applicants will be considered on the basis of suitability for the post regardless of sex, race or disability. St George’s Primary School, St George’s Road, Wallasey, Wirral, CH45 3NF. Tel: 0151 638 6014. E-mail: schooloffice@ CLERK TO GOVERNORS St George’s Primary School, Wallasey £25.00 per hour. As and when required. Required as soon as possible. Please Quote N46863. The Governing Body and head teacher are seeking a skilled administrator to undertake the role of Clerk to the Governing Body. The post will be paid on an annual contract and will involve working with the chairs of our key committees to; • Attend relevant training and updates • Manage statutory paperwork for the Full Governing Body • Advise on queries relating to Governor Law • Distribute relevant papers and confirm attendance at Governing Body meetings • Attend meetings and take minutes of meetings • Amend minutes (where required) and circulate agreed minutes The annual contract will be paid at a minimum of £1050 in exchange for approximately 42 hours of clerking time for our key committees. Additional payments will be made for any further hours worked involving other committee meetings. Full training and induction will be provided. Further details including the job description can be obtained by e-mailing Mrs Mylie Barker at admin@ Closing date: Monday 27th February 2017, 9am. This post is subject to an Enhanced Level DBS check. The school is committed to

safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All applicants will be considered on the basis of suitability for the post regardless of sex, race or disability. St George’s Primary School, St George’s Road, Wallasey, Wirral, CH45 3NF. Tel: 0151 638 6014. E-mail: schooloffice@

expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All applicants will be considered on the basis of suitability for the post regardless of sex, race or disability. St George’s Primary School, St George’s Road, Wallasey, Wirral, CH45 3NF. Tel: 0151 638 6014. E-mail: schooloffice@


PERSONAL ASSISTANT TO SLT St George’s Primary School, Wallasey Band E (£15,456.50 to £17,225.82). Full-time. 36 hrs per week. 39 week contract. Required as soon as possible. Please Quote N46861.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the following applications have been received:-

St George’s Primary School is looking for a Personal Assistant to support the school’s leadership team. You will be part of a strong leadership and administration team. You will need to have excellent interpersonal skills, be efficient and organised. You must be able to handle situations with discretion, tact and diplomacy. You will support the work of the senior leadership team which will include: confidential administration; organising meetings; co-ordinating the school’s diary and annual planner; managing website and other key administrative duties. We will provide support and high quality training.

The following proposal does not accord with the provisions of the development plan: MR K ARCHER, NORTH WOOD, 21 BARNSTON ROAD, BARNSTON, CH60 2SW. Extension of existing roof space with the addition of dormer windows to front and rear elevations. APP/16/01618. Full Planning Permission. Departure from U.D.P.

For further information and to request an application pack please contact Mrs Mylie Barker on 0151 638 6014 or e-mail: Closing Date: Monday 27th February 2017, 9am. Interviews: Tuesday 14th March 2017. If you have not heard about your application by then please assume you have not been successful in reaching the interview stage. This post is subject to an Enhanced Level DBS check. The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All applicants will be considered on the basis of suitability for the post regardless of sex, race or disability. St George’s Primary School, St George’s Road, Wallasey, Wirral, CH45 3NF. Tel: 0151 638 6014. E-mail: schooloffice@ SENIOR PLAY & MIDDAY SUPERVISOR St George’s Primary School, Wallasey Band D (£3,921.85 - £4,103.07). Part-time. 10 hours per week (38 weeks). Please Quote N46865. St George’s Primary are looking to recruit a Senior Midday Supervisor who will be responsible for the deployment of lunchtime supervisors and ensuring that all pupils have a positive and sociable lunchtime. They will need to be able to communicate with all lunchtime staff and promote professional relationships whilst engaged in the role. The post holder must be keen to promote positive play experiences for children. The successful candidate will be supervised by senior staff. Training will be provided. Application forms for the above post are available by emailing Mrs Mylie Barker at admin@stgeorges.wirral. Please return completed application forms with a supporting letter to Mrs Mylie Barker via email. Closing Date: Thursday 2nd March 2017. Interviews to be held week commencing 13th March 2017. This post is subject to an Enhanced Level DBS check. The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and


MR P HALLIDAY, SHERWOOD, 3 PROSPECT ROAD, PRENTON, CH42 8LE. Proposed first-floor terrace. APP/16/01625. Full Planning Permission. Mountwood Conservation Area. MR J MCGARITY, 6 CHARING CROSS, BIRKENHEAD, WIRRAL, CH41 6EJ. Change of use from vacant pawn broker premises to a hot food take away with no alterations to building. APP/16/01634. Full Planning Permission. Grade II listed building. Archaeological site. MR S CLAYTON, 48 MANOR HILL, CLAUGHTON, CH43 1UE. Two storey side extension with pitched roof. APP/17/00053. Full Planning Permission. Affects setting of Grade II listed building. MR M FORMSTON, 135 PARK ROAD NORTH, BIRKENHEAD, CH41 8AA. Replacement Detached Garage - Re-submission of Application APP/16/00636. APP/17/00062. Full Planning Permission. Birkenhead Park Conservation Area. Any representations regarding the above applications must be received in writing by 1 March 2017 at the address below. Notice is dated 8 February 2017. MR S AHMED, DICKIE LEWISS SPORTS BAR, 1 OXTON ROAD, BIRKENHEAD, CH41 2QQ. Change of use from public house with residential accommodation above to three commercial (A1) units at ground floor and 14 HMO bedsits on first and second floor. APP/16/01372. Full Planning Permission. Affects setting of Grade II listed building. The following proposal does not accord with the provisions of the development plan: MR N SIMON, CROSSFIT SEMPITERNAL, UNIT 14B, VALLEY BUSINESS PARK, VALLEY ROAD, BIDSTON, CH41 7ED. Change of use from industrial (Use Class B2) to leisure (Use Class D2). APP/16/01636. Full Planning Permission. Departure from U.D.P. MR ELLIS, 8 PINFOLD, PINFOLD LANE, WEST KIRBY, CH48 5JQ. In First floor flat on west facing gable end to; Enlarge existing window to match existing and install one additional matching window. APP/17/00035. Full Planning Permission. Meols Drive Conservation Area. MR JACKSON, 2 HOLM VIEW CLOSE, OXTON, CH43 2GA. Single storey extension. APP/17/00051. Full Planning Permission. Affects setting of Conservation Area Oxton. The following proposal does not accord with the provisions of the development plan: MR & MRS LEWIS, 58 BRIDLE ROAD, EASTHAM, CH62 8BR. Erection of a roof extension to existing dwelling, including raised roof height, eaves and the inclusion of front and rear dormer windows. APP/17/00091. Full Planning Permission. Departure from U.D.P. MR KEMP, 13 LINGDALE ROAD, WEST KIRBY, CH48 5DG. Proposed single storey rear extension and detached garden building. APP/17/00093. Full Planning Permission. Affects setting of Conservation Area Meols Drive. GRAND PROPERTY ASSETS LTD, 47 ARGYLE STREET, BIRKENHEAD, WIRRAL. Demolition of former cinema / snooker hall and construction of 3 storey mixed use development comprising 2 No. A1 retail units to the ground floor and office (A2/B1) use to the first and second floors with car parking to the rear. APP/17/00097. Full Planning

Permission. Hamilton Square Conservation Area. Affects setting of Grade II listed building. MR & MRS SNELSON, WIBBLEDENE, 11 RECTORY LANE, HESWALL, CH60 4RZ. Erection of a two storey side extension with rooms in the roof. APP/17/00102. Full Planning Permission. Definitive footpath (public right of way). Affects setting Conservation Area Heswall. Any representations regarding the above applications must be received in writing by 8 March 2017 at the address below. Notice is dated 15 February 2017. MR P WICKENS, MANOR BUILDERS, LAND ADJACENT TO 70 ST PAULS ROAD, SEACOMBE, WIRRAL. 10 Self-contained flats - new build. APP/16/01427. Full Planning Permission. MR M RUSHTON, LIVERPOOL MUTUAL HOMES, LAND OFF NEW CHESTER ROAD, NEW FERRY, CH62 4RE. Reserved matters application for residential development, including details for the following outline approval conditions: Condition 2 - Layout/ scale and Appearance Condition 3 - Details and design principles Condition 4 - Existing and proposed Levels Condition 6 Materials Condition 9 - Boundary Treatments Condition 24 - Slab Levels. DLS/16/01601. Reserved Matters. The following proposal does not accord with the provisions of the development plan: MR M BURGESS, 19 MILL HILL ROAD, IRBY, CH61 4UE. Extend existing roof and add dormers. Erect two storey rear extension. Garage. APP/16/01633. Full Planning Permission. Departure from U.D.P. The following proposal does not accord with the provisions of the development plan: MR S MACLAREN, BLACKDOG SKATE PARK, 27 TARRAN WAY NORTH, MORETON, CH46 4UA. Change of Use to from industrial use to a skate park (Use Class D2). APP/16/01642. Full Planning Permission. Departure from U.D.P. MR & MRS HYLAND, GRANGE FARM, RABY MERE ROAD, RABY, CH63 4JH. Conversion and alteration of existing agricultural buildings to form Kennel and a Cattery, erection of private-use stables and associated exercise area, new access road, parking spaces for 2 vehicles and creation of private garden area within the site. APP/17/00014. Full Planning Permission. Archaeological site. Affects setting of Grade II listed building. MR A PATERSON, 26 CLAREMOUNT ROAD, LISCARD, CH45 6UB. Request for material change of use to include C1 use fo the annexe: bed & breakfast accommodation. APP/17/00107. Full Planning Permission. Affects setting of Grade II listed building. MR SPENCER, MADDISON DEVELOP LTD, LAND ADJACENT TO 5 MOUNT OLIVE, OXTON, CH43 5TT. Variation Condition 2 (16/00550) - Amend the approved drawings: 15-175-110c, 120b, 121b and 122a, to be replaced with the following submitted drawings: C1623-01a, 02 and 03. Changes to finish and footprint. APP/17/00119. Full Planning Permission. Oxton Conservation Area. Any representations regarding the above applications must be received in writing by 15 March 2017 at the address below. Notice is dated 22 February 2017.

A copy of the application, plans and other documents are available for inspection at the Department of Regeneration, Housing & Planning, Wirral Borough Council, Wallasey Town Hall, South Annexe, Brighton Street, Wallasey, Merseyside, CH44 8ED between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday (except Bank holidays), you can see details and plans of the application on our web site at and you can email comments to 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. MAKING OF A NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR HOYLAKE Copies of the Plan which was brought into legal force on 19 December 2016 and the Council’s Decision Statement can be inspected at Hoylake Library, The Parade (Hoylake Community Centre), Melrose Hall and at the Council’s offices at Wallasey Town Hall and on the Council’s website at local-plans-and-planning-policy/neighbourhood-planning/ hoylake. Further information can be obtained from 0151 691 8110 or Notice is dated 1 February 2017.

HIGHWAYS NOTICE OF CONFIRMATION OF PUBLIC PATH ORDER HIGHWAYS ACT 1980 - SECTION 118 - UNADOPTED ALLEYWAYS OFF NELSON ROAD, ROCK FERRY, WIRRAL PUBLIC PATH EXTINGUISHMENT ORDER 2016 On 24 January 2017 the Wirral Borough Council confirmed the above named Order under Section 118, Highways Act 1980. The effect of the Order as confirmed is to extinguish the unadopted alleyways off Nelson Road, Rock Ferry, Wirral running: - From Point A to point B in a southerly direction of approx. 42m in length and approx. 2m width. - Area C 1059sqm. As shown on the Order Map. A copy of the Order as confirmed and the Order Map may be inspected free of charge at the One Stop Shop, Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey, Wirral between 9.00am and 5.00pm on Mondays to Fridays. Copies of the Order and Map may be purchased there. The Order becomes operative on 8 February 2017, but if a person aggrieved by the Order desires to question its validity or that of any provision contained in it, on the ground that it is not within the powers of the Highways Act 1980, as amended, or on the ground that any requirement of the Act, as amended, or of any regulation made under the Act has not been complied with in relation to the Order he or she may, under paragraph 2 of Schedule 2 to the Act as applied by paragraph 5 of Schedule 6 to the Act, within 6 weeks from 8 February 2017 make an application to the High Court. Notice is dated 8 February 2017.

OTHER REPORT OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT OMBUDSMAN The Local Government Ombudsman has issued a report following her investigation of four complaints against Wirral Council. The complaints were about an Education & Children’s Services matter. The Ombudsman found that there had been

Have your say on a new community-led Forum for Birkenhead North The Birkenhead North Neighbourhood Alliance has applied to the Council to be formally designated as the statutory Neighbourhood Forum for parts of North Birkenhead. Designation will enable the community-led Forum to prepare statutory neighbourhood planning proposals for the geographical area set out in their application. If the Council agrees to designate the Alliance, no other organisation or body may be designated for that area until that designation expires or is withdrawn. The deadline for comments to be submitted on the application is 5pm on Wednesday 22 March 2017. A copy of the Consultation Notice and associated Consultation Letter is attached. Further information and a copy of the application documents can be viewed on the Council’s website at

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recruitment & public notices fault on the part of the Council, and this had caused injustice to the complainants. Wirral Council has agreed to take action which the Ombudsman regards as providing a satisfactory remedy for the complaint. The Council must now consider the report and tell the Ombudsman within three months (or such longer period as she may agree) what it proposes to do. Copies of the report will be available for public inspection during normal office hours at Wallasey Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey, CH44 8ED, for three weeks starting on 23rd February 2017. Anyone is entitled to take copies of the report or extracts from it. Copies will be supplied at a reasonable charge.

TRAFFIC MARINE AND COASTAL ACCESS ACT 2009 APPLICATION FOR MARINE LICENCE Notice is hereby given that Wirral Council has applied to the Marine Management Organisation under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009, Part 4, for a marine licence to undertake the replacement of two bridges along Tower Road (A554) in Wirral Docks, Birkenhead. Plans showing the position of the works may be inspected at (1). Copies of the application and associated information may be viewed on line in the Public Register at Representations or objections in respect of the application should be made in writing, giving an address to which correspondence relating to the representation or objection may be sent, to the Marine Management Organisation, Lancaster House, Hampshire Court, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7YH, or alternatively emailed to marine.consents@, within 28 days of (2), quoting reference MLA/2016/00474. The Marine Management Organisation will pass to the applicant a copy of any objection or representation we receive. (1) A copy of the plans may be seen during normal office hours at Cheshire Lines Buildings, Canning Street, Birkenhead, Wirral,

CH41 1ND and on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9:00hrs to 17:00hrs and Wednesday 10:00hrs to 17:00hrs at The One Stop Shop Town Hall Brighton Street Seacombe CH44 8ED. (2) Wednesday 18 January 2017. Notice is dated 1 February 2017. SECTION 14 OF THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 (AS AMENDED) - NOTICE OF MAKING TEMPORARY TRAFFIC RESTRICTION ORDER IN THE BIRKENHEAD AREA 2017 Notice is hereby given that Wirral Borough Council intend to make a Temporary Road Traffic Regulation Order under section 14 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 as amended by section 1 and Schedule 1 of the Road Traffic (Temporary Restrictions) Act 1991 and of all other enabling powers to enable works on or near the roads specified in the proposed order to take place. The effects of the order, the alternative route for vehicular traffic the date the order comes into force and its maximum duration is set out below. A & C Bridges, Tower Road (Temporary Road Closures) Birkenhead Order 2017 The effect of this order will be: A. To close ‘A’ Bridge, Tower Road from its junction with Dock Road to its junction with the Ferry Terminal Access Road. B. To close ‘C’ Bridge, Tower Road from its junction with the Ferry Terminal Access Road to its junction with Tower Wharf. Alternative route: Traffic to be diverted via A5139 Dock Road, A5027 Duke Street, A5030 Cleveland Street, A5029 Rendell Street, A554 Tower Road and vice versa. Access to and from the Stena Line ferry terminal will be maintained at all times. The above traffic restrictions will not operate concurrently. They will only take place during certain times to accommodate works when necessary for that particular road and will not operate for the full duration of the dates advertised. Maximum Duration of the order: From 08:00am 28 March 2017 until 23:59pm 31 January 2018 (or such earlier date as the works are completed by). Notice is dated 22 February 2017.

TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDERS 1. Take Notice that Wirral Borough Council in exercise of its powers under Sections 1(1) & 1(2), & 84 (1) and 84 (2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (hereinafter call ‘the Act’) and all of the other enabling powers, has today February 15 2017 made the Orders set out as (A & B) of this notice. 2. The Orders set out as (A & B) of this notice shall come into operation on February 15 2017. 3. A copy of all the Orders set out at (A & B) of this notice, may be seen at all reasonable hours at the Department of Law, HR and Asset Management (quoting reference KAO), Town Hall, Wallasey. 4. Any person wishing to object to the validity of the Orders or any of its provisions on the grounds that it or any of its provisions are not within the powers conferred by the Act or that any requirement of the Act or of any instrument under it has not been complied with may within 6 weeks from the 15 February 2017 apply for that purpose to the High Court. Notice is hereby given that Wirral Borough Council in exercise of its powers intends to make the following orders under Sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 32, 35 and 84 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, and of all other enabling powers. (A) METROPOLITAN BOROUGH OF WIRRAL - (BIRKENHEAD AREA) (WAITING, LOADING & PARKING PLACES) ORDER 2006 - AMENDMENT No 1, 2016 Junction of Palm Grove with Devonshire Place and Devonshire Road, Oxton. The general nature and effect of this order will be to amend the existing order Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, (Birkenhead Area) (Waiting, Loading & Parking Places) Order 2006 by additional prohibitions as follows: Schedule 2: No waiting Column 1 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5 Item No. Length of Road Side of Road Description Day Time Exemption New Item Devonshire Place North side From its junction with Palm Grove in a westerly direction for a distance of 22.7 metres. All Days All Hours C,D,E,F New Item Devonshire Place South side From its junction with Palm Grove in a westerly direction for a distance of 21.0 metres. All Days All Hours C,D,E,F New Item Devonshire Road North side From its junction with Palm Grove in an easterly direction for a distance of 27.0 metres. All Days All Hours C,D,E,F New Item Devonshire Road South side From its junction with Palm Grove in an easterly direction for a distance of 18.5 metres. All Days All Hours C,D,E,F New Item Palm Grove West side From a point 20.0 metres south of its junction with Devonshire Place in a northerly direction to a point All Days All Hours C,D,E,F 40.5 metres north of its junction with Devonshire Place. New Item Palm Grove East side All Days All Hours C,D,E,F From a point 22.6 metres south of its junction with Devonshire Road in a northerly direction to a point 31.7 metres north of its junction with Devonshire Road. (B) METROPOLITAN BOROUGH OF WIRRAL - (BIRKENHEAD AREA) (WAITING, LOADING & PARKING PLACES) ORDER 2006 - AMENDMENT No 1, 2016 Junction of Sandy Way, Manor Hill and Grosvenor Place, Oxton. The general nature and effect of this order will be to amend the existing order Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, (Birkenhead Area) (Waiting, Loading & Parking Places) Order 2006 by additional prohibitions as follows: Schedule 2: No waiting Column 1 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5 Item No. Length of Road Side of Road Description Day Time Exemption New Item Grosvenor Place North side From its junction with Manor Hill in an easterly direction for a distance of 8.6 metres. All Days All Hours C,D,E,F New Item Manor Hill West side From its junction with Sandy Way in a northerly direction for a distance of 10.6 metres. All Days All Hours C,D,E,F New Item Manor Hill East side From its junction with Grosvenor Place in a northerly direction for a distance of 10.0 metres. All Days All Hours C,D,E,F New Item Sandy Way North side From its junction with Manor Hill in a westerly direction for a distance of 14.0 metres. All Days All Hours C,D,E,F Notice is dated 15 February 2017.

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


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