Wirral Show 2009

Saturday 11 July and Sunday 12 see this year’s Wirral Show come to New Brighton’s Dips.

Highlights this year include the Musical Ride of the Merseyside Police, the Yakovlevs Aerial Display Team and the Royal Artillery Parachute Team.

Rumour has it that the Airbus A380 may make another appearance this year.

Also present will be the largest mobile climbing wall, operated by the Royal Marines.

More details are available at www.wirralshow.com

Contributors Wanted

It used to be that this site had quite a few visitors, before real life intervened and I lost my way.

I want to bring the blog back, but need some help to do it.

If you want to write for View From The Left Bank, leave a comment below, with a link to your blog/site or an example article.

All entrants will be considered.

Back online.

We’ll be back soon. In all honesty, I’ve just refound my log in details…

Welcome to Wirral Waters!

Peel Holdings, owners of the MDHC, have finally revealed their masterplan for Birkenhead’s dockland. The plans are to be “the biggest regeneration scheme in the UK” and will give this area a skyline to rival any city in the world.

The plans include:

  • A Retail and Leisure quarter at Bidston Moss
  • Mixed use (residential and business) developments around the East Float and Vittoria Dock
  • Port employment would continue at the West Float and Twelve Quays
  • Around 25,000 new residents
  • Around 27,000 new jobs (!)
  • £4.5b worth of investment
  • 50 Storey+ buildings

The scheme will come to fruition over the next 30 years, but wil first need to pass a public inquiry, due to the sheer size of the plan. For the sake of the area, we can only hope it passes. Another plan like this will never come along.

The masterplan can be found here.

If you wish to comment on this story, leave a comment below, or email leftbank@nerdshack.com.

    Bank Holiday Success

    40,000 were in Hoylake, watching the Red Arrows, for the RNLI Lifeboat Open Day, and 13,000 attended the first annual Wirral Food and Drink Festival.

    Organisers of the Food and Drink Festival are now hoping that they will be able to make the event a yearly fixture on Wirral’s calendar, while it is expected that the Lifeboat Open Day has smashed last year’s fundraising total of £27,000.

    Anne Benson, one of the volunteers who organised the event (the Food and Drink festival), said many stallholders had said it was the best festival they had attended and would like to return next year.

    She had said how amazed she was as streams of people flooded into the festival site as it opened on Sunday, and later queues formed on the roads outside with many more waiting to enter.

    She said: “We’ve had fantastic support from everyone who has come here as well as from all the volunteers who have helped make it so successful.

    “It would be nice if we could repeat that success again next year.”

    If you were at either event over the weekend, and have stories or pictures you would like to share, please comment below or email us at leftbank@nerdshack.com (apologies for anyone who tried to email last week from the blog, but I misspelled the email address, which was highly clever of me! This is the correct one to use.)

    Farewell, Little Yellow Bus

    It’s the end of the line for Birkenhead’s free eco-bus service. From September 3, the Hamilton Quarter Circular (as it’s so catchily known) will be cancelled. The Wirral Globe had this to say when they were first launched in 1998:

    ELECTRIC powered ‘eco-buses’ are now running around Birkenhead town
    centre. Mayor Margaret Green launched Jupiter, the free service shuttle
    for shoppers, commuters and other passengers. It provides regular
    services between the Woodside Ferry Terminal, tourist Hamilton Quarter,
    Birkenhead’s new bus station and Conway Park stopping at SMART-ECO bus
    shelters.

    Six zero-emission electric vehicles, full accessability
    for disabled people, are being used in the experiment. The long-term
    plan is to cut down on the number of motorists using cars in the town
    centre.

    I can only assume that lack of use was the problem, which begs the question of why didn’t they run a better route? If the buses had run to the top end of town, where more shops are located, rather than the relatively deserted Kwik Save/Old Co-op carpark, to Woodside and Hamilton Square, then more people would use them. Maybe if they were better publicised, too, they would have been more effective at drawing people from the ferry terminal, up to the Wirral Museum and then on to the shops, or the Williamson Gallery. Still, they lasted almost 8 years, but from next week, Birkenhead’s milk floats will have nothing else to race against. Farewell, Eco-1.

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    Lungs of the Mersey…

    BBC News Online have been highlighting traditional seaside resorts in recent weeks. Last Saturday was the turn of New Brighton, and it’s actually pretty favourable…

    Australian Bob Williams, 51, has returned to the town for the first time since leaving it 32 years ago.

    He said: “I’m really impressed with the place, how clean it is, the lack of graffiti and it’s safe to be walking round. My parents emigrated because they didn’t like the atmosphere.

    “But I can see now it has a lot of potential and I don’t think people realise what they have here. It’s wonderful walking along here with no cars. We don’t want to go home.”

    Check out the comments for people’s memories and see what this area needs to recapture.

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