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.

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    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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    Blooming Marvellous!

    If you’re at a loose end on Sunday, August 20, get down to Birkenhead Park’s new pavillion for the first annual Wirral Flower and Vegetable Show. Open to the public from noon until 4pm, the show will feature over 35 different classes of plants, fruits and vegetables. The Lord Mayor of Wirral, Cllr Peter Johnson, will present the prizes.

    The show is sponsored by Gordale Nursery and Garden Centre and is supported by the Birkenhead Regeneration Community Partnership, the National Vegetable Society,  Wirral Allotment Society, the Birkenhead Lions, and Wirral Borough Council.

    For more details, phone Adam King, Birkenhead Park’s Senior Ranger, on 0151 652 5197.

    Looking For Work?

    On Thursday, 7 September, Wirral’s retailers will be holding the Wirral Retail Jobs Fair from 10am until 4pm which is open to all members of the public.

    The event will be held at the Lauries Centre, Claughton Road, Birkenhead and is aimed at getting local people into Christmas retail work.

    It may well be too late to book a table, but for more information, phone the Employer Engagement team on 0151 801 5773.

    Saving Lairds

    News came out this week that Northwestern Shiprepairers are bidding to purchase the Cammell Laird name and trademark. Cammell Laird’s administrators, KPMG, are auctioning off the assets to the highest bidder, and everyone with an interest in the company can only hope that Northwestern, who occupy and work from the northern end of the Lairds site, are successful. Good luck to them.

    Football Is Back! (Did It Ever Go Away?)

    For those of you not getting down to the Wirral Show on Saturday, perhaps you want to go and cheer on Wirral’s own representatives in the Football League?

    Tranmere Rovers’ League One campaign kicks off on Saturday at 3pm. For Ronnie Moore’s first game in charge, his former club Oldham visit Prenton Park. Prices start at £5 for Juniors, £8 for Young People (17-22) and seniors, and £15 for adults.

    Woodside To Be Overhauled.

    Hot on the heels of yesterday’s development news comes this story from icLiverpool:

    AMBITIOUS proposals for a complete overhaul of the Birkenhead seafront opposite Liverpool’s Three Graces have been revealed.

    It follows lengthy research by planning consultants who were brought in by Wirral Council two years ago to develop a “masterplan” for the Woodside area.

    The land near the Birkenhead ferry landing stage is seen by Wirral Council as offering “one of the World’s most recognisable and spectacular views – that of the Liverpool waterfront”.

    Most of the details have been kept under wraps for now, but one of the main features is a high quality hotel.

    More good stuff, maybe things are (finally) turning around for our area.