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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    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.

    New Brighton Scheme Rejected

    The Government have thrown out Neptune’s controversial scheme for New Brighton’s regeneration.

    While it’s all well and good arguing the toss about heritage and NIMBYism (and there’ll be plenty of that to come…), what needs to happen now is for all sides to sit down and find a proposal that will work for the resort.
    As it is, New Brighton is a great example of a dead resort. Nothing that is there at the moment will draw people from outside the area to it as happened before.

    Our neighbours are in the midst of their biggest period of building and growth since the war, we need the same. The emphasis there is on need.

    Please, Wirral Borough Council and neptune, dust yourself down and get back to the drawing board.

    First Homes Go At East Float Mills

    From the Wirral Globe:

    THE SPECTACULAR £19m restoration of East Float Mill at Wallasey had potential buyers camping out through the night to secure their new home.

    A queue stretching more than 100 metres formed ahead of the official launch of the first phase of the landmark development by leading developer Gregor Shore and resulted in half of the 53 apartments, worth nearly £4m, being snapped up on the evening.

    First to buy was Jack Dutton-Roberts, 19, of Birkenhead. He said: “I arrived here at 11am the previous day to make sure I was at the front of the queue.

    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.

    160 new flats for East Float Mills

    Plans have been submitted for a 19 storey residential tower at East Float Mills on Wallasey’s Dock Road. The new building would hold 160 flats.

    This area seriously needs investment of this kind, a 19 storey tower can only be the start. With some bars and restaurants added, along with some office space, Wirral’s dock system could undergo the kind of regeneration currently being enjoyed by our neighbours across the river.

    We’ll keep you updated on the plans.