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Old February 24th, 2006, 01:40 AM   #61
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Red face Wirral Farmers Market .....

Wirral Farmers Market .....

Wirral Farmers Market is an indoor market, held on the second Saturday of every month. It is run completely by volunteers for the benefit of the community and local producers.

The market is held in the Village Hall, Grove Street, New Ferry, Wirral. It has a refreshment bar and free car parking. There are currently around 35 producers offering a wide variety of produce such as beef, lamb, ostrich, fresh vegetables, pies, olives, cider, apple juice, flowers, cakes and much more...

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T: 0151 643 1393

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2nd Saturday of each month 9am to 2pm (or while stocks last).

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Free

Disabled Access:

Accessible to wheelchair users

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Arrow HISTORIC Fort Perch Rock is in line for a multi-million pound facelift .....

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Major facelift for famous fort
By Geoff Barnes

HISTORIC Fort Perch Rock is in line for a multi-million pound facelift.

If plans in the pipeline reach fruition the Mersey stronghold at New Brighton will be boosted as a tourist attraction by the re-installation of a naval gun and cannons associated with its military past, along with other restoration initiatives.

Doug Darroch Jnr, spokesman for the family concern which owns the fort, said English Heritage had indicated that the building was their number one restoration priority in Wirral.

Mr Darroch said a feasibility study would be undertaken later in the year with a view to the scheme being completed within the next five years.

He said: "We would try to draw funding from various sources, with European money being the most likely.

"Since we took over the fort this has been our objective. Originally the Capital of Culture year (2008) was our target, but this will not happen.

"We have a number of options - extending the present museum being one of them. The fort lends itself to military-type exhibitions and we also plan some kind of initiative relating to the river and all the famous ships that have passed the fort."

The proposed new guns for the fort would be used by military re-enactment groups in the staging of mock battles.

Mr Darroch told the ongoing inquiry into the New Brighton revival scheme that the fort's £7m restoration programme would carry forward the 200-year-old fort for another 150 years.

He said: "During the last 40 years people's views and attitudes on UK heritage have changed. The fort and lighthouse have become much loved and photographed icons."

But the exciting revelation about the fort's future prospects have been dampened by a critical appraisal this week over its standing in New Brighton.

Local traders claim it is in danger of becoming the resort's "most conspicuous embarrassment."

Business people in the resort are calling for urgent action to prevent some of its most important heritage assets from degenerating into eyesores.

New Brighton Trade and Business Association has identified a number of key buildings it claims are at risk. Members want a Liverpool-style "Stop the Rot" campaign to safeguard the resort's Victorian heritage.

Along with the Grand Hotel, Hotel Victoria, Chelsea Reach and derelict shops in Victoria Road, they have pointed the finger at Fort Perch Rock - one of New Brighton's most celebrated landmarks - as a key concern.

Association president Ron Jones said: "Fort Perch Rock is an underdeveloped resource which should be the centrepiece of our brand new seafront. This is potentially one of our biggest draws, but it is in danger of becoming our most conspicuous embarrassment. As a visitor centre it is sadly neglected and positively 'underwhelming.' There has been no significant money spent on the building in the last 30 years. There is an urgent need for new investment and imagination to secure the fort's future."

He added: "The business community have given full backing to the plans for a major new development on the sea front, but if we are to have a successful and prosperous future it is equally important that we invest in preserving our heritage and protecting key listed buildings.

"We believe Wirral Council and bodies like English Heritage need to intervene now to prevent Fort Perch Rock becoming the latest in a long list of New Brighton landmarks that have decayed and disappeared."

Mr Darroch commented: "People are entitled to their individual opinions, but for every bad comment we hear about the fort we get 2,000 good ones."
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Smile GOLFING is seen in parts of the world as a religion in itself .....

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Jesus and the golfers!
By Geoff Barnes

GOLFING is seen in parts of the world as a religion in itself. But when a Wirral minister consented to the inclusion of a golfing image as part of a stained-glass window he unleashed a furious backlash from the local community.

With the approach of the Open Golf Championship at Hoylake this summer, St Nicholas Church, opposite Wallasey Golf Club, is coming under international scrutiny because of the controversial window.

Today it attracts flurries of mild interest. But when it was constructed 80 years ago, following an anonymous donation from a golf club member, the reaction from parishioners and other local churches was one of shock.

The window depicts Christ 'at leisure' walking in cornfields, with a smaller panel showing three golfers.

Some critics were unhappy at sacred images of Christ being portrayed in the same window as the golfers.

Vicar the Rev Jeff Staples, said: "At the time there was quite a furore, not only because of the window but because the then Canon Stanley Roscamp was seen as having the audacity to open up the church for golfers to attend service before going off for a game of golf."

In the days before main highways were built golfers would pass the doors of the church after driving off from the first tee. The Rev Staples explained: "Rather than have them walk past the church Canon Roscamp decided to invite them to an early morning service which became known as the golfer's service. Other people could attend but it caused a lot of controversy locally and among other churches".

The canon felt under pressure to defend his decision and he did so in a letter to a local newspaper. He wrote: "This section of stained-glass window which, we are told, shook the religious conscience of Wallasey, is nine inches long and four inches wide and is so unobtrusive it can't be seen from any seat in the church - except one pew when a person had to be standing to catch a glimpse."

The Tourist Board has been in contact with Mr Staples with the aim of featuring the window in their championship literature and an American journalist has also shown an interest.

He said: "The window is part of St Nicholas's history and our association with golfers. We are still known as the golfer's church and morning communion is still known as the golfer's service.

"The good thing about the service in the early days was that the golfers who attended raised a lot of money for the old Wallasey Hospital."
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does anyone have any news or know when to expect a decision following the new brighton developments public enquiry.

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Has Tiger found his Wirral lair for his next shot at The Open Mar 11 2006




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The world's most famous golfer is coming to Wirral. Liam Murphy reports

HE IS one of the world's most recognisable sportsmen, and is heading for Wirral to defend his Open Golf championship in just a few months.

But where will Tiger Woods be gracing with his presence during his week-long visit to Merseyside in July?

An exclusive Wirral hotel is believed to have been lined up as the lair for the "Tiger's" visit to Hoylake, the Daily Post can reveal.

Staff at the Hillbark Hotel in Frankby remain tight-lipped, but a senior Merseyside tourism source has identified the hotel as Tiger's choice.




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He said: "Tiger's heading for Hillbark and it's believed his team will take out most of the hotel. It's a real coup for them."


The hotel, which is only taking bookings for a minimum of eight nights during the period of the Open, costs a minimum of £4,888 for a "Classic" room, £5,452 for a "Junior suite" and £6,392 per bedroom for a four person suite.


The hotel has confirmed that rooms had been booked for the Open by "a company" but would give no further details. That company is IMG, the sports management company which looks after Woods.


Tiger Woods's entourage is expected to include his father, his psychologist, his attorney, his swing coach, his caddie, his agent, a writer/reporter and a representative from Nike, making it potentially an expensive stay.


Hillbark is one of Wirral's most historic buildings and was transformed by its owner Craig Baker into a luxury four-star hotel.


The magnificent black and white Tudor-style building was once owed by the Royden family - founders of the Cunard Line - and its renovation provided the hotel with 20 bedrooms equipped with high-speed Internet access and hands-free telephone sets.


Hillbark was built in 1891 and originally stood on Bidston Hill before being taken down brick by brick and relocated to Royden Park in 1931, before becoming council property in 1960.


It lay empty for many years and for a short time was used as a nursing home by the council.


When the refurbishment was announced, the chief executive at Wirral Chamber of Commerce, Ken Davies, said it was "a welcome addition" and predicted it would prove successful for the Open golf championship.


Hotel owner Craig Baker said there had been "nothing official" on the rumours that Tiger Woods would be staying at the hotel.


He said: "We have got rooms booked by IMG but there are no names. There has been a lot of speculation - none of it arising from here - but we certainly can't say anything yet.


"The rooms have been booked under a company name but there is no way of knowing yet who will be staying in them. We can all draw conclusions, but there has been no confirmation."


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AT THE age of 30, Tiger Woods is expected to be sport's first billionaire.


As a youngster of two he had appeared on television putting against comedian Bob Hope, and when he was 20 he was the first golfer in history to win three consecutive Amateur titles in the US. That year he turned professional.


Lucrative sponsorship deals with major sports companies such as Nike, which reportedly included a five-year-deal worth $90m, have added to his phenomenal winnings on the golf course.


According to Golf Digest, in around nine seasons as a professional, Woods earned $66m in prize money worldwide, and their research showed that in the same period Woods earned another $481.8m in endorsements and appearance fees.


He has won 10 "majors" including two British Opens, including last year's event at St Andrews.
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Arrow Bus cuts are 'making life intolerable' ..... `Helicopters in for an MOT`

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Bus cuts are 'making life intolerable'

By Globe correspondent

THE decision by Arriva to withdraw bus services on Wirral has left whole areas without public transport one of the hardest hit being New Brighton.

Arriva and Go-ahead have announced that fares will increase and reductions in services are expected because of fuel charges. It is certain that other companies will soon follow suit.

Government legislation is needed for the introduction of regulations that require commercial bus companies to be contracted to Merseytravel, who will then determine service requirements and fare structures.

If we follow the example set by the Transport for London plan of operations, the problem may be solved.

The cuts in Wirral make life intolerable, the less able and elderly finding themselves isolated from social life, a situation that was unheard of before deregulation of the industry.

Mr. Trevor J.L. Eynon, member of Wirral Transport Users' Association, Liscard Road, Wallasey

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Arrow Open superstars get their own helicopter pads ..... wot no buses?

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Open superstars get their own helicopter pads

By Geoff Barnes

TIGER WOODS: Set to be one of the biggest draws at the Open

THE biggest traffic management operation Wirral has ever seen will include a special helicopter landing strip to shuttle in the superstars of golf and showbusiness to the Open Championship Local authority transport plans have been unveiled that will minimise congestion and inconvenience' for local people and businesses during the July championship.

The raft of measures proposed will take into account the needs of people arriving by car, train, bicycle, coach, taxi and helicopter.

Speed restrictions will be introduced on certain roads as well as restricted access measures and no parking' areas.

David Green, Wirral Council's director of technical services, said: "We have been consulting widely with the local community, sharing draft traffic plans and gathering detailed information, so we fully understand local access issues.

"We are working hard to meet the needs of local businesses and residents while ensuring a free flow of traffic. Plans have been carefully drawn up so traffic is distributed evenly throughout the road network and no one route is overloaded."

The plans, which will be backed by police enforcement and stewards, have been drawn up by a specialist transportation planning group involving representatives of the council, Merseyside Police, Merseytravel and golf's ruling body, The Royal and Ancient. Officers have visited 169 businesses in Hoylake and a further 120 in West Kirby to gain a comprehensive understanding of business needs in the area.

Sites in Heron Road, Meols and Pump Lane, Greasby, have been earmarked as public park and ride sites and reserved park and ride sites will operate from Carr Farm, Birkenhead Road, Meols and Hilbre School in Frankby Road, Newton.

Merseyrail will increase the frequency of trains to 10 minutes during peak periods and coaches will be directed to the north side of North Parade/Meols Parade. Valentia Road, Hoylake, has been identified as a site for taxis to drop off and pick up near to the course. Disabled drivers with pre-booked tickets will be directed to a new car park at Hoylake train station.

Meols Drive will remain open to traffic and certain residential roads in the immediate area of the golf links will be signed as access for residents only.' Police will enforce a strict tow away policy for cars using no parking' areas.

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£600k revamp for Wirral golf Open's key station Mar 28 2006

HOYLAKE'S art deco-style railway station is to be revamped in the run-up to this year's Open Championship.

Merseytravel is investing £600,000 over the next few months.

The listed building was built in 1937 and improvements will be made to the platforms, booking hall and ticket counter, waiting facilities, toilets, windows, car park and brickwork.

There are no planned service closures or changes during the refurbishment which will be completed in time for the Open.

Services to Hoylake will increase to every 10 minutes during the sporting spectacular in July, with trains doubled in length to cope with the expected influx of visitors.


Cllr Denis Knowles, one of Wirral's members on Merseytravel, said: "The Open will see huge numbers of people flocking to Hoylake, and these improvements will certainly help provide an impressive gateway for people coming in by train.


"However, these aren't just short-term improvement works.


They are intended to bring about long-term benefits which will make the station much more attractive and more accessible."


Merseytravel's chief executive, Neil Scales, stressed passengers would not be unduly affected by the changes.


He said: "We have been working closely with Merseyrail to limit any potential impact of these works, and we are eager to ensure that there will be no impact on rail services while they take place.


"We have been involved in close dialogue with Railway Heritage about these works, which we will carry out very carefully because of the building's period features and listed status."


Improvements being made to the booking hall and ticket counters include ticket counters that can be raised and lowered for disabled people.

All the period features, including wall and floor tiles, doors, handles, frames and boards, will be fully repaired and, where necessary, replaced.

A new disabled toilet, with accessible ramp, will be installed and fitted out to the latest standards.

Both platforms will be resurfaced, with new tactile paving, better drainage, boundary fencing and new coping stones at the platform edges.

The Liverpool to West Kirby side of the platform will also be extended.

The existing footbridge will be cleaned and made safer with new anti-slip surfacing added and handrails improved.


Waiting facilities will also be cleaned and repainted glazed panels replaced.


A temporary footbridge will be built directly linking the West Kirby-bound platform to the car park at the front of the station.


A temporary track crossing will also be built across the closed line next to Morpeth Road to enable competitors access between the Links course and the practice course.


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£3.25m home win for ex-star Mar 28 2006

HE IS a close friend and former teammate of Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler whose housing deals are reputed to have made him Britain's wealthiest soccer player.

Now Steve McManaman has dipped into the property market himself to sell his own home, which is claimed to be one of the most prestigious addresses on Merseyside.

The former Liverpool, Manchester City and Real Madrid star has said farewell to his West Wirral home, Brackenwood, which went for £3.25m, bringing him a handsome profit on the £900,000 he paid for it 2002.

The five bedroom family house on Kings Drive, in Caldy, only yards from the home of Liverpool legend Ian Rush, was sold earlier this year to an unknown buyer.


Set in about two acres, the house has been fully modernised and refurbished, and is described as a "large five bedder" with a triple garage but does not have a pool or gym.


A local estate agent who deals with some of the area's most expensive properties, said the price obtained for it marked a step-change in what people were prepared to pay to live in Wirral's most exclusive areas.


Ironically, the previous most expensive family home to be sold in Wirral is close by and was snapped up for a reported £2m-plus by Fowler, who is said to have made his fortune by splashing out on whole streets of terraced properties in Salford.


When he played for City, the crowd used to chant "We all live in a Robbie Fowler house."

Paul Lea, of agents Bradshaw Farnham and Lea, confirmed that his company had been involved in the sale of Brackenwood but said confidentiality contracts meant he could not disclose any details.

However, he said his agency had around 13 prospective buyers prepared to spend more than £1m, and two of those could afford to pay in excess of £2m.

Mr Lea said: "This is by far the most expensive sale in Wirral.

"These sort of sales tend to be done without the property actually going on the market. For example, it would never be seen on our website."

Lindisfarne, another property on Kings Drive, has recently been marketed nationally with a price tag of £7m.


It boasts eight bedrooms, a drawing room, sitting room, music room, dining room, orangery, morning room, offices, as well as a flat for staff.


There is also a pool, sauna, snooker room, wine cellar, lifts to all floors and two acres of land.


Agents Strutt & Parker believe the house to be one of the very best in Wirral and could well end up breaking records for price.


Local councillor Jeff Green said the sale demonstrated the popularity of what is already a well-known and desirable area in which to live.


He said: "It's important that Wirral has property across the range for people, whether they are for first time buyers or homes at a higher level for major investors in the area.


"It's a great sign that people are coming to Wirral with that level of resources, and it can only benefit the local economy."


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Lindisfarne, another property on Kings Drive, has recently been marketed nationally with a price tag of £7m.


It boasts eight bedrooms, a drawing room, sitting room, music room, dining room, orangery, morning room, offices, as well as a flat for staff.


There is also a pool, sauna, snooker room, wine cellar, lifts to all floors and two acres of land.


Agents Strutt & Parker believe the house to be one of the very best in Wirral and could well end up breaking records for price.
Lindisfarne's the house in the middle of the photo perched on the crest of Caldy Hill. I wasn't spying on it, honest....

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What a great location,I used to travel all over the Wirral delivering cash to post offices and I couldn't believe how beautiful it was in parts,it's definitely under used and underrated as a destination and I used to love being there,great picture M.O. I'll have to have a wander round there in the Summer.Do you have any good pictures of Hilbre Island at all?
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Watched him last week at Sawgrass. Must say, his playing was almost as bad as mine (well that's stretching it a bit ), but even when it was apparent he was way out of the running, he still garnered a massive following. Winning or losing, it's obvious the man is a big draw.
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Here's on of Hilbre Island I found,I'll have to take the kids over there this year to do a bit of seal watching.
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European-style plaza aims to bring new life to town Mar 29 2006

PRIVATE sector developers are being approached to find a way of creating a Continental-style plaza at the heart of West Kirby as part of regeneration plans for the town.

The development companies are also to be asked about ways to improve the concrete Concourse leisure centre, which has been described as "Eastern European chic".

The aim is to create a town square area in front of it which will become a focal point for the town.

The multi-million pound plans are at an early stage and Wirral council is awaiting responses from potential private sector partners for what could be a major overhaul of the Wirral seaside town.

West Kirby councillor Jeff Green, who is chairman of the West Kirby Regeneration Group, said they had drawn up a list of improvements they would like to see.

The group, which includes members of the local business community, the voluntary sector and local representatives, said they wanted to encourage more high-quality shops to the area, increase the number of visitors and improve conditions for existing traders.


He said: "The brief includes improving the railway, introducing a new medical centre and opening up the area in front of the Concourse to create a plaza.


"We would also like to find a way to make improvements to the Concourse, although the building will be staying. I would describe it as Eastern European chic."

He also said there were plans to make improvements to the nearby Ashton Park and Coronation Gardens, and "raise the general condition of the area".

Cllr Green added: "It is important that we have something that is very much in keeping with the area and builds on West Kirby's strengths. We definitely do not want something garish."

A report by Wirral Council's deputy chief executive Jim Wilkie, to the meeting of the economic regeneration and planning select committee, said: "Fit-out costs for both the new health centre and fire station are expected to be met by the PCT and the Fire Authority respectively.

"In addition, the creation of a new town square in front of the Concourse and potential improvements to the Concourse building itself through measures, such as re-cladding to the building frontage, are proposed."

The authority is now waiting on expressions of interest from prospective developers, with those shortlisted to be invited to submit a more detailed proposal. A company could be appointed in late summer.

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What improvements could be made to the Railway? The Wirral line is one of the highest performing lines in the country.
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£3m dream for the Wirral way Mar 30 2006



ONE of Merseyside's most beautiful areas may get a £3m upgrade.

The Wirral Way, Britain's first country park established in 1973, hopes to have a new centre in Thurstaston housing a lecture hall, exhibition space and a cafe.

Wirral councillors want to apply for lottery money to help the park, which follows a 12-mile stretch of the old railway tracks from Gayton to West Kirby and down to the Dee estuary.

They hope the multi-million pound project will be part of a package of regeneration of the area.


Councillors hope it would attract schools groups and new visitors to the park which currently attracts 250,000 people a year.


Work would centre on the stretch from Thurstaston to Gayton. Officers have already started talking to the Heritage Lottery fund to discuss their application for money, but plans have yet to be finalised.


Cllr Gill Gardiner, chairman of the economic regeneration select committee, said: "This could be a real jewel for Wirral.


"To have the park upgraded to this standard would be excellent."


Other initiatives for West Wirral, put forward to build on the success of the Open Golf Championship, include a £300,000 project to improve the visitors centre at Hilbre Island, and the demolition of the old Sailing School at the end of the Marine Lake.

This would be replaced by a landmark building to be chosen from a shortlist in May or June.

In Hoylake more than £1m could also be spent on creating a town square outside the station.

Officers want the council to spend £35,000 on design work for the square and seek funding from an outside source.

Hoylake councillor Gerry Ellis said: "Slowly but surely we are regenerating Hoylake and I'm delighted we've managed to get this far. "There are some really exciting ideas here so I hope we can get the funding.

"The park is a lovely area and the old centre has been there for 30 or 40 years."


* The old railway line linked Hooton to West Kirby and ran along the Dee Estuary for more than 70 years until the track was closed in 1962.


* In 1973 the old railway line was opened as Wirral Country Park, the first designated country park in Britain.


* Animal lovers can spot badgers, foxes red squirrels and 10 kinds of butterfly in summer.


* Birdwatchers can see redshanks, shelducks, lapwings, skylarks, meadow pipits and birds of prey such as peregrines, hen harriers and daytime-hunting short-eared owls.
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Arrow Business park snapped up ..... Junction 8 park in Ellesmere Port

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Business park snapped up Apr 10 2006

By Sophie Freeman,Daily Post

INVESTMENT company Royal London Asset Management is continuing with its spending spree in the region with the acquisition of its second business park in the space of six weeks.

The asset management firm has spent £8.5m buying the Junction 8 park in Ellesmere Port after it said it recognised the potential of the region.

The sale, which comprises 95,000 sq ft of space, reflects a yield of 6.3%.

RLAM has invested approximately £100m in the North West region over the past 12 months including a 620,000 sq ft distribution unit on the M53, Pioneer Point in Ellesmere Port, Parkway on Princess Parkway in Manchester and the L'Oreal site at Green Gate, Chadderton.

RLAM acquired a 50-acre business park in Bootle from investment group Atlantic Consortium in a £21m deal in February.

The new owner of Sefton's Atlantic Park said it would invest more than £10m to take the total space there to 800,000 sq ft.

A spokesman for the company said at the time: "Liverpool is fast becoming a world-class city which is seeing considerable investment.

"RLAM has recognised this potential and is looking to capitalise on the success that sites like Estuary Business Park have already enjoyed."

Liverpool-based Hitchcock, Wright & Partners (HWP) were appointed joint agents for the park with DGi Davis George. The agents said that Junction 8 had established itself as a "trade counter location" with approximately 25 tenants ranging from local businessmen providing services such as printing and design, to operators such as Newey and Eyre, City Plumbing Supplies and City Electrical Factors.

Neil Kirkham, associate partner at HWP, said: "RLAM were keen to acquire trade counter investment properties as they recognise the potential to increase the current average rental figure across the estate from £2.90 per sq ft to around £5 per sq ft over the next few years. In addition, demand from occupiers is currently healthy and they will be prepared to sign 15-year leases."

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We would consider ghost ship break-up Apr 10 2006

THE man responsible for ship building at the former Cammel Laird shipyard last night said he would consider recycling toxic "ghost ships" on the Mersey.

John Syvret, managing director of Northwestern Shipbuilders and Shiprepairers in Wirral, said he would be willing to assess the risks involved in breaking up Europe's ageing ships.

It comes a week Whitehall had identified the Mersey estuary as one of two "ideal" sites for the estimated £3.5bn ship recycling industry, the other is in the North East.

Ministers admit it is no longer acceptable to rip apart Britain's defunct ships, mostly Royal Navy vessels containing lead and asbestos, in appalling conditions on beaches in India and Pakistan.


But such a centre would be controversial in the wake of the row over the towing of four toxic American vessels to the North East.


Already Merseyside MPs have opposed the idea, raising concerns about the effects of poisons and pollutants released from the ships.


Mr Syvret, former MD of Cammell Laird, now has a long-term lease on the yard in Birkenhead, and is chairman of the board of Mersey Maritime, set up to promote business in the Mersey estuary.

Last night he said his operation would be the obvious choice for anyone looking to break ships, but that neither his company nor MM had yet been contacted by Defra, which wrote the report.

He said: "If anyone did approach us then we would analyse the risks in a professional manner, as we do with any venture, before determining whether we would be interested in being involved.

"My responsibility is to the workers and to the creation of jobs in Merseyside, and we would judge any potential project on its merits."

Wirral's Chamber of Commerce has pledged to lobby against the Defra recommendations, now the subject of a three-month consultation.

But Liverpool Chamber of Commerce last night said it would be willing to consider the idea. A spokesman said: "We need to look into the risks more closely, but there may be opportunities for the economy of the area."

Union leaders backed bringing the facility to Merseyside, as opposed to the North East, which is said to be the favourite.

Alec McFadden, chairman of Merseyside TUC, said: "We have the skills to dismantle ships here quite safely."


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Park's renovated pavilion opens

A refurbished and renovated glass pavilion is to be officially opened at Birkenhead Park on Monday.
The park - which was the model for Central Park in New York - re-opens to the public later this month.

The £1m design houses a cafe, classroom and exhibition gallery, and will be opened by the Duke of Gloucester.

A total of £11m is being spent refurbishing the park, with more than half of that sum coming from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The work includes restoring the Swiss bridge and the Roman Boathouse


The park was designed in 1847 and is believed to be the world's first public park.
The Grade I-listed 226-acre urban park is in a deprived inner city area and has suffered vandalism for many years.

The new glass pavilion is inspired by the park's original architect Sir Joseph Paxton, who also designed the glass house at Crystal Palace.

HLF's regional manager, Tony Jones, said: "We've committed £7.4m towards the restoration of the park and we are pleased to see work progressing to ensure the park reaches its full potential as a haven for local people."
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Tunnels rip-off

THE closure of the Mersey tunnels following the strike caused me to reflect on where the money we pay towards the upkeep of the tunnels goes. It seems to me that all the benefit is seen by Liverpool people rather than people on the Wirral.

No doubt the money will go towards funding Liverpool's Capital of Culture, an event that has little or no bearing for us on the Wirral. It is appalling that when our streets need to be cleaned or our buses need to run on time, money that could be spent on vital public services is put towards a festival for a city we don't even live in!

I am sick of the people of the Wirral being used this way and treated like the black sheep by urbanites in Liverpool. We have things that need funding too you know.

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Where has this stupid woman got the idea that the tunnel tolls fund festivals such as Capital of Culture from? The tunnels are run by Merseytravel and have **** all to do with anything else!
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