BirkenEd’s Place – w/c 5th December

11th December 2022

Our third week at BirkenEd’s Place saw the arrival of some initial engagement material relating to the St Werburgh’s and Birkenhead Town Centre masterplans. We have been asking people what neighbourhood features they would like to see in St Werburgh’s and the town centre in the future as well as discussing some of the challenges and current issues in these areas. Further initial ideas and concepts for St Werburgh’s and Birkenhead Town Centre will be on show from December 14th until 7th January so there is plenty of opportunity to come back and engage with more material on these projects. We have also now got a selection of engagement activities relating to the town centre (pictured below) that look at what areas people would like to be prioritised, be it specific streets or areas surrounding particular Birkenhead landmarks. These activities also explore what issues people would like priorising (i.e., improved cycle facilities, better bus links and more car parking) as well as what people spend most of their time doing in St Werburgh’s and the town centre. 

On Thursday 8th December, we hosted a walking tour of the Dock Branch development site, which was led by Wirral Council’s Head of Regeneration, Cathy Palmer. Despite the very cold weather, the walk was a great success with full attendance and all who did the walk were invited back to BirkenEd’s Place for tea, coffee, and mince pies! This walking tour marked the end of the Dock Branch Park and Neighbourhood engagement at BirkenEd’s Place. We were delighted to see people engage with this project in the shop, sharing so many valuable ideas, comments and suggestions. You can still watch the film of the Dock Branch development site at BirkenEd’s Place and, in January, online consultation for the Dock Branch Neighbourhood Masterplan will commence on Wirral Council’s ‘Have Your Say’ website. Remember that you can always engage with any online consultations during your visit to BirkenEd’s Place. We have a seating area and tablet for people to access any online engagement and our team are always on hand to provide any help you might need with this.

On the weekend, to get into the festive spirit, we held craft activities for children and families, and this involved decoration and card making. As next Saturday is our final week in the shop before it closes for Christmas, we will be continuing these activities then too!

Thank you to our amazing ambassadors and volunteers who supported us this past week – Oliver Terry, Calvin Castles, Ciara Gettinby, Ian Greaves, Hannah Nixon, Neve Berriman, Cathy Palmer, Lesley West, and Chris Han.

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