BirkenEd’s Place – w/c 27th February

6th March 2023

This week at BirkenEd’s Place, we have been continuing our engagement for Cleveland Street. Wirral Council has set out an ambitious vision to turn the Cleveland Street area into a family-friendly neighbourhood. The council have been working with a design team including Maccreanor Lavington, Landscape Projects and Useful Projects to develop a vision for the neighbourhood. Our engagement for Cleveland Street has explored the public’s views at this early stage on proposals for this new neighbourhood. We have been asking the public for their views on key issues regarding the neighbourhood (i.e., housing, facilities, the look and feel of spaces, businesses, and employment) and asked them to think about who this neighbourhood is for and how it can meet their needs. The emerging Local Plan and the Birkenhead 2040 Framework have informed plans for Cleveland Street area. The Local Plan sets out the aspirations to build approximately 1,025 homes, create a new high-quality residential led mixed-use neighbourhood with new public open space, a primary school and various public realm and building improvements. Thank you to all who have visited the Cleveland Street consultation at BirkenEd’s Place and shared their viewed with us – we have received many valuable comments, suggestions and ideas.

Following the Cleveland Street consultation, on the 9th and 11th March, we will be delivering engagement for Birkenhead Market. Wirral Growth Company (Wirral Council and MUSE) are inviting people to share their views on their emerging design ideas on the new Birkenhead Market, to be located on the former House of Fraser site. The new market will recapture the historic spirit of the 1845 market, through creation of a thriving hub of activity in the town centre. An online survey will open on 9th until 26th March here.

On Saturday 4th March, we were joined by BA Illustration and Animation students Reilley and Freya who delivered a free art workshop for young people. The students from Wirral Metropolitan College delivered a workshop this week on Still Life drawing which was a great success. Impressive drawings were produced by all those who attended, and the group also had a good time socialising and chatting to each other whilst making their art. Thank you to Kate, Reilley, and Freya for co-ordinating and delivering this workshop and giving young people in Birkenhead an opportunity to be creative and socialise. We look forward to inviting the students back in coming weeks for the next workshop. The next Art Skills Workshop will be on Saturday 18th March and will focus on Sketchbook Making and Book Binding. Click here to sign up. The team will teach you how to create a hard cover sewn sketchbook which you can then customise. It’s then yours to keep. All materials are provided, just show up and give it a go!

Thank you to all our volunteers who have supported us this week – Tyler Rylance, Chris Wohlers, Ben Rylance, Ian Gordon, Jay Orritt, and Tamrin Afroz.

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