BirkenEd’s Place – w/c 31st July

7th August 2023

Last week, we engaged further on the Dock Branch Masterplan and we shared many more conversations with local people who highlighted crucial and valuable perspectives on things like wheelchair access, essential services, affordable housing, and designing spaces for neurodivergent people. As part of our Dock Branch engagement, we also hosted two walking tours of the old Dock Branch railway site that will be developed into a new linear park as part of the masterplan. Led by Walker Sime, the tour involved walking up the site which will be developed into a new park and green active travel corridor.

After another week of engagement on the Dock Branch Masterplan, from Monday 14th August, Wirral Waterfront and Surrounds returns to BirkenEd’s Place. This is a project that aims to deliver highway and public realm improvements to Wirral Waterfront and its surrounding areas, covering the area from and including the Argyle Street/Conway Street roundabout to the Woodside Ferry Terminal. The design team, which includes Mott Macdonald and Planit-IE, are looking at how these areas could be redesigned to be more attractive to spend time in, be more accessible for walking and cycling and include improved landscaping. As we have already delivered engagement for this project in the past, we’ll be sharing what we’ve heard from the public so far and giving an update on the project development.

Over the next few weeks, we also have different community-focused opportunities, activities and workshops for you to get involved with. Throughout August, we’ll have Community Connectors from Involve Northwest in the space who will be offering a drop-in service every Thursday from 11:15am – 12:15pm for support in relation to mental health, employment, housing, benefits etc. You can find more information on this drop-in service and the relevant dates here.

We’ll also be offering community hot desking in the space too and there’s no need to book, just pop-in on one of our opening days. Come in and get on with some work or make use of our online corner with a desk and seated area. You could even relax on the sofas! You will need to bring your own laptop/tablet and charging equipment.

If you’re looking for something fun and creative to do over the summer holidays, check out our free art workshops led by BA Illustration and Animation graduates Kate and Freya. These free workshops are for anyone aged 13 and over and will look at different creative skills like collaging, jewellery making and character design. Click on the links below to be directed to the relevant Eventbrite pages.

Thurs 10th Aug – 1pm – 3pm: Collaging

Mon 14th Aug – 12pm – 2pm: Jewellery Making

Sat 19th Aug – 12pm – 2pm: Character Design

Thank you to our volunteers this week – Evie Boyce, Georgia Hartley, Jay Orritt, Ray Squire, Chris Wohlers, Ian Greaves, Victoria Adegoke, and Jaimie Ferguson.

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