Multi-million pound scheme would transform Birkenhead

Multi-million pound scheme would transform Birkenhead

Multi-million pound scheme would transform Birkenhead

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by , Geoff Barnes

A SCHEME is in the pipeline for the multi-million pound facelift of an extensive area of Birkenhead, taking in the town centre, Woodside and Hamilton Square.

A master plan has been agreed between Wirral Council and private sector partners for the transformation of the Woodside area, which boasts unique views of the world-renowned Liverpool waterfront.

The redevelopment will include new offices, homes and leisure facilities.

Councillor Pat Hackett, cabinet member for regeneration and economy, said: “When economic circumstances allow, this area of Birkenhead will be revitalised and link to developments on the Liverpool waterfront and through to Hamilton Square, into Birkenhead town centre as well as Wirral Waters.

“A team has also been looking at Hamilton Square for some time, including improving access, traffic and parking; and a range of opportunities are being explored.

“These include making greater use of Birkenhead Town Hall and improving links to Birkenhead Park, Williamson Art Gallery and the Transport Museum to further strengthen our cultural and heritage offer.”

Neptune, who masterminded the £60m New Brighton regeneration project, are involved in producing far reaching plans for Birkenhead town centre, including a continental look for the town’s historic market.

Inspiration could come from the Torvehallerne food market in Copenhagen and the San Miguel market in Madrid.

Consideration will be given to whether the market should remain in its present position, whether it should be extended and how it should connect with nearby shops.

Neptune has been selected as preferred developer for the project by the council and a legal agreement has been signed.

However Steve Parry, Neptune’s managing director, said they must also work with other landowners, including the Pyramids and Birkenhead Market Ltd.

Mr Parry said existing shops would remain but the aim would be to get a broader range of offer to appeal to a broader range of people.

He said: “We want to attract Wirral people who currently automatically choose to drive to out-of-town retail centres such as Cheshire Oaks, or even Liverpool, to come to Birkenhead.”

Mr Parry said parking issues in the centre would be addressed.

He observed: “Part of the town centre needs repopulating – in a way this could be the other half of Liverpool City Centre. People living in Birkenhead, if they work in Liverpool, can be in the city centre far quicker than from many parts of Liverpool.”

Neptune is carrying out a large scale strategic study of Birkenhead town centre to determine what needs to be changed to satisfy the town’s needs.

Councillor Hackett added: “We welcome Neptune’s involvement in regenerating Birkenhead town centre.

"We look forward to seeing their plan develop and will continue to work closely with the local businesses and land and property owners to create opportunities for the town’s future growth.

“We are encouraged by a number of new retailer that have recently moved into Birkenhead and an increasing number of enquiries for business space.”

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1:01pm Mon 27 Jan 14

WirralAl says...

Another closed agreement.

Did anybody offer any alternative bid?

When was this approved?

Do the people of Wirral have any say in these deals or is it just those 66 bullet dodging shady Councillors?

They must of looked after him really well after the New Brighton deal.
Another closed agreement. Did anybody offer any alternative bid? When was this approved? Do the people of Wirral have any say in these deals or is it just those 66 bullet dodging shady Councillors? They must of looked after him really well after the New Brighton deal. WirralAl
  • Score: 1

1:06pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Joeblogg85 says...

If this happens then great, as this part of a Wirral is definitely in need of regeneration. It has to be a positive step forward as the area is a bit of a ghost town. Be interesting to see how this develops......
If this happens then great, as this part of a Wirral is definitely in need of regeneration. It has to be a positive step forward as the area is a bit of a ghost town. Be interesting to see how this develops...... Joeblogg85
  • Score: 18

1:43pm Mon 27 Jan 14

hildebrand says...

they've done a great job in New Brighton, give them a chance.
they've done a great job in New Brighton, give them a chance. hildebrand
  • Score: 15

2:00pm Mon 27 Jan 14

mahoosive says...

WirralAl...Every week I read your negative comments against the improvement of Wirral. I agree with all of your issues relating to politics and the stupidly run arrogant Council, but when it comes to improving Wirral mainly Wallasey and Birkendhead your negativity frustrates me. New Brighton has been brought back to life, the summer of 2013 was the greatest summer since years gone by the more investment the better, Liscard should be next....Let Wirral be great again!
WirralAl...Every week I read your negative comments against the improvement of Wirral. I agree with all of your issues relating to politics and the stupidly run arrogant Council, but when it comes to improving Wirral mainly Wallasey and Birkendhead your negativity frustrates me. New Brighton has been brought back to life, the summer of 2013 was the greatest summer since years gone by the more investment the better, Liscard should be next....Let Wirral be great again! mahoosive
  • Score: 14

2:36pm Mon 27 Jan 14

WirralAl says...

mahoosive wrote:
WirralAl...Every week I read your negative comments against the improvement of Wirral. I agree with all of your issues relating to politics and the stupidly run arrogant Council, but when it comes to improving Wirral mainly Wallasey and Birkendhead your negativity frustrates me. New Brighton has been brought back to life, the summer of 2013 was the greatest summer since years gone by the more investment the better, Liscard should be next....Let Wirral be great again!
Sorry I should of pointed out that I am all in favour of them improving Birkenhead (And Liscard) and a great job has been done in New Brighton. I just think they should give other companies the chance to put in offers or offer some alternatives.

Any improvements in Wirral are always good news. Wirral will always be great.

Just get frustrated buy the strange workings of WBC
[quote][p][bold]mahoosive[/bold] wrote: WirralAl...Every week I read your negative comments against the improvement of Wirral. I agree with all of your issues relating to politics and the stupidly run arrogant Council, but when it comes to improving Wirral mainly Wallasey and Birkendhead your negativity frustrates me. New Brighton has been brought back to life, the summer of 2013 was the greatest summer since years gone by the more investment the better, Liscard should be next....Let Wirral be great again![/p][/quote]Sorry I should of pointed out that I am all in favour of them improving Birkenhead (And Liscard) and a great job has been done in New Brighton. I just think they should give other companies the chance to put in offers or offer some alternatives. Any improvements in Wirral are always good news. Wirral will always be great. Just get frustrated buy the strange workings of WBC WirralAl
  • Score: 7

2:48pm Mon 27 Jan 14

rover600 says...

At last some commonsense prevails, I'm too surprised that there is little or no transparency to the selection process, I'd also love to see what financial clauses the council have tied themselves too BUT I have to say I am thrilled to hear Neptune are at the forefront of this, they have done an amazing job with regenerating New Brighton and turning the what was frankly an uninspiring 'dog hole' into a local jewel that is breathing new life into the area despite the 'naysayers'... If Central Birkenhead improves by one half of what has happened at New Brighton then prosperity will return. Re-populating the area seems key and to be honest this is where Neptune will have their work cut out. From my experience a lot of the accommodation close to the town centre (say market street for example) has a high proportion of unemployed who have no pride and will 'urinate in the apartment corridors' (I've wtinessed it once I smelt it often when visitng a friend there). i wish them well on this one. (NO I'm not saying everyone who lives in the aprtments is guilty of this but...)
I think Asda (again despite the doom and gloom merchants) has revitalised the top end of the town but The market area has waned. The vision to create a Barcelona style market is inspiring and it needs something this niche and radical to accompany the hard working traders who have 'hung on in there' all these years, Niche works for look at the success of the Farmers Market born out of nothing and nowhere.
At last some commonsense prevails, I'm too surprised that there is little or no transparency to the selection process, I'd also love to see what financial clauses the council have tied themselves too BUT I have to say I am thrilled to hear Neptune are at the forefront of this, they have done an amazing job with regenerating New Brighton and turning the what was frankly an uninspiring 'dog hole' into a local jewel that is breathing new life into the area despite the 'naysayers'... If Central Birkenhead improves by one half of what has happened at New Brighton then prosperity will return. Re-populating the area seems key and to be honest this is where Neptune will have their work cut out. From my experience a lot of the accommodation close to the town centre (say market street for example) has a high proportion of unemployed who have no pride and will 'urinate in the apartment corridors' (I've wtinessed it once I smelt it often when visitng a friend there). i wish them well on this one. (NO I'm not saying everyone who lives in the aprtments is guilty of this but...) I think Asda (again despite the doom and gloom merchants) has revitalised the top end of the town but The market area has waned. The vision to create a Barcelona style market is inspiring and it needs something this niche and radical to accompany the hard working traders who have 'hung on in there' all these years, Niche works for look at the success of the Farmers Market born out of nothing and nowhere. rover600
  • Score: 11

3:51pm Mon 27 Jan 14

ballacrain says...

How long ago was it that, this area was supposedly improved. Come on folks think how it use to be and how it now is.

Ballacrain
How long ago was it that, this area was supposedly improved. Come on folks think how it use to be and how it now is. Ballacrain ballacrain
  • Score: -1

3:56pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Thepleb says...

Any improvements are good news the only problem being Cllr Hackett says when the economic situation gets better this plan can go ahead, get your crystal balls out.Improving shopping areas means nothing if local people haven't got a pot to **** in.
Any improvements are good news the only problem being Cllr Hackett says when the economic situation gets better this plan can go ahead, get your crystal balls out.Improving shopping areas means nothing if local people haven't got a pot to **** in. Thepleb
  • Score: 5

4:26pm Mon 27 Jan 14

water1lily says...

Why would any one get off the train to shop in birkenhead when next stop is Liverpool one ?
Why would any one get off the train to shop in birkenhead when next stop is Liverpool one ? water1lily
  • Score: 15

7:51pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Positive thinker says...

Great news,

But yet again the usual predictable negative nobs
Great news, But yet again the usual predictable negative nobs Positive thinker
  • Score: 2

8:10pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Thepleb says...

Positive thinker wrote:
Great news,

But yet again the usual predictable negative nobs
Wish I lived in your world smashing,super,great have an opinion and you are the only knob on here
[quote][p][bold]Positive thinker[/bold] wrote: Great news, But yet again the usual predictable negative nobs[/p][/quote]Wish I lived in your world smashing,super,great have an opinion and you are the only knob on here Thepleb
  • Score: 6

11:42pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Joeblogg85 says...

water1lily wrote:
Why would any one get off the train to shop in birkenhead when next stop is Liverpool one ?
Great shout by the way. Would have to be better than Barcelona! I'm all for it though. 100%.
[quote][p][bold]water1lily[/bold] wrote: Why would any one get off the train to shop in birkenhead when next stop is Liverpool one ?[/p][/quote]Great shout by the way. Would have to be better than Barcelona! I'm all for it though. 100%. Joeblogg85
  • Score: 5

1:31am Tue 28 Jan 14

naughtykitties says...

Where do they expect all the poor people who already live there to go? Poor people have to live somewhere.
Where do they expect all the poor people who already live there to go? Poor people have to live somewhere. naughtykitties
  • Score: 0

7:20am Tue 28 Jan 14

Positive thinker says...

The Pleb,

People would have a pot to p in if they got of there lazy backsides and
stop acting the victim
The Pleb, People would have a pot to p in if they got of there lazy backsides and stop acting the victim Positive thinker
  • Score: 1

6:20pm Tue 28 Jan 14

benny07 says...

theres not been one consultation to any home owners or local businesses,around central,birkenhead,,
it seems our voice counts, for nothing while all the shadey deals are done behind every ones backs.,labour cllrs & there shadey contractor friends,.still they ,ll get plenty out of it ,just like all the other over priced contracts,they have dished out to there mates,time & time ,again.!!
theres not been one consultation to any home owners or local businesses,around central,birkenhead,, it seems our voice counts, for nothing while all the shadey deals are done behind every ones backs.,labour cllrs & there shadey contractor friends,.still they ,ll get plenty out of it ,just like all the other over priced contracts,they have dished out to there mates,time & time ,again.!! benny07
  • Score: 4

8:53am Wed 29 Jan 14

Positive thinker says...

There's not been any consultations,

They would have to listen to idiots who haven't got a clue about the
comercial world
There's not been any consultations, They would have to listen to idiots who haven't got a clue about the comercial world Positive thinker
  • Score: -4

8:06pm Thu 30 Jan 14

the99% says...

I often read comments on here and fume quietly but positive thinker has excelled him/herself with that last comment. Birkenhead is a diverse and vibrant community with residents who are from many backgrounds. To call the population "idiots" is a gross insult and shows you up as a prejudiced bigot. We have vast experience of redevelopment and regeneration projects and being engaged with the developers through our community reps and are far from ignorant of the commercial world.
Bet you wouldn't address a meeting of Birkenhead residents with remarks like that face to face because you are a spineless worm.
I often read comments on here and fume quietly but positive thinker has excelled him/herself with that last comment. Birkenhead is a diverse and vibrant community with residents who are from many backgrounds. To call the population "idiots" is a gross insult and shows you up as a prejudiced bigot. We have vast experience of redevelopment and regeneration projects and being engaged with the developers through our community reps and are far from ignorant of the commercial world. Bet you wouldn't address a meeting of Birkenhead residents with remarks like that face to face because you are a spineless worm. the99%
  • Score: 6

9:06pm Thu 30 Jan 14

benny07 says...

well said 99%.
well said 99%. benny07
  • Score: 3

6:36pm Fri 31 Jan 14

uncatom says...

Just ignore positive, he likes to agitate discord throughout the various threads on here, with his usual childish insults.
Just ignore positive, he likes to agitate discord throughout the various threads on here, with his usual childish insults. uncatom
  • Score: 1

5:48pm Sat 1 Feb 14

benny07 says...

why not use what we allready have,like drop the rents in the birkenhead market by 50% which would bring in traders from all over the north west,?? ,or cut the market in half,?? OH NO I FORGOT,THE OWNERS OF THE GRANGE SHOPPING PRECINT /PIRAMIDS,PLUS THE OMNERS OF WALLMART/ASDA,HAVE ALLREADY HAD SECRET MEETINGS WITH THE OWNERS OF THE MARKET ,& LABOUR CLLRS,,TO BUILD A NEW SMALLER MARKET ON PRICE ST CAR PARK,,WHICH WOULD KILL OFF ONCE & FOR ALL ANY DECENT COMPETITION AGAINST, THE ABOVE 2 COMPANYS,& GIVE LESS CHOICE TO THE SHOPPERS IN BIRKENHEAD & BEYOND,BUT HEY,!! THATS NOT GOING TO STOP ALL THE BENT CONTRACTS & SHANANIGANS AGAIN BY THE CLLRS & THE REST LINING THERE OWN POCKETS,AGAIN,AT LEAST THE POLICE ARE KEEPING AN EYE ON THIS ONE.& WE HAVE A ROYAL CHARTER FOR OUR MARKET SO THEY HAVE NO OPTION TO BUILD ANOTHER MARKET REGARDLESS OF SIZE,THEY ARE DOING THEMSELVES ALL THE FAVOURS,NOT THE PEOPLE OF BIRKENHEAD,,ASK YOUR OWN IDIOTIC LABOUR CLLRS,WHEN THEY COME SNIFFIN FOR VOTES !!.WHAT THEY ARE PLAYIN AT !!
why not use what we allready have,like drop the rents in the birkenhead market by 50% which would bring in traders from all over the north west,?? ,or cut the market in half,?? OH NO I FORGOT,THE OWNERS OF THE GRANGE SHOPPING PRECINT /PIRAMIDS,PLUS THE OMNERS OF WALLMART/ASDA,HAVE ALLREADY HAD SECRET MEETINGS WITH THE OWNERS OF THE MARKET ,& LABOUR CLLRS,,TO BUILD A NEW SMALLER MARKET ON PRICE ST CAR PARK,,WHICH WOULD KILL OFF ONCE & FOR ALL ANY DECENT COMPETITION AGAINST, THE ABOVE 2 COMPANYS,& GIVE LESS CHOICE TO THE SHOPPERS IN BIRKENHEAD & BEYOND,BUT HEY,!! THATS NOT GOING TO STOP ALL THE BENT CONTRACTS & SHANANIGANS AGAIN BY THE CLLRS & THE REST LINING THERE OWN POCKETS,AGAIN,AT LEAST THE POLICE ARE KEEPING AN EYE ON THIS ONE.& WE HAVE A ROYAL CHARTER FOR OUR MARKET SO THEY HAVE NO OPTION TO BUILD ANOTHER MARKET REGARDLESS OF SIZE,THEY ARE DOING THEMSELVES ALL THE FAVOURS,NOT THE PEOPLE OF BIRKENHEAD,,ASK YOUR OWN IDIOTIC LABOUR CLLRS,WHEN THEY COME SNIFFIN FOR VOTES !!.WHAT THEY ARE PLAYIN AT !! benny07
  • Score: 3

9:21pm Sat 1 Feb 14

David Scott says...

Ending the ongoing nonsense of tunnel tolls would give a chance of attracting people working in Liverpool to live in Birkenhead, and encourage entrepreneurs to set up in Birkenhead and Wirral. Without that other schemes are likely to be no more than 'face-lifts', to use the expression in the first sentence of this article.
Ending the ongoing nonsense of tunnel tolls would give a chance of attracting people working in Liverpool to live in Birkenhead, and encourage entrepreneurs to set up in Birkenhead and Wirral. Without that other schemes are likely to be no more than 'face-lifts', to use the expression in the first sentence of this article. David Scott
  • Score: 7

1:54am Sun 2 Feb 14

porl112 says...

The market needs to be at the center of Birkenhead. And people need to be able to access it in a straight line, straight ahead as they come down Grange Road too. Also, why can't the council allow all the traders in town to refund parking too if a customer spends five pounds or more.

The council should also actively be encouraging small businesses to open in the market. Perhaps offering free rent for the first six months might help this happen. New business could help create jobs and further creativity.
The market needs to be at the center of Birkenhead. And people need to be able to access it in a straight line, straight ahead as they come down Grange Road too. Also, why can't the council allow all the traders in town to refund parking too if a customer spends five pounds or more. The council should also actively be encouraging small businesses to open in the market. Perhaps offering free rent for the first six months might help this happen. New business could help create jobs and further creativity. porl112
  • Score: 2

1:59am Sun 2 Feb 14

porl112 says...

David Scott wrote:
Ending the ongoing nonsense of tunnel tolls would give a chance of attracting people working in Liverpool to live in Birkenhead, and encourage entrepreneurs to set up in Birkenhead and Wirral. Without that other schemes are likely to be no more than 'face-lifts', to use the expression in the first sentence of this article.
You are absolutely right the tunnels suck around 3 million pounds a year out of the Merseyside economy acting as a tax on cross river trade and communication.

I suppose it's hardly surprising I can drive back and forth across the Thames on countless bridges and tunnels without paying any toll! so why we put up with being treated as second rate citizens on Merseyside is beyond me.

However, you watch all the current politicians in power will queue up come election time to tell you how they think the tunnel should be free; then when they are elected do sod all about it.
[quote][p][bold]David Scott[/bold] wrote: Ending the ongoing nonsense of tunnel tolls would give a chance of attracting people working in Liverpool to live in Birkenhead, and encourage entrepreneurs to set up in Birkenhead and Wirral. Without that other schemes are likely to be no more than 'face-lifts', to use the expression in the first sentence of this article.[/p][/quote]You are absolutely right the tunnels suck around 3 million pounds a year out of the Merseyside economy acting as a tax on cross river trade and communication. I suppose it's hardly surprising I can drive back and forth across the Thames on countless bridges and tunnels without paying any toll! so why we put up with being treated as second rate citizens on Merseyside is beyond me. However, you watch all the current politicians in power will queue up come election time to tell you how they think the tunnel should be free; then when they are elected do sod all about it. porl112
  • Score: 5

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