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Protestors hope Viking heritage will sink Rovers' training ground plans
VIKING history could be the latest issue to affect Tranmere Rovers’ controversial plans to sell off a memorial field.
The club, which re-submitted its proposals earlier this year, wants to sell Ingleborough Road playing fields to make way for a new housing estate.
It also wants to transform Woodchurch Leisure Centre in Carr Bridge Road for use as a new training ground.
However the plans have been mired in disputes with campaigners who want to preserve Ingleborough’s historic role as a memorial to Birkenhead Institute pupils who died in the First World War.
The field is skirted by 88 trees which were introduced in the 1931 as living memorials, one for each fallen soldier from the school.
Now Wirral History and Heritage Group’s chairman Peter France has suggested land should be protected for research due to its link with Vikings.
He believes the site is of “special archaeological interest” and heritage status should be applied.
It is thought the land is a former Viking settlement, known as ‘Kiln Walby.’ Mr France said the borough’s heritage champion, Cllr Jerry Williams, is expected to take the issue up with the council’s planning department.
However Cllr Williams told the Globe this week he had not yet made a final decision on what he intended to do.
He said: “This has only come to light over the last few days so I have not had chance to fully read up on it.
“It is a very complex application which needs careful study so I will not be making a decision on what to do just yet.”