WIRRAL Council is quickly demolishing a town hall’s “unloved” annexes as nearly 150 homes are expected to be built by 2027.

Demolition work started on the north and south annexes for Wallasey Town Hall on February 5 but the buildings themselves have only started to come down with diggers getting to work on the South annexe first. Work is expected to take 20 weeks.

The demolition is the first step in plans to regenerate the area around Wallasey Town hall and is being funded by £2.3m from the second round of Brownfield Land Release Fund. This requires housing to be delivered on the sites by 2027 and Wirral Council plans for 149 homes to be built in the form of two three or four storey developments on the annexe sites.

Wirral Council leader, Cllr Paul Stuart previously said: “The demolition of these two buildings which are ugly, unneeded, and no longer fit for purpose is just a first step in the plans to bring real and much-needed regeneration in Seacombe.

“The regeneration program will bring social and economic regeneration along the Seacombe River Corridor and attract new investment into the area.

“The demolition of these buildings and redevelopment of the sites will not only have a huge impact in Seacombe but will demonstrate the opportunities that are possible and within our grasp.”

“Ambitious proposals” revealed for the wider area around the town hall also show plans for 496 homes, new commercial and retail space in the area, a new leisure centre, and a new park. It also identified potential for a mass transit system as part of its longer term ambitions.

The leisure centre at Guinea Gap will remain until funding is granted for a new facility that is proposed next to the new Riverside Primary School. Parking could be provided via underground parking or multi-storey “car barns.”

The council also proposes improving access from the area around the town hall to the promenade and said alternative connections for people in wheelchairs, or with prams or cycling were needed. New road crossings and tree planting are proposed.

The proposals said the Department for Education is also supporting the construction of a new Riverside Primary school. The plans are currently being looked at by Wirral Council following public feedback