Have you got "the vision and expertise to shape the future of a landmark building at the heart of one of England’s finest public squares?"

If so, Wirral Council needs YOU.

The authority is advertising on the internet for "expressions of interest" from individuals and organisations who can show they can provide a sustainable use for the former Birkenhead Town Hall.

The advert says the building is either for sale or lease.

The town hall ceased to be the centre of civic activity in the 1970s, when the newly-formed Wirral Borough Council decided to use Wallasey as its base.

For many years, it found a new purpose as the Wirral Museum, but its fate was sealed after the council's controversial Strategic Asset Review recommended it should close.

The advertisement for a new owner says the grade II listed building "provides a fitting focal point for one of England’s grandest public squares - only Trafalgar Square in London can boast more grade 1 listed buildings than Hamilton Square.

"Designed by renowned architect Charles Ellison and built of solid Scottish silver granite, warm local sandstone, and topped with a Welsh slate roof, its imposing 200ft clock tower has been a major landmark on the banks of the River Mersey for more than 120 years.

"Its stunning interior includes magnificent civic rooms, beautiful stained glass, colourful hand-crafted tiles and a sweeping grand staircase with pink marble balustrades.

"The building can rival the finest Victorian civic decoration."

Since its formal opening in 1887, it has provided a magnificent setting for many celebrations and events, including coronations, jubilees and election declarations.

The closing date for applications is Friday, July 3.

Birkenhead MP Frank Field has held his weekly surgery at the town hall for 30 years. But, from May 22, it will be held at the Finance Building in Cleveland Street.

He said "I am immensely sad that after 30 years I'm being moved over the road.

"We've had two glorious opportunities in the past to give life to the town hall.

"The first was when the new borough was set up [in 1974] and it was the obvious place to site the new council.

"The second was when council officers, looking for new premises, in great folly spent untold millions on Cheshire Lines.

"They failed to see staring in front of them an outstanding chance to relocate to Birkenhead town hall - rent free."