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    AMBITIOUS proposals for a complete overhaul of the Birkenhead seafront opposite Liverpool's Three Graces have been revealed.

    It follows lengthy research by planning consultants who were brought in by Wirral Council two years ago to develop a "masterplan" for the Woodside area.

    The land near the Birkenhead ferry landing stage is seen by Wirral Council as offering "one of the World's most recognisable and spectacular views - that of the Liverpool waterfront".

    'The report by planning consultants Building Design Partnership (BDP) who were commissioned to look at the area's future said "it clearly has massive redevelopment potential which needs to be managed to enhance the overall offer of this key strategic gateway into Wirral".'

    The work has been overseen by Merseytravel, Mersey Docks and Harbour Company, Pierhead Housing Association, private land owners, including the owner of the Woodside Hotel and officers from the council.

    The masterplan put forward would see a first phase of works to include the creation of a "development spine" running from the Woodside Ferry Terminal up to the corner of Hamilton Square at its junction with Hamilton Square Station.

    The plan also calls for the development of a quality hotel as part of the package, and the aim is to draw a wider range of visitors into Birkenhead in the evening, both from the rest of Wirral and Liverpool.


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    Executive member for regeneration, Cllr Pat Hackett, said the scheme shows the authority's "ambitious programme for the waterfront in particular and Wirral in general".

    He said: "The pieces of the jigsaw are now coming together, as Wirral and our partners across the region grasp the opportunities afforded to us by the Capital of Culture.

    "This is one of many visionary projects that we are on the verge of implementing this next year, including the New Brighton Neptune development, Pride in our Promenades Initative, Birkenhead Town Centre developments, Cammell Laird's proposals and other schemes including a golf resort for Hoylake to build on our golf coast ambitions in light of the success of the Open Golf Championship.

    "This scheme is particularly important as it right across from the Liverpool world heritage site.

    "It sets it sights high in terms of quality and landmark buildings of a superior design. It will link up with Hamilton Square and Birkenhead town centre offering a mix of leisure facilities, housing and retail."

    Last year, Liverpool-based Neptune Developments revealed they had struck a deal with the owner of the Woodside Hotel, opposite the ferry terminal, to redevelop the site as part of a wider scheme to regenerate the area.

    Details were kept under wraps, but Steve Parry, managing director of Neptune, said he thought Wirral's waterfront "has been Liverpool's poor relation". He added: "I believe that Birkenhead's waterfront renaissance will begin at Woodside."

    The latest update given to councillors says that private sector developers have already worked up proposals for Woodside that are broadly in line with the vision set by the masterplan, and adds: "This is very good news indeed."

    Council officers now plan to consult with those involved with the aim of having the masterplan brought to the council for approval later this year.

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    It is fair to say that this area of Birkenhead is dead, even if it does have the Mersey Ferries ect!

    These plans will breathe life into the town and is great to see. however, I would hope that this spurs on more development inside the town around byconway Street where prime sites remain vacant.

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    There have been some excellent stuff going on in the Park, restorations etc.. any pics?
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    WEST KIRBY MARINE LAKE - WEST VIEW



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    Exciting plans let's hope they come to something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kev
    There have been some excellent stuff going on in the Park, restorations etc.. any pics?
    Not as of yet but I will be going to Birkenhead Sixth Form College which is opposite the park. I will be there on Aug 30th (regestration) so I can get some images for y'all!

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    Plans for a £73m redevelopment of the Wirral's waterfront at New Brighton have been rejected by the government.

    Plans to build a supermarket, open air swimming pool, leisure venues and homes were approved by Wirral Borough Council last June.

    But the government decided the development at the Kings Parade/Marine Promenade area would destroy sea views.

    The company behind the plan, Neptune, says it is in talks with Wirral Council to look at alternative developments.

    The decision was rubber-stamped by the department for Communities and Local Government, which is headed by Ruth Kelly MP.

    The department's letter to Wirral Council talked about the concern of "the effect of the development on the views of the fort and lighthouse together, but considers that with good design... this impact could be limited".

    The letter says that the scale of the proposed development would not be in keeping with the area.

    Steve Parry, managing director of Neptune Developments, said the company was disappointed.

    He said the scheme had enjoyed widespread backing from local residents, businesses and Wirral Council as well as agencies such as English Heritage.

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    Morrisons were taking the michael wanting to put their supermarket there,why can't they put it in the place where the new marine lake is going to be,why fill in the marine lake and put the supermarket there and then build a marine lake elsewhere it just doesn't make sense?second best shouldn't just be accepted just for the sake of it and I hope any concerns about the supermarket are put right before this can proceed,if not then forget it.

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    The downside to all this is that the Floral Pavillion theatre may close. Wheather for good or for a spell is anyones guess. But they badly do need a new theatre especially as it is the big draw of New Brighton.

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    From (page 9 of) today's Wirral Globe -

    Firm says: There’s life in the old docks yet...

    Exclusive By Geoff Barnes

    THE COMPANY responsible for the transformation of Salford Quays and Liverpool John Lennon Airport has created a multi-million pound vision to breath new life into acres of dockland dereliction in Wirral.

    Peel Holdings, owners of Mersey Docks and Harbour Company, have been locked in talks with chief officers from Wirral Council and they used the Open Golf Championship to unveil their plans to a specially-invited audience which included council leader Cllr Steve Foulkes.

    The company are staying tight-lipped about the content of their regeneration package until August 22 when a special presentation will be made at Wallasey town hall to all 66 members of the council and senior council officials. Cllr Foulkes said: "This is a major opportunity and challenge for all of us. Most people are well aware of Port Holdings' track record at Salford Quays and Liverpool Airport. They are a big player and they seem to have pretty massive plans for the dockland area which could effectively change the shape and direction of our regeneration strategy for many years to come.

    "Peel Holdings have announced to us that they want to talk openly about their vision. It is not cut and dried - it is more of a vision at the moment. They are now going to the next stage of a general presentation and council members will be able to see for themselves what is involved."

    Cllr Foulkes said Peel's docklands vision had already begun to take shape with the development, in collaboration with a development company, of former flour mills into luxury apartments at East Float.

    He commented: "We need to allow them to set their stall out. It is quite exciting and it is good that at last the spotlight will be on this side of the water and not Liverpool."

    Council regeneration chief Cllr Pat Hackett said: "There are massive plans afoot and exciting times ahead. Investment of this nature is long overdue on this side of the Mersey. Peel Holdings have the resources to do it and I believe that the potential of Wirral docklands is absolutely massive.

    There are miles and miles of dereliction - the sad consequence of the demise of a once-thriving dockland area taking in both Birkenhead and Wallasey."

    Cllr Foulkes conceded that the local authority had been "quite ruthless" in taking advantage of The Open's access to a worldwide audience to showcase the peninsula's business and tourism prospects.

    Reddington Finance's massive redevelopment plans for the former Cammell Laird site was on display along with a special exhibition on Wirral International Business Park at Bromborough.

    Among the special guests offered corporate hospitality by the local authority were representatives from six big Japanese corporations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul D View Post
    From (page 9 of) today's Wirral Globe -

    Firm says: There’s life in the old docks yet...
    There wont be as they will try to fill them in at every opportunity.

    Exclusive By Geoff Barnes

    THE COMPANY responsible for the transformation of Salford Quays and Liverpool John Lennon Airport has created a multi-million pound vision to breath new life into acres of dockland dereliction in Wirral.

    Peel Holdings, owners of Mersey Docks and Harbour Company,
    Peel? Their canal link at Liverrpool was a stealth move to gain land to sell making vast amounts of money at pour expense. Not much else.

    Look at the fine print, and thse people are not to be trusted. MDHC is a cosignatory of the World Heritage Site agreement, and are breaking the agreement with UNESCO at Central Docks.
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    Fill 'em in plant plazzie palm trees......where once we watched the free gulls fly
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    By a lonely prison wall, I heard a young girl calling
    "Michael, they have taken you away,
    For you stole Trevelyan's corn,
    So the young might see the morn.
    Now a prison ship lies waiting in the bay."

    Chorus:
    Low lie the fields of Athenry
    Where once we watched the small free birds fly
    Our love was on the wing
    We had dreams and songs to sing
    It's so lonely round the fields of Athenry.

    By a lonely prison wall, I heard a young man calling
    "Nothing matters, Mary, when you're free
    Against the famine and the crown,
    I rebelled, they cut me down.
    Now you must raise our child with dignity."

    By a lonely harbour wall, she watched the last star fall
    As the prison ship sailed out against the sky
    For she lived to hope and pray for her love in Botany Bay
    It's so lonely round the fields of Athenry.
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    A CANARY-WHARF style redevelopment of Wirral docks is to be unveiled by the owners of Liverpool Airport.

    A multi-million pound masterplan for the future of the Wallasey and Birkenhead dockland is expected to be revealed to Wirral councillors tomorrow.

    The project has been described as giving the area "Isle of Dogs or Canary Wharf-style potential" by Wallasey MP Angela Eagle, who has been in discussions with developers Peel Holdings.

    Details of the scheme are expected to be revealed in a presentation to Wirral Council by Peel, the company behind Manchester's Trafford Centre as well as Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

    The company remains publicly silent about its plans, but has consulted with senior political figures in the area, including Ms Eagle, who praised the "scale and ambition" of Peel's plan for the Wallasey-Birkenhead docks complex.

    The MP said Peel differed from many developers in having a long-term plan spanning 30-plus years.

    She said: "It's a very refreshing change, and, I think, that is why they are so successful. They have some fantastic achievements behind them.

    "If they achieve half of what they have got their eyes on, it will be fantastic for the area and particularly for the local economy.

    "There are a lot of things to be done between now and then. We have to see what happens in detail, and each proposal will have to be judged on its merit. But I can't fault them on their vision and their financial commitment to the area in the long term." read more......
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    The project has been described as giving the area "Isle of Dogs or Canary Wharf-style potential" by Wallasey MP Angela Eagle, who has been in discussions with developers Peel Holdings.
    It all looks promising it'll be interesting to see what they come up with.

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    Sheesh it only seems like yesterday when they were working docks, and Lairds was still building ships... And Kingsway was being built at the end of our street.

    Yeah I'll wait to see the ideas before passing comment on the 30 year plan.. but the Apartments seem a grand development, I just wish I could afford one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FKoE View Post
    Yeah I'll wait to see the ideas before passing comment on the 30 year plan.. but the Apartments seem a grand development, I just wish I could afford one.
    It stinks around there, yuk.
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    hehehe, thats the Mersey perfume factory

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    As part of a series of features studying the UK's seaside towns, the spotlight falls on New Brighton in Merseyside.

    Maps of New Brighton found on boards dotted around the seafront tell a sad story.

    There's the former site of the pier, the former site of the Tower and the former site of the open-air swimming baths, once one of the largest in Europe.

    Also long gone are the Tower Ballroom, the amusement park and the ferry terminal, where thousands used to disembark at this seaside town on the north-east corner of the Wirral peninsula, after coming across the Mersey from Liverpool.

    The attractions may have gone but this is not a derelict town and there's a spring in the step of the hundreds who brave a blustery Wednesday to enjoy the wonderful views and the sea air.



    The long promenade is busy with walkers, while families huddle into the dilapidated Grade II-listed shelters to eat their fish and chips.

    An amusement arcade and mini-golf provide the staple seaside provisions while the old fort offers a reminder of the past.

    Lifeguard Paddy Maloney said the beach had been busy this warm summer, although nothing like it was in the 1950s.

    "It was a different world then, a complete eye-opener, absolutely vibrant. People used to pour off the ferries in absolute swarms. It was unbelievable.

    "It was a holiday resort when I was a kid but things have changed in the country and in society as a whole.

    "In the 60s everyone bought Ford Populars and Morris Minors and headed to Wales or the Lake District or to Benidorm. These places started taking a nosedive them."

    Parr controversy

    Mr Maloney is relieved that a £73m development, including a supermarket to be built on the marina lake, has been rejected by government planners who overruled the council.

    He would like to see a plan more sympathetic to the town's natural assets, such as a marina, and developer Neptune is believed to be keen to spend the money on an alternative project.




    In 1986 photographer Martin Parr provoked a storm with his book The Last Resort, which drew accusations that he contrived to depict New Brighton in an unforgiving light.

    But 20 years later, although the shelters are neglected and vandalised, there is little evidence of social deprivation, just a few boarded-up shops near the station.

    Australian Bob Williams, 51, has returned to the town for the first time since leaving it 32 years ago.

    He said: "I'm really impressed with the place, how clean it is, the lack of graffiti and it's safe to be walking round. My parents emigrated because they didn't like the atmosphere.

    "But I can see now it has a lot of potential and I don't think people realise what they have here. It's wonderful walking along here with no cars. We don't want to go home."


    Fred Haygarth danced at the Tower Ballroom


    Although many can remember the town's post-war heyday, some can even recall another golden era, between the wars.

    Fred Haygarth, 81, from Hoylake, loves taking a walk on the promenade every Wednesday.

    "When I was young there was a big tower and dancing in the big ballroom, which was as good as Blackpool, but I don't think commercially it was viable to keep it up," he said.

    "People come here now to have a walk. There's no traffic, a wonderful view, the air is fresh. I'm glad it's clean and I like coming here but it's not making any money for the town."

    Another resident described the town as the "lungs of the Mersey".

    Aviation museum

    One of the few attractions to survive the tough times is the fort. It was built in the 1800s to defend the Port of Liverpool, and the town grew up around it.

    The houses on the seafront were modelled on Brighton in Sussex, hence the name.



    People flock here every week Doug Darroch - Owner of Fort Perch Rock

    The fort is now a museum exhibiting an impressive array of artefacts from planes which crashed in the war, and it is also a venue for opera, jazz and rock concerts.

    Its owner is Doug Darroch, 45, who is adamant the town is thriving just as it is.

    "People flock here every week, from Australia, America and Europe. New Brighton is never going to be a Southport or Blackpool but it can fit a role for people who don't want an expensive day out.

    "It has fantastic views. People say 'We need an iconic structure' but perhaps we already have one - the river.

    "People say 'It's not what it was in the 50s' and 'My mam put me on the ferry with my sandwiches and bottle of water.'


    The fort was completed in 1829 and pre-dates the town

    "It was an escape from the backstreets and terraced houses and that can still apply."

    A Wirral council spokeswoman said unforeseen disasters had destroyed the ballroom and the baths, while other attractions suffered due to "natural changes in the marketplace". But £13m had been spent on sprucing up the seafront and shopfronts.

    New Brighton is a town that's been knocked in the past but - maybe as a direct consequence - remains a great source of pride for its inhabitants.
    Even the young people, who are usually a very critical bunch, are enthusiastic.

    Jenny Foulds, 17, who works in a dancewear shop on the main parade, offered a typical comment when she said: "It's nice to have somewhere quiet where you can go for a walk and just chill."

    Population: 10,927
    Famous visitor: The Beatles once played the Tower Ballroom
    Interesting fact: The Tower was taller than Blackpool's

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    Talking This Sounds Amazing.

    Towers of power for Wirral docklands?
    By Justin Dunn

    MAJESTIC: Canary Wharf tower. Ambitious plans to transform Wirral's docklands would mirror the early 1990s redevelopment of East London's once derelict riverside site
    A FOUR BILLION pound masterplan to transform Wirral's decaying docklands into a glittering Canary Wharf-style business park was unveiled to "astonished" councillors last week.

    The brains behind Manchester's hugely successful Trafford Centre and the same city's upmarket Salford Quays development want to make the docks - separating Birkenhead and Wallasey - a business centre complete with skyscrapers, hotels, luxury homes and retail facilities.

    The ambitious plan - laid out in a "very impressive" video presentation behind closed doors to selected councillors last week - even has scaled-down versions of some of the world's most iconic buildings.

    They would include smaller imitations of both the Petrona Towers in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, and of the world's only seven star hotel, Dubai's Burj Al Arab - acknowledged as the finest hotel on the planet.


    Developer Peel Holdings, who also own Liverpool Airport, recently added the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company to its portfolio, making Peel the country's second biggest ports owner.

    Reports in the national financial press have suggested that the company's main interest in buying up former dock sites throughout the country has been specifically to develop what it sees as the under-utilised property and space contained within the waterfront sites.

    Last week's presentation was "incredibly impressive", said Seacombe Labour councillor John Salter.

    "I've honestly never seen anything quite like it.

    “A tremendous amount of work had gone into the presentation alone. It was like watching some kind of Hollywood movie."

    "Obviously it was very exciting and ambitious but I think it's fair to say that we all walked out of the room afterwards feeling very positive about it.

    "Peel Holdings have a track record that is second to none. Everyone concerned knows that a planning inquiry would be inevitable but I think this is a scheme that should be explored and encouraged."

    The development would take place over a 30-year period, said Cllr Salter. "I probably won't be around to see it, sadly, but that's no reason not to support it.

    "There will be a cruise liner terminal opening in Liverpool soon, which will see the return of some grand ships to the River Mersey.

    "Look at all the work and redevelopment going on in Liverpool. Visitors will see a wonderful waterfront on one side, and a drab one on ours.

    "The fact is, Wirral is starting to look a big stagnant in comparison. But if this is plan goes ahead, which on the face of it I would like to see, then the very opposite will be true."

    Redevelopment of the docks began just three months ago when restoration of the former East Float flour mill began. Over £19m is being spent to turn them into luxury Albert Dock-style apartments.

    Peel Holdings refused to comment when contacted by the Globe, but a spokeswoman said full details of their proposals would be released to the public on September 5.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kev View Post
    [/SIZE] [SIZE=2]There's the former site of the pier, the former site of the Tower and the former site of the open-air swimming baths, once one of the largest in Europe.

    I'm sure I have a photie here showing the Pier .. give me 10 minutes to dig it out and scan it

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    New Brighton pier ...

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    New Brighton pier ...
    Let me quess - FKoE and mum!

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    Thats me elder brother with me mam there Howie

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    I was over in the Wirral today and the Wirral needs this development to happen badly,I hope they grasp this opportunity.

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    JILTED developers have come up with a new plan to redevelop New Brighton.

    Neptune is submitting a separate planning application to revamp the Floral Pavilion theatre and clinch £9m of public funding which was feared lost when the original plans were turned down by the government.

    The application is seen as a £17m first phase of what would still be a total facelift for the resort.

    The Town Square development is to include a £9m refurbishment of the theatre, adding a conference centre, a block of apartments and retail space.

    Details of the scheme are still being drawn up, ahead of meetings by external funding bodies including the NWDA and Mersey Waterfront Regional Park.

    Steve Parry, managing director of Neptune Developments, said: "We remain fully committed to the comprehensive regeneration of New Brighton as the submission of this planning application demonstrates.

    "The Floral Pavilion theatre is one of the resort's greatest assets. Closure due to poor condition would be a major blow."

    Liverpool-based Neptune had been chosen by Wirral council as its "preferred developer" for the scheme which included a new marine lakeand model boating lake, flats, out-door lido, newrestaurant/wine bar quarter, the renovation of the theatre, leisure and recreation areas and anew super-store.

    The most contentious element of the plan was to fill in the marine lake to build a supermarket and apartment block.

    According to planning experts, Neptune could re-submit an application.

    Leslie Parker-Davies, chairman of the New Brighton Heritage Action Group set up to oppose the scheme, said: "This comes as a pleasant surprise. Things are moving in the right direction, and it seems Neptune have been listening."

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    New Brighton pier ...
    I've got some of New Brighton - I'll root them out.

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    my cousin. New Brighton 1960's



    that's me in the background.

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    thats a good photie of the pier Lindy, nice one ..

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