It was New Ferry Regeneration Action Group who campaigned for the money that was supposed to be spent renovating the play area at Onslow Road 3 years ago to be used on more play equipment - but for older kids. Onslow Road residents did not want the play area reinstated so close to their homes, so the Council eventually agreed to let the money be spent in New Ferry Park.
In the discussions we had with the Council, although they said they were going to put the new equipment "between the air raid shelters", it was my understanding that the air raid shelters would not be disturbed. However, I now realise that I should have asked the question.
Since the work started, I have not been over to have a closer look at it, but I would be upset if the shelters have been demolished.
Indeed, I did put the possibility of opening up the shelters (for at least one occasion) onto the suggested plan for the refurbishment of the park which NFRAG drew up 2 years ago. However, nobody took me seriously and there were other far more pressing things in the park to get sorted.
According to older residents I have spoken to over the years, the shelters were still "exposed" in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and residents "played inside them" when they were children. Some time in the 1970s the council did indeed put some concrete pipes on them as play features for kids - this practice was quite common in the 1970s = cheap play things for kids were those big concrete drain pipes.
However, there are more pressing things happening in New Ferry tonight. The Great Eastern has been opened up for arsonists to go in and help themselves. See my posting elsewhere on this site. http://www.wikiwirral.co.uk/forums/ubbthreads.php/topics/392078.html#Post392078