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#545640 - 11th Jul 2011 10:49pm Daily Post:: Major Plans To Regenerate Birkenhead
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Major plans to regenerate Birkenhead being drawn up

MAJOR plans to regenerate one of Wirral’s main shopping areas are being developed, the Daily Post can reveal.

The proposals – which are at an early stage – could involve an “imaginative” scheme to link Birkenhead town centre with Hamilton Square and Woodside, as well as a new use for the town hall.

Cllr Phil Davies, deputy leader of Wirral council and cabinet member for regeneration, said the authority is in contact with potential developers, seeking options for the area which can be brought into effect within the next five years.

He said “imaginative thinking” was required at what is a key time for the borough, ahead of Peel’s proposed £4.5bn Wirral Waters scheme to develop docklands between Birkenhead and Wallasey.

But he added: “We cannot just wait around for the Peel development to come off. The economy is still in a fragile position.

“We really want to try and help Birkenhead town centre. It is a key engine economically for Wirral.

“My view is there are issues about the precinct, the Pyramids and around there – it is looking pretty tired and shabby and I understand [owner] Warner is keen to sell it.

“We need to do something more imaginative with Birkenhead Market, which is a potential draw into Wirral for people, and linking that with Hamilton Square and Woodside.

“I am encouraging officers to talk to developers about that.

“If we get the right package, we could do something meaningful.

“The stakes were raised by Liverpool One. The danger is if we do not move the town centre up a few levels, Wirral people will spend their money elsewhere.

“I want to see something which will attract people from Wirral and beyond.

“What that package will look like I am not too sure yet. We want a clear vision for Birkenhead town centre.

“We also need to do something really imaginative with the town hall. We need something which will draw people.”

Cllr Davies said Birkenhead had been allowed to be overtaken by shopping centres elsewhere.

Recent years have seen plans for the Europa Boulevard area repeatedly fail to come to fruition, although a new Asda supermarket due to open later this year is expected to create 400 new jobs.

He said: “That is the first new development in Birkenhead in years and evidence suggests an operator like that can act as a magnet for other businesses.

“We need to raise our aspirations, rather than just building offices or apartments. We have trod water in Birkenhead for last five or six years.

“There are some really exciting opportunities giving us the chance to bring new life into Birkenhead.

“I am saying to officers ‘this is something we must be doing now’. If we can make this happen within the next three to five years, then hopefully Wirral Waters will be coming on stream by then.

“Birkenhead needs some imaginative thinking to look at what we can do over the next few years to really start to lift that whole area of Wirral – not just with an unconnected development, but with a clear theme or link.

“For me, that is the big prize between now and when the Peel development gets off the ground.

“There are developers out there who would like to have a go and make something happen, and I think there is a consensus across Wirral – it is not party political.”

“If we do nothing, we will see Birkenhead continue to decline.

“Regeneration is not just about buildings, it is about social issues.

“Regeneration has a knock-on effect on other issues the council deals with, such as housing, health, crime and anti-social behaviour.

“If we can address the fact we have a lot of economically inactive people, then other problems we are dealing with will be helped.”

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#545667 - 12th Jul 2011 12:01am Re: Daily Post:: Major Plans To Regenerate Birkenhead [Re: Touchstone]
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Birkenhead can have all the bling and flash it wants, until it gets the car parking charges right then it's dead on it's knees.

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#545733 - 12th Jul 2011 8:55am Re: Daily Post:: Major Plans To Regenerate Birkenhead [Re: davew3]
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Birkenhead does need a massive face-lift. Hamilton Square seems to be wasting away which is a terrible shame. Argyle Street also looks like a wasteland these days. Problem is, where is the money going to come from?

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#545735 - 12th Jul 2011 8:59am Re: Daily Post:: Major Plans To Regenerate Birkenhead [Re: Touchstone]
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Hamilton Square is a beautiful place and everyday as I walk through it there is always people on the benches drinking super skol. Such a shame frown

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#545736 - 12th Jul 2011 9:02am Re: Daily Post:: Major Plans To Regenerate Birkenhead [Re: Touchstone]
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A few years ago they were supposed to be builing a hotel/conference centre one side of Conway Park station on Europa Boulevard and on the other side a Casino and some offices... obviously that idea fell through... I did have the plans somewhere.


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#545909 - 12th Jul 2011 5:30pm Re: Daily Post:: Major Plans To Regenerate Birkenhead [Re: polo_phil]
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Originally Posted By: polo_phil
Hamilton Square is a beautiful place and everyday as I walk through it there is always people on the benches drinking super skol. Such a shame frown


Thas' one of the reasons I moved away from Watson Court.
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#545911 - 12th Jul 2011 5:32pm Re: Daily Post:: Major Plans To Regenerate Birkenhead [Re: davew3]
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Originally Posted By: davew3
Birkenhead can have all the bling and flash it wants, until it gets the car parking charges right then it's dead on it's knees.


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#545923 - 12th Jul 2011 5:51pm Re: Daily Post:: Major Plans To Regenerate Birkenhead [Re: Touchstone]
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Its not ideal for the tourists who travel across the Mersey - it looks all concrete and unappealing, and you don't know how far it is to the shops for a first time visitor. Not good for a first impression of the Wirral! At least Seacombe has a prom and Guinea Gap baths. Seems that the most important marketing - Accessibility - has not been addressed yet.

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#545952 - 12th Jul 2011 6:41pm Re: Daily Post:: Major Plans To Regenerate Birkenhead [Re: Touchstone]
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If I walked through Birkenhead shopping precinct with a thousand pounds of disposable income in my skyrocket... well I'm struggling now to think of one shop that might sell something I'd want to buy.

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#545958 - 12th Jul 2011 6:47pm Re: Daily Post:: Major Plans To Regenerate Birkenhead [Re: Touchstone]
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The place is a dump, it's the people around the area which need to be sorted. Saying that I'm sure it doesn't help with the police station, courts, job lookers place and probation centre being in the vicinity of Hamilton square.
That's were the skol super drinkers are originating from.
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#545960 - 12th Jul 2011 6:48pm Re: Daily Post:: Major Plans To Regenerate Birkenhead [Re: Shambo]
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Originally Posted By: Shambo
If I walked through Birkenhead shopping precinct with a thousand pounds of disposable income in my skyrocket... well I'm struggling now to think of one shop that might sell something I'd want to buy.


Pykes ?

I know what you mean though, I'm looking at two units down there for different things, let's just say that WBC aren't the most helpful people on the planet. I can see why more businesses go to Liverpool, and hence why more people shop there.

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#545962 - 12th Jul 2011 6:52pm Re: Daily Post:: Major Plans To Regenerate Birkenhead [Re: _Ste_]
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Originally Posted By: _Ste_
The place is a dump, it's the people around the area which need to be sorted. Saying that I'm sure it doesn't help with the police station, courts, job lookers place and probation centre being in the vicinity of Hamilton square.
That's were the skol super drinkers are originating from.


Oh and I have to add, the place would be much more pleasant if some of those services were moved, I know the courts cannot be moved to another area but I'm pretty sure some of the other places could.
That's where the unwanted leeches are spawning from.
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#545993 - 12th Jul 2011 8:17pm Re: Daily Post:: Major Plans To Regenerate Birkenhead [Re: _Ste_]
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If they made the Square a 'no drinking outside' area and actually policed it, that might improve it. I can remember back in the 90s when I worked in Birkenhead they used to hold little lunchtime music sessions in a gazebo in the Square and people would sit around on the grass with their lunches, enjoying it. Those days need to come back.

And yes - £1/hr for parking is barking! That's when there's any parking available at the moment, with the Asda building work... *sigh*

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#547263 - 15th Jul 2011 4:51pm Re: Daily Post:: Major Plans To Regenerate Birkenhead [Re: Touchstone]
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Originally Posted By: Touchstone


we have a lot of economically inactive people,


Don't mince words; if you mean dole scroungers & winos, say so.
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#549198 - 19th Jul 2011 10:03am Re: Daily Post:: Major Plans To Regenerate Birkenhead [Re: Shambo]
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Originally Posted By: Shambo
If I walked through Birkenhead shopping precinct with a thousand pounds of disposable income in my skyrocket... well I'm struggling now to think of one shop that might sell something I'd want to buy.


You find that in Birkenhead, there is little choice, you can buy a decent suit or a Rolex, but go to Liverpool and you have more choice or go to Chester and still even more choice moving on to Manchester and the sky's the limit.
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