So farewell then to the Marks & Spencer store in Birkenhead after a long and continuous presence in the town. It may be only one store â but it is hugely symbolic of the state of Birkenhead town centre â and do we mean state !
Itâs certainly a fist in the face to Birkenhead First isnât it? Proving to the Wirral Chamber of Commerce backed initiative ,which aims to make Birkenhead an attractive and vibrant retail and leisure destination, that thereâs more needed than litter picks and pop-ups when it comes to the cut-throat world of commerce.
Whilst there have long been rumours that House of Fraser is on the way out -and letâs face it since the demise of Beattieâs it has rapidly gone downhill â it staggers on , but for how long? As far as weâre concerned that would be the final nail in the coffin and then all Birkenhead will be fit for is a set for a remake of âDawn of the Living Deadâ â the zombie movie set in a shopping mall.
As for Birkenhead MP Frank Field âdemandingâ a meeting with M&S chiefs â thatâs the trouble with him , heâs so used to âdemandingâ and getting his own way with Wirral councillors that when the harsh reality of the business world hits heâs suddenly out of his depth and left wallowing in the poverty of his constituents , all prissy pursed lips and a put upon expression.
Council leader Cllr Phil âPower Boy Pipâ Davies is even more delusional and in peak Pollyanna mode is quoted in the Liverpool Echo as saying :
âGood public transport links , ÂŁ2 all-day parking and plans to re-invigorate the market are positive signs , and the business community ,residents and shoppers are keen to see to see Birkenhead invested in and improvedâ
But even Pip must know that a headline such as â Make no mistake âŚ M&S Birkenhead closure is a disasterâ in the usually compliant Liverpool Echo means that this is not a good news story.
Itâs not a question of running down Birkenhead â itâs already run down or to use Presidential language â itâs a shithole! Time for Pip, Frankenfield and co to wake up and smell the weed wafting down Grange Road.
So spare us the artistsâ impressions for fantasy schemes that will never happen , the deceptive , expensive and manipulative wraparound advertising features in Wirral Globe, the press releases about the billions of pounds about to come Birkenheadâs way soon, honest, the chequeâs in the post etc; etc;
If all Wirral Councilâs âtransformersâ can come up with is plans for more car parking charges and a drive-in Maccy Dâs whilst transforming their bank balance at our expense and jetting off to Cannes to hawk the tawdry wares that Birkenhead has to âofferâ then surely Marksyâs departure is the beginning of the end for the town.
And so we say to the young people of Birkenhead â get an education and GET OUT OF TOWN! Leave the dereliction to the derelicts and those who have been derelict in their duty for decades.https://wirralleaks.wordpress.com/2018/02/01/get-out-of-town-the-death-of-birkenhead/