School children in New Brighton heritage day

16th February 2012

Rob Gregson applauds the Council for its regeneration over the years, bringing New Brighton back as a first class resort so convenient for local children as well as visitors.

Pupils from Rock Ferry Primary school have dropped in to New Brighton’s new Floral Pavilion to learn about the town’s ongoing regeneration.

The children are studying New Brighton as their topic for the term, using the town to illustrate different areas of work such as eco-tourism and history.  They have been learning how the recent building and renovation work at the Pavilion and on the waterfront has affected the people and animals of the area.  During a tour of the new Pavilion the children learned how the building was designed and constructed, and how local factors impacted on the process. They were also given a behind-the-scenes look at the new theatre space and state of the art conference facilities.

The children enjoy a sea view from the promenade


They also visited The Light cinema, an 8-screen, 1000-seat development to see an ‘edutainment’ feature.  During the screening they took part in an interactive quiz about wildlife.

The £60m mixed use development has been taken forward by Neptune Developments, with the aim of regenerating the town and promoting it as a visit destination.  The children also visited the Lifeboat Station, Fort Perch Rock and the Heritage Centre, where they met people who live, work and grew up in New Brighton. They then asked questions about how the town has changed over the years.

Work undertaken by the classes will be displayed in New Brighton’s Heritage Centre.



ConDem leader applauds Labour’s success as £4.5billion Wirral Waters gets the go ahead. Cllr John Salter reports


4th August 2010  

At last night’s Wirral Planning Committee meeting ‘Wirral Waters’ (the largest planning application in the UK) was given the green light by Wirral’s

A beaming Cllr John Salter said: 'This is excellent news for my Seacombe Ward. It will bring much needed jobs to the whole area. We worked hard to achieve this and it is great news for everybody.'

‘hung’ Council.   ‘Wirral Waters’ is an 18 million sq ft regeneration scheme which will transform the economic fortunes of Birkenhead and Wallasey, as well as Wirral and the broader Liverpool City Region. It will have a dramatic effect on Seacombe’s fortunes in providing thousands of new job opportunities.  

This is a great day for the previous Labour-led administration which, during a period of more than four years, worked closely with Peel Holdings to bring the development to fruition.   

But in May a new ‘ConDem’ administration took over after the Wirral Liberals lost five seats to the Tories – an unprecedented electoral disaster for them, wiping out 25% of their total representation on the Council.  Together with a Labour defection, this Liberal collapse made the Tories marginally the largest party.  Whilst the Liberals lost seats heavily to the Tories Labour gained four.   But the electorally crippled Liberals then joined the Tories, and the defector, in a coalition.  This junior partnership enabled the Liberals to hang on in a limited power-share, heavily eclipsed and overshadowed by the Conservatives to whom they have in effect given leadership of the Council. 
Commenting on the success he inherited from the previous administration, Wirral’s new ‘ConDem’ Leader, Cllr Jeff Green, said:  “This is a fantastic day for the people of Birkenhead and Wallasey and the future of Wirral.  We can now look forward to the site’s transformation over the coming years to help improve the economic fortunes of the Borough and that of its residents.” 

Jeff must, of course, be applauded for recognising Labour’s achievement so glowingly.  Subject, now, to there being no impediment from the ‘ConDem’ government it is hoped that our Council’s professional officers will continue their fruitful collaboration with Peel Holdings to begin work within a couple of years.      

The Birkenhead docks site comprises more than 500 acres.  The ‘Wirral Waters’ scheme will involve a £4.5 billion investment, creating many thousands of jobs during construction (which will span some 30 years).  It has been estimated that as many as  27,000 jobs could exist when the work is completed.