Community projects made a reality thanks to Love Wirral grants

Councillor Brian Kenny.

Councillor Brian Kenny.

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COUNCIL funding will allow 80 local projects to carry out environmental improvements in their neighbourhood ahead of the Open Golf Championship this summer.

Spring clean ups, accessible fruit and vegetables and lighting up a Wirral religious landmark are all one step closer to becoming a reality after their bids for a Love Wirral grant were successful.

Wirral Council allocated a cash pot to each of the borough’s four constituencies to ensure the peninsula looks its best when thousands descend on the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake in July.

A total of £36,318.18 is being handed out to groups to carry out their work, which ranges from community clean-ups and planting projects to restoration or heritage works and community art projects.

One of the unique aspects of the Love Wirral grant process was the round of public voting, which ran for two weeks in January, which allowed members of the public to decide who they thought was worthy of the funding boost.

More than 8,500 people voted as part of the process, generating 33,769 votes for projects.

Now that the funding has been released, the successful applicants can now press on with delivering their plans and their progress will be promoted via the Love Wirral Facebook page, which currently has more than 500 followers.

One project successful in securing a Love Wirral Grant was SS Peter, Paul and Philomena’s Church in New Brighton, which will put its £500 towards the cost of creating a beacon by illuminating the Dome of Home.

Canon Montjean, Rector of Ss Peters, Paul & Philomena’s Church, said: “Not only will floodlighting the Dome enhance Wirral’s night sky, but will remind local people every day that this building welcomes anyone seeking sanctuary and interested in heritage.”

In Eastham, Love Wirral funding will be used to provide free access to freshly grown fruit, salad crops and vegetables for the community through the Incredible Edible scheme.

And in West Wirral, the Friends of Grange Hill will use their £500 grant to provide a new bench at Hoylake and West Kirby War Memorial.

Councillor Brian Kenny, Wirral’s cabinet member for environment and sustainability, said: “It is fantastic that so many local people and groups have got themselves organised and shown such a passionate commitment to making environmental improvements in the area where they live.

“The Love Wirral grant funding is going to be making a difference right across the borough and I can’t wait to see the results.”

In another demonstration of how the Love Wirral campaign is capturing people’s imaginations, local residents, community groups and businesses are coming together next week to carry out the borough’s biggest ever spring clean.

A range of activities are already organised, ranging from local litter picks, dog fouling clean-ups, sweeps of local beaches and planting and growing fruit, vegetables and flowers.

A full list of the planned spring clean activities can be found at wirral.gov.uk/lovewirral

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10:45am Wed 12 Mar 14

Llamedos 1 says...

Why do all things held on high by Wirral Council revolve around Open Golf Championships. I would like to know the percentage of Wirral residents who actually care about golf especially when its our money being spent. I certainly have no objections to funding being allocated to local communities to improve their lot but to use a Golf Open to get locals to clean up their own area is somewhat devious.
Why do all things held on high by Wirral Council revolve around Open Golf Championships. I would like to know the percentage of Wirral residents who actually care about golf especially when its our money being spent. I certainly have no objections to funding being allocated to local communities to improve their lot but to use a Golf Open to get locals to clean up their own area is somewhat devious. Llamedos 1
  • Score: 6

11:05am Wed 12 Mar 14

hobroW says...

All very good but cast your mind back to what might have been! £36k does not cover the wastage of money on 2-3 BIG projects so wrongfully awarded. Plaudits would be louder did we not know of the enormous wastages by this Council over the last 5-10 years. a small example,imagine if there had been no need to appoint Grant Thornton to investigate the administration of past grants by WBC, that alone was £50,000. And the waste implicit in what they were investigating?

If I repeat myself it is to counter the feelgood propagnda that the WBC has at its disposal and, unfortunately, to show that all is not rosy in the garden.
All very good but cast your mind back to what might have been! £36k does not cover the wastage of money on 2-3 BIG projects so wrongfully awarded. Plaudits would be louder did we not know of the enormous wastages by this Council over the last 5-10 years. a small example,imagine if there had been no need to appoint Grant Thornton to investigate the administration of past grants by WBC, that alone was £50,000. And the waste implicit in what they were investigating? If I repeat myself it is to counter the feelgood propagnda that the WBC has at its disposal and, unfortunately, to show that all is not rosy in the garden. hobroW
  • Score: 1

11:13am Wed 12 Mar 14

Growl Tiger says...

This is work the Council should be doing on a regular basis, but doesn’t. It only becomes motivated to love Wirral when there is a golf championship looming. If the Wirral looks pleasant on the cameras then it probably scores brownie points for its senior officers and councillors particularly those who are aiming for higher office!

On a positive note community groups have more idea about aesthetics than the Council and are likely to carry out the work in a more sensitive manner eg. not simply throw a lorry load of black tarmac and black paint at everything and call it "job done".
This is work the Council should be doing on a regular basis, but doesn’t. It only becomes motivated to love Wirral when there is a golf championship looming. If the Wirral looks pleasant on the cameras then it probably scores brownie points for its senior officers and councillors particularly those who are aiming for higher office! On a positive note community groups have more idea about aesthetics than the Council and are likely to carry out the work in a more sensitive manner eg. not simply throw a lorry load of black tarmac and black paint at everything and call it "job done". Growl Tiger
  • Score: 12

11:41am Wed 12 Mar 14

artemis81 says...

Llamedos 1 wrote:
Why do all things held on high by Wirral Council revolve around Open Golf Championships. I would like to know the percentage of Wirral residents who actually care about golf especially when its our money being spent. I certainly have no objections to funding being allocated to local communities to improve their lot but to use a Golf Open to get locals to clean up their own area is somewhat devious.
It's a bit **** of the Globe to throw that line about the golf in - that's a small part of it, but it's not the be all and end all of Love Wirral. Have a look on the Facebook page, Love Wirral celebrates environmental projects that are going on anyway, regardless of what's happening this summer and regardless of whether or not they get funding from the local authority. The grants are just small bits of cash to help groups along and maybe inspire other people to get involved when they see the difference it makes. It's not about papering over cracks.
[quote][p][bold]Llamedos 1[/bold] wrote: Why do all things held on high by Wirral Council revolve around Open Golf Championships. I would like to know the percentage of Wirral residents who actually care about golf especially when its our money being spent. I certainly have no objections to funding being allocated to local communities to improve their lot but to use a Golf Open to get locals to clean up their own area is somewhat devious.[/p][/quote]It's a bit **** of the Globe to throw that line about the golf in - that's a small part of it, but it's not the be all and end all of Love Wirral. Have a look on the Facebook page, Love Wirral celebrates environmental projects that are going on anyway, regardless of what's happening this summer and regardless of whether or not they get funding from the local authority. The grants are just small bits of cash to help groups along and maybe inspire other people to get involved when they see the difference it makes. It's not about papering over cracks. artemis81
  • Score: 1

11:45am Wed 12 Mar 14

artemis81 says...

bigfoot wrote:
Been a long time since Councillor Hobbit has had his picture in the papers.
Thanks for you contribution, your life is clearly so fulfilling that you have to resort to playground insults on a provincial newspaper's website. Woohoo!
[quote][p][bold]bigfoot[/bold] wrote: Been a long time since Councillor Hobbit has had his picture in the papers.[/p][/quote]Thanks for you contribution, your life is clearly so fulfilling that you have to resort to playground insults on a provincial newspaper's website. Woohoo! artemis81
  • Score: 0

11:58am Wed 12 Mar 14

PaulCa says...

£36,318.18p

Compare that to the following payments that were made when purchasing the silence of senior officers, some of whom were abusive, but not disciplined:

Steve Maddocks || £157,000
John Webb || £152,000
Ian Coleman || £86,000
Bill Norman || £146,000
Maura Noone || £110,000
Mike Fowler || £110,000
David Green || £103,000
David T-Smith || £68,000 (possibly £88,000)
David Garry || £46,000
Jim Wilkie || £111,000

Total = £1,109,000

Compare it also to the £48,000 reportedly paid to an internal officer recently, followed by the very easily achieved gagging of all 66 powderpuff councillors.

...and suddenly we SEE where the "improved" council's priorities lie.
£36,318.18p Compare that to the following payments that were made when purchasing the silence of senior officers, some of whom were abusive, but not disciplined: Steve Maddocks || £157,000 John Webb || £152,000 Ian Coleman || £86,000 Bill Norman || £146,000 Maura Noone || £110,000 Mike Fowler || £110,000 David Green || £103,000 David T-Smith || £68,000 (possibly £88,000) David Garry || £46,000 Jim Wilkie || £111,000 Total = £1,109,000 Compare it also to the £48,000 reportedly paid to an internal officer recently, followed by the very easily achieved gagging of all 66 powderpuff councillors. ...and suddenly we SEE where the "improved" council's priorities lie. PaulCa
  • Score: 8

12:42pm Wed 12 Mar 14

spamfiend says...

artemis81 wrote:
bigfoot wrote:
Been a long time since Councillor Hobbit has had his picture in the papers.
Thanks for you contribution, your life is clearly so fulfilling that you have to resort to playground insults on a provincial newspaper's website. Woohoo!
Doesn't say an awful lot about you then does it artemis?!?

If they want the Wirral to look at its' best then get the road sweepers out in force, empty the overflowing bins and generally give the whole Borough a tidy up, but do it as a matter of pride, and not because some mega rich so called celebs are coming to smack a ball round a bit of grass.

You could give the Community Service lads and lasses brushes, shovels and carts and get them to walk the streets of Wirral picking up al the rubbish we see on a daily basis, or does that breach their 'rights'?
[quote][p][bold]artemis81[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfoot[/bold] wrote: Been a long time since Councillor Hobbit has had his picture in the papers.[/p][/quote]Thanks for you contribution, your life is clearly so fulfilling that you have to resort to playground insults on a provincial newspaper's website. Woohoo![/p][/quote]Doesn't say an awful lot about you then does it artemis?!? If they want the Wirral to look at its' best then get the road sweepers out in force, empty the overflowing bins and generally give the whole Borough a tidy up, but do it as a matter of pride, and not because some mega rich so called celebs are coming to smack a ball round a bit of grass. You could give the Community Service lads and lasses brushes, shovels and carts and get them to walk the streets of Wirral picking up al the rubbish we see on a daily basis, or does that breach their 'rights'? spamfiend
  • Score: 4

1:00pm Wed 12 Mar 14

artemis81 says...

spamfiend wrote:
artemis81 wrote:
bigfoot wrote:
Been a long time since Councillor Hobbit has had his picture in the papers.
Thanks for you contribution, your life is clearly so fulfilling that you have to resort to playground insults on a provincial newspaper's website. Woohoo!
Doesn't say an awful lot about you then does it artemis?!?

If they want the Wirral to look at its' best then get the road sweepers out in force, empty the overflowing bins and generally give the whole Borough a tidy up, but do it as a matter of pride, and not because some mega rich so called celebs are coming to smack a ball round a bit of grass.

You could give the Community Service lads and lasses brushes, shovels and carts and get them to walk the streets of Wirral picking up al the rubbish we see on a daily basis, or does that breach their 'rights'?
Why are you asking me, you're the one with all the answers?
[quote][p][bold]spamfiend[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]artemis81[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfoot[/bold] wrote: Been a long time since Councillor Hobbit has had his picture in the papers.[/p][/quote]Thanks for you contribution, your life is clearly so fulfilling that you have to resort to playground insults on a provincial newspaper's website. Woohoo![/p][/quote]Doesn't say an awful lot about you then does it artemis?!? If they want the Wirral to look at its' best then get the road sweepers out in force, empty the overflowing bins and generally give the whole Borough a tidy up, but do it as a matter of pride, and not because some mega rich so called celebs are coming to smack a ball round a bit of grass. You could give the Community Service lads and lasses brushes, shovels and carts and get them to walk the streets of Wirral picking up al the rubbish we see on a daily basis, or does that breach their 'rights'?[/p][/quote]Why are you asking me, you're the one with all the answers? artemis81
  • Score: -3

1:59pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Llamedos 1 says...

I am well aware of the good work that local communities cary out with WBC funding and indeed without it but my point which I thought I made quite clear was that WBC use Golf tournaments in such a way as to entice local communities to do the work that they should be doing on the communities behalf....those local communities and me (and presumably you Artemis) after all pay for such services with our council tax......it sees to me that I pay over £1000 per year to have my bins emptied once a fortnight, the roads are a mess, street lighting as been swithched off, parks and gardens are not getting the attention they deserve, disabled peoples services are being taken away from them whilst our lords and masters are frittering away huge amounts of our cash......see PaulCA above
I am well aware of the good work that local communities cary out with WBC funding and indeed without it but my point which I thought I made quite clear was that WBC use Golf tournaments in such a way as to entice local communities to do the work that they should be doing on the communities behalf....those local communities and me (and presumably you Artemis) after all pay for such services with our council tax......it sees to me that I pay over £1000 per year to have my bins emptied once a fortnight, the roads are a mess, street lighting as been swithched off, parks and gardens are not getting the attention they deserve, disabled peoples services are being taken away from them whilst our lords and masters are frittering away huge amounts of our cash......see PaulCA above Llamedos 1
  • Score: 10

3:27pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Growl Tiger says...

I am the bearer of good news. The Council is working in West Kirby and repairing the storm damage. The walls by the old baths near the Marine Lake have been rebuilt and painted white, the roof on the recessed seats by Coronation Gardens has been replaced and the seats are in the process of being painted white. The shelters on the promenade are being repaired and lo and behold finally the broken bin which has been taped up for a good 6 months has been replaced by a brand new mega-bin. There is still work in progress.

A Spring makeover is what happens every year in seaside towns where the Council has pride. It’s amazing what a difference some repairs and some white paint make rather than depressing black paint on broken furniture.

Is someone beginning to listen to what we say, or is this a one off because of Open Golf syndrome?
I am the bearer of good news. The Council is working in West Kirby and repairing the storm damage. The walls by the old baths near the Marine Lake have been rebuilt and painted white, the roof on the recessed seats by Coronation Gardens has been replaced and the seats are in the process of being painted white. The shelters on the promenade are being repaired and lo and behold finally the broken bin which has been taped up for a good 6 months has been replaced by a brand new mega-bin. There is still work in progress. A Spring makeover is what happens every year in seaside towns where the Council has pride. It’s amazing what a difference some repairs and some white paint make rather than depressing black paint on broken furniture. Is someone beginning to listen to what we say, or is this a one off because of Open Golf syndrome? Growl Tiger
  • Score: 8

4:22pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Llamedos 1 says...

Open Golf syndrome i`m affraid
Open Golf syndrome i`m affraid Llamedos 1
  • Score: 3

10:29pm Wed 12 Mar 14

hobroW says...

Paul Ca is so right and wish Globe on its printed page would align his column of FACT with the story re "Love Wirral" and its fact of £36K!!!

Whatver Artemis may say these are facts unaddressed by WBC and one would rather hope they would redeem themselves by not talking photo-opportunities or credit for spending a paltry allocation of OUR money. A hermitage of one year or so might act as a penitentiary homage
Paul Ca is so right and wish Globe on its printed page would align his column of FACT with the story re "Love Wirral" and its fact of £36K!!! Whatver Artemis may say these are facts unaddressed by WBC and one would rather hope they would redeem themselves by not talking photo-opportunities or credit for spending a paltry allocation of OUR money. A hermitage of one year or so might act as a penitentiary homage hobroW
  • Score: 0

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