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Changes to bus services to and from West Kirby from September will help Arrowe Park Hospital staff with early starts, and see the return of a half hourly connection to Eastham.

The 81 service from West Kirby to Arrowe Park Hospital will be changed so it fits around hospital shift times in the morning peak. It is also being rerouted and will run via Greenbank Road, rather than Black Horse Hill.

The 38 service between West Kirby and Eastham via Moreton and Birkenhead will return to its pre-Covid frequency, with services every half an hour between Monday and Saturday, rather than every hour.

There will be a slight reduction in the number of 437 services between West Kirby and Liverpool after 10pm at night – down to every 30 minutes rather than 20.

The alterations are part of a raft of changes across Liverpool City Region from 4 September.

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, which oversees public transport, said: “These changes are being proposed to ensure that a sustainable network is in place which reflects changes in travel demands and patterns whilst continuing to maintain bus network coverage, encourage passenger growth, and promote bus as a preferred mode of travel.

“While some services have seen a good rate of recovery in passenger numbers since the removal of Covid-19 restrictions, others have not. This means that they may require changes to their route or timetable to allow them to remain sustainable.

“Enhancements to some bus services are included in these proposals, including the creation of some new bus links.”

Detailed timetables are expected to be released in August.

Over the coming months, a lower adult single bus fare will be introduced which will mean passengers will be able to travel across Liverpool City Region for no more than £2.
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More than a thousand Wirral children were taught lifesaving water safety skills ahead of the school summer holidays in a partnership between a local swimming school and @hoylakelifeboat

During a week of sessions in July, Helen Diamond Swimming School taught 1,148 of its young pupils the RNLI’s key ‘float to live’ safety technique in the pools at Calday Grange in West Kirby, Stanley School in Pensby and Birkenhead High School Academy.

Hoylake RNLI lifeboat crew member and water safety advisor Dave Bates was invited to join the team at some of the sessions, where he spoke to both the children and their parents about the importance of floating if they get into difficulty in the water.

Dave was joined at one session by fellow volunteer Kev Latcham, where they passed on some of the RNLI’s other tips for staying safe at the beach such as stopping to think about the dangers, staying together, and only swimming where there are lifeguards while staying between their red and yellow flags.

With many families heading to the coast or the pool while on holiday in the UK and abroad, these vital skills will help keep them safe in and around the water this summer and beyond.

Following the swimming sessions, parents and supporters kindly donated £499.22 to the RNLI in support of the charity’s 24-hour search and rescue service and drowning prevention work. Helen Diamond also made a very generous personal donation of £1,000 and visited Hoylake RNLI lifeboat station to present the lifesaving funds to the grateful lifeboat crew.

Helen said: “Thank you to the team at Hoylake RNLI for an amazing week supporting our swim school in raising awareness around water safety ahead of the summer. We know all too well the dangers. After some recent tragic losses of young people in the water, the message can’t be highlighted enough.”

Dave Bates said: “We’re overwhelmed by the generosity of parents and in particular by Helen, as she put so much effort into organising these lifesaving sessions. Their kind donations will help the RNLI continue saving lives at sea and on the coast this summer.”
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Almost 1,300 people have signed a petition to stop land on Grange Hill in West Kirby being designated for housing under Wirral Council’s new Local Plan.

The site, adjacent to Hoylake and West Kirby War Memorial, allotments and existing housing, is made up of fields and ex-farm land.

It is the sole remaining large plot proposed for new homes in the town under the Local Plan, which will guide development across the borough until 2035.

It comes after the ‘Green Field Estate’ on Grange Road – known locally as the sheep fields – was removed from the list of proposed sites after being designated as local green space.

It means the number of units earmarked for housing in West Kirby and Hoylake under the plan is now 58, compared to 132 when consultation began in 2020.

Campaigners from Protect Grange Hill say they have set up the petition to highlight to the council “that Wirral residents do not wish housing construction on green space land” and to “confirm support for Local Green Space (LGS) designation of the land at Grange Hill.”

The petition adds: “The WBS Draft plan proposal will carve out a significant section between Grange Hill War Memorial and the Grange Hill Allotments.

“This housing development introduces damage to this environment by human activity such as noise and light pollution forever changing the tranquility of Grange Hill.

“This petition is seeking support from the community to remind Wirral Borough Council that building on fields and green sites is not acceptable.”

You can find the link to the petition in the full story on our website.

Consultation on the Local Plan – which also includes proposals for a masterplan for West Kirby – ends on Monday 25 July.

It will then be submitted to the Secretary of State an examined by an independent planning inspector.

Depending on the outcome of the inquiry, it could be formally adopted next year.
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