Memorial benches removed as flood wall preparatory work ramps up

The view from the sheltered benches in Coronation Gardens will be blocked
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Preparatory work ahead of the construction of the West Kirby flood wall is continuing, with the removal of some of the memorial benches along South Parade.

Wirral Council says the benches will be removed in batches as the engineering and piling works on the project gets under way from June.

A council spokesperson said: “As will be the case with all the benches along South Parade, they are being retained and safely stored before they can be re-purposed or re-positioned elsewhere in line with the request of those who own the memorials.

“Any unclaimed benches, or ones where the owner did not express a preference for a new home, will also be re-used – no benches will be lost.”

The new design for West Kirby flood wall
The design for West Kirby flood wall

New memorial plaques, identical to the originals, will be mounted onto the new flood wall – once it is built – in the same location as the original or as nearby as possible.

The majority of owners had come forward after a number of public appeals by Wirral Council over the past two years.

Preparatory work for the flood wall scheme is continuing, and the car park at Dee Lane, which is being used as a site compound, closed earlier this month.

The council says parking will still be possible along South Parade for the time being, as the construction work on the flood wall is now not due to start until later in June.

They are urging visitors to use public transport to travel to West Kirby if possible, due to the limited parking facilities.

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