Thousands of people are getting involved in the discussion about the future of Birkenhead.
Last month Wirral Council released the detailed consultation documents outlining the vision for ensuring the town has a thriving, sustainable future.
The proposals are outlined in a major document called the Birkenhead 2040 Framework. This has been put together based on what residents and local businesses have told us is important to them, including from the consultation on Wirral’s Local Plan last year (2020).
And already people have been sharing their views and ideas. All of these will be used to help further develop the plans for the town.
The proposals include the creation of more family-friendly neighbourhoods including the development of new homes, parks and green spaces, opening up the Mersey waterfront and re-connecting it to a revitalised town centre, and diversifying the local economy building on the successful manufacturing, maritime, digital and creative sectors, improved connections within and to the city region.
So far more than 2,500 people have visited the bespoke website through which the consultation is being hosted, and hundreds of people have downloaded documents outlining the vision for the town’s future.
Alan Evans, Wirral Council’s Director of Regeneration and Place, said: “This is a unique opportunity to play a key role in helping ensure the development of Birkenhead meets the needs of everyone who lives in, works in and visits the town, now and in the future.
“Many people have downloaded documents from the HaveYourSay.Wirral.gov.uk portal – now it’s vital that they complete the questionnaire too, as this will help us understand what they think of the current proposals and approach, and what they want and expect from the next stage of the town’s development.”
If you haven’t already, you can find out more and take part in the consultation using our online portal, where there is the full Birkenhead 2040 Framework document, or for those who want a shorter version there is a Summary document. In addition, there is a short video explainer as well as a questionnaire which will allow you to tell us what you think of this vision, if you have more ideas, or if you would like to get involved. Consultation opened on Wednesday, March 24 and continues for eight weeks.