For Sale: Rangers House


Fancy living right on the Wirral Way? Well here’s your chance!

The above property is a former Ranger’s House located on Station Road at Thurstaston. Judging by the site map (see below) the property is pretty much opposite the cafe just at the bridge on Station Road. If you use google street view all you can see is a huge hedge, so use satellite view for a better idea of location.

Does anyone know when the house was last occupied?

Fancy it? Well the house is up for auction with a guide price of £240,000. For further details visit rightmove.


Walkability walk this Saturday

motabilityThis coming Saturday, 2nd March 2013, sees fundraisers walk the length of the Wirral Way for the Walkability project.

Walkability is a fund-raising scheme organised by national motoring charity Motability that raises funds for disadvantaged disabled people in the UK. Participants will start at Hooton and walk the 12 miles to West Kirby. There’s also a shorter 5.5mile that ends at Parkgate (ice-creams all round!). Walkers doing either route will pass the must-see Hadlow Road Station.

Each participant will be asked to aim to raise £50 or as much as they can and to pay a £20 registration fee. Children are also welcome to take part in Walkability, with a registration fee of £10 each and family registration is also available for £30 per family. The registration fee covers the cost of experienced guides, first aiders and a fundraising and information pack, which includes a Motability T-shirt. Find out more here.

As the recent weather has been cold but dry, the small flooded areas along the main path have now dried up. Have fun!

Dogs on the Wirral Way

I was running home along the Wirral Way recently from Caldy to West Kirby. I was approaching Ashton Park when ahead of me I spotted a large dog darting around. It disappeared behind a hedge before jumping back onto the footpath and then headed straight at me. I kept running but was expecting to have to come to a halt. Sure enough, the dog ran straight at me and attempted to jump up at me several times. I shouted at the dog and I let the owner know that the dog should be on a lead. She disagreed with me saying that the Wirral Way is for everyone, dogs included and her dog wasn’t doing anything wrong.

Not getting anywhere, I carried on with my run (the dog had darted off somewhere else) somewhat annoyed. I am a dog owner too and I try to ensure that when I walk our dog it isn’t being a nuisance. When I got the end of the footpath at Grange Road I noticed the sign that states: “Dogs must be kept under control at all times”.

I’m not a killjoy or a moaner by any means but I do think that if people walk their dogs on the Wirral Way (or anywhere else) they should keep their dog under control.

How about you – how do you find the Wirral Way as far dogs are concerned?

Tree Removal Works

wirral way tree removalI spotted this sign recently on a fence-post near the West Kirby end of the Wirral Way and it describes a tree removal programme. It says:

Wirral Council is undertaking removal of mature trees along the Wirral Way. This is to open up the path that is shaded and to create a more open and welcoming aspect for our park users.

The old railway embankment either side of the path is unable to support these large trees and the roots break up the embankment causing erosion.

Some trees will be planted to replace those being felled. In other areas we hope that wildflowers will grow along the banksides bringing a bit of colour into this section of the park.

If you have any questions about this work or the other work at Wirral Country Park please contact the Thurstaston Visitor Centre on (0151) 648 4371

New Year Honours for Wirral residents


The following Wirral residents have been recognised in the New Year Honours List 2011 (background information):


Howard Cooper, Director of Children’s Services, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council.  For services to Local Government.


Arthur William WALLER, JP. For services to the community in Merseyside.

The Reverend Margaret FLETCHER For services to the community in Thurstaston and in Irby, Wirral.

Wendie, Mrs DARLINGTON Director of Fundraising, Claire House Hospice.  For charitable services in the North West.

Professor Philip Leslie WOODWORTH Scientific Leader, National Oceanography Centre, Liverpool.  For services to Science. (Thornton Hough, Merseyside).

Wirral Business Park fully let

Market reports indicate that the Wirral Business Park is now fully let following the latest tenants signing for floor space.

wirral business parkThe business park (pictured) is owned by Alderley Edge, Cheshire based property investment and development company  Bluemantle Group. As reported on Invest Wirral, the company has now let the two remaining buildings at the Business Park.

A charity called Wired now occupies an office building amounting to 6,000 sq ft of floor space, paying a reported rental price of £8 / sq ft. Laundry service TTH Laundry now occupies a 9,000 sq ft industrial unit at a reported rental price of £3/sq ft. Both deals were completed on ten year leases.

The 250,000 sq ft business park is located in Upton, near junction 3 of the M53 motorway, and home to tenants including the NHS and Uneek Clothing Company. Wirral Business Park was constructed in the 1980’s and is adjacent to what was once home to the Champion Sparks Plugs company. Arrowe Commercial Park is also available, offering a range of units. For further information visit the industrial units news site.

John Leighton, director of Bluemantle, said: “We have attracted some very high profile occupiers to Wirral Business Park and are delighted that it is now fully let. This scheme has proven to be a successful one and forms an integral part of our ongoing portfolio.”

Mason Owen and Legat Owen represented Bluemantle. Dixon Webb advised Wired.

Wirral has real life ‘Eleanor Rigbys’

graveWirral University Teaching Hospital (WUTH) has undertaken over 50 public health funerals in the last three years. The figures have been published in answer to a Freedom of Information Act request.

In the last three financial years from 2007 to April 5th 2010 54 public health funerals were undertaken by WUTH. This total is broken down by gender as 40 males and 14 females.

In the age group 30 – 60 there were 15 public health funerals. For the age group 61 – 80 there were 30 funerals and for age 81 and above there were 9 funerals. As per The Office of National Statistics guidelines, data sets resulting in less than 5 results are not made public as to do so could possibly identify the people concerned.

The cost of the public health funerals is broken down as:

2007/8 = £19,368

2008/9 = £29,380

2009/10 = £13,389

That is a total expenditure of £62,137 with a typical funeral costing approximately £1,150.

Across England and Wales there were approximately 2,200 public health funerals in the last financial year, amounting to a total expenditure of some £1.56m. The figures have been collated by the Local Government Association (LGA) and are described by David Rogers of the LGA as tragic. He says “These figures speak for themselves. People, mostly elderly, are dying around us with no family or friends to care for them”.

Eleanor Rigby was a famous hit in 1966 for the Beatles about a woman who “died in the church and was buried along with her name. Nobody came”.