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REVAMP WIRRAL: New park for Birkenhead

REVAMP WIRRAL: New park for Birkenhead

Dock Branch Park, Image: LDRS

Birkenhead is getting a brand new park, with inspiration from New York and Paris.

Dock Branch Park will be built on the disused former Dock Branch railway lin as part of plans to revamp the Wirral town.

The local authority said the park has been inspired by The High Line in New York and the Promenade Plantee in Paris, with the potential to bring people together and help everyone get closer to heritage and nature.

The first phase of the park will be 800 metres long, running from Tower Road to Argyle Street.

Although it is currently known as ‘Dock Branch Park’, residents can share ideas for what the final name could be.

Previous plans to fill in the cutting, bring it up to street level and establish bus lanes alongside cycle paths have been reconsidered to create a new treetop walking and cycling route.

Dock Branch Park is one of the key parts of the council’s plan to regenerate Birkenhead, which also includes a new site for Birkenhead Market, a modern residential quarter and new food and drink outlets.

Work is expected to start on Dock Branch Park in Autumn 2022 and take two years to complete.

Cllr Tony Jones, chair of Wirral Council’s Economy, Regeneration and Development Committee said: “Dock Branch Park is a perfect representation of our overall regeneration plans for Birkenhead. It’s ambitious, it’s transformative, and it’s large scale.

“The park is an essential part of delivering the vision for Birkenhead and creating an urban ‘garden city’ that our communities are proud of and makes more people want to visit and call Birkenhead ‘home’.

The Labour councillor added: “Rather than designing Dock Branch Park and asking what you think, we want to hear from you now, so you can help shape this once-in-a-generation project right from the start.

“This project has the power to change the way people move around Birkenhead and think about the town, so please visit Have Your Say before October 29 to share your thoughts.”

Marc Nadim, Built Environment Sector Lead at Mott MacDonald, the development consultancy leading the design of the park, said: “At Mott MacDonald we strive to improve society by considering social outcomes in everything we do, and Dock Branch Park makes our purpose real.

“We are truly invested in this vision for Birkenhead having supported the council in developing the concept and making the case for Dock Branch Park and we are delighted to take it through the next stages and deliver this important urban development project for the local community.”

The council is keen to hear people’s views on how the park could support local wildlife, leisure, play, cultural facilities, walking and cycling, and create a safe and appealing space for residents and visitors.

Until October 29, you can give your views to Wirral Council here (https://haveyoursay.wirral.gov.uk/dock-branch-park) on how the park, which it says will be ‘world-class’, should look and what should be in it.

 

Words: George Morgan, Local Democracy Reporter


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