Wirral West's Special Places
fund brings community spots back to life
COMMUNITY funding has been used to
enhance beauty spots in Wirral West, in response to ideas put forward by local
The Wirral West Constituency team made funding available for its Special Places
project, to fund new benches in areas suggested by residents.
Well over 30 suggestions were received, and a shortlist of locations was agreed
by the Wirral West Constituency Committee. The 1st benches have now been
installed or improvements made to existing beauty spots in Upton, Hoylake, Greasby and West Kirby.
Cllr Jeff Green, Chair of Wirral West Constituency Committee said:- "This
project is very close to my heart, as I know how much people treasure the
wonderful views and open spaces in Wirral West. Benches are a great way to mark
these special places and encourage people to use and take pride in them. Thanks
to everyone who put forward their ideas; the Committee had a difficult job to
choose between them and I hope that the new benches are enjoyed for years to
5 benches have been installed so far and 1 accessible path has been laid at Pump
Lane in Greasby. In the coming months 4 more will be in place.
A recent report by the Young Foundation highlighted that taking time to sit on a
bench and watch the world go by can promote social cohesion, healthy lifestyles
and reduce stress.
The Foundation interviewed dozens of people who gave varied responses when asked
why benches are important and what effects they have on communities. All agreed
that well designed, well maintained benches play a key role in making public
spaces friendly and accessible.