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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2016-12-02

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Wirral West's Special Places fund brings community spots back to life

Pictured: Special Places bench funded by the Wirral West Constituency Committee overlooking the Dee at Cubbins Green, West Kirby.

COMMUNITY funding has been used to enhance beauty spots in Wirral West, in response to ideas put forward by local people. 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 come."

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.


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