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Birkenhead Constituency Manager's Report

Meeting: 28/07/2016 - Constituency Committee - Birkenhead (Item 8)

8 Birkenhead Constituency Manager's Report pdf icon PDF 160 KB

To receive an update in relation to:


Keeping Birkenhead Clean


·  Update from the Involve project

·  Birkenhead in Bloom 2016

·  Clean-up programme for 2016


Feeding Birkenhead


·  Feeding Birkenhead update

Rock Ferry Hub

Beechwood Hub

St James Hub


·  Your Wirral Update


Road Safety update


·  Birkenhead Road Safety initiatives update and allocation of 2016-17 funds


Additional documents:


The Constituency Manager provided an update on progress of projects funded by budgets devolved to the Birkenhead Constituency Committee.  A finance summary sheet for the Birkenhead Constituency Committee budget and expenditure was attached to the report as an appendix.


Also attached to the report were appendices which the Constituency Manager presented to the Committee in relation to updates on Clean-ups, the Birkenhead Food hub and the Birkenhead Library Health, Wellbeing and Reading Park.


The Constituency Manager provided further information to the Committee on the following:


Birkenhead in Bloom


The Constituency Manager reported that this had been a very successful day which had brought £15,000 from different sources and confirmed that it was a really positive way of getting the community together to improve the environment.  She advised Members that almost £5,000 had been used to hire 44 skips for clean ups in a number of areas throughout Birkenhead and that an estimated 33,000 tonnes of rubbish had been removed as a result of the clean-up days.


The Constituency Manager advised that the ‘Community Pay Back’ team had done a lot of work involving cleaning, weeding and painting and that this work would continue in the future.


Resolved –


(1)  That the successful completion of Birkenhead in Bloom areas; Involve North West contract and community clean ups, work by probation and the related spend on skips be noted.


(2)  That an invitation to tender for a further grotspots project be put out on the chest, allocation amount to be agreed, to be overseen by the Environment Task Group.


(3)  That £5,000 be allocated to the 2016-17 skip fund.


(4)  That £20,000 be allocated for environment works for 2016-17.



Food Hubs


The Constituency Manager reported that £15,000 had been invested into three food hubs:  Rock Ferry, Beechwood and Bidston and St James.


A representative from the Bidston and St James food hub addressed the meeting and advised that a weekly programme of activities had been run which included after school clubs where children and parents could eat.  She advised that 110 meals had been provided during that week and that they were working closely with the Local Authority and Children’s Centres to encourage families to attend.  She informed Members that together with Lifelong Learning they were hoping to provide adult cookery classes with an optional qualification in Food Hygiene, Nutrition and Allergy Awareness.  She believed that partnership was key and advised that they were working closely with Beechwood and Gautby Road Community Centres.


A representative from the Rock Ferry food hub was also in attendance.  She advised that the venue had now changed to Beaconsfield Community House and a lot more support could be offered.  She reported that 1637 meals and snacks had been delivered throughout the year of running the programme.  Members were informed that Rock Ferry food hub ran a weekly large social supermarket and allowed people to pay what they could in money, skills or time.  She reported that 1235 kilos of food had been intercepted and redistributed and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 8