03 October 2009
On 3rd October, New Ferry residents
attended a meeting at the Church Hall in Port Sunlight village organised by the Forestry Commission who wanted to
find out what local people think about the Bromborough Landfill site and
what we would like to see happen to it when it becomes a park.
Bromborough Dock became a landfill site in 1991. Tipping of
Wirral's rubbish was completed in summer 2006, and since that time,
operators BIFFA have been capping the site with topsoil.
Unfortunately, the rate at which this topsoiling operation can take
place has been reduced because of Shell's concerns that the weight of
the landfill has been pushing against a nearby oil pipeline. As a
result, the topsoiling is not likely to be completed until late summer
original planning application from 1990 will make the tip operator
(BIFFA) landscape the tip hill, the Forestry Commission are hoping to
get the go ahead to become involved and bring with them an additional
£2million funding through their "Newlands scheme". Newlands has
reclaimed large areas of derelict, underused and neglected land across
the Northwest, to create thriving and durable community woodlands. The
woodlands will provide new leisure opportunities for people living
locally, benefits for business, opportunities for healthy living and
green transport links. Nine new community woodlands have already been
Bromborough Landfill becomes part of the Newlands Scheme, the Forestry
Commission will hold the land on a 99 year lease: work could begin in
2012 and the site should be open to the public in 2015. If the site does
not become part of the Newlands scheme then Biffa have a commitment to
restore and manage the site and open it for public access.
meeting, NFRAG chair Mark Anthony Craig presented the Forestry
Commission with the results of the consultation with local
schoolchildren which NFRAG did back in late 2004 when it was thought the
park would be open sooner.
of whether the Forestry Commission is successful in obtaining the
£2million, NFRAG will continue to be involved with the proposals for the
new park as they are are worked up. We will keep you posted on
developments on this website.
the leaflet (PDF, 864kb) produced produced by the Forestry Commission to
explain their Newlands scheme and how they want to apply it to the
Bromborough Landfill site.
Find out more about the history of the
Bromborough Dock and landfill site.