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WORK STARTS AT £2.4m PORT SUNLIGHT RIVER PARK


19 February 2013 

After many years of waiting, work has finally begun on creating a new £2.4 million community park on the former Bromborough Dock landfill site.  Work began this week with the first new trees being planted.

"Port Sunlight River Park" - as it will be known - is due to open in summer 2014 and the work now underway will create a vibrant community park linking with Shorefields Nature Park, Port Sunlight (via Bolton Road East) and Bromborough Pool Village. The project will benefit local communities, and combined with the beautiful heritage village of Port Sunlight, will stimulate economic development of the wider Wirral area and coastline.

The 28 hectare site will offer visitors stunning views across the river Mersey to the Liverpool waterfront and the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Plans include taking advantage of the siteís existing 37 metre high mound (half a metre higher than Liverpool Cathedral) to create a new green visitor attraction.

The site is the flagship project of the Mersey Coastal Park Strategy, part of Wirral Councilís regeneration vision for East Wirral designed to re-connect communities with the River Mersey and harness the economic potential of the waterfront.  The plans involve keeping the freshwater pond to the north of the site, originally envisaged as a salt marsh, which is an important site for large populations of water birds and is a site of special protection. Work will also improve the public realm along the waterfront , a perimeter walk, as well as a walk to the summit including new wildlife habitats and seating.

The transformation is possible thanks to £2.3m that will be made available via the Newlands programme and from the site owners Biffa. The restoration work to ensure the vision for Port Sunlight River Park becomes a reality is being managed by the Land Trust on behalf of Biffa and the delivery partners. The Trust is a national charity that ensures public space can be managed for community benefit, together a number of partners including Biffa, BIS (formally NWDA), The Forestry Commission, Wirral Borough Council, Gillespies, Unilever, Essar, United Utilities, Port Sunlight Village Trust and the Woodland Trust.

Find out more at Alison McGovern (MP)'s website http://www.alisonmcgovern.org.uk/work-starts-on-new-port-sunlight-river-park-tourist-attraction/

 

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