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
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
Find out more about the park