We asked, you said, we did

Here you can read about how we are using the results from consultations to help inform Council decisions.

Here you can read about how we are using the results from consultations to help inform Council decisions.

  • Birkenhead Road Active Travel Scheme

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    We Asked

    Wirral Council asked for feedback on proposals to introduce a package of highway measures and environmental improvements along Birkenhead Road, Seacombe Ward via Have Your Say (found here).

    You Said

    169 people responded to this consultation. 50.9% of respondents to the Have Your Say survey supported the proposals and 49.1% objected to the proposals. Two petitions in objection to the proposals were also received with a combined number of 379 signatures.

    We Did

    This project was discussed at a meeting of the Economy Regeneration & Housing Committee in March 2023 (link). The committee did not support the proposal for delivery, and as a result the project is now on hold while the council seeks funding to consider other design options.

  • Price Street Active Travel

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    We Asked

    Wirral Council asked for feedback on proposals to improve walking and cycling facilities on and around Price Street, Bidston and St. James Ward via Have Your Say (found here).

    You Said

    91 people responded to this consultation. 78.0% of respondents support the proposals and 22.0% object to the proposals.

    We Did

    This project was approved for delivery but is on hold as the funding is no longer available. Alternative funding options are currently being explored.

  • Conway Street and Europa Boulevard Active Travel

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    We Asked

    Wirral Council has received £7.2 million from the Government's Future High Streets Fund, Active Travel Fund and private funding, to make improvements on Conway Street and Europa Boulevard. The funding cannot be used for any other purpose. The proposed improvements were designed to provide walking, cycling and public realm improvements, increasing connectivity and road safety within the town centre.

    Phase 1 consultation (found here) sought reasons for supporting and objecting to the proposals, with feedback considered in the design process. Following this feedback, a second phase (found here) of consultation was designed to give notice and detail of the Traffic Regulation Orders (TRO’s) required to make the proposals effective and collected feedback on these TRO's.

    You Said

    88 people responded to the phase 1 consultation. 71.6% of responses supported proposals on Conway Street, 70.5% supported proposals on Europa Boulevard and 62.1% supported the proposed changes to Europa car park.

    24 people responded to the phase 2 consultation. 50% supported and 50% objected to the introduction of a one-way road system on Conway Street, 54.5% objected to the proposed introduction of on-street parking restrictions on Conway Street, 58.3% of respondents supported the proposed introduction of a bus lane on Conway Street, 50% supported and 50% objected to the introduction of cycle facilities on Conway Street, 52.2% supported the proposed introduction of on-street parking restrictions on Europa Boulevard and 62.5% supported the proposed introduction of cycle facilities on Europa Boulevard.

    We Did

    Conway Street and Europa Boulevard Active Travel Scheme was approved for delivery with completion scheduled for Summer 2025.

  • Charing Cross and Grange Road Active Travel

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    We Asked

    Wirral Council has received a £2.969 million funding package from the UK Governments Future High Streets Fund (FHSF) to make improvements on Grange Road, within the Charing Cross junction and on Grange Road West. The funding cannot be used for any other purpose. The proposed improvements were designed to provide better access and connection to the services in the area and improve road safety within the town centre.

    Phase 1 consultation (found here) sought reasons for supporting and objecting to the proposals, with feedback considered in the design process. Following this feedback, a second phase (found here) of consultation was designed to give notice and detail of the Traffic Regulation Orders (TRO’s) required to make the proposals effective and collected feedback on these TRO's.

    You Said

    154 people responded to the phase 1 consultation. 81.0% of responses supported proposals on Grange Road, 81.2% supported proposals on Charing Cross and 73.9% supported the proposed changes to Grange Road West.

    43 people responded to the phase 2 consultation. 54.8% supported the implementation of a one-way road system on Grange Road West, 54.8% supported on-street parking restrictions on Grange Road West and 58.1% supported prohibition of driving on Grange Road.

    We Did

    Charing Cross and Grange Road active travel scheme was approved for delivery with completion scheduled for Summer 2025.

  • Hoylake Beach Management Plan

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    We asked

    To develop a new beach management plan for Hoylake Beach residents were consulted in Phase 2 consultation from 19 February to 21 March 2024.

    For the consultation two options were developed and put forward for public consultation. Officers worked with Natural England and MEAS in developing the options as well as with the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) as a key stakeholder and user of Hoylake Beach. The 2 options that were Option 1 Access for All which provides the “do minimum” option with regard to vegetation removal and Option 2 ‘Amenity Beach’ which provides a “do minimum” approach regarding vegetation removal between Red Rocks and Kings Gap.

    You Said

    The questionnaire was responded to by 1125 people. 1003 responses through the online portal and 122 paper copies. Most of the survey participants were Wirral residents (92.9%). 61.3% of participants were residents of Hoylake and Meols ward.

    For all responses the most supported option was Option 2 – Amenity Beach with 67.2% of respondents preferring this option. 26.6% of respondents preferred Option 1 – Access for All and 6.2% did not know which they preferred. The project page and Consultation report can be viewed here.

    Natural England is the Government’s statutory nature conservation adviser and regulator, the Council can only manage the beach in a way that is approved by Natural England. In their response to the consultation, they stated that they are unlikely to support Option 1 - Access for all in its current form but have offered options for modification for further discussion with the Council. They do not support Option 2 – Amenity Beach due to the extent of vegetation loss outlined. They would like to continue working with the Council to get a good outcome for nature and people at Hoylake Beach.

    We Did

    The Environment, Climate Emergency and Transport Committee met on 15 April 2024. After discussion they authorised the Director of Neighbourhood Services to work with Natural England to develop a beach management plan that approximates as closely as possible the consultation preferred option – Option 2 – Amenity Beach. The Director was also instructed to put in place all requirements to progress the implementation of the beach management plan and to finalise and implement the beach management plan subject to assent being in place from Natural England.

  • Planning Applications: Proposed Changes to the Local Validation Checklist

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    We Asked

    We asked for your comments on our proposed changes to the Council’s Local Validation Checklist.

    You Said

    We received comments from 5 individuals during the course of the 6 week consultation period. The issues raised can be summarised as follows:

    • The importance of detailed assessment of Conservation matters.
    • Enforcement of tree protection measures.
    • Adequacy of information provided in relation to Biodiversity Net Gain.
    • Clarification over the stipulation that plans submitted with planning applications should not include a statement saying ‘Do Not Scale’.
    • Concerns over the requirement to submit information relating to trees on and adjacent to a site where development is being carried out.
    • Requests for more detailed traffic tracking information.
    • Query with regard Design and Access Statements.

    We Did

    A direct response was sent to each individual addressing the separate issues raised and seeking to provide further explanation as to the why certain information is required when submitting a planning application.

    Each response was considered carefully to assess whether any further changes should be made to the checklist, however the team is satisfied that the requirements of the checklist are proportionate, reasonable, and necessary in the determination of planning applications. Therefore, no further amends have been made to the checklist.

    The Checklist has been approved by the Director of Regeneration and Place and is published on the website here.

  • Selective Licensing

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    We Asked

    Selective Licensing is a scheme to improve private rented homes within specific designated neighbourhoods by requiring landlords to obtain a licence and comply with certain agreed conditions. This scheme aims to improve homes in the Selective Licensing areas by ensuring private landlords meet satisfactory standards of tenancy and property management.

    The proposed areas for 2024-2029 are:

    • Birkenhead West
    • Seacombe St Pauls
    • Bidston & St James West
    • Egremont North

    We asked for your views on:

    • Your level of agreement to the implementation of the scheme.
    • Your level of agreement to the level of the selective licensing fee.
    • Your level of agreement to the proposed reductions to the selective licensing fee.
    • For landlords, the level of agreement to some of the selective licensing conditions.

    You Said

    498 people responded to the Residents and Businesses survey and 46 people responded to the Landlords survey. The feedback was analysed and presented to the Economy Regeneration & Housing Committee on 6 December 2023. The report can be viewed in the documents section here.

    We Did

    During the Economy Regeneration & Housing Committee Meeting (external link) on 6 December 2023, the proposals to implement Selective Licensing were approved.

  • Polling Place and Polling District Statutory Review 2023

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    We Asked

    Wirral Council is legally required to complete a review of all polling districts and polling places every five years. The review will not consider ward or parliamentary constituency boundaries.




    We asked for your views and suggestions on:

    • How convenient the location of your local polling place is in relation to where you live.
    • How accessible your local polling place is, for example if you are blind or use a wheelchair.
    • If you think that this is the best location for your polling place. Please suggest alternative premises that could be used if applicable.
    • The (Acting) Returning Officer’s comments for future electoral arrangements.

    You Said

    39 people responded to the survey. The feedback was compiled and presented to the The Regulatory and General Purposes Committee on 23rd November 2023. The report can be viewed in the documents section here.

    We Did

    During the Regulatory and General Purposes Committee (external link) on 23 November 2023, it was agreed that, in light of the consultation, it was not necessary to change any of the current polling places as a result of the review.

  • Your Safety Matters

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    We Asked

    People across Merseyside were asked to help shape a new strategy with the aim of reducing serious violence across our region.




    We asked about:

    • What are your views on the problem of violence?
    • What causes violence in our communities?
    • How does violence affect you and your community?
    • What can we do to reduce violence?

    You Said

    169 people responded to the Your Safety Matters survey. The report can be viewed in the documents section here.

    We Did

    The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner are developing a Serious Violence Response Strategy (a document which sets out a plan of where efforts will be focused). This strategy will describe how serious violence in Merseyside will be reduced. Your views will help shape this strategy, which will be published on Council, Police, Fire Service, NHS and Probation Service websites across Merseyside in January 2024.

  • Wirral Parking Strategy

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    We Asked

    Wirral Council is looking to develop a parking strategy to see what is working, what isn’t and what needs to be changed to provide better facilities now and for the future.

    The first phase of engagement, which can be found here, was designed to discover opinions regarding parking. The first phase of engagement was responded to by 1,188 people and its findings discussed at Environment, Climate Change and Transport Committee in June 2023.

    Following the first phase of consultation, a second phase was launched to discover residents and stakeholders opinions regarding proposed parking policies, which had been designed with the feedback from phase 1.

    You Said

    2,171 people responded to the phase 2 survey. Of the 22 proposals, 11 were generally supported and 11 generally opposed.

    The following proposal received strong support, "The council should use enforcement powers to restrict parking outside schools during pick up and drop off times."

    The following proposal was strongly opposed, "Parking should be booked and paid for by a smartphone app rather than by a pay and display machine."

    The survey identified some concerns about the introduction of the scheme, which included:

    • Impact on businesses.
    • Public transport is currently not a viable alternative to private vehicle use.
    • Not enough enforcement of current parking rules.

    The full report from Phase 2 can be found in the documents section here.

    We Did

    During the Environment, Climate Emergency and Transport Committee(External link) on 5 December 2023, the parking strategy was approved.

Page last updated: 03 Jun 2024, 01:38 PM