Merseyside Civic Society Consultation
The Merseyside Civic Society have put out a consultation to members entitled What future for our Town Centres and High Streets? Click Here to view Heswall Society's response.
The Civic Society recognises that many of our town centres and High Streets were facing challenges even before the current pandemic such as lack of footfall and a high level of vacant units
but that the current pandemic may result in more focus on ‘local high streets’.
A new commission set up by Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram will focus on revitalising 17 urban centres across the six boroughs and Heswall has been included within this study.
As a member, Merseyside Civic Society is seeking the opinion of Heswall Society on areas that would help regenerate High Streets and Town Centres.
The Heswall Society Committee felt it important to respond to this request and has now sent in our ideas that we believe would help to regenerate Heswall Town Centre, many points being possibly relevant to other Town Centres.
It was also recognised that these ideas were neither short term or low cost.
Ashlea, 37 Thurstaston Road
The Heswall Society is the local amenity society for Heswall and Gayton, formed just over 60 years ago by some far-sighted residents. For more information, Click here.
New members who share our aim to retain the quality of Heswall and Gayton, without opposing sensitive change, are very welcome. If you would like to join The Heswall Society please click on the red button below.
Heswall Walk No. 1
The first of four walks in and around Heswall was published by Heswall Society in March 1989, prepared by a committee lead by Hugh Roper, Poppy Agnew, a local artist, and Ken Burnley, a well-known Wirral local historian and author. Together with a general introduction, it is reproduced here and we hope you will enjoy it. Inevitably some things will have changed since it was first published!
With the involvement of other committee members, publication of the other three walks happened over the course of the next ten years, and it's our intention to reproduce these via our website in due course.
The council recently put out the following evidence based documents for public consultation:
As promised, the Heswall Society prepared responses to three of these inputs. Click on the following to access the responses made by the Society, namely ECC5.6, ECC15 and H6.
The six week period of consultation ended on 24 July 2020.
Wirral Borough Council have recently published a Heswall Dales Management Plan 2020-2022. This plan is intended to provide a framework for the development and improvement of Heswall Dales.
James Stuart Marsden FRICS
Members of the Society will be saddened to hear of the recent death of a past Heswall Society Chairman, Stuart Marsden (pictured centre) on 13 May 2020 aged 89.
As you will see from the Society’s Obituary for Stuart, he served on the Committee for a remarkable 32 years and was Chairman from 2000 to 2009. Stuart was a hugely influential Chairman and his achievements were many.
Stuart was a true gentleman and will be greatly missed by those who had the privilege to know him.
Our thoughts and condolences are with Stuart’s family and friends at this sad time.
Eight Conservation Area signs have been erected on lamp posts at the main entrances to Heswall Lower Village Conservation Area, and one sign at the entrance to Gayton Conservation Area
Click Here to see the Society's Autumn 2020 Newsletter which has now been published and distributed to Members. Non members are encouraged to read it in order see and appreciate just how much time and effort the Society invests in protecting Heswall's built environment and public spaces for the benefit of its community, and we hope you will consider joining us!
Previous editions can be accessed within the Members Area.
Lower Village Action Group
The Society was recently approached by shopkeepers, businesses and local residents of the Lower Village, for help in forming a group similar to the Heswall & District Business Association, but exclusively focused on reinvigorating the Lower Village by whatever means.
The newly formed Lower Village Action Group committee held its inaugural meeting in early January when ideas/thoughts flowed and from these, a number of possible initiatives are being pursued. It’s a case of ‘watch this space’ for developments.
Lower Village Telephone Kiosk