In December, the Department for Education announced it would pay for a full rebuild of Mosslands School, as part of a national package of £1.8 billion for school buildings.
Since then, the school has been working with the Department and also Wirral Council on the scheme and how best to deliver a new building with minimum disruption.
Last week, Councillors Ian Lewis and Lesley Rennie learned that the latest proposals could see around 0.85 of an acre of Wallacre Playing Fields 'appropriated' and given to the school for this work.
They received a 'decision notice' to this effect issued by the Director of Regeneration (see linked attachment below).
Following that notice, Ian and Lesley arranged to meet with the Council's Senior Manager overseeing assets.
At that meeting we asked:
- For full consultation with residents, neighbours and clubs and teams that play at Wallacre
- That any work on the school grounds includes measures to ease the poor parking in the area, including possible use by neighbours or visiting clubs outside of school hours
- That consideration be given to using the existing part of the sports field that could be transferred is for the use of the community, such as all-weather pitches
- That the existing footpath/cycle path to Bidston is reinstated to the perimeter of any works and remains available during works
- That the Council also includes work to renovate or replace the decaying football pavilion and changing rooms on Wallacre Playing Fields
- That the advertised consultation period be extended from 16 August to 30 August, to give more residents the chance to respond.
Quoting reference AFQ/ Legal 4008208, and including your name and address, either:
- by letter to David Hughes, Director of Regeneration & Place, Wirral Borough Council, Distribution Services, 5 Sandford Street, Birkenhead, CH41 1BN
- by e mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
We don't, yet, have the design plan for the site but, when available, Ian and Lesley will share it with residents.
This current stage is expected to take around 12 months, followed by a planning application (which residents will also be notified about) and then around 18 months to build, if approved.