Out of sight and mind?
I WAS shocked, but not surprised, to read in your paper that the Proudman Lab on Bidston Hill is going to be demolished (‘End in sight for Proudman Lab’, October 10).
I find it astounding that there has been an overwhelming lack of interest in saving a building that was a centre for international research.
I agree the Proudman is hardly an example of great architecture – proven by English Heritage’s decision not to list it – but it will sadden me to see it torn to the ground.
I wonder if there would be more clamour for it to be saved if it wasn’t hidden away on a hill. Out of sight, out of mind?
I appreciate that our bruised and battered council must feel it has bigger battles to fight – not least the business of restoring its own reputation – but it is being too apathetic.
Who is left to stand up for Wirral when the local authority is busy licking its own self-inflicted wounds?
It’s a sad day for history and heritage in our borough – and for the future scientists who will no doubt be told it all happened over in Liverpool.
If any readers would like to show their support for the Proudman, please join the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Joproudbuilding
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We need you Paul
WATCHING Paul O’Grady’s show on dogs the other night, I saw him being named as an ambassador for Battersea Dogs Home.
Good for them and good for all the unwanted dogs down in London but how about lending some of that support to your hometown, Paul?
We have Birkenhead Council Kennels which could really do with your help – please remember your roots.
DID you attend Bebington Secondary School for Girls in 1970/72? (sixth form).
Are you interested in a school reunion this year?
If so contact Chris on 07793 019700 or Lins on 07969 226185 for more details as soon as possible.
Let developers in
I WAS interested to read your story saying the council might let developers build in west Wirral (October 3).
Shock horror! God forbid our richest residents should have their leafy surroundings spoiled by horrible new houses.
It’s long overdue, in my view. If no-one wants to build in Birkenhead and Tranmere let them build in Hoylake and West Kirby.
What’s the problem? If it pumps a bit of money into the area and provides more houses for people to live in then how can that be a bad thing?
The cleared sites in the HRMI areas have been there for a long time and in my view, they’ll be like that for years to come.
Plant trees there, make them into nice parks and let all the houses go to the other side of Wirral.
No fireworks yet
FIREWORKS are on sale now and I would like to make an appeal to all the irresponsible people out there to please hold off from buying them.
I can already hear bangs and fizzing noises around here every night after dark.
My little girl is really scared and can’t get to sleep. My neighbour’s dogs don’t understand what all the bangs are for and spend half the night barking.
Why the hurry? I don’t get why it’s so exciting to buy them now when it’s not even November.
Going on sale a week or just a couple of days before Bonfire Night would be plenty. If you really wanted them, you could queue up then.
If anyone could explain why they’re in such a rush to let off a few bangs, I’d love to know.
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Squat no more
GOOD news for concerned homeowners and private sector landlords.
As from Saturday, September 1 squatting in a residential property including rented accommodation became a criminal offence in England and Wales.
The maximum penalty for offenders is six months in prison and/or a £5,000 fine.
Residential Landlord Property Letting Support Group