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It's been a long fight - this picture dates back three years

Wirral South MP Alison McGovern has come out in support of Thornton Hough Trust as it attempts to fend off a second attempt to build on Hill Top Farm, a large green space adjacent to the village.

A planning application to Wirral Council by Leverhulme Estates, refused in 2019, proposed the building of a care village. It would have included a 48 bed care home, 24 close care apartments, 96 assisted living apartments, and 'The Village Centre', complete with restaurant, cafe-bar and shop.

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The clubhouse at Heswall Golf Club

Heswall has a fine golf course with spectacular views across the Dee Estuary to Wales; up the road is Caldy Golf Club, also blessed with great panoramas; go a little further and you reach the links of Royal Liverpool at Hoylake, a venue for The Open and one of the finest and most important courses in the country.

But can golf make an important and immediate difference to the nation's health?

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A computer generated image of the proposed Gayton development

The construction of a building containing eight apartments on Teviot Bank, Cottage Lane, Gayton, looks set to go ahead following a recommendation from Wirral Council planning officers that permission to build is given.

A two storey dwelling currently occupies the plot of land, in a slightly elevated position above Long Meadow. This will be demolished to make way for the new development.

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Police and Trading Standards officers have warned that criminals are spamming fake texts that offer vaccination against COVID-19 in return for payment - which involves unsuspecting people giving away financial details.

The texts come with a link to a convincing website that appears to belong to the NHS. The site invites visitors to add their bank details while registering for their vaccination.

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As we begin a new 'stay at home' lockdown, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has announced a new £4.6bn lockdown fund to help businesses through a third period of enforced economic inactivity.

This morning, the Chancellor detailed the new package - it includes one-off top up grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses worth up to £9,000 per property, plus an extension to the furlough scheme.

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Wallasey Town Hall

Having your say about Wirral Council budget cuts may not seem like the most thrilling or optimistic opportunity in the first month of a new decade, but that's what the Council would like you to do.

The borough's finances have been weakened by the COVID-19 pandemic and the response to it, and to avoid falling into the illegal position of running out of cash, savings need to be made to balance the budget.

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