Frank Field MP
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The latest on the Save Woodside Ferries campaign

I’m pleased to report progress on two fronts.

First, members of the Save Woodside Ferries Action Group met last Friday with Councillor Liam Robinson, Chair of Merseytravel and his officers. 

We had a really useful meeting. There now seems to be a common commitment to trying to keep Woodside open. This is thanks in no small part to the thousands of Birkenhead residents who have expressed their opposition to proposals which would bring about the closure of the terminal.

Such is the importance of protecting our local heritage, as well as supporting the regeneration of the town centre, two key agreements were reached at our meeting.

The Group agreed to play its part in helping Merseytravel seek alternative ways of maintaining the terminal at a reduced cost. We agreed also to look at how Woodside might be built into an asset that generates trade and further investment.

A working group is being established with Merseytravel and other interested parties, including potential developers, to achieve these goals.

Progress has also been made with Liverpool Housing Trust. I wrote to them two weeks ago with grave concerns around the state of some of its properties in Birkenhead.

The Trust immediately acted upon these concerns. They arranged for a plumber and a plasterer to visit one resident within 24 hours, for example.

Let us hope that this progress can be sustained.
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