Xmas Lights 2017, Saturday, Dec 2nd
Xmas carols in Oxton
We need your support to secure an exciting new future for the former Brimark premises in Rose Mount
This important building has been vacant since Brimark relocated over a year ago. Up until now the only proposal for its re-use was a planning application six months ago for a micro-brewery, bar and restaurant. Along with many others the Society expressed concern about the impact this would have on residential amenity, and the Council’s decision to refuse the application on these grounds was welcomed.
We now have a new planning application, and it offers what we consider to be a unique opportunity to secure a future use for the building which will benefit Oxton and have none of the disadvantages of the previous proposal or its former light industrial use.
The application has been made by an internationally recognised artist and fabric designer, Michael Brennand-Wood and his partner to create a studio, workshop and storage area for Michael in the basement and ground floor and a residential apartment for themselves on the first and second floor. Representatives of the Society have met with them and their architect and we were impressed by the thoughtful design. The few changes to the exterior of the building would improve its character and there would be no adverse effects on the residential properties on either side. So far so good.
BUT… The Council’s planning officers have raised technical objections to the open plan layout of the residential apartment and suggested changes that Michael and his partner could not agree to. We have said that we consider this to be over-prescriptive and unnecessary. However, we have a real concern that this might be used as a reason to refuse the application. The Society is making a strong representation of support. And this is where our members could help by adding their personal support.
If you agree that this is a proposal that will benefit Oxton please could you register your support using the online consultation form for this application by clicking here.
You just need to fill in your personal details and click on the “support” button. If you wish you can add a few words of explanation in the optional “your comments” box.
Hopefully a strong expression of local support will have a positive effect on the decision.
Advance Notice: Secret Gardens, Sunday May 13th, 2018
This successful annual event works in partnership with a panel of nine local charities. Each year three of the charities are selected, on a rolling basis, to supply services including volunteers on the day, and also to help with programme sales and distribution. For supplying these services each charity receives a share of the profits. Vacancies sometimes occur on the panel and the Oxton Society is keen to offer any such vacancy to local charities that meet the selection criteria.
If your local charity would like to be considered for inclusion on the panel, for when a vacancy occurs, please contact email@example.com for more information and an application form.
Oxton sweeps the board – the RHS’s Britain in Bloom awards
Oxton received 3 awards at the RHS’s Britain in Bloom (North West Area) ceremony in Southport on Friday 3 Nov.
Jay Little (second from right) was presented with the Special Award for Secret Gardens 2016 and a further award for “best newcomer” – the first time we have entered Secret Gardens.
John Booth, (left) who coordinates our Hanging Baskets, was presented with a Gold Medal Award in the “Best Urban Community” category for our basket display.
A great turn out for the RHS’s “Oscars” in Southport
Click here for more details and a full list of awards.
Oxton Art Fair 2017
Design Award 2017
This year’s Design Award was made to Neil and Rhona Walklet for their refurbishment of 17 Glenmore Rd. The judges commented that they had “respectfully repaired and restored an existing building – a good job, understated and neat. All the little details have been addressed and the Society’s grant-aided trees look good too.”
Blue Plaque for Brigadier Toosey unveiled
The Bank Site Petition
In 2007, following the closure of their branch, HSBC granted a 999 year lease to Samlaw Holdings Ltd which was owned by Mike Hercules who built Rocklis Manor in Claughton Firs.
Planning permission was granted for a scheme to erect a three storey building comprising four retail units, eight offices and a single residential unit.
What has happened in the last ten years?
Planning permission has been extended twice and, despite some small-scale excavations, there is no progress on the development of the site.
The appearance of the site with its poor quality and unsightly hoardings is of major concern to residents, businesses and The Oxton Society. The bank site is a major eyesore in the heart of a thriving conservation village.
We believe that a petition is the next logical step. We urge the developer/owner to:
- Get on with building as per the approved scheme; or
- Sell the site to a willing developer; and
- In the short term provide car parking on the front hard standing area and replace the hoardings with aesthetically sympathetic fencing and planting.
Click here for a complete copy of the petition and background information.
The petition has now closed. Watch this space for further developments.
Annual General Meeting 2017 – Wednesday, Sept 13th, 6.30pm at Oxton Cricket Club, Townfield Lane.
The AGM was on September 13 at the Oxton Cricket Club. Full details and an invitation were sent out with the August Newsletter. Click here for a copy of the Agenda and the Annual Report. The accounts for 2016/17 can be viewed here.
Following a review of the Dog Dirt Project earlier this year we have decided to discontinue the supply of dog dirt bags from the dispensers around the Conservation Area. We believe that most dog walkers are now carrying their own bags and it is unlikely that the remaining offenders will be greatly influenced by the availability of free bags. In addition many of the dispensers are now reaching the end of their useful life and would be expensive to replace at about £100 each. The bags were costing about £500 pa and a few anti-social dog walkers seemed to be stockpiling them so that the dispensers stood empty for large periods and were not providing emergency supplies. We will maintain a few dispensers in the village centre while we run down our stocks of dog bags. We will also continue to mark offending deposits with soluble pink spray on an occasional basis.
Secret Gardens 2017 proved to be an extremely successful day – much due to our volunteers from the charities we worked with this year and Oxton Society members and the contribution of sponsors and Oxton businesses.
As the sun shone the numbers of visitors increased significantly:
Programme sales were £20,100, up from £17,750 in 2016 (+13%)
Overall income was £28,800, up from £25,400 in 2016 (+13%)
Profit from the event (after expenses) was £20,700, up from £18,300 in 2016 (+13%)
Distribution to charities- £4,000 each
This year our three charities were Helplink, The Shaftsbury Youth Club and The Wirral Fund for Children with Special needs.
Secret Gardens is one of the Liverpool Echo’s 11 reasons to live on the Wirral – click here for details.
Click here for latest information on our Facebook Page
We are grateful to the Hoylake Moviemakers (Brian and Keith) for once again producing this excellent film of this year’s event. This year they focused on our programme of entertainment and visitors enjoying themselves rather than the gardens themselves.
This film is from the YouTube “Wirral Channel” which also has a number of videos of local interest.
Images of Old Oxton
A series of Images of Old Oxton, as well as some historical documents, which have been collected by the Oxton Society History Group, are now available on our website. The images are part of a much larger collection of pictures and postcards, articles and maps that are contained in the Oxton Archive, currently based in the bookshop at the Williamson Art Gallery and Museum. We intend to expand the on-line resource over time, using further material from this collection.
The History Group is always keen to receive any new material that would illustrate the history of Oxton Village. If you have any photos or documents that you would like to share with the Society please contact the History Group. If you have any comments on the collection, or memories relating to the places shown, we would also be delighted to hear from you. The History Group can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Oxton in Bloom’ – Best in North-West 2016
The Royal Horticultural Society and North West in Bloom have awarded Oxton the top regional award in this year’s competition. At the heart of the ‘Oxton in Bloom’ submission was the Society’s display of hanging baskets. The judges were impressed by the combination of floral quality and scale, the commitment of the Society and volunteers and the active support of village businesses. The judges rated the display as Outstanding – the highest category – and awarded us the cup for Best Neighbourhood in the North West! Thanks to all who have made this fantastic achievement possible – not forgetting our brilliant basket supplier, Dovecote Nurseries of Burton.