Sign 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.
From Monday 17 July copies of the petition will be in:
The Drawing Room
Greens of Oxton
The Shrewsbury Arms
Click here for a complete copy of the petition and background information.
Annual General Meeting – advance notice.
The AGM this year will be on Wednesday, September 13 at the Oxton Cricket Club. Full details will be in the July/August Newsletter. The accounts for 2016/17 can be viewed here.
Oxton Society Design Award
Nominations are now invited for Oxton Society Design Award 2017. The Design Award is presented annually to a project which can be:
- A new build
- An addition to an existing structure
- A renovation, upgrade or repair of an existing structure
The project will be one which:
- Makes a significant contribution to the conservation area by achieving a high standard of design in keeping with the character of the conservation area and sets an example for others to aspire to.
- Demonstrates how appropriate materials can be used to respect the appearance and retain the character of the conservation area.
- Has been completed in the 12 months prior to the AGM
- Can illustrate the changes to the building including before and after images
Click here to see examples of previous winners .
Nominations can be made by members of the Society at any time during the year. You should send nominations to the Society by email or post ideally with a few photos showing “before” and “after” if appropriate.You should send nominations to the Society by email or post (see “Contact Us”).
The closing date for nominations for the 2017 award is August 31st.
- Nominations will be invited from all members
- The awards will be presented at the AGM 13th September at Oxton Cricket Club
- One or more (or no) awards may be made each year
- Awards can be made to commercial, public or residential projects
- The decision of the Executive Committee (taking into account advice from specialists) will be final.
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.
Farewell to Adams
We are very sorry to hear that after almost a 100 years Adams butchers will close on Saturday , April 1st, owing to a combination of circumstances. The shop will be put up for sale. We would like to thank Rob and the team for being such an important part of the village and for providing excellent service to all its customers. We would also like to thank them for all their support to the Oxton Society over many years. They will be sadly missed.
Still get your meats in Oxton
Despite the demise of Adam’s Oxton is by no means meat-less. Edwards of Oxton has recently opened a meat counter with a high quality selection of “Bexley’s Meats” – try the rib-eye steak for a weekend treat. Greens of Oxton have a some tasty sausages and will be extending their offer shortly. The Deli 58 does a good range of specialised sausages and hams.
Oxton History Walks – programme for 2017
Oxton Society partners with Oxton Cricket Club
Further information on the club at www.oxtoncricketclub
Blue Plaques for Oxton – fund-raising concert at the Oxton Cricket Club, Friday, 20th Jan. 2017.
The concert was a great success with over 120 tickets sold and even though this was near our capacity, nobody was turned away. After all expenses, and taking into account the raffle which raised over £300, we saw a clear profit of about £800. we hope to double this with a successful application to The HSBC Community Fund – more details here when we have a result.
The fund raising campaign is so that we can put more blue name plaques in the Conservation Area to celebrate former noteable residents, such as the first woman police officer and the architect of the Liver Building. At present we have one plaque in memory of the famous town planner Sir Patrick Abercrombie. He lived for a period in Village Road and implemented the London Green Belt and its ring of post-war new towns such as Harlow and Stevenage. Further details of the Blue Plaque Project can be seen here.
Oxton Xmas Lights Switch-on
View this attractive video record of the event by the Hoylake MovieMakers. Our thanks to Brian Bishop and Keith Maxwell for filming and editing.
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
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.
Annual General Meeting
The AGM and Celebration of the Year’s Achievements was held on Wednesday, September 14th in the Williamson Gallery.
Green Flag Award for the Arno
Congratulations to the Friends of the Arno for the award of the Green Flag for 2016-17. The award was unveiled by the Mayor Councillor Pat Hackett .
Secret Gardens 2016 was on Sunday, 19th June.
We took in nearly £25,000 and the costs of mounting the event are about £7,300 – £1500 less than last year, thanks to careful preparations and a change of contract for the road closure. This means our three partner charities will each receive about £3,500. £7,000 will come to the Society to pay for our activities, including hanging baskets, dog bags, Xmas Lights, history chronicles and tree planting.
We sold 2,600 tickets with more pre-sales at discount rates than usual. Other income was from plant sales, refreshments, the raffle, Box Bakery and Adams Butcher street food, donations from businesses, artists and entertainers and the Oxton Business Club who paid to advertise in the programme.
We extend our appreciation to the twenty garden owners for all their hard work in preparing their lovely gardens and who continued to admit visitors right up to closing time despite the 3pm deluge. Our partner charities for 2016 were:
See an extended film of Secret Gardens 2016 by the Hoylake Moviemakers, with special thanks to Brian Bishop and Keith Maxwell.
From 1 August 2016 the Society’s subscription was raised to £10 for households and £8 for individuals. Our costs have been rising year on year and as subscriptions have not risen for nine years there is now a widening gap between income and expenditure. Although we are reluctant to face members with this increase, we believe that membership still represents extremely good value for money, and it will bring us in line with similar local organisations – for example The Heswall Society, the Caldy Society and the Friends of the Williamson, who all have rates of £10. Find out what you get for your membership
Oxton Village Guide
A new contribution to Oxton life, this Facebook page gives up to the minute news, events and offers from the village businesses, and is a way of marketing the village as a destination for new visitors. It has been launched by James Chapman, a local web designer, who has just moved to the area from Scotland with his young family. He says “We chose Oxton because we simply fell in love with the place when we were looking around for somewhere to live”
A Lidl store for Oxton
A new Lidl store is under construction on a derelict site at the corner of Balls Rd and Oxton Rd across from the Wirral Christian Centre. Their development comprises:
- A new Lidl store of 15,000 sq ft
- Around 40 new full and part-time job opportunities for local people.
- 127 car parking spaces, providing 90 minutes free parking, including disabled and parent and child spaces
- 9 cycle parking spaces
- The regeneration of a derelict site
The Oxton Society was consulted when the formal planning application was submitted and this has been approved by Wirral Council. For a copy of the actual Lidl plans leaflet, click here.