Beechwood, Merseyside

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Beechwood
Beechwood, Birkenhead - DSC03621.JPG
Part of the housing estate, with Bidston Hill in the background.
Beechwood is located in Merseyside
Beechwood
Beechwood
Beechwood shown within Merseyside
OS grid reference SJ279893
• London 181 mi (291 km)[1] SE
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Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BIRKENHEAD
Postcode district CH43
Dialling code 0151 6**
ISO 3166 code GB-WRL
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53°23′46″N 3°05′06″W / 53.396°N 3.085°W / 53.396; -3.085Coordinates: 53°23′46″N 3°05′06″W / 53.396°N 3.085°W / 53.396; -3.085

Beechwood is a housing estate situated between Bidston and Noctorum, to the west of Birkenhead on the Wirral Peninsula in England. The estate was built in the 1960s as the Ford Estate and completed in the mid to late 1970s, to house people moving from the North End of Birkenhead and providing a better standard of living.[2]

Most of Beechwood is former council property, bought from Wirral Borough Council by local tenants who formed a community housing association. Some of the council houses have been sold under the Right to Buy scheme. The estate is the most northerly of three housing estates within a mile of each other, the other two being at Woodchurch and Noctorum. The estate is now separated into three sections, these being Upper Bidston Village,[3][4] Beechwood and Greenfields.[5] In recent years the estate has seen significant redevelopment of the former wooded area at 6th Avenue and through the demolition of maisonettes, tower blocks and residential care homes, with the construction of new affordable homes by private investors.

Geography[edit]

Beechwood is in the northern part of the Wirral Peninsula, less than 3 km (1.9 mi) south-south-east of the Irish Sea at Leasowe, about 7 km (4.3 mi) east-north-east of the Dee Estuary at West Kirby and about 4.5 km (2.8 mi) west of the River Mersey at Seacombe. The area is situated at an elevation of between 8–26 m (26–85 ft) above sea level.[6]

Government[edit]

Beechwood is part of the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, in Merseyside. The estate is part of the parliamentary constituency of Birkenhead. The current Member of Parliament is Frank Field, a Labour representative. He has been the MP since 1979 and currently holds a majority of 15,395.

The area is also part of a local government ward of the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, this being Bidston and St. James Ward. Beechwood is represented on Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council by three councillors. These are Jim Crabtree, Ann McLachlan and Harry Smith, who are all Labour councillors. Ann McLachlan is also the deputy leader of the council.[7] The most recent local elections took place on 22 May 2014.

Confirmed candidates for United Kingdom local elections, 2014[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Green Colin Edward DIGNAM-GILL 106 4.03
Conservative Geoffrey Peter DORMAND 190 7.22
Labour Ann Rose Catherine MCLACHLAN 1701 64.6
Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts Greg NORTH 43 1.63
UKIP Cathy WILLIAMS 540 20.51
Liberal Democrat Roy John WOOD 53 2.01

The electorate numbered 9,932, there was a turnout of 26.6% and the majority is 1,161. The result was declared at 11:57.[9]

Local amenities[edit]

Beechwood is served by the Post Office, a community library, a recreation centre, a social club, a children's centre and a health centre.

The estate has a small shopping area. Beechwood originally had 5 public houses, Seven Stiles (name changed to the Fender, after closure became a Jack & Gill nursery), Windmill, Buccaneer (renamed the Fender - now closed and demolished), One O'clock Gun (now closed) and Corsair. The Windmill is the only remaining public house on the estate, which is named after the nearby windmill on Bidston Hill. The Corsair pub, was situated towards Bidston, though has recently been demolished, after being closed for a number of years and then damaged in a fire. The Windmill pub is now demolished.

There are two churches, the modern Roman Catholic church, which is St. Paul's, and the small, modern Beechwood Chapel[10] which is a Church of England building.

Education[edit]

Beechwood Primary School is situated at the end of Beechwood Drive. St Paul's Primary School is a Catholic school situated on Farmfield Drive. Manor Primary School and St. Paul's Roman Catholic Primary School.

Transport[edit]

Roads[edit]

The M53 motorway runs along the western side of Beechwood and the nearest junction, Junction 1 of the motorway, is situated north of Beechwood. The A5027 is situated at the southern side of Beechwood and the A553 is to the north.

Buses[edit]

Until deregulation of the bus services, in 1986, the area was served by both the forerunner to Merseytravel, the Merseyside Passenger Transport Executive (MPTE) and the separate operator, Crosville.

Present-day services are run primarily by Arriva, and are coordinated by Merseytravel. Beechwood has bus stops along Fender Way, the main road through the area. Merseytravel's daily "Saveaway" Area B and All Zones tickets are valid to use from any bus stop in Beechwood, on the basis of being for the passenger of relevant age, in-date and for use after 9:30am.[11]

Railways[edit]

Upton and Bidston railway stations are the nearest to Beechwood, being situated at either end of the estate. These stations are both located on the Borderlands Line to Wrexham. Meanwhile, Bidston station is also part of Merseyrail's Wirral Line, primarily for travel to Liverpool and Chester. There is, however, a proposal for the construction of Beechwood railway station, which would be more centrally located to the area. This would be situated on the modernised and electrified Borderlands Line.[12]

Cycling[edit]

National Cycle Route 56 passes along the western side of Beechwood, alongside Fender Way. This route goes from Chester to Liverpool via Leasowe and Seacombe and includes part of the Wirral Way, along its course.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Coordinate Distance Calculator". boulter.com. Retrieved 6 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Who we Are". Beechwood Chapel. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Upper Bidston Village sign on Fender Way at the northern end of Beechwood". Commons. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Fender Way, Birkenhead, England". Google Maps (Street View). Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Greenfields sign on Fender Way, Beechwood". Commons. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "SRTM & Ordnance Survey Elevation Data in PHP". Retrieved 3 November 2016. 
  7. ^ "Your Councillors by Ward". Wirral Borough Council. Archived from the original on 7 February 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
  8. ^ Election Result for 22 May 2014, Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, retrieved 29 May 2014 
  9. ^ "Election Result for Bidston and St. James ward on 22 May 2014". Wirral Borough Council. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "Welcome". Beechwood Chapel. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "Saveaway" (PDF). Merseytravel. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  12. ^ "Local Development Framework for Wirral". Wirral Borough Council. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 

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