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Politics on the road

Lucy Breakwell
Lucy Breakwell
The Politics Show North West

This week the Politics Bus rolls into the tranquil seaside village of West Kirby.

With miles of flat sandy beach, it is a beautiful spot which grew as a tasteful resort for day trippers from Liverpool in Edwardian times.

Interviews with people about current political issues in West Kirby.

The locals say nothing much has changed since the Victorians built the Marine Lake in 1899 - and it still hosts international sailing competitions today.

But there is change in the wind. Wirral Council recently held a competition to find a developer for a prime site on the sea front.

The winner was Carpenter Investments - the people behind the swish Hope Street Hotel in Liverpool.

Their plan for a 10m hotel and sailing school is pretty spectacular and yet there is some local opposition to the project.

Politics Bus
Politics Bus on the road in Kirby

Concern seems to focus on a lack of parking in West Kirby - the prime site being offered for development is currently a car park.

There also seems to a desire to keep West Kirby a bit of a secret, locals don't mind the day trippers but they don't want them staying the night.

So how is the council going to win them over?

We will be speaking to Alan Beer local resident and a partner in Carpenter Investments and Colin Hawkesworth from the Green Party who opposes the development.

Beach litter

West Kirby's beaches find their way into the other issue we're tackling this week... litter, lots of plastic litter.

It finds its way onto the beautiful beaches of the Wirral partly because of their unique location between the Dee Estuary on one side and the Mersey on the other.

It's a 30-mile stretch of coastline that is a magnet for marine rubbish.

Plastic problems

A recent survey for the Marine Conservation Society showed that 57% of the beach litter is plastic and that is bad news for the sea birds and animals.

The RSPCA says recent autopsies of dead turtles found on Britain's shores have revealed stomachs full of plastic bags.

Councillor Gill Gardner, a Liberal Democrat, wants the people of Wirral to do their bit.

She is proposing the borough aims to become a plastic bag free.

She wants shops and supermarkets in the area to enter into a voluntary contract not to use plastic bags.

Tide turning

Some shops are already making a stand. At the Church Farm Organics shop they switched to paper bags four years ago.

The paper bags cost twice as much as plastic bags but owner, Steve Ledsham, says it is what his customers want.

Wirral's efforts to cut down plastic on the beach by reducing carrier bag use.

So, when it comes to our love affair with plastic maybe the tide is starting to turn.

But can one council really make a difference? Join Annabel Tiffin as she explores the issue with Martin Sutcliffe, Marine Biologist from the Sealife Centre, Blackpool and Dave Cowling from Wirral Council.

Watch the Politics Show on Sundays on BBC One at midday. If you would like the Annabel Tiffin and the Politics Bus to come to your area, then please get in touch.

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