THING OF THE WEEK
BLACKPOOL DENTIST… King Street Dental Surgery will eventually move into the revamped Hop Inn pub as part of a project to create a 215,000 sq ft civil service hub in Blackpool town centre. However, before its new home is ready, the practice is required to relocate into temporary accommodation, a move that will cost the council around £1m, according to the Blackpool Gazette. That’s an expensive bit of work, but the authority will just have to grin and bear it.
☃️Merseyrail Network Map: Festive edition ☃️
Thank you to everyone that provided us with some amazing name suggestions.
— Merseyrail (@merseyrail) December 22, 2021
MERSEYRAIL MAP… Merseytravel is getting into the Christmas spirit. The company has released a festive version of its Merseyrail map with the names of some stations adapted to make them sound more festive. Among the highlights are Ho-Ho-Hooton, Cheese and Port Sunlight and Deck the Hall Road. Some of the monikers come across as slightly forced – Rudolph Lane for Rice Lane just doesn’t work – and there was a big opportunity spurned in the case of Roby, which could have so easily converted to Roby-n red breast.
FIREWORKS… After cancelling its organised fireworks displays on bonfire night, Manchester City Council has once again been forced to call off a planned pyrotechnic extravaganza. The council’s New Year fireworks display has been cancelled for the second year running amid Covid concerns and the logistical nightmare of having to check thousands of vaccine passports in the dark, cold and (probably) rain. There’s always next year…
BEESWING… Another day, another letting at Kampus. HBD and Capital&Centric’s residential development in Manchester has already welcomed bakery Pollen, Pizza joint Nell’s, and General Stores, and the latest arrival at Kampus is wine bar Beeswing. Beeswing is a collaboration between wine expert Anna Tutton, and Joe Maddock, who you may know from Didsbury tapas bar Pinchos. For those worried that a wine bar might be a little too high brow for their tastes, Capital&Centric co-founder Adam Higgins has some reassuring words: “This isn’t going to be some stuffy wine bar with intimidating wine lists. In true Kampus style, it’ll have a super relaxed vibe offering something a bit different to what you get elsewhere.”
LIB DEMS… After success in the North Shropshire by-election last week, there is some more sobering news for Liberal Democrats in the North West. The party’s former Trafford headquarters is to be knocked down to make way for eight townhouses under plans lodged by Landmark Group. The Lib Dems sold the building earlier this year having occupied the Park Road property for more than 30 years. The party actually vacated the building in 2020, and it has been let to charity Timperley Taveners since then. The charity will remain in the building until plans are approved and is in the process of looking for a new home.