Hey up, used to live on the Wirral so your post caught my eye. Have they got those stupid hexagonal plates there? The DW where I live has and you cannot Deadlift with them for shit, unless you want to stick to singles for ever. In that case, best advice would be to find a new gym!
This is where I used to train when I worked in Rock Ferry. Sure it was called Fitness 2000 or House of Pain...
Nobody shouts at you when you train hard in there!
What category are you in and which comp mate?