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Old November 15th, 2012, 07:31 PM   #561
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Music Video by Esco Williams performing 'New Challenger'.

Filmed at Festival Gardens. (Starts just over 1 minute in)
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Old November 23rd, 2012, 09:11 PM   #562
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Music Video by Esco Williams performing 'New Challenger'.

Filmed at Festival Gardens. (Starts just over 1 minute in)
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Old November 29th, 2012, 01:59 PM   #563
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The minutes of the AGM of the local residents association have been published.

A few Festival Gardens related subjects were discussed, including:

  • Lack of suitable uniforms for volunteer rangers
  • The way the park is 'running on a shoestring' and funding not expected to last beyond 1st year.
  • Talk about parking fees
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Old November 29th, 2012, 06:24 PM   #564
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  • The way the park is 'running on a shoestring' and funding not expected to last beyond 1st year.
That would explain why the main cascade has not been fixed despite being broken for a few months now, with the result being the main lake is drying up, while the other watercourses are getting clogged with aquatic vegetation. I suppose it also explains why some vandalism which has been in evidence since the re-opening has still not been fixed.

It's a big shame all the hard work which went in to restoring the gardens is slowly coming undone.

I thought that funding had been agreed to keep the gardens maintained for five years at which point it is/was assumed that the residential element would be viable, the money from which would support the long-term maintenance of the gardens?
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Old December 4th, 2012, 01:15 AM   #565
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I emailed the land trust and they said that the money is not running out. They are having problems finding the leak. I noticed at the residence meeting there was no one from the land trust there. Maybe next time. The website had December activities on. Bird box building. Someone I know has been taken on as a ranger so things can't be so bad. Hopefully the waterfall and lake can be fixed. It's a lovely site
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Old December 11th, 2012, 12:25 AM   #566
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Liverpool Garden festival site developer given extension to 1,374 homes plan

A DEVELOPER is being given an additional 2½ years to start work on a huge housing scheme on the former International Garden Festival site, in Liverpool.

The city council’s ruling Labour cabinet is set to approve the extension to a deal which grants Langtree two 150-year leases over the site. The 1,374-home Otterspool development was delayed by the recession and the collapse of Langtree’s joint venture partner David McLean in 2008.

Langtree continued its work on the 90-acre site and the former festival gardens were opened to the public this year.

The site fell into a state of disrepair in the wake of the 1984 festival which attracted more than three million visitors. A council report states: “Having completed the gardens, Langtree are now moving ahead with marketing the development site to house builders, but they accept that in the current economic climate it will be very difficult to find purchasers for this very challenging site.

“Langtree want to be able to offer developers as long a lease as possible, and therefore have requested that the council agrees to defer the deadline for completing the surrender and renewal of the lease for up to three years.”

The report, expected to be approved by councillors on Friday, reveals Langtree has already been granted two extensions. Langtree was originally due to take the leases in July, 2010. The company was given a one-year extension then further extended to May, 2012.

One lease covers the northern third of the site where the residential development will be built and the other lease covers the public open space.

The company will not pay for the leases, but the deal obliges Langtree to provide a dowry to cover future site maintenance.

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Old January 10th, 2013, 06:34 PM   #567
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Langtree plans to invest after profit surge

DEVELOPER Langtree Group says it will take advantage of the “challenging” property market to invest in more property after it reported a strong rise in profits.

The Newton-le-Willows business reported pre-tax profits of £12.9m for the year to June, 2012 – up 46% on the previous year.

The profit hike came despite turnover falling from £54.7m to £40.3m, accounts newly filed at Companies House show, as key developments completed and the value of the group’s investments were hit by the continuing downturn.

During the year, the group completed work on the new Langtree Park rugby stadium and neighbouring Tesco superstore, in St Helens.

And, in May last year, it completed the restoration of the Festival Gardens in Otterspool, Liverpool. Langtree is now focusing on its plans for a residential development on the rest of the former International Garden Festival site.

Chairman Bill Ainscough said conditions remained tough – but insisted that Langtree was well placed to take advantage.

He said: “A depressed property market is not necessarily all bad news.

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Old January 10th, 2013, 06:47 PM   #568
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Fingers crossed work will begin sometime this year. Not precisely a high priority as the area is pretty much invisible but more than welcome.
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Old January 11th, 2013, 10:27 PM   #569
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Lets hope they do build soon. Maybe a scaled down development will be done. I have tweeted the land trust a few times about the waterfall and lake. The lake is still only half full and the waterfall has not been in operation since September. The land trust said they are working with Langtree to get the work finished. I have tried emailing Langtree but didnt get a response.
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I was out along Otterspool Promenade yesterday, and noted when passing the riverside entrance to the Festival Gardens that the Hamilton's cafe bus had gone. (It may have been gone a while, as I haven't been down that way for a while). While I'm sure the trade is pretty light at this time of year, and perhaps that's the reason, with the gardens already suffering from a general deterioration in its landscaped facilities, it seems a shame to see another of its facilities disappear as well. Hopefully it'll return (or something performing a similar purpose) when the weather, and the trade, picks up.
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Old February 2nd, 2013, 10:51 PM   #571
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The Hamiltons cafe at Lime Street closed before Christmas, with a bailiff notice on the door, so it might be more due to the company than the location.
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Old February 4th, 2013, 03:54 PM   #572
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The Hamiltons cafe at Lime Street closed before Christmas, with a bailiff notice on the door, so it might be more due to the company than the location.
Hamilton's is/was set up by Atomic Kitten's Natasha Hamilton and partner Riad Erraji - there has been a change of name and image recently with the opening of 'House' on bold street (in the old Brew shop) - plus what with the Reunion of Atomic Kitten perhaps Natasha is just to busy to run the bus in Festival Gardens as well

Over the years Hamiltons has opened and closed on the ferries, the airport, the train station the Met Quarter and now Festival Gardens (in answer to Chris B's question) - seems only the one down at the Mersey Ferry Building is still trading.
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There was a hamiltons at Altrincham Station that only lasted about 6 months. Shame really as they clearly spent some cash on it! I assumed the business had failed, rather than the location!
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... noted when passing the riverside entrance to the Festival Gardens that the Hamilton's cafe bus had gone.
apparently there was a fire in the cafe/bus and that was why the site was closed for a day or so recently. Don't know the full details.
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I went for a stroll in the Festival Gardens this morning, and was extremely pleased to see evidence of various remedial/maintenance work having taken place.

Most obviously, the cascade has been fixed and is now working for the first time in a good six months or so. The main lake has also started to be re-filled. It's not quite full enough yet to spill over and supply the lower watercourse, but is much fuller than it's been for a while. Speaking of the lower watercourse, that has also seemingly been re-filled a little, as the various small waterfalls are now just about working (a small trickle over each one), where previously the water was far too low to flow over. Various bagged hay bales have also been introduced to the lower watercourse, and algae has been cleared from the surface of all the small lakes along the watercourse.

Over at the Japanese Garden, the lake has been purposefully drained (rather than just drying up like it has been for a while), and the stones in the bottom of the lake have all been cleaned up, with the dead plant material that had collected on them as the lake dried up removed. The small waterfall here remained functional, so it looks like the lake just needs to be re-filled, and the switch flipped.

Finally, various others small pieces of vandalism that have been apparent for some time have been addressed, and there was planting, and tending of the grounds taking place. All in all, it's taken what was starting to become a place which was a little depressing to go to, as it slipped back towards decay, and returned it to the pleasant, well-kept gardens, that we re-discovered last year.
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I went for a stroll in the Festival Gardens this morning, and was extremely pleased to see evidence of various remedial/maintenance work having taken place.

Most obviously, the cascade has been fixed and is now working for the first time in a good six months or so. The main lake has also started to be re-filled. It's not quite full enough yet to spill over and supply the lower watercourse, but is much fuller than it's been for a while. Speaking of the lower watercourse, that has also seemingly been re-filled a little, as the various small waterfalls are now just about working (a small trickle over each one), where previously the water was far too low to flow over. Various bagged hay bales have also been introduced to the lower watercourse, and algae has been cleared from the surface of all the small lakes along the watercourse.

Over at the Japanese Garden, the lake has been purposefully drained (rather than just drying up like it has been for a while), and the stones in the bottom of the lake have all been cleaned up, with the dead plant material that had collected on them as the lake dried up removed. The small waterfall here remained functional, so it looks like the lake just needs to be re-filled, and the switch flipped.

Finally, various others small pieces of vandalism that have been apparent for some time have been addressed, and there was planting, and tending of the grounds taking place. All in all, it's taken what was starting to become a place which was a little depressing to go to, as it slipped back towards decay, and returned it to the pleasant, well-kept gardens, that we re-discovered last year.
Great news Chris. Was starting to get worried myself. I believe new signage has gone up too at the festival hall end of the site advertising the apartments. I think the Land Trust are doing a great job. They have been waiting for contractors
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There has been significant activity on the housing part of the site in recent days, large numbers of trees felled and the slopes cleared of vegetation. It is now possible to see into the site clearly when passing from the road. Perhaps this is the start of the main construction of the residential element?
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There has been significant activity on the housing part of the site in recent days, large numbers of trees felled and the slopes cleared of vegetation. It is now possible to see into the site clearly when passing from the road. Perhaps this is the start of the main construction of the residential element?
That's what I thought too, but I heard Joe Anderson on the Roger Phillips show this morning, and he seemed to be saying hopefully by the end of the year, but that the developer has still not been able to secure funding.
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It would be great if this was starting.

I attended the engage events held last autumn. At one of them the speaker, who had been involved in the japanese gardens works, made an off the cuff comment about changes to the residential phase. I've been expecting a new planning application ever since.
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Would there not be demand for family houses there - as well as some flats?
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