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Old July 27th, 2013, 11:23 AM   #61
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Incidentally, this issue has now become party political and to use the old cliche,it's a political football. I had a good look at the Welsh streets last year,some are definitely worth keeping,especially Kelvin Grove. However, quite a few need to go, too small and suffering from subsidence. Knocking two into one would solve the space issue but I imagine the subsidence,which also affects some of the roads would be expensive to deal with. Also the two into one option would reduce the density. Depopulation has been the result of successive 'regeneration' schemes over the last 30 years in L8, so it's good to see that someone has finally raised the issue, I've only been banging on about it on this forum for 8 years. Anyway.

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Old July 27th, 2013, 01:44 PM   #62
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As if you can compare horrible, small terraces to the Georgian Quarter.
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Old October 16th, 2013, 12:34 PM   #63
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Welsh Streets regeneration proposals

'Mayor Joe Anderson looks around the homes proposed for demolition as part of the regeneration of the Welsh Streets and explains why they can't be saved'

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Old October 16th, 2013, 12:50 PM   #64
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Old October 16th, 2013, 08:37 PM   #65
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It's no wonder the populace of this country are becoming more and more cynical about the motives of their elected representatives.

The Welsh Streets are a prime example of the machinations of the political class, locally and nationally to pursue its own agenda while at the same time giving the impression it is acting in the interests of the public.

When the city was allocated tens of millions as part of the HMRI programme, Richard Kemp et al at the housing dept couldn't wait to spend the money. During consultations with residents of the Welsh Streets about possible demolition of their homes, a large minority opposed the plans.It was then the council began its policy of coercion. Some residents asked for their homes to be refurbished, they were told by the council the costs were prohibitive and quoted hugely inflated costs per home.

By this time opposition to the Liverpool HMRI and in particular the clearance of the Welsh streets had gathered pace. Letters opposed to the Liverpool HMRI had had appeared, not just in the local press but in the nationals too. However, by this time(and realistically left with no alternative given the insistence of the council that they had to vacate) more residents had agreed to be re-housed. It was about this time the council began to make 're-housed' and 'demolish' interchangeable. Whether these houses are to be demolished or not isn't a matter for the residents or ex-residents. The houses belong to the city. Joe Anderson is continuing this verbal sleight of hand, " 83% of residents voted for demolition" Yes, of course the land is required for the new housing but there are plenty of derelict sites in L8 where these homes could be built.
The fact is most of the houses in the Welsh streets will need demolishing now, their condition has deteriorated since the residents left.

We have now arrived at the situation where the government is seeking to score political points over a Labour Council that is openly critical of the reduced funding settlement it has received from the government. Meanwhile the residents still wait.
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Old October 16th, 2013, 08:47 PM   #66
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The mayor has had some successes, however he's playing politics with the issue every bit as much as Pickles, saying that the government is 'picking on Liverpool', that it's a 'disgrace', that it's 'malice and spite' and generally he's 'fed up'. The mayor isn't exactly selling the city is he? This forum is full of constant objections to the demolition of our heritage, the mayor openly admits it's simply too expensive to save the welsh streets, well that's just not a good enough excuse, just because he's a labour mayor doesn't mean he should be given carte blanche to do what he wants.
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Old November 8th, 2013, 04:32 PM   #67
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Welsh Streets: Liverpool City Council buys last eight properties

The last eight of 311 properties needed for Liverpool's £15m Welsh Streets regeneration are to be bought by the council.

Liverpool City Council has agreed to the compulsory purchase orders despite a government announcement a public inquiry will be held about the plans.

The council plan would see 150 new homes built, about 280 homes demolished and 37 properties refurbished.

It said it was "confident" the inquiry will allow the scheme to go ahead.

The planning process was frozen in July, hours after councillors gave the green light when Communities Secretary Eric Pickles announced the decision had been called-in.

Mr Pickles said his department would review the plans after representations from campaigners opposing demolition.

Councillor Ann O'Byrne, cabinet member for housing, said: "Our plans were supported by more than 70 percent of local people following a thorough and detailed consultation, so we are confident that we will get the green light to proceed at the planning inquiry.

"We want to make sure we are in the best possible position to drive forward the regeneration at the conclusion of the inquiry."

The Welsh Streets were built in the late 19th Century when there was an influx of Welsh people who came to Liverpool to work as dockers.
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@PlaceFirstLtd tweeted - #WelshStreets Phase 2 of these great #btr homes now on site. Rear yards & alleys will be replaced with gardens and terraces. @lpoolcouncil




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Old November 12th, 2017, 04:41 PM   #69
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I had a walk down there a week ago. Families were literally moving in to Voelas Street while I was there and some houses are already occupied. The street looks great.
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