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Liverpool has a magnificent Georgian `Town Hall` with reputedly the best proportioned rooms out side of `St Petersburgh Palace` Russia according to one British King.

Still perfect for the Mayoral seat.....

Liverpool was a town until 1880 when it was granted `City Status` by Queen Victoria but that was one hundred and twenty six years ago.

Is it not however time for a `City Hall` to be on the drawing board by 2007 our 800th anniversary of `First Charter - 1207`

Is it not time that `Municipal Chambers` (Started 1862 when we were still a town.....) and the various annexes including `Millenium House` were given over to other users and uses, heritage, hotels or downdown homes, art galleries and museums.

Keep the `Town Hall` obviously but loose the `Town` mentallity.

Embrace the city ..... nevertheless it takes some kind of town to build the likes of `St Georges Hall` etc.

I wonder what a 21st Century Liverpool City Hall could encompass or deliver by way of vision and purpose for a 21st Century City / City Region?

and what sort of Mayor is up to the job?

Liverpool:

Q1: Where should a new `City Hall` be located.
Q2: What sort of style of contruction and its surrounding be.
Q3: Should it contain a `Civic Centre` - `Will it engender pride and confidence....`, `any inspiration?`
Q4: What does the `City Hall` Mayor need to concentrate on?

Should the horse be pulling the cart.
 

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There were plans drawn up post war to do such a thing. A massive complex was peoposed to span the old Mersey tunnel Exit at whitechapel. Massive, cruciform block that would have held the new 'City Hall' and the civic departments.

I agree that we should build a new complex, don't know where, maybe opposite the old municipal Bdg on Dale St?

It should be of it's time.. i.e modern! though the best city hall I can think of off the top of my head is LA's fantastic art deco thing that gets destroyed in War of the worlds!

No - civic centres are shite and always the deadest, most 'uncivic' spaces I have ever come across (same goes for cultural centres)

How long is a piece of string?
 

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Tony Sebo said:
There were plans drawn up post war to do such a thing. A massive complex was peoposed to span the old Mersey tunnel Exit at whitechapel. Massive, cruciform block that would have held the new 'City Hall' and the civic departments.

I agree that we should build a new complex, don't know where, maybe opposite the old municipal Bdg on Dale St?
I well remember that civic centre plan, as a lad I worked on a small prototype shell of the proposed civic centre. It was erected in a Council yard in the Smithdown Road area. The city council a few years back on their annual "junkit " to the MINPIN (I think? ) Developers bash in the South of France were looking for a partner to build a tower on the sunken car park behind the Municipal Building in Victoria St. The car park is still there, so maybe this plan was dropped.
 

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Wow! You've done loads of interesting things Woody.

The new scheme actually ended up being quite low, the same size as the Municipal, but really beautiful. I haven't got a clue where the project is right now.. or even if it will go ahead.
 

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Wow! You've done loads of interesting things Woody..
I sure have done lots of interesting jobs. But dont tell Doug Roberts !!he will tell you that many of the jobs I worked on have since been demolished.

Now read into that what you will :laugh: :? :mad:
 

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woody said:
I sure have done lots of interesting jobs. But dont tell Doug Roberts !!he will tell you that many of the jobs I worked on have since been demolished.

Now read into that what you will :laugh: :? :mad:
You know I was thinking along those lines earlier myself. :D
 

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The current town hall is fine Pie, and the council have more than enough offices. I can't see the need for anything more, myself. I thought the Commutation Row site would be good for a (city) regional assembly, but obviously that's taken now, so I'm interested in Woodside instead.
 

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Brig the Ba***d...............

Paul D said:
You know I was thinking along those lines earlier myself. :D
Cheecky Bugger, :poke: :tongue: :bleep:

Now how do I contact a mod. :pet:
 

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Tony Sebo said:
Wow! You've done loads of interesting things Woody.

The new scheme actually ended up being quite low, the same size as the Municipal, but really beautiful. I haven't got a clue where the project is right now.. or even if it will go ahead.
That project bit the dust, as the council decided they didn't need the extra space created. Why they didn't just go for a commercial development, with carparking underneath, i don't know.
 

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Money in the bank .....

liverpolitan said:
The current town hall is fine Pie, and the council have more than enough offices. I can't see the need for anything more, myself. I thought the Commutation Row site would be good for a (city) regional assembly, but obviously that's taken now, so I'm interested in Woodside instead.
Poli,

It would indeed be an interesting development if `Liverpool City / Regional Hall` was placed on the `West Bank` but they`d have to change their post code... :) ... and it would do wonders for the `West Bank` chances of docklands redevelopment.

and whilst I agree with you that the LCC do have enough offices - they are very scattered and whilst that should not matter in the day and age of the email etc I wonder if they loose the dynamic of just who and where they represent and serve?
 

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As much as it would be great to see a new City Hall, i dont think Liverpool has the need for at the moment, if the city boundaries extended then perhaps, but if constituencies are being merged and so forth, the number of political figuires in Liverpool is shrinking if anything. Thats what i make of things anyway.
 

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Lib-Dems face attack on two main fronts .....

Lib-Dems face attack on two main fronts May 2 2006

WITH just two days to the 2006 local elections, Larry Neild takes a look at how the political map in Liverpool could change

Larry Neild Daily Post

LIVERPOOL'S ruling Liberal Democrat group face a double onslaught from Labour and the Liberals on Thursday. Despite mounting problems for Tony Blair's party on the national scene, the city's Labour leader, Cllr Joe Anderson, is confident that the comeback will begin this week.

The minority Liberal party, led by Steve Radford, is launching its biggest-ever assault on Liverpool, defending one of its three council chamber seats and going to battle in another 28.

Even the Conservatives, without a single councillor in Liverpool, believe that with Labour's catalogue of woes it can, under the leadership of David Cameron, begin its rehabilitation on the local scene.

Only Labour and the Lib-Dems are contesting all 30 seats up for grabs, two more than the Conservatives who are giving Croxteth and Picton a wide berth.

Even the Green Party, now with its first councillor in the city, is battling it out in 23 wards.

The election will be a test on a number of fronts: will the Lib-Dems pay the price of the highly damaging public spat between former leader Cllr Mike Storey and recently retired chief executive Sir David Henshaw?

Will Labour leader Joe Anderson, himself seeking re-election in Riverside ward, make gains?

Will the Conservatives resurface after eight years in the political wilderness?

What will be the turnout on Thursday across the city after voter apathy two years ago?

Princes Park will be one of the main battle grounds, with Labour hoping to deal a knock-out blow to Lib-Dem Cllr Mohamed Ali. He won one of the three seats last time, unseating Labour GP Dr Suraj Sharma, with Labour holding on to the other two.

Local campaigner Nina Edge, fighting plans to demolish 450 homes around the Welsh Streets area, is standing as an official Liberal candidate, possibly splitting the Lib-Dem vote.

The Lib-Dems also face a tough fight in Kensington where Jimmy Kendrick is seeking re-election, with Labour hoping to make headway.

Labour is also catching up on the Lib-Dems in Belle Vale, but faces a tough time, from the Lib-Dems in Croxteth and Clubmoor. With the influx of inner-city residents, Central ward's three Labour councillors, will face strong opposition from the Lib-Dems.

Steve Radford's minority Liberals are targeting Clubmoor and expect to make major progress in Kensington, Princes Park and Picton.

Church ward sees the only independent candidate entering the fray. Jeffrey Berman is targeting the Lib-Dem seat on a platform to help save local shopping areas, such as Allerton Road, from meltdown in the two-pronged attack from supermarkets and trendy bars.

The BNP is contesting Norris Green where 327 votes were won by the party in 2004. The party polled more than any of the Liberal candidates as well as the Green candidate.

UKIP are fighting in Kirkdale and Old Swan, United Socialist in Old Swan and Riverside, Socialist Labour in Clubmoor and West Derby and Respect in Princes Park. Altogether there are 149 candidates.

LIVERPOOL (electorate 336,706) Lib-Dem run Current make-up of council, Lib Dem 59, Labour 27, Liberal 3, Green Party 1

Seats up for election this year Lib-Dem 20, Lab 9, Lib 1

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