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Edition No. 90

Date:- 14 March 2003

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LIVERPOOL City Council is set to make a compulsory purchase order to allow the £750m Paradise Street development in the city centre to go ahead.

A report is to be considered by the council’s Executive Board on March 21 which would confirm the making of the order for the 43 acre site which includes the area south of Lord Street and Church Street to Hanover Street,part of the Rope Walks area and stretches to the waterfront. 

Discussions have been taking place with property owners and the Council stresses that it wants to acquire property through negotiations. However, the report notes that “Certain parties will object to the CPO as a matter of principle because they are unwilling to agree to move voluntarily.”

If agreed by the Executive Board, the Order will be submitted to the Deputy Prime Minister and property owners have until May 9 to submit any objections to the order. A public inquiry could be held later this year. 

Councillor Peter Millea, Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “This scheme is vitally important to the future of Liverpool.

“We cannot allow this £750million scheme to be delayed unreasonably. In that respect, we are seeking to use the CPO as an insurance policy which enables the council to protect the city’s interests, but not at the expense of any dialogue and negotiation with interested parties. I would stress that property will only be acquired through compulsory purchase as a last resort.”

The Paradise Street development includes major retail development including two department stores, two hotels and residential development. It will create more than 7,000 jobs.
THE Guest House Theatre Company continues their return to Southport Arts Centre with the presentation of an outrageous epic comedy, ‘Horny Helmets’ that kicked off earlier this week.

Another Norwegian play, this time by Bowness and Morgan tells a tale of the great battles of Midgard, Valhalla and Hel. Taking a twist from monomaniacal run of the mill storyline that features Glaswegian Nymphomaniacs and crazy magicians that proves satire still has its place in modern day theatre.

Co writer and director Rob Bowness is no stranger to the Arts Centre. Robert was Arts Project Officer for many years at the arts centre where he successfully led drama groups Third Age and Beyond Therapy. As an experienced writer and director Robert now runs his own theatre company ‘Guest House’.

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