Welsh Streets master plan
set to be approved
LIVERPOOL City Council's Cabinet is set
to approve a masterplan for the Welsh Streets. The vision for the area has been
drawn up in partnership with specialist development company Placefirst, who are
nearing completion on a pilot scheme to bring some of the terraced properties on
High Park Street and Voelas Street in Princes Park back into use.
The masterplan envisages 294 new homes which will be a mix of refurbishment and
new build. There will also be improvements to the streets, drainage and the
creation of communal gardens to the rear.
To address a shortage of larger homes in the area, the majority; 124; will
have 4 bedrooms, while 109 will have three and the remaining 61 will have 2.
It is envisaged that 30 of the houses will be affordable rent, 35 will be shared
ownership / rent to buy, 194 will be let at market rent and 35 will be available
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said:- "Placefirst have done an excellent
job bringing some of the homes back into use as part of their pilot project, and
together with the local community we have now drawn up some really exciting
plans to breathe new life into the area and give it a long term, sustainable
This is about providing certainty for the local community following years of
frustration in which their wishes were thwarted by Central Government's
interference in the local planning process.
We've already demonstrated with the regeneration of Anfield and our Homes for a
Pound scheme that we are leading the way in finding imaginative ways of
retaining properties where it is viable to do so, and this project reflects our
Councillor Frank Hont, Cabinet member for housing, said:- "I hope
residents are encouraged at the progress that has already been made. For far too
long they saw their hopes and dreams thwarted through no fault of their own. We
have been working closely with the local community because there are a range of
views about the way forward. We have done our very best to accommodate this by
bringing forward proposals for a range of property sizes and tenures to suit a
range of families and budgets. I would like to thank residents for their
patience, resilience and support over the last few years and sticking with the
area when some of them are in poor health as a result of the conditions they are
The Council is also working with Plus Dane, the local social landlord, with a
view to developing a further phase of improvements to their properties in the
area. A 7 unit pilot refurbishment will start later in 2017.
If the masterplan is approved at the Cabinet meeting, on Friday, 23 June 2017, a
planning application will be submitted with more detailed proposals and designs.
Council lands control of
Birkenhead Park fisheries
WIRRAL Council is to take on the
management and patrolling of angling on Birkenhead Park's 2 fishing lakes this
summer for the 1st time.
The Council, which has previously worked for 30 years in partnership with the
Association of Wirral Angling Clubs (AWAC) over the running of the popular
fisheries in the park, will begin complete management of the lakes, on 1 July
This follows the decision by AWAC to hand over its formal responsibilities for
managing angling on the 2 lakes, back to the Council.
After liaising closely with both AWAC and the Environment Agency, the Council
will oversee the management and maintenance of the 2 lakes, as well the
issuing of permits and day tickets to anglers.
The Council will also look to introduce improvements to both the lakes and the
surrounding environment during the coming months.
Wirral Council's Birkenhead Park Manager Paul Davies said:- "All of the
income we receive from anglers for using the facilities will be re-invested into
the lakes and the surrounding environment to ensure it remains an outstanding
facility for local people to use. This includes the regular restocking of the
lakes, provision of good aeration facilities and increased maintenance of
facilities such as fishing pegs and improvements to the surrounding banks and
New permit prices will be introduced for using the
lakes from 1 July 2017, which will be as follows:-
Adult Seasonal ticket:- ₤25.00
OAP Seasonal Ticket:- ₤15.00
Disabled Seasonal Ticket:- ₤15.00
Junior Seasonal Ticket, under 17:- ₤14.00
Bankside day tickets will also be available to buy, priced at ₤3.50 for an adult
and ₤2.50 for a junior. These tickets and can also be used against the price of
a seasonal ticket if redeemed within 1 month.
All anglers using the facilities are required to hold an Environment Agency rod
licence which is available by visiting the government website.
₤27m boost for City from its
A new report reveals that Liverpool's
cultural organisations generated around ₤27 million pounds for the City in just
The Social Impact of the Arts in Liverpool 2015/16 report looks at 36 cultural
organisations in the City which are funded through the City Council's Culture
Liverpool Investment Programme (CLIP).
It found that:-
Arts organisations generated ₤27million into the City from a wide variety of
local, national and international sources. This includes attracting millions of
visitors and inward investment.
► An impressive 29,840 cultural activities took place in the
City from 2015/16,
with 66% of this activity targeted at special groups; young people, homeless,
► At least 4.6 million people attended funded events and festivals (broken down as
2,916,331 for events and 1,748,942 for festivals).
► More than 258,000 people took part in cultural activities.
► The funding enabled the organisations to raise an additional ₤15,140,917 from
public and private sources.
Organisations reported their activities achieved a huge array of social impacts
and benefits; for example improving the lives of those experiencing
homelessness, worklessness, long term health issues or poor mental health. Young
people with experience of the criminal justice system showed that those taking
part in cultural events became more engaged in community, School and home life.
The report provides case studies giving evidence of
cultural activities which have taken place and the impact of these activities.
Transitions; a programme by Collective Encounters, which used theatre to enable
55 adults with experience of homelessness, mental health challenges and
addictions to achieve nationally recognised qualifications.
The Comedy Trust's Stand up to Stigma gave people accessing mental health
services the opportunity to hone their comedy skills and developed their
confidence to perform in front of an audience.
Metal's Meanwhile Space helped improve both the community spirit and physical
environment of Liverpool's Picton ward by engaging residents of all ages and
backgrounds to make a decision on the future of a disused green space.
Around 250 disabled young people took part in Young DaDa Fest; a weekly theatre
and music workshop developing their creative and artistic skills. The sessions
gave young disabled people the opportunity to socialise and take part in art
which was relevant to them. As a result, some of the young people involved began
to work directly with the Council's Children's and Young People's service to
advise on issues such as marketing campaigns.
Fact's Veterans in Practice saw veterans meet every week to work on film, web,
app or performance projects. This was accessed by 40 veterans ranging from 20 to 90
years old, developing their skills and giving them the confidence and
self esteem to take on new challenges.
The programme also fostered a greater
understanding and inclusion of veterans in the local community.
The full report can be found at:-
Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said:- "This report acts as a reminder
of the hugely important role culture and the arts plays in the life of this
City, both for residents and visitors.
We know about the economic boost generated by the sector, but what's more
important is the positive, priceless impact on the day to day life of residents
and their communities shown in this report.
Here are 36 examples of how continually investing in culture can result in
unparalleled improvements in people's health and wellbeing. At the same time it
succeeds in generating pride among those who live here and showing the world
that we are an ambitious, creative City which will always push boundaries and
always have social justice at our heart."
The 36 funded organisations are:-
20 Stories High, Africa Oye, Black-E, Bluecoat, Bluecoat Display Centre,
Brouhaha, Collective Encounters, The Comedy Trust, DaDa Fest, Fact, First Take,
Homotopia, Hope Street Ltd, Lantern Company, Liverpool Arab Arts Festival,
Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, Liverpool Carnival Company, Liverpool
Everyman and Playhouse, Liverpool Irish Festival, Liverpool Philharmonic,
Liverpool Pride, LOOK, Merseyside Dance Initiative, Metal Culture, Milapfest,
Open Culture, Open Eye Limited, Pagoda Arts, Positive Impact, Squash Nutrition,
Tate Liverpool, Royal Court Theatre, Tmesis, Unity Theatre, Windows Project,
Writing on the Wall.
The report has been commissioned by Liverpool City Council and researched and
written by Collective Encounters, one of the organisations who are nationally
recognised for their cultural achievements.
Liverpool City Council works with Arts Council England to support the City's