After we featured the fate of Liverpool’s Welsh Streets on Saturday, today we hear of new plans to refurbish “a significant” number of the homes – which include the house where Beatle Ringo Starr lived as a child – have been revealed by council chiefs. The authority is set to enter into an exclusive six month deal with developer Place First to survey the homes and develop a masterplan for the area which was recently used to film gangster drama, Peaky Blinders. The move follows a decision by former communities secretary Eric Pickles to block the council’s initial plans to demolish the historic homes.
If people think of Liverpool they usually think of the Beatles and the Liverpool of the 1960s. Back then the city was full of terraced housing originally built for dock workers – two up, two down with an outside toilet. Liverpool today is so different, the influx of money brought in since Liverpool was the European Capital of Culture has seen many of these areas demolished to be replaced with modern new-builds that many people seem to want. However, if we are not careful we are going to lose all connection with the past. One such place is the Welsh Quarter of the Dingle.