New Plans For Welsh Streets

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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.

Powis Street

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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.

More Info On Powis Street

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The plans to redevelop Liverpool’s Welsh Streets area are currently the subject of a public enquiry we have found out today. The redevelopment plans were called in by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles after years of indecision about the fate of the streets in the Dingle. We popped round again today and had a nose through the holes in some of the buildings only to discover a sorrowful sight. Behind the metal sheets covering the front doors, the hall walls have crumbled, exposing the wooden frames like a skeleton. The staircases have gone and there are pigeon feathers and faeces carpeting the floor. Paint is peeling away and a once-elegant tiled porch is green with moss in the grouting.

Even Ringo’s House Won’t Be Saved

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According to Liverpool Council the cost of renovating Ringo Starr’s birthplace and almost 300 other homes around the Welsh Quarter of the Dingle would cost around £22million and even then would not create a sustainable community. The council remains adamant that demolition and redevelopment remains the best option after we highlighted the plight of Powis Street yesterday. The council’s Joe Anderson said that bulldozing 295 properties would cost around £800,000 compared to an estimated bill of around £75,000 per house to refurbish them.

Powis Street

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If people think of Liverpool they usually think of the Beatles and the Liverpool of the 1960s. 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.