Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Joe Anderson to Save Liverpools Heritage............. with 700K

Yes, we have heard it all before. How Liverpool will be saved. The Fib-Dems told us so and then created Warrens War Zones. They even had a Historic environment champion Bernie Turner who took over from The Dame of Disaster Doreen Jones http://liverpoolpreservationtrust.blogspot.com/2010/05/liverpools-liberal-democrats-destroyed.html who passed plan after plan that destroyed the World Heritage Site. 47 listed buildings destroyed. http://liverpoolpreservationtrust.blogspot.com/search/label/Bernie%20Turner
So with a price of 17 million being foolishly quoted to save St James Church http://liverpoolpreservationtrust.blogspot.com/2009/10/st-james-church-liverpools-heritage-at.html we can tell this is another load of hot air. The new labour administration may mean well and we have to give them a chance, but they dont appear to be able to realise the scale of the problems that lie ahead.
Liverpool has had 10 buildings on the English Heretic At Risk Register for decades. While we have been binge building all around them, slowly they decay. St Andrews Church. http://liverpoolpreservationtrust.blogspot.com/2009/10/st-andrews-church-rodney-st-liverpools.html 
Oh and there is the Wellington Rooms. http://liverpoolpreservationtrust.blogspot.com/2009/10/wellington-rooms-liverpools-buildings.html

Liverpool council to spend £700,000 to save listed buildings at risk

Jun 15 2010 by Marc Waddington, Liverpool Daily Post
CITY leaders plan to spend more than £700,000 saving “at risk” listed buildings in Liverpool.
They hope to be able to keep money they would otherwise have to pay back to regional development bosses – who give the grant for the works – in order to continue the programme of repairs.
A number of sites across the city stand to benefit from the move. So far, more than £1.7m has been spent on projects since the “Buildings At Risk” project began in 2001.
In February last year, the council clawed back £277,535 it spent on repairing the Welsh Presbyterian Church on Princes Road. Rather then pay the cash back to the Northwest Development Agency (NWDA), the council hopes to invest it in other works in the city. Cllr Malcolm Kennedy, cabinet member for regeneration and transport, said: “Owners of buildings where we have carried out work always knew this money would have to be repaid. We have negotiated a deal with the NWDA that we can use this money to safeguard other historic buildings. This is a very sensible way of recycling money which the council is receiving and will benefit the city’s heritage.”
Sites which could potentially benefit from the retained money include St Andrew’s Church in Queens Drive (£9,750), the £6.6m restoration of the Florence Institute in Dingle (£150,000), and St Cyprian’s Church in Edge Lane (£50,000). Also, the report which went before the council’s cabinet on Friday, stated: “The council has received a verbal agreement for repayment of £125,000 in respect of statutory action taken at Seel Street, in the Ropewalks area.”

The council expects to receive £25,000 this year and £100,000 during the next financial year towards other work. The report adds that “further recovery of funding is at this time uncertain, although a further £301,000 is being pursued” in relation to funds the council has already spent on repair works in Shaw Street, in Everton, Duke Street, in the city, and Christ Church, in Kensington.
A spokesman for the NWDA said: “The funding agreement provides that any monies generated by the legal charges due to urgent works on the Buildings at Risk are to be re-invested into the initiative or repaid to the NWDA.”

It seems the Daily Ghost is now levelling itself up as the press office for Joe Anderson, making them look good........instead of asking searching questions. And in the meantime another one The Bethel Chapel in Penny Lane is about to bite the dust.

1 comment:

  1. I UNDERSTAND that the world-famous Penny Lane area is to be enhanced by the council. The area has hundreds of tourists visiting it each day on the Beatles Tour Bus, and on public transport.

    It is, therefore, incomprehensible that the Council has just agreed to allow the Welsh Bethel Chapel, the best of one of the three churches in the area, to be demolished.

    The Beatles Tour bus stops directly outside the "Barbers Shop", a few feet directly opposite from the beautiful Welsh Church. How sad that in future the tourists will be looking at a huge hole.

    The Welsh Church is a superb building with lots of interesting features.

    Lovely stone and brick work, 20s windows, iron work, a haven of a garden in front together with a delightful house where the pastor, then caretaker, lived. It is the most exciting building in this world-famous "suburban skies". Can’t the council help the Welsh congregation by encouraging a development which made something of this church? It could be the place for another Beatles Museum.

    I would ask the council to remember how people around the world castigated the Liverpool Council which pulled down the original Cavern.

    Miss C Clarke, Liverpool 15

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