Sunday, January 16, 2011

Update on Ringo's birthplace

Liverpool City Council has not taken kindly to what members see as outside interference by Housing Minister Grant Shapps. Council Leader Joe Anderson insists that the plan to salvage the Welsh Streets, which has as its focus the terrace house where Ringo was born, is unpopular and too costly.

He (Anderson) said it would cost £22million to renovate all 295 homes at an average of £75,000 each, whereas demolition would cost £800,000.

With a Whitehall cut of £180million to the city’s housing grant, saving the streets was “simply not feasible”, he said.

After inviting Mr Shapps to visit the Welsh Streets, he added: “It is deeply disappointing that the Government’s much trumpeted [localism] scheme appears to have fallen at the first hurdle.

“Despite local people having been given an extensive voice in the plans, central Government can’t help but interfere and try to block the proposals.”

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