Liverpool development masterplan launched at Echo arena
Source: Liverpool Echo
Business leaders and academics this morning welcomed a 15-year blueprint to launch Liverpool onto the global stage.
The Liverpool Strategic Investment Framework 2012 - which proposes pulling down the Churchill flyover, reducing the number of cars, and creating more green spaces - was launched at the ECHO Arena.
The city’s three so-called “Great Streets” (The Strand, Hope Street, and the corridor from Lime Street to Water Street along Dale Street) would be upgraded under the plans.
And improving links between the city centre and Waterfront including creating an “all seasons” walkway along the waterfront, feature in the blueprint.
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said he had commissioned the report by the city's regeneration agency Liverpool Vision to build on the positive foundation of the past decade of regeneration in the city centre.
He said: “The city must have an ambition and the desire to become once again a great global city.
“It’s rapidly become my catchphrase, but I believe the city’s best days lie ahead of it.
“My vision is to make Liverpool a distinctive global city. And I want our city to provide something for everyone, but it will only happen when it is created by everyone.”
The Strategic Investment Framework (SIF) hopes to see the population of the city centre grow to 42,000.
A similar report was commissioned in 2000 and it envisaged key developments such as the ECHO Arena and BT Convention Centre and the Cruise Liner terminal, so today’s document is seen as a crucial window to the future.
In contrast to the previous plan, the blueprint has fewer “big ticket” items that are not already planned. Instead it focuses on improving the environment for visitors and residents.
John Flamson, director of partnerships and innovation at Liverpool University, said: “I think it is a very mature approach to the next stage of the city centre.
“It’s like we have seen the flagship and here comes the flotilla.”
Prof Michael Parkinson welcomed the report and asked the mayor where the city now stands in its relationship with government.
Mayor Anderson said: “Funding from central government will not be the same again, but I think there is an acceptance from all political parties that there needs to be a change in attitude to allow a rebalancing of funding to allow growth in cities.
“We have to show competence and confidence in our ability to deliver and it’s because we have got a different approach and attitude.
“I do think there will be more money coming in, in different guises. We have got an excellent relationship with government.