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What's happening to the New Ferry regeneration project?

Work had started on the site of the explosion and the facing shops and homes with some enthusiasm, but it seems to have ground to a halt now.

Have the builder gone bust, or what?

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Could be just the groundworks done and they are either waiting for utility connections or the next team to arrive for the next building phase. No doubt there will be new utilities put in for the other planned developments and I know there have been problems with the existing drains around there.

I'm driving when I go past so don't get much chance to nose.


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You may be right. I drove past yesterday lunchtime and glimpsed about half a dozen chaps in Hi-Viz kit doing something in the foundations on the main site. Nothing seemed to be going on in the site across the road.

Hitherto the gates were open and Machinery could be seen in both sites however so there has certainly been a reduction in activity.

Personally, I think it would have been far better to grass it over and maybe put a few trees there and the odd bench for people to sit.

I don't agree with the policy of utilising every square inch of land for flats in Rock and New Ferry. We need more local green space, not less.

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New Ferry does pretty well for green land.

New Ferry Park
Butterfly Park
Grove Square
Napier Road
Kempton Road
Thorburn Close
Shorefields
Mayfields North

And plot you are talking about is only 50m away from the start of Port Sunlight with the Boundary Road/Circular Drive Park. The rest of Port Sunlight is more than 50% amenity area.

Rock Ferry is less fortunate withe the bland Knowsley Road, Rock Park, the tiny Grove Road patch and the more recent Highfield Road South areas. but it borders on Victoria Park (in case you run out of meds!).

The biggest problem is the vandalism to benches and other equipment that are placed for public amenity.

It will be interesting to see how the New Ferry development pans out. Getting rid of the biggest car park based on dubious figures for what is claimed to be a failed shopping centre would appear to be counter-productive for a rejuvenated area.

Same tactics used as Birkenhead Market, scare the traders away by stating there is an uncertain future, then claim it is a failed area after you have scared them off.


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