A LISTED mansion which was destroyed by fire after being allowed to fall into ruin is unlikely to be rebuilt.
Liscard Hall, in Wallasey’s Central Park, was gutted in the July 2008 blaze and was later demolished because of safety fears.
Wirral council said the Grade II- listed building was so badly damaged it had to be torn down – but the site has remained grassed over since.
The money to carry out any work on the site would have to come from the insurance payout for the hall, which came to £117,810, minus the cost of the demolition, which came to around £80,000.
Built in 1835 as the rural home for the one-time Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Sir John Tobin, the mansion was marketed by Wirral council a year before it was destroyed.
A report to senior councillors by the council’s legal director Bill Norman says the prospects of constructing a new building on the site “are extremely limited”.
Instead, it proposes the condition of the site of the hall could be “substantially improved by a landscaping scheme” and linking it better with the nearby rose garden.
Nearby outbuildings, which are also Grade II-listed but in poor condition, could be developed – but interest from private developers is not expected.
Liscard councillor Leah Fraser said: “Why has it taken so long to produce this report?
“What a shame it took the destruction of the building to make the council sit up and take notice.
“The community groups, not least the Friends of Central Park, have worked carefully and been extremely patient.
“I hope the council now acts quickly and listens to what people say.”http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/liverpool...00252-25551520/
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