Thursday, 26 March 2009

More World Heritage Disaster unfolding for Liverpool

How can they do this to the world heritage site...although not the worst disaster "On the Waterfront" it all adds up.
What has a bargeboat theme park got to do with Liverpool's past in its future regeneration?. There seems to be problems with the amount of traffic that can come through, as it is a long single lane that only boats going one way can use at a time. Ummm clever.
BBC North West and every man and his dog went with the hype as a massive positive story, but the reality is we have lost the Vista of the Pier Head, which was always an outdoor space used for concerts. The original plans promised the space would be protected with a retractable covering. Why didn't they just build a tunnel.
They proclaimed, "You will be able to go past the new museum and the Ferry Terminal and down past the destruction of Princes Dock". Disaster Alley. Not for us really. They are even selling it as a re-opening which is rubbish.

Historic Liverpool canal link re-opens after more than a century
Mar 26 2009 by Alan Weston, Liverpool Daily Post

Historic Liverpool canal link re-opens after more than a century
IT WAS once the city’s economic lifeline as it transported a range of merchandise to and from the thriving Liverpool docks.
Now, a century after it disappeared from view, the city’s historic canal link has been restored after a £22m project.
But this time, rather than produce such as wool, coal and grain, it is hoped the link will deliver 200,000 extra visitors to the city.
The first flotilla of narrowboats passed in front of the world-famous Three Graces yesterday, to mark the opening of the new waterway.
It allows boats to navigate the 127-mile Leeds-Liverpool Canal direct to the Pier Head, and it cuts a course through the World Heritage Site in front of the Three Graces, and allows boaters to access Salthouse Dock via two locks.
It is hoped the new facility will open up the city’s waterfront to the previously untapped leisure and tourism industry on Britain’s 2,200-mile UK canal system.
First to navigate the canal link was the Pride of Sefton barge, carrying VIPs from British Waterways and North West Development Agency (NWDA) who helped fund the project.
David Flynn, chairman of the charity which owns and operates the barge, said: “This is the best thing that’s happened to Liverpool’s waterfront in many years. It’s not just a huge attraction for boaters, but for tourists from all over the country.
“The Leeds-Liverpool Canal is an untapped resource and a diamond waiting to be discovered. We feel humbled and privileged to have been chosen to be the lead boat to open the canal link.”Among the many boaters celebrating the opening yesterday was Edward Barford, who sailed his narrowboat LiverBird through the new stretch of canal for the first time.
He said: “This will bring a long stretch of canal running through Liverpool back to life, after being asleep for so many years.
“The view when you’re coming into the Pier Head is a bit like arriving in New York. It gives you a totally different angle on the Three Graces and is so different than arriving by road.”
The previous connection from the South Docks to the Leeds-Liverpool Canal – the longest single canal in the UK – was abandoned in the early 20th century when the Three Graces were built over a dock.
The first regular passages on the new canal link are scheduled for April 20.

No comments:

Post a Comment