Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Frenson Ltd-The Scourge of Liverpool’s Heritage.

This company has done more to destroy the character of Liverpool’s Georgian Era than anyone in the City. Now, there is another set of plans to CPO properties owned by them. The last attempt in Seel Street was an unmitigated disaster as the buildings were shored up at great expense said to be 200k and the still fell down. Right next to the Alma De Cuba bar the old St Peters Church. It was only the weeks before I had warned of the risks. http://www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk/liverpool-life-features/liverpool-special-features/2008/01/29/living-on-the-eve-of-destruction-64375-20405391/

So now Bernie “Big Gob” Turner Liverpool’s Heritage Champion and Mastermind expert on vegetarian vampires http://liverpoolpreservationtrust.blogspot.com/2009/11/berni-turner-liverpools-so-called.html  senses she needs to do a little bit of work on the real Vampires of the city’s heritage Frenson Ltd. They really are the most disgusting little swine’s who are just interested in letting places fall down to packet the land value. And have been doing so while the council has let them off the hook. Sardine eating Bernie http://liverpoolpreservationtrust.blogspot.com/2009/10/berni-turner-and-tin-of-sardines.html  Turner now explains that they were on the Stop The Rot Hit List. http://liverpoolpreservationtrust.blogspot.com/2009/08/lets-take-sentimental-journey-with.html 

City building chiefs have vowed to forcibly buy up the Watchmaker’s building, in Seel Street, and the legendary Whitehouse pub, in Berry Street, if they continue to decay.
Today’s Echo who sponsored the pathetic Stop the Rot publicity runt jointly sponsored by the City Council who are the problem. quotes Cllr Berni Turner, the council’s executive member for the environment, said she hoped a repairs order would force the company to take action. http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/liverpool-news/local-news/2010/01/05/company-faces-losing-two-historic-liverpool-buildings-unless-it-repairs-them-100252-25525638/
It goes on
“The company has made promises in the past but it comes to a point when we have to sort it out – and that is what this will do.”
Cllr Turner said repairs notices often have the desired effect on those who receive them.
She said: “They do tend to make people wake up and act. The ECHO has done such excellent work with its Stop The Rot campaign but some people just do not seem to get the message.
“We are committed to saving these buildings so they can be enjoyed by future generations.”
The buildings fall within the Duke Street conservation area, which covers all of the city’s historic Georgian Merchants’ quarter.
They have both been vacant since the early 1990s and were purchased by Frenson Ltd in 1992.
Planners say they have received virtually no maintenance or structural repair within that time.
In 2005, Frenson Ltd said it was preparing to turn the Whitehouse pub into a wine bar, but the plan has so far failed to materialise.
Repairs notices do not take the means of the owner to undertake the work into account.
They simply give the owner two months to demonstrate it is taking reasonable steps to carry out the repairs.
The decision to issue a repairs notice will be put before the council’s planning committee on January 12.
Incidently the graffiti daubing on the front of the Whitehouse which is said to be by Banksy. There is no evidence whatso-ever to substantiate this. Someone has now removed a window allowing rain to penetrate the inside.

What have the English Heretics done about it.
20 Years I have been watching the Liverpool Georgiana Rot.
Stop The Rot at The Council and the problem will be a lot easier.
Lets hope the do CPO these properties but what about the score of derelict properties in Seel Street and Duke Street. And what if they had of CPO’d these decades ago it would have cost us ratepayers a lot less.


  1. THE COMPANY has been given two months to repair two historic buildings or face losing them.
    Liverpool Council’s planning committee approved a repairs notice on the Watchmaker’s building, in Seel Street, and the legendary Whitehouse pub, in Berry Street.
    Officials said that if owner Frenson Ltd refuses to start works or sell the Grade II-listed buildings within two months, it will start proceedings to compulsorily purchase both.
    The 200-year-old Whitehouse pub is one of the best-known landmarks in the city centre.
    But it is rotting beneath the image of a huge cat by graffiti artist Banksy daubed on its walls.
    The Watchmaker’s building was a Victorian watch and clock-making factory.
    Planners say it is the finest example of this type of building in the city.

    IF THATS A BANKSY MY AUNTIE IS MY UNCLE. Having this wronly credited rubbish bit of graffiti is doing this historic building a bad service.

  2. One website praising Frensons now this one knocking them some things have to go I,m a bricklayer from York originally,and my granmothers house in Union terr was bulldozed which was sad but you can have beutiful new buildings

  3. What's happening to this building now? I was walking in this area the other day, they were taking the slates off the roof