I can divulge that Liverpool City Council have now acquired 9 Madryn Street from Merseytravel and the fate of Ringo's House is now in the hands of Joe Anderson the Council Leader
Liverpool the City that knocked down the Cavern Club and then called itself Beatles City.Concern is growing.
Ringo's House 9 Madryn Street Liverpool.
Why rip the heart out of an area and then call it New Heartlands.
Daily Post column: Ringo's home is a pawn in the battle over city's housing policy
By David Bartlett on Jan 7,
THE anger at Liverpool town hall has been almost palpable at the intervention of housing minister Grant Shapps demanding a re-think on the decision to bulldoze Ringo Starr's birthplace.
Don't expect it to be the last run-in between the city council and the Department for Communities and Local Government run - by Eric Pickles.
Leading Liverpool Lib-Dem Richard Kemp has already described the pair as Laurel and Hardy for the tragically comicway they have blundered around dishing out the harshest cuts to local government funding in generations.
Mr Shapps is not a household name but he has one of the most important roles in government.
Not enough homes being built, waiting lists as long as your arm, and mortgages out of reach for many. Let's be clear the country has a housing crisis.
Council leader Joe Anderson was right to make it one of his top priorities when he took power.
What was already a dire situation in Liverpool - a housing list with 23,000 names on it - was exacerbated when government decided it was pulling the plug on the Housing Market Renewal Initiative (HMRI). (To put that figure into context 23,000 is the entire population of the city centre).
The council calculates £200m was needed to finish the 15-year project, which was only half way through. It will only get a fraction of that.
Neighbourhoods, once described as war zones by former council leader Warren Bradley, will be left derelict messes for years.
Cllr Anderson and his Labour colleagues do not have an easy task and precious little money to play with.
The debate about Ringo's birthplace will run for sometime.
His former home at 9 Madryn Street is merely a pawn in a battle over the future of housing policy in the city.
Mr Pickles is currently considering whether to use a little-used piece of legislation known as a Public Request to Order Disposal (PROD) to force the sale of 9 Madryn Street and 440 others around it in Toxteth.
The council wants to demolish and rebuild new homes and says the vast majority of the community support the plan.
There is anger that Mr Pickles' department is not offering solutions or cash, just criticism. Should he decide to use his powers it will set a huge precedent and have massive implications.
It is part of a wider issue - the flawed HMRI scheme that is in limbo.
Not all about HMRI was bad, it has delivered in some areas, and a greater proportion of properties have been refurbished than those reduced to rubble.
Some areas were in terminal decline and radical measures were needed.
Campaigners, with justification, complain that the scheme - and the uncertainty it brought - created the dereliction that was meant to be addressed by the project.
The argument that too many so-called 'Zones of Opportunity' were created in Liverpool is also persuasive. Resources were spread too thinly across the six areas.
Now the money has dried up and huge swathes of empty streets remain.
A huge failure by policy makers was not grasping the strength of feeling that is roused when you suggest knocking someone's home down.
This led to pockets of resistance popping up, rallying around figures like campaigning grandmother Elizabeth Pascoe who finally lost her battle to save her home near Edge Lane last year.
Resistance led to delays, and delays cost money. Then the credit crunch arrived, followed by a housing market downturn that continues to this day.
Housebuilders who won the right to build new homes to replace the likes of Mrs Pascoe's now want to wait until the market picks up. And the government has pulled its funding.
A perfect storm at a time of crisis.
And then without telling anyone that the council own the house they start the propoganda machine.
Uncle Joe Anderson you are no better than the last lot.
David Bartlett has been following the story for some time and I commented while speaking with him on his column of today's date being imformative.
Another excellent line of thought on the subject come from Correspondent please read.
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