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    This thread shows some photographs I've taken recently on the Boot estate. I'd heard about the situation there and had wanted to visit the estate for a while. What I saw shocked me, I honestly didn't know that people were living like this in Liverpool today.

    Just to enlighten anybody who's not familiar with the area, the Boot estate in Norris Green was built in the 1920s and comprised around 2000 council houses. The majority of these properties were built of prefabricated reinforced concrete.

    It wasn't long though until the houses started to develop structural problems, and in the end they were classed as 'defective dwellings'. A major programme of investment and modernisation started on the estate a decade ago; but that was as far as it got.

    Many homes were demolished, but the project has never been seen through to completion. What we see now is people living between burnt out and partially demolished houses on an estate that is almost uninhabitable.





    I don't know the full story about the situation on the Boot estate (and I'm sure other members of the forum can add to this thread), but what I have seen there on the visits I've made over the last couple of weeks is very, very sad.



    The Boot estate is around 3 miles from Liverpool city centre; though it may as well be a million miles away from the modern, trendy apartments being built on the waterfront. It's an eerie, and in some ways, almost-forgotten area.

    This is 21st century living in Liverpool...








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    Some good pictures there. I hope some residents or former residents can come on with their views and experiences of living on the boot estate.

    it would also be great if any members could come on with any photographs of the boot in previous years.

    I'm sure that in this day and age, with the excellent and beautiful city centre, the leaders of the city council would love to deny all responsibility for this area that seems to have been lost in time...

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    Brilliant pics Ross08.
    This is my neck of the woods. Sadly!!:PDT_Xtremez_42

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    What puzzles me is that I lived in exactly the same sort of house in Allerton, from 10 to 27 years old. I left in 1978 but was in the area last year; most of the houses are clearly the pride and joy of the residents and are well kept.

    There may well be structural issues which have led to the condition of the Boot estate, but I'd say they were very much compounded by social issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevin View Post
    What puzzles me is that I lived in exactly the same sort of house in Allerton, from 10 to 27 years old. I left in 1978 but was in the area last year; most of the houses are clearly the pride and joy of the residents and are well kept.

    There may well be structural issues which have led to the condition of the Boot estate, but I'd say they were very much compounded by social issues.
    You have hit the nail on the head there. Becouse they are council houses people think it is always down to the council for the upkeep.

    I worked with a chap who lived in a council house, he left a small kitchen window broken for thirteen years before he would replace it himself.
    I wander how much heat was lost over the years?

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    I've spent quite a bit of time in Norris Green over the last fortnight, finding my way around. The houses there are generally good. There are many, many decent houses that people clearly take pride in.

    I expect many residents of the area have lived there all their lives and have been there since long before the recent 'issues' were a problem.

    By saying 'I wouldn't go to Norris Green' etc... people are writing off a large, thriving community of mainly decent, honest people.

    From what I've seen, there is far more good than bad in the area.

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