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    Quote Originally Posted by kev
    Under the bridge is slowly being flattened to allow for regeneration, but very slowly.
    Very slowly - picture of Saunby Street.


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    And a picture looking down King Street towards the village.


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    The sooner theyre down the better Dave
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    Nice photoes Dave, my Dad grew up in Saunby street, what will replace them,more houses?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kev
    The sooner theyre down the better Dave
    Hope the pub stays though!
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    Developers have finally lodged plans to demolish 500 crumbling terraces in Garston's Under The Bridge estate and replace them.

    The 50m project will build more than 300 properties, more than one-third to be rented from a housing association.

    Some of the estate is boarded up and bulldozers have already started pulling down century-old terraces.

    Building work should begin on the first homes in January if Liverpool council approves the plan. (Who knows what will happen there *Rolls eyes)

    Steve Collins, director of property at South Liverpool Housing, said the aim was to completely transform Garston Under The Bridge.

    "This area has a combination of problems. It consists of very unpopular two-up, two-down terraces with no gardens, so the housing market has collapsed.

    "There are also problems with anti-social behaviour, while residents feel these homes are not suitable for 21st-century living.

    "However, the community wants to stay together so there will be no large-scale movement.

    "There will be phased building programme, so homes will first be built for people living there for them to move into.

    "A considerable amount of demolition is going on and we hope to start digging the first foundations in January."

    The area to be demolished is bounded by Banks Road, Window Lane, Vulcan Street and King Street - known as the Ship Streets and the Raglan estate - plus a neighbouring site on Church Road.

    The new estate will have more than 280 two-bedroomed bungalows and three to four-bedroom family homes, and 26 flats.

    South Liverpool Housing will also set up jobs and training for residents on the back of the building programme.

    Garston councillor Paula Keaveney, who lives in the Under The Bridge estate, said: "We are hoping for some lovely new houses and a chance for people who have had to move out to come back.

    "There has always been a strong community spirit, but the deterioration in housing and anti-social behaviour have chipped away at it.

    "As people start moving out and demolition takes place, we are concerned that the estate will start feeling more unsafe, so we must work with the police to make sure that does not happen."

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    Default Garston Docks - car plunges into water

    Police divers were searching the River Mersey on Saturday after reports that a car had plunged into the water.

    Underwater search teams were called to Garston Docks early in the morning after someone working at the docks alerted the police.

    The force was told a red-coloured car was seen plunging into the river at about 0830 BST.

    Diving teams were carrying out an extensive search of the area to see if they could find the vehicle.

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    Wonder if they found anything?!


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    Don't know but I di see the hekylopter at 9am over the scene
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    Might find out in the Echo or Post on Monday.

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    Wonder what made it plunge in the water?

    Possible suicide?
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    The car was empty and was probably dumped there by car theives,it's a pity they wasn't in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul D
    The car was empty and was probably dumped there by car theives,it's a pity they wasn't in it.
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    LIVERPOOL celebrities are the latest supporters trying to save a threatened community centre in Garston. Les Dennis, who was born in the area, heads the group of stars campaigning to stop the bulldozers demolishing Bankfield House.

    Actresses Pauline Daniels and Margi Clark, crooner Neville Skelly, writer John Forde and poet Dave Kirby are performing at a fundraising night.

    Other invitations have been sent to Gerry Marsden, Ricky Tomlinson, newsreader Peter Sissons, sports commentator Alan Parry, John Aldridge and John Parrott.

    Bankfield House is facing closure after Church of England leaders decided it was unsafe.

    Campaigners have been staging a round-the-clock sit-in for the past five weeks to try to save it from the axe.

    Garston councillors have recently joined their cause and will present a motion to Liverpool council tomorrow.

    Tomorrow's evening of entertainment at the Woodcutter Social Club has been organised as a thank you by LA Productions who are shooting a film near Window Lane.

    Karim's Story is based on a Pakistani family from Bradford and a scene for the Channel 4 film will take place in Garston.

    The film company contacted the celebrities who were keen to raise money for the threatened centre.

    Campaigner Terry Dooley said: "With so much opposition against shutting Bankfield, I can't see how the church can go ahead." Nikki Bonner, from LA Productions, said: "Les Dennis is a Mudman, he's from Under The Bridge. It's great that he's not forgotten his roots."

    The event starts at 7.30pm and tickets are selling fast.
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    Kev! Why are Garstonians called 'Mudmen'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave68
    Kev! Why are Garstonians called 'Mudmen'?
    Is it because of their proximity to the Docks area?
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    Mudmen of Garston, I think the name derives from the days of sail, ie Mersey Flats as they where called {sailing barges} used to carry the coal from Garston to the iron and steel works either side of the river, and in the hard times era men used to go out to the sand banks {mudbanks} and collect the coal which had been washed from the decks of the sailing flats during rough weather, thats what I believe was the reason why Garstonians where called {Mud men} maybe they should have been called Madmen, because of the river being ever so dangerous.

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    Default Aldo and Les Dennis



    Les supports Bankfield House' cause.....



    Aldo....

    I had an email from The Webmaster (Garstonlad) from the Garston Woodcutters website: Here
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    MONEY from the sale of a threatened community centre in Garston is to be ploughed back into the area.

    The Bishop of Liverpool said he did not have the authority to save Bankfield House.

    But responding to a two-month sit-in staged by campaigning residents, the Right Reverend James Jones said proceeds from any eventual sale should be ploughed back into Garston.

    Following a meeting with campaigners, Bishop Jones called for discussions about ways to save the site.

    But he said he lacked the authority to order the Parochial Church Council, which manages the centre, to keep Bank-field open.

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    Funny enough,
    the bishop of liverpool is saying that and then local residents have had a letter from Frank Roderick:

    People in Garston Under the Bridge have recently had letters from Councillor Frank Roderick regarding the Labour Party use of the Bankfield house situation as a " easy party political slogan". He also states that he and a fellow LibDem Councillor have written to the Bishop of Liverpool to ask him to stop the Church closing Banky and he is raising Banky's case through the City Council.

    It seems he just missed the boat doesn't it, bad timing Frank (how coincidental).

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    A 15,000 windfall could clear the way for a scheme which could save Bankfield House in Garston.

    The donation comes courtesy of former mayor Cllr Frank Roderick, ward member for Garston, who selected the centre last year as one of his three chosen charities.

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    Default Garston Church of England School To Close - Liverpool's Oldest School

    Kev i know this will interest you,

    Garston CofE school is to close, i have just found out.
    I have put this in the local developments forum because i think this is going to be a future development to do with the South Liverpool Parkway that is being built on the old South Liverpool Football ground. Mark my words this will end up being used for that new tram line i bet you.
    The reason for closing the school is because not enough children are attending it.

    I have said it before and i will say it again, the people in charge of this city will trample on anything and anyone to get their way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garstonlad
    Kev i know this will interest you,

    Garston CofE school is to close, i have just found out.
    I have put this in the local developments forum because i think this is going to be a future development to do with the South Liverpool Parkway that is being built on the old South Liverpool Football ground. Mark my words this will end up being used for that new tram line i bet you.
    The reason for closing the school is because not enough children are attending it.

    I have said it before and i will say it again, the people in charge of this city will trample on anything and anyone to get their way.
    Bloody 'ell (pardon my french) My old school It was to close a few years ago until it was saved. I really thought it had a future. I cant tell u enough what that place means to me

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    Default South Parkway (Garston)

    There is a Garston Neighbourhood Committee meeting, regarding the traffic regulation order for the new South Liverpool Parkway entrance roads.

    These plans are going to make the lives of local residents an absolute misery and traffic in the area an absolute nightmare unless the plans are rebuffed.

    The result of the new plans will also be traffic congestion in Garston and a knock on effect up Speke Boulevard.

    The meeting is taking place in Garston Urban Village Hall, Banks Road, Garston on Thursday December December 8th 2005 at 5.30 pm.

    Local people please go along and support the residents and common sense.

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    What are the plans from the residents? Do they want a simple rethink and a change?

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    Yep, that is literally what they want Kev.
    All in all they just want to have some consideration given to them and also to the impact that this new road layout is going to have on their quality of life.

    It smacks of hypocrisy when Peter Millea spouts on about car free days in the city and such like, yet here in his own district he is proposing for cars to stop at traffic lights by the steps on Woolton Road facing the site and increase the pollution for the residents.
    Also due to the road layout they won't be able to have deliveries to their homes. Companies are already refusing to deliver so they don't stand a chance when the traffic lights get put in at the bottom of the steps.

    Emergency vehicles will also find it hard because they won't be able to stop on traffic lighted junction near to the access steps but these so called educated people who run our city don't seem to think about these things.

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    A 10-WEEK sit-in to save a Liverpool community centre has failed after the Church of England ordered campaigners out within the week. more
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    I went to the Area Committee meeting in Garston the other night and it is true that there is a proposal to close the school due to falling pupil numbers. The fact that half of Garston has yet to be rebuilt seems ti escape these people who make these decisions.
    I think it is more than a coincidence that the church have closed Bankfield house and now want to close CofE school.
    Maybe the chance to sell the land to Merseytravel for the South Liverpool Parkway is to good an opportunity to miss. Considering that the footbridge that has been built on the site goes right up to the school fence !!!!!

    The parents of some pupils have tried to get places for their children at other local schools only to be told they are full. Where does this leave the children if the school closes?

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    The other schools will have to take 'em. They cannot say no under those circumstances I'm sure.The authority cannot leave parents in the lurch they will have other arrangements for them.

    I was thinking about CofE yesterday, how sad that the best times of my childhood were spent in the school and hanging around with my very good friends who went there too. That, of course was made much better by the wonderful Mres Lester

    A good ten years ago I revisited the school as a student. I couldnt believe how small everything was The hours our parents used to put in for the fairs and trips out!
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