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    Here's what life was like in 1910, Eldon Street:
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    Anyone any idea what's happening to Eldon grove i took some images last week and while i was there, there was no sign of work, no equipment nothing in fact, just one or two rusty old portacabins (security)? i shouted but there was no one about.






















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    Quote Originally Posted by drone_pilot View Post
    Anyone any idea what's happening to Eldon grove i took some images last week and while i was there, there was no sign of work, no equipment nothing in fact, just one or two rusty old portacabins (security)? i shouted but there was no one about.



    Great Pics DP..
    My neck of the woods..My Old Man was born about 2 minutes from there on Arley St..
    I think its a crying shame the way that block has been left to Degenerate and its about time our local MP's did something about it...

    And when I can remember her name I will put it on here...

    And dont do them up into yuppie apartments FFS...give them to locals instead of people who would normaly drive straight through this area and lock their car doors while Mobile.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerard View Post
    Great Pics DP..
    My neck of the woods..My Old Man was born about 2 minutes from there on Arley St..
    I think its a crying shame the way that block has been left to Degenerate and its about time our local MP's did something about it...

    And when I can remember her name I will put it on here...

    And dont do them up into yuppie apartments FFS...give them to locals instead of people who would normaly drive straight through this area and lock their car doors while Mobile.
    Yes this lovely block should not be allowed to deteriorate more. It looks as if the developer has run out of money and work has stopped. Much the same as the Baltic Triangle development I suppose. It's not just the yuppies who have to worry about their cars as they drive through the area. I well remember the local kids chucking bricks over the fence at the rear of the block. They were trying to hit the cars on the other side, mine included !!!

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    Work's progressing, but on the slow side. If you look at the pics (Thanks Droney ) and compare to a few years back, you can see a big difference. I know George Kountis who owns the development. I'll give him a bell later on and get an update from him.

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    Yes you could see some work done, new roof, new pointing, collapsed brickwork removed.

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    It's not just the yuppies who have to worry about their cars as they drive through the area. I well remember the local kids chucking bricks over the fence at the rear of the block. They were trying to hit the cars on the other side, mine included !!!
    So you never threw a stone when you were a Kid Taff !!...I did..Its called growing up mate..goes with Job !!

    Im referring to snooty people who would normally turn their nose up at you and would not want to be normally associated with the likes of Scottie Rd...

    Keep them Out..these are local houses and local people should get them and not some rich kid who wont mix in the area and will only step foot outside to leave the secured Car Park ..
    And Louise Ellman should do her best to make sure them houses dont end up as yuppie apartments.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerard View Post
    So you never threw a stone when you were a Kid Taff !!...I did..Its called growing up mate..goes with Job !!

    Im referring to snooty people who would normally turn their nose up at you and would not want to be normally associated with the likes of Scottie Rd...

    Keep them Out..these are local houses and local people should get them and not some rich kid who wont mix in the area and will only step foot outside to leave the secured Car Park ..
    And Louise Ellman should do her best to make sure them houses dont end up as yuppie apartments.
    Spot on Gerard, not sure though whether the work would have been started to restore them if there wasn't money to be made from doing so though, shame....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kev View Post
    Spot on Gerard, not sure though whether the work would have been started to restore them if there wasn't money to be made from doing so though, shame....

    Looks like according to Daves thread Kev that a developer has taken them over..IF thats the case and Louise Ellman knows of this then she is not worth a Carrot and has let the people of Scottie Road down BIG TIME.

    And I hope She gets wind of me saying this...Im no brown nose and will tell her straight..
    Sod me photoshoot !!..Lol...

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    Hiya Gerard,
    The story behind Eldon Grove is a scandal mate. Don't take this as gospel, but it's more right than wrong. George is a local lad and had been trying to buy them off the Council for a couple of years. They were in a right state by then. Around 2001 or 2002 (this is where I'm a little usnsure with the dates), they agreed to sell to him. All the contracts were signed, but they still messed him about and he had to go through the whole of winter before the block was handed to him. During the winter, a load of slates were nicked off the roof and the water damage to the building came to tens of thousands of pounds. He demanded a refund off the Council due to them being obstructive. They didn't want to know, so to cut a long story short, it got as far as the House of Lords and the Council were ordered to compensate him.

    Well that's what I was told, anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taffy View Post
    Stones were thrown at my car in the early 1970s. Would this have been you then Gerard !!! As it happens I never threw stones at cars or any other property for that matter. Wasn't I a goodie two shoes.

    I agree the houses should remain for local community use but it looks as if a private developer is doing them up. I don't know the background but I suspect this would be for the student rental market. This was their use in the 1970s certainly but the property was owned by a housing association then.
    Evenin' taffy,wasn't me mate,I never threw at cars either..just derelict warehouse windows on the Dock Road and other "Bombdies"..

    I think its wrong that the Council have sold these off for private development,Is nothing going to be built for the Ordinary man in the street.
    What are we voting for these usless MP's for if they dont give a toss about ordinary people..I think its a scandal and they are a disgrace..

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    Quote Originally Posted by scouserdave View Post
    Hiya Gerard,
    The story behind Eldon Grove is a scandal mate. Don't take this as gospel, but it's more right than wrong. George is a local lad and had been trying to buy them off the Council for a couple of years. They were in a right state by then. Around 2001 or 2002 (this is where I'm a little usnsure with the dates), they agreed to sell to him. All the contracts were signed, but they still messed him about and he had to go through the whole of winter before the block was handed to him. During the winter, a load of slates were nicked off the roof and the water damage to the building came to tens of thousands of pounds. He demanded a refund off the Council due to them being obstructive. They didn't want to know, so to cut a long story short, it got as far as the House of Lords and the Council were ordered to compensate him.

    Well that's what I was told, anyway.

    Thanks for that Dave,I've never heard of the developer Dave and I dont blame him for trying to make the Venture work and make a few quid for himself...

    I do Blame the MP though who was representing me and my Neighborhood for letting this Block be sold to a Private Developer..
    And if that was You Louise Ellman who was in Power when this went through then you are a Disgrace and should be sacked Immediately.

    If you were not in Power Louise then you have my sincerest apologies and the MP in Power at the Time should be sacked.

    Ged..What do the People on the Scottie Press have to say about this..
    They are supposed to be the Voice of the Community..Do they know whats going on here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taffy View Post
    I think in reality families don't want to live in these walk up blocks any more and much prefer purpose built family homes such as in the Eldonian development. As such if someone was willing take a derelict listed property off the council's hands, I suspect they just jumped at the offer

    I think the last 10 years should have been enough to reveal the Labour party in its true light. How anyone could have voted for the champagne socialists of New Labour is beyond me. Technically of course Louise Ellman belongs to the Co-operative Party.

    Sorry Taff but you are wrong my friend,My Mam lived In that flat on the top landing..24b Gt Richmond St..My Mam and others who were very happy living there and had lived there for years were moved out to make these into Luxury apartments..Another Disgraceful move by the Council.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerard View Post
    Sorry Taff but you are wrong my friend,My Mam lived In that flat on the top landing..24b Gt Richmond St..My Mam and others who were very happy living there and had lived there for years were moved out to make these into Luxury apartments..Another Disgraceful move by the Council.

    Are these the Wavertree ones? Having seen these, derelict for many years with its associated antisocial behaviours, I was glad to have seen them converted and in use again. Many local people live in them now.

    Now, converting similar housing into student accommodation? That's another thing!
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    Forgot abut this one. A scale model of Eldon Grove. Taken about 10 years ago in the Museum of Liverpool Life. Don't know if it's still there though.


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    Hi Dave
    the Museum of Liverpool Life closed last year

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kev View Post
    Are these the Wavertree ones? Having seen these, derelict for many years with its associated antisocial behaviours, I was glad to have seen them converted and in use again. Many local people live in them now.

    Now, converting similar housing into student accommodation? That's another thing!
    I've put the Wavertree Gardens ones in the Wavertree section Kev..I lived there as well....And in Gerard Gardens..Jaaaeesss..any wonder I've got a soft spot for these Tennies !!

    The front of Great Richmond St dwellings with St Anne St police station on the right.


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    Dave. I remember seeing those Eldon Grove shots of yours first time round, brilliant. That model was partly an inspiration for my one too. Hopefully it will be housed in the new museum of liverpool life when it's built.

    Gerard, I don't know if Ron Formby is up to date with what's happening with these. I know the original plan was for mock tudor style houses to be built in front of them too on the old playground, to compliment the restored blocks. It seemed that the developer was waiting for the show houses to be sold on the first finished block before he had the money to restore the rest but perhaps Dave can clarify that if he speaks with his mate.

    Our Joe also lived in 'ghost town' - the local name for Gt Richmond street flats as they were so quiet. It was a scandal that the council let these and other tennies go to wrack and ruin and withold healthy development of them. You can see by what has happened with the bullring with uniformity of the walls all being painted the same colour and each landing having brightly colour coded front doors how aesthetically pleasing they are to the eye - they even have coke (that's coca cola by the way) machines at ground level, mind you, the security gate and 'no children' policy also probably lends to the fact they are not now graffitied to death.

    I don't think you'll ever get that energy and activity that the square generated a few decades ago with students only though, nor probably the community spirit so if these types of accommodation have to go to students or yuppies to survive, better that, and the new housing is built for families, than them being demolished altogether. If something was going to be done to keep those squares as they were, it had to be done back then, the time has lapsed now,the moment has gone - hey is that a Pink Floyd line.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ged View Post
    Dave. I remember seeing those Eldon Grove shots of yours first time round, brilliant. That model was partly an inspiration for my one too. Hopefully it will be housed in the new museum of liverpool life when it's built.

    Gerard, I don't know if Ron Formby is up to date with what's happening with these. I know the original plan was for mock tudor style houses to be built in front of them too on the old playground, to compliment the restored blocks. It seemed that the developer was waiting for the show houses to be sold on the first finished block before he had the money to restore the rest but perhaps Dave can clarify that if he speaks with his mate.

    Our Joe also lived in 'ghost town' - the local name for Gt Richmond street flats as they were so quiet. It was a scandal that the council let these and other tennies go to wrack and ruin and withold healthy development of them. You can see by what has happened with the bullring with uniformity of the walls all being painted the same colour and each landing having brightly colour coded front doors how aesthetically pleasing they are to the eye - they even have coke (that's coca cola by the way) machines at ground level, mind you, the security gate and 'no children' policy also probably lends to the fact they are not now graffitied to death.

    I don't think you'll ever get that energy and activity that the square generated a few decades ago with students only though, nor probably the community spirit so if these types of accommodation have to go to students or yuppies to survive, better that, and the new housing is built for families, than them being demolished altogether. If something was going to be done to keep those squares as they were, it had to be done back then, the time has lapsed now,the moment has gone - hey is that a Pink Floyd line.

    I dont want them knocked down Ged..Surely something could have been done though mate to do them up and put Local people in them..
    Obviously local people are not a priority...Wheres all this Local regeneration funding gone..the likes of what was supposed to go to Kensington..
    Ive got family and friends up there and all they got was New doors and Windows..
    Somebody somewhere has pocketed a lot of money out of all this and its Scandalous mate..

    MP's and the Like !!..start out on the Shop floor with the gift of the gab and are gonna do this that and the other...I wouldn't trust any of them as far as I could throw them.

    I have become..Comfortably numb..by the way !!
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    It's just like a distant ship's smoke on the horizon isn't it Gerard. Hopefully, with the building of the new Trinity school on James Clark street, the old Our Lady's site and perhaps the old Aldi site will become housing for local people to rent.

    It's like all those flats being demolished around you way now. Mandy Carberry told me a while back that out of the 90 or so new houses being built there, only about 30% will be for rent so it seems it's as difficult as ever to remain in your own, old community - nothing has been learnt after shipping all the Scottie roaders out in the 1960s.
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    Question eldon st. photo's.

    hi dave,
    what's up? your great pic's of eldon st. have disappeared!!!!!!!

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    Default photo's have returned!!!!!!!!

    above photo's are now back, must be my p/c

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    Quote Originally Posted by wsteve55 View Post
    above photo's are now back, must be my p/c
    Thanks for the feedback Steve. I think your PC's OK mate. My server's been acting the arsehole recently

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    From a City of Liverpool pamphlet 'Artizans and labourers dwellings' - 1913.
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    I was up here on Tuesday. sad to see the work has stopped on these flats. anyone know if it will start again?






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    Also saw this old pub near to Our Ladys church . any info on it ? how old ? when closed?

    I hope Ged logs in soon




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    Hello Tony. ScouserDave knows George who is doing the flats up, the last I heard was that he was waiting for takers on the finished showflats (the left hand block nearest Vauxhall Road before he had the funding to carry on with the rest)

    The Non Pareil (meaning, Having no equal) only closed down a couple of years ago, my ma-in-law used to go there when visiting us, i've picked her up from there (literally) many a time

    Eldon Street school (Our Lady's) will close now the new one is open on Titchfield Street on the site of Mother Theresa's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gnomie View Post
    I was up here on Tuesday. sad to see the work has stopped on these flats. anyone know if it will start again?





    That fenced off area with the railings around it was where the we used to play in the street football competition run by the Liverpool police. The street where I lived was outside the area so I guested for Flinders or Rockingham street. It looked a lot bigger when we were kids.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gregs dad View Post
    That fenced off area with the railings around it was where the we used to play in the street football competition run by the Liverpool police. The street where I lived was outside the area so I guested for Flinders or Rockingham street. It looked a lot bigger when we were kids.
    Glad to hear it brings back memories for you

    Any idea how old the Non Pareil is?

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