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LARGE areas of pavement in Liverpool’s busy city centre shopping district are to be re-covered with Tarmac, in a bid to save almost £2m and avoid more roadworks in 2008.
The city council has announced plans to replace unsightly and broken flagstones around the Clayton Square and St John’s shopping centres, which city leaders say currently resemble a “patchwork quilt”.
Undamaged flagstones dug up from four areas in Parker Street, Elliot Street and Houghton Street will then be used to improve the look of other areas.
The final cost of the scheme is still to be determined, but will be under £75,000.
Cllr Mike Storey, the council’s executive member for regeneration said last night that to replace the present pavement with quality flags would cost in the region of £2m, and would also mean roads in the area being dug up during the Capital of Culture year celebrations.
“These streets currently look like a very badly worn patchwork quilt,” said Cllr Storey. “There are small patches which have been reinstated using Tarmac, some of the paving flags are cracked, and there are other areas where different coloured flags have been used.
“For an area where a huge number of people walk through every day, this is not acceptable, so we have to look at a way in which we can improve the look of the streets but do it quickly so that it is done in time for the main period of Christmas shoppers and in time for 2008.”
The work will start early in October and take about six weeks.
It involves putting Tarmac in the carriageways of Houghton Street, at the junction of Elliot Street and Parker Street, and at the junction of Parker Street and Church Street.
Cllr Storey said: “Paving flags removed from these areas will be ‘recycled’ by using them to replace cracked flags and small areas which have been previously reinstated using Tarmac.
“If we were able to do this work to the same standard of the work in Church Street, using high-quality materials, it would cost in the region of £2m, but it would mean that we had these important streets dug up during Capital of Culture year.
“We are aware there are plans to carry out major works at the St John’s Centre and the Clayton Square Shopping Centre.
“It does not make a great deal of sense to do major repaving works if they have to be ripped up soon after for schemes such as this.
“It is far more sensible to provide an interim solution which will look much better, improve safety and decrease our maintenance costs, and enable pedestrians and delivery lorries to go about their business with the minimum of disruption.”
Shops and other businesses are now being consulted about temporary changes in arrangements for deliveries.
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It's a joke. Gateacre is a 'conservation area' but I've seen more tarmac'd pavements than anywhere!
Tarmac is appearing everywhere now, Queens Drive (the nice end between the Fiveways & Allerton Road) has had it's pavements pulled up and replaced with tarmac and it looks absolutely awful. Wonder how happy the people living there are that despite the council tax they pay they are getting **** whereas Edge Lane is getting stupidly expensive pavements despite the fact a lot of it is a **** hole.
It wouldn't be so bad if they used decent tarmac like people have on their driveways with white stones but now it just looks like an extension of the road.
In the streets off Williamson Square, the first ones to get the new block paving, there's a long trench been filled in with tarmac. They're at it already
I was in the Childwall 5 ways pub a few weeks ago when some of those road construction workers came in.
Myself and four other members from here were just having (Coffee) ?
These guys have obviously been doing a great job on the QD. However, they each carried a big lump of tarmac under their arms.
Sorry I asked !!!! but being curious and seeing the rate they were 'downing' their ale.............
I had to ask them what the tarmac, they were carrying was for >>>>>
They told me they were having, " One for the road."
With one big lorry load of the stuff Max
As the pavements of Low Hill and Erskine Street are being ripped up and replaced with tarmac, graffitti has begun appearing on those in Islington and London Road reading "I'm a slab and I'm beautiful".
I was down by Clayton Square today. The new tarmac's a mess. Looks worse than the old paving even it is was "patchwork"
Tarmac, if layed properly, will last for years, looks good and is easily repaired. If it is just thrown on like it is in some areas it looks awful and can be extremely dangerous to walk on. One example of good tarmacing is on townsend avenue near broadway where the old paving has just been replaced with tarmac. It looks a million times better!
The council are usually very good at tarmacing, it's the utility companies you have to be aware of!
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