FAMILIES are set to win their battle to stop an historic Liverpool dock being filled with rubble.
City planners today recommended the controversial plan for West Waterloo dock, opposed by dozens of residents, should be turned down by councillors.
They said it would jeopardise the waterfront’s world heritage site status if the 172-year-old dock was wiped from the map.
Residents were today preparing to celebrate saving the dock, which is just yards from the nearest apartment buildings.
But rejection of the plan will leave a flagship Capital of Culture project – the new link between the Leeds-Liverpool canal and Albert dock – in doubt.
A slight re-routing of the canal route was part of the British Waterways scheme earmarked for refusal by Liverpool council next week.
It is unclear if British Waterways will press ahead with its £17m proposal, which would let barges sail through West Waterloo dock to the Pier Head.