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    Hundreds of homes in Liverpool are to be demolished after the Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott upheld the findings of a public inquiry.

    The houses will be knocked down as part of a road widening and regeneration scheme on Edge Lane.

    Mr Prescott confirmed a public inquiry decision that developers can secure the land with compulsory purchase orders.

    Liverpool Land Development Company plans to spend 300m on the scheme which will see 400 homes flattened.

    Edge Lane links the M62 with the city centre but it is often congested in the Kensington area.

    The public inquiry was called following residents' objections when the compulsory purchase orders were issued in January 2005.

    The developers claimed the scheme would improve traffic flow and regenerate the area, but residents argued it would just create a motorway into Liverpool and destroy historic Victorian houses.

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    there's no doubt that edge lane needs sorting out and i am glad they're doing it. if you've ever been near there in rush hour you know what i mean.

    the thing that i don't agree with is the way compulsory purchase orders affect the families who live in the targeted houses for demolition. the problems affect home owners predominantly in such a way that i can't actually believe the process is legal but it is.

    apart from the obvious stress of having to uproot and move away from the area you may have lived in for years the real stress comes when you see how much they actually say your house is worth which is certainly not funny. they offer you what the house is worth. but what they don't say is that you get what your house is worth AFTER the compulsory purchase order has been served and not before. now if you've got half a brain it's not difficult to work out that you wont get a lot for a house thats earmarked for demolition. it's not exactly a star buy for anyone looking to invest in propertly is it?

    you might think I'm making this up, but this is how it's done and it's perfectly legal for them to take a house off a retired couple for example, who's paid their mortgage off and who's house is worth 200k and give them 50k and tell them to go and rent somewhere. they're too old to get a mortgage and didn't really need to pay rent as they worked all their lives to buy their house outright.

    this is how it works unfortunately so i fully understand why residents are upset.

    people should get fully compensated and should not be left worse off but there will be a lot of people who will be worse off.

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    I agree about the congestion and I know Howie will have a something to say about it.
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    I agree and get rid of the retali park too as it's a dump.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Max
    I agree and get rid of the retali park too as it's a dump.
    Its poo, I agree. Went there to Maccies last week and thought 'what a shame' What was once a bustling retail park has become a run down mess. The cinema used to be the place to go.
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    What happens when stuff are put in Edge Lane.

    I go to Speke Retali mostly, kicks ass down there.
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    I never knew that the start of the m62 is actually junction 3, cause they originally meant it to go all the way into town
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    any recent news on this?
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    Parts of Edge Lane do need a makeover though and so do some of the yobs there!
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    The problem is that the development is not being undertaken for the benefit of the community (but for the benefit of those passing thru' it) and residents are not being treated fairly in the pittance they are being offered for their properties. They are being offered 'market value', but that value has resulted from the regeneration activity itself i.e. once you declare an area a demolition area then the property prices collapse. Those facing compulsory purchase orders will either have to return to renting or take on large loans to remain as home owners.

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    If plans are withdrawn though, wont it be to the detriment of the area resulting in nothing getting done? Millions of pound taken away from the area? I'm sure I've mentioned that before.
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    Far more properties are being demolished than is necessary for the road widening so as to provide for a row of new apartments on either side. There are alternative proposals that involve far less demolition and the renovation of existing properties. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister though is firmly of the opinion that regeneration equals demolition - a position that is not supported by many regeneration experts.

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