Liverpool’s bucket Fountain – Photo credit English Heritage
The BBC has the story on its website – see link below:-
Quote from BBC article – ‘A moving water sculpture, a Victorian chemist shop and a World War Two observation post were among hundreds of historic places protected in 2019. Here’s a look at some of the most eye-catching.
There were 553 new protected historic buildings and sites on the National Heritage List for England in 2019, including a vertical spinning tunnel, a lido and a Turkish bath.’
I’ve blogged about it previously – here’s a link to my most recent previous posting:-
With thanks to Keith Page for the lead to this posting
I blogged about this back in February and my posting from then is accessible via the link below:-
But whilst time has marched on the potential to remove the bucket fountain still looms large. My understanding of the present situation is this:-
Despite the fountain now being Grade 11 listed a developer is continuing to discuss its relocation with Liverpool City Council. It’s important to say that the viewing platforms are included in the listing and it’s difficult to see how those concrete platforms could be ‘removed’ without them being demolished.
There is no public appetite for this proposal, and the vast majority of people would prefer it to stay in Beetham Plaza. Whilst the fountain itself wasn’t designed for the plaza the platforms actually were, and clearly the fountain can be enjoyed more both visually and aurally because of its location in a small enclosed space. And of course the links with the slave trade and the commemorative plaque on one of the platforms are a very very important reason for the choice of location.
There are so many reasons why the fountain should stay on the plaza, and it’s hard to see a reason for even attempting to remove it other than the developer’s wish to replace it with a hotel, and it’s disappointing that the council are seemingly not listening to the to protests from local people.
If you’ve not already signed the petition (see link below) in support of the campaign to keep the fountain in its present location then please do so now:-
My thanks to Sheila Lane for the update on this continuing campaign
The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site – see link below
I recall going to watch the bucket fountain as a young lad and yes it can be mesmerising as described in the Echo article. I also agree that it’s almost hidden location is a part of its charm.
I’ve signed the petition and would urge others to do so as well. Here’s a link to it:-