St. Lukes bombed out church – Liverpool

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/more-20000-raised-bombed-out-7650720

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above

I have posted before about this historic building so it’s nice to see what looks like a positive outcome to the recent difficulties surrounding its future. My original posting was in 2010 and coincidentally I went to see my old chum (now 93) a couple of days ago, who is mentioned in it, and he reminded me of the incendiary bombs falling on Liverpool that fateful night when St. Lukes was struck. That original posting is at:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2010/11/16/uncle-albert-he-saw-the-bombing-of-liverpool-from-a-birds-eye-view-point/

Flo Clucas – A lovely lady makes a political come-back

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/former-liverpool-council-deputy-leader-7172765

clucas

What a great story in the Liverpool Echo. I have known Flo for years in her capacity as a Lib Dem Councillor in Liverpool and was sad to see a good friend move away from our area. But Flo has popped up again by winning a council seat for the Lib Dems in Cheltenham.

Congratulations Flo.

Crowdfunding helps Liverpool feasibility study into Churchill Flyover

More than £40,000 has been raised by public donations through the crowdfunding website Spacehive to begin a feasibility study on whether the Churchill flyover in Liverpool could become a promenade in the sky, complete with arts spaces, landscaped gardens and coffee shops. The project has been compared with New York’s High Line – a hugely popular one-mile linear park built along a disused railway, which has revitalised an area of Manhattan’s West Side.

The Independent had the story (as did the Liverpool Echo)- Page: 20-21 – 3rd May

www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crowdfunding-gets-liverpools-elevated-park-off-the-ground-9318140.html

This is a fascinating idea but the Churchill flyover is a different kind of elevated structure to the one in New York. For a start it is shorter and constructed of concrete as opposed to steel. It is also not level but inclined. It will be interesting to see if/how this flyover can be re-purposed but some radical thinking will be required. It will also need a significant capital investment to undertake the works and of course to pay for the year on year maintenance. If it can be brought off (most likely without any money from the Council or Government) it will be a significant achievement as the New York project has been a huge success, However, as I say, the circumstances in Liverpool are not altogether the same.

www.thehighline.org/

www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Line_%28New_York_City%29