Bootle – More on that £100m to be spent/invested in doing the area up.

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/can-100m-turn-bootles-waterfront-11978892

The Liverpool Echo has a follow up story to its original article – see link above.

Mural on a concrete wall where The Strand Shopping Centre meets the Leeds Liverpool Canal.

Mural on a concrete wall where The Strand Shopping Centre meets the Leeds Liverpool Canal.

So will this plan to gentrify the centre of Bootle work and will it get funded? It’s a lot of money and Sefton Council says it does not have a penny to bless itself with when it comes to running day to day basic services so it will be interesting to see how, when and if a real financial package is brought together.

Having said that the Leeds Liverpool Canal through the southern/eastern parts of Sefton’s communities (Bootle, Litherland, Netherton, Aintree Village, Melling, Maghull and Lydiate) is a great leisure resource which is yet to be fully exploited particularly in Bootle.

Let’s hope then that this announcement on the 200th anniversary of the completion of the canal swims rather than sinks.

Bootle – New owners for down at heel Strand Shopping Centre

I have commented previously (see link below) on the problems that the Strand Shopping Centre in Bootle is facing with so many empty retail units.

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2013/10/12/retail-stress-bootle-strand-is-at-the-sharp-end/

Well things they may be a changing as new owners have appeared and clearly they have refurb’ plans. We must hope for an upturn in the fortunes of this important shopping centre.

This display board effectively stops access to the areas where there were few if any shops still, open as well as giving hope of a better future of course.

This display board effectively stops access to the areas where there were few if any shops still open as well as giving hope of a better future of course.

Idyllic scenes in urban Sefton

Here are 3 photos; do you have any idea where they were taken?

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The first two are of the same place, just differing angles – It’s The Dell in Maghull at the busy junction of Liverpool Road North and Westway across the road from the Hare and Hounds Pub. If you were there at this time of year, when the trees are in full leaf, it would only be the drone of the traffic that would give away the fact that this is not in the middle of the countryside.

Maghull in Bloom volunteers working with offenders from Melling’s Kennet Prison are presently undertaking long-term ecological work at The Dell.

The 3rd photo is off a section of the Leeds Liverpool Canal right in the heart of Bootle Village and next to the Strand Shopping Centre. The shot was taken from the bridge that takes Stanley Road over the canal where taxi’s and buses predominate.

It just goes to show that in urban town centres a little oasis of green can make all the difference.

Click on any of the photos to enlarge them.

These photos are amongst my Flickr shots at:-
www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/