Other items from our June Newsletter


As most members will be aware, several of the bus shelters in our area have recently been removed by Merseytravel, and are in the process of being replaced by yellow-and-grey 'Smart' style shelters. We have, for some time, been trying to persuade the authority to spend more on passenger information (no timetables have been displayed in Gateacre for many years now) rather than on expensive hi-tech shelters, but without success. We note, however, that the new shelters incorporate large 'Information' panels. Is it too much to hope that these will be used for their intended purpose?


The new signage scheme for the Black Bull pub was approved by the City Council, with modifications, on 29th May. A proposed direction sign on Gateacre Brow was deleted from the scheme, and the 'flag' sign already erected on the Grange Lane frontage will have to be removed by the end of June. We commented adversely on the new 'three-dimensional' Ember Inns sign - which was described on the application as a 'refurbishment' of the existing hanging sign - but our objection was overruled by the Planning Committee.
Meanwhile, the Bear & Staff is currently in the process of conversion from a Henry's Table to a Chef & Brewer establishment. Once again, we have objected to the loss of the traditional hanging sign, which is proposed to be replaced by a 'painted feature' (a 3D bear, we believe) on top of a timber post.


The City Council's Planning Committee has granted planning permission and listed building consent for the conversion of Gateacre Grange to 13 apartments, the former stable block and lodge to 5 self-contained units, and Barclay House (historically Grange Cottage) to 2 units. In his report, the Planning Officer commented that 'a sensitive and appropriate scheme for these important listed buildings is proposed'.  The permissions are subject to a number of detailed conditions, including one that 'prior to work commencing on site, full details of long term maintenance arrangements and programmes ... must be approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority' and 'full details of a maintenance and management programme for all the landscaping, including all tree planting and all boundaries, must be agreed by the Planning and Building Control Manager in consultation with the City Council's Trees and Woodland Manager'.
Meanwhile we have received a letter from Mrs Beverly Doyle, joint owner (with her husband) of the property, stating that they propose 'luxury apartments for private letting. We aim to provide the best accommodation for both professional and retired people, offering secure and comfortable accommodation ... We will be renovating the building back to its former glory ... We also own the Archbishop's House in Woolton and The Holmstead in Mossley Hill, both are listed buildings and both kept to exceptional standards'.

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