Other items from our October Newsletter

Blooming Marvellous!
Gateacre did outstandingly well in the North West in Bloom competition this year. At its very first attempt, it won third prize in the 'Small Village' category - behind Heysham and Churchtown (Wyre).

This award is a tribute to the hard work of our local Councillors, Council officers and contractors - and, most of all, the group of village residents who have banded together as the 'Friends of Gateacre'. The Friends are already busy planning for 2005, and would welcome new members - especially volunteers who can help with potting plants, distributing leaflets, etc. (Please contact us
if you wish to be put on the mailing list - even if you can offer help for only one hour or one day).

The Friends of Gateacre are also hoping to install Christmas trees and lights in the village this year. To raise funds for this and other future projects, they have produced
a Christmas card featuring the Black Bull and village green under snow.


The planning application to build two houses in the back gardens of 2 & 3 Oakfield Terrace, Cuckoo Lane (see last Newsletter) has been WITHDRAWN.

New planning applications
within our area include the following:

Refs. 04F/3228, 04L/3230 & 04L/3231 - to extend and convert the Woolton Redbourne Hotel (main house) into 8 apartments, to convert the Lodge into 2 apartments, and to build a pair of dwellings on the site of the 'school house' in the rear garden.

Ref. 04F/3743 - to use the vacant shop at 1 Halewood Road (i.e. the former Post Office) as a café.

These applications are available for inspection at Millennium House, 60 Victoria Street, Liverpool L1 6JF. Any comments should be sent to the Development Control Division, Liverpool City Council, P.O.Box 88, Municipal Buildings, Dale Street, Liverpool L69 2DH.

The good news for Gateacre - potentially - is that a so-called MORATORIUM on new residential development in Liverpool's southern suburbs came into force on 30th July. The City Council has approved a policy stating that planning permission for new houses or flats will only be granted if it can be demonstrated that the development will benefit the city's 'Pathfinder' area - essentially the area of Inner Liverpool which has the greatest social deprivation and housing need. It is difficult to see how proposals such as the Williams Nursery development (see our July
Newsletter) can be said to comply with this policy.

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