Some other items from our May Newsletter

The Friends of Gateacre are about to embark on a new season of planting, ready for North West in Bloom 2009. They have been meeting monthly throughout the winter and spring, and held a Community Spring Clean on 25th April. This was followed on 1st May by a walkabout with Neighbourhood Management officers from the City Council, discussing some of the problems which both we and the Friends are concerned about: dilapidated street furniture, the weed-infested forecourt of the Black Bull, and the outbreak of 'fence graffiti' which is currently disfiguring several of our local passageways.

The Friends' A.G.M. takes place on Wednesday 27th May in the
Gateacre Institute, Grange Lane, starting at 7.15 p.m.
All interested residents of Gateacre are welcome to attend.

Visit our special Friends of Gateacre web pages

In March we were notified that a new planning application (ref. 09O/0322) has been submitted by the owners of the Gateacre Park Drive shopping precinct. They already have outline planning permission - granted in June 2007 - to demolish the existing buildings and replace them with a new centre, but the current application proposes a modified layout, with Aldi and Tesco Express as the main stores separated by a row of smaller shop units.
We have written to the Planning Department welcoming the proposed redevelopment, but criticising the plan to seal off the pedestrian access from Hathaway Close. While recognising that this closure was requested by local residents concerned about criminal activity and anti-social behaviour, we feel that the provision of gates - open only during daytime hours - would greatly reduce the problem. In our view a shopping centre which can only be accessed from Gateacre Park Drive cannot truly be described as a 'neighbourhood' centre, as many of its potential customers will be inconvenienced and encouraged to shop by car rather than on foot.

To view the Planning Application drawings and statements for the Gateacre Park Drive site, and to find out whether a decision has yet been made:

1. Visit the Liverpool Planning Explorer
website and enter 09O/0322 into the Application Number box.

2. Click the 'Search' button. When the Search Results appear, click on the Application Number to display the details of the application.

3. When the Details Page appears, click on 'Related Documents' (at the bottom) to display the list of plans/other documents available for downloading.

4. To view any of the PDF files listed, right-click on the Document Name and download/save the file in the usual way.

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