The street where Ringo Starr was born could be saved by a new blueprint put forward by a regeneration firm, if it is accepted by Liverpool City Council chiefs.
The plans, drawn up by Regeneration Express, which has held talks with council officials, contains information on how the derelict homes can be turned into desirable properties.
Ringo was born in the house on Madryn Street in the 'Welsh Streets' area bordering Toxteth and Dingle and the Beatles drummer lived at number nine until he was five before moving to nearby Admiral Grove.
Council leader Joe Anderson has been against the idea to save the homes, saying it would cost £22m to renovate them. He claims that refurbishing them would not necessarily create a sustainable community.
Cllr Anderson has written to Housing Minister, Grant
Shapps, regarding the issue.
MP Shapps has intervened in the dispute after strong
feeling locally that the houses on the street should be saved.
He has called for a temporary reprieve of the street so the
people of Liverpool can have their say on what happens to
what is considered by some as a culturally important site.
Ringo himself sang of saying "goodybe to Madryn Street" in
his 2008 single, 'Liverpool 8'. Despite lyrics claiming that
he never let Liverpool down, many felt he did just that later
that year by refusing to speak warmly about the city during a
controversial TV appearance on the Jonathan Ross show.
Regeneration Express Managing Director, Ian Robinson told
online newspaper ClickLiverpool: "We are still awaiting a
formal response from the city, but if we get the go ahead our
number one priority will be the Welsh Streets."
Beatles fans have also started a Facebook campaign group in a bid to save the house of their idol, as others are busy trying to revive another city landmark linked with the Fab Four.
In Woolton, two schoolboys are leading the bid to re-open the Victorian swimming baths in Liverpool
where John Lennon first learnt to swim. The swimming baths were closed in October last year by the city council to save funds, following cuts to local government spending, much to the disappointment of locals.
Jake Sullivan, ten, and Elian McClements, nine, are leading the campaign to have them re-opened, alongside ex-Brookside actor, Simon O’Brien. The boys, who attend Bishop Martin School, presented their petition to a 90-strong council chamber at a recent meeting, detailing why they believe the Victorian building should be re-opened again.
Jake explained why the baths are such a vital part of his community. He told ClickLiverpool: “We can’t go to the other pools because they are too far away and we wouldn’t feel safe.”
His best friend, Elian, added: “Our swimming pool may be over 100 years' old and old-fashioned, but our community loves it and we will fight to get it open again. Our school used to walk to the pool regularly. We think it’s very important to keep our baths open, as it’s much-loved and much-used.”
By Helen Dodd & Sheena McStravick
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