Recently I was invited to a community event in Granby, Liverpool 8. And while there long-time resident Hazel Tilley handed me a copy of a small newsletter that quietly, and with great dignity, carries details of the news many of us have been waiting to hear for years now. News so joyous and significant for Liverpool I thought you’d want to hear it.
“We have put together this newsletter as an introduction to the Community Land Trust we’ve set up and the work it’s involved in, and to provide a who’s who in the upcoming development and refurbishment of the Four Streets. Future newsletters will deal with this in more detail and further additions to the scheme, and any issues that arise.”
The newsletter goes on to explain a bit about the background to the Community Land Trust.
“The Granby area has been subject to various regeneration projects and programmes since the late 1960s and at its heart lie four streets that have been scheduled for clearance for over 20 years. Residents living in those four streets decided to take action and set up a Community Land Trust.”
“The Granby Four Streets Community Land Trust is a non-profit community based organisation that will create affordable homes that are available to local people who cannot afford open market housing and enable regeneration in the Granby Four Streets area. Its members are made up of local residents in Granby and local community organisations and businesses.”
The Development Partners who will be working together with the local community are then listed.
” Liverpool City Council – have agreed to sign the properties, which they own, over to the different development partners under the agreement that they refurbish them and bring them back into use, for rental or for sale.
Plus Dane Group – Plus Dane have already refurbished the houses on the south side of Beaconsfield (Kingsley Road end) and are starting work on both sides of the street at the Princes Avenue end in the coming weeks. They are a registered social housing provider.
Liverpool Mutual Homes – LMH and their building contractors HMS will be starting work on the south side of Cairns Street (Kingsley end). They are a registered social housing provider.
The Granby Four Streets Community Land Trust – The CLT will be leading refurbishment of 10 properties on Cairns Street. 5 of these will be for sale at market value and 5 will be available at affordable rent to CLT members.
Northern Alliance Housing Co-operative, Terrace 21 – presenting their eco-conscious Terrace 21 project which will refurbish 5 houses and insulate them to a high level, reducing heating bills and impact on the environment. Houses are available to members of NAHC on a ‘Mutual Home Ownership Scheme’.
Steinbeck Studio – bringing back into use the existing houses on Ducie Street and creating some new buildings on the flat lands opposite. Around 40 homes for rent, with a view to purchase. They have invested in the vision for the area and are supporting the improvement of the public spaces across the Four Streets.”
More than 100 empty homes will be brought back into use. Brilliant news and well done to everyone who’s pulled this together.
Bit more about the CLT and getting involved?
“A Community Land Trust was the best way local residents could enable work to occur on the numerous empty homes in the area. Now the CLT is a partner in the regeneration process and will work on regenerating houses, allowing the community to own and control them and keep them permanently affordable. We are locally motivated and democratically accountable to our members and anyone living or working in the area can become a member. Contact us for a membership pack. There are a number of ways you can get involved, and we’re open to more ideas if it ensures a stronger community:
Granby 4 Streets CLT
c/o North West Housing Services
19 Devonshire Road
Liverpool L8 3TX
by hand (for letters/written contributions):
Granby 4 Streets CLT
c/o Granby Somali Womens Group
12 Beaconsfield Road
Liverpool L8 2UU
Granby 4 Streets CLT
c/o 47 Cairns Street
Liverpool l8 2UW
You can also come and talk about what’s happening and maybe getting involved at the next Four Streets Market.