Community Land Trusts are more than a bit of a thing for me at the moment. Granby 4 Streets last week and every week. And now here we are in Homebaked in Anfield.
You can’t possibly have been around this blog for long without knowing of my respect and admiration for the people of Anfield and their magnificent achievement in getting their community Bakery going just across the road from Liverpool Football Club. Holding the heart of the community together these last several years as chaos and demolition have reigned all around them. What you might not have known is that Homebaked are a community land trust as well, and that’s what we’re here to talk about.
Before that, a quick look round the neighbourhood.
The kind I live in, the kind thousands of Liverpool people live in. A classic design that has weathered bad times, good times and two world wars.
As well as, of course, from the ‘Housing Market Renewal Initiative’ (HMRI) that’s caused so many of the cities of the North so much grief. We’ll see some of the damage done shortly.
The prevarication itself has caused the area considerable blight. And now the decision to stay has cost the community more homes and land.
Nevertheless, and it must be said, the football club is deeply revered around here.
And in fact now the doubting time is over there are clear signs of recovery.
At least over this side of Walton Breck Road, where the ground is, there wasn’t wholesale demolition. The other side of Walton Breck and Oakfield Roads though is a different story.
And we’ll be having a much closer look at what’s not here and memories of growing up, very soon, in our second Walk with Jayne.
Which brings us to Homebaked, on Oakfield Road.
But Liverpool City Council have now confirmed they intend to demolish them.
Design of new buildings, homes and maybe some shop spaces, plus possibly some of the land out at the back of the Bakery.
About community ownership of the land and having a tangible stake in the future of Anfield.
Carolyn, Cal Starr, is now working two days a week to get the Homebaked Community Land Trust moving. In fact, in a week’s time the CLT will be interviewing architects to work with them. Which is why we’re all here today.
Marianne and I worked out that we’ve known each other since 2002. She’s been involved in Granby as well as Homebaked for the last few years. And you’ve seen her on this blog before, part of the team of us who ran the Places by Design programme I’ve written about so fondly.
While a baking course goes on in the background there.
Which gives me an opportunity to run a commercial interlude. We are in Homebaked. A community business, but very definitely a business.
So bakery, CLT, catering, markets, venue hire, classes, workshops and wholesale – from the heart of Anfield, for wherever you are.
There’s the phone number. So get in touch. Homebaked, simply brilliant.
Jayne Lawless in the background there writing up the architect’s brief as we talk.
“Ducks, swings, slides, plants, flowers, fish and aliens!”
Before we finish we do a practical exercise about interviewing architects where I enjoy myself play-acting several architect archetypes! Obviously I couldn’t photograph any of that but if anyone else did happy to include them here!
A great day and thank you all for having me there. Go well you Homebaked Community Land Trust. I’ll be back regularly now, to help and also help you tell this new story.
And where might you come in? Well if you want to get involved with the Homebaked CLT and think you might want to come and live in Anfield, then contact Britt Jurgensen from Homebaked to talk on 0798 156 1875, or email firstname.lastname@example.org