Before the first Street Market of 2015, a look around the streets on site.
Art work painted, by the way, by Community Land Trust Chair Erika Rushton. Beautifully done.
Now we’re always saying the 4 Streets are ‘the last 4 original streets of Granby remaining.’ But actually there’s another half of one near the beginning of Princes Avenue.
It’s mostly, but not quite empty and I don’t know what the plans for it are?
I think these new houses were built by a mix of Plus Dane and Steve Biko housing associations and the word is that they’re well liked. Town houses with that garage, storage or play room on the ground floor.
Anyway, on to the 4 Streets.
Now as you can see behind the flowers there the streets are full of building works at the moment. So if you only remember one thing from this post it’s this: The Markets this year are taking place in Ducie Street. Not their usual place in Cairns Street. Ducie Street – the only one of the 4 Streets not being worked on yet.
And while we’re passing, just to observe that here is 13 Ducie Street. As you may know I’ve been writing the 50 year history of Liverpool Housing Trust lately with my friend Fiona Shaw, and we now know that this is one of their very first houses.
Not owned by LHT any more, but soon to be brought back to life.
Well these are going to be the next project for the Community Land Trust who are working along the left side of Cairns Street. We want to get hold of these and develop them as part of bringing the place back to life. And at the moment ‘Writing on the Wall’ are consulting the wider Granby community for idea about what people would use the four former shops for.
Around the corner at the back of Beaconsfield Street, Plus Dane are busy working on 27 houses.
This might look ordinary, mundane and expected. But believe you me it’s not. When we all began this latest push four years ago, many people in positions to know told us we had no chance of ever seeing builders working on these houses again. Well here they are, we are being widely supported and it is little short of a miracle to see them. That’s why I keep wandering around taking photographs!
This side of the street is being worked on for Liverpool Mutual Homes by Penny Lane Builders, and Steve Ross from there has let me have a collection of photographs he took before they started their work. I’ll show you more of them one day, but thought you’d like a quick look while we’re walking around to compare and contrast with the finished jobs above.
From talking to several of them, I know there are hearts and souls being put into this work. Everyone knows and understands how special this place is.
Yellow bricks have been sourced and it’ll be more than interesting to see effectively new houses being built like 140 year old ones.
Later Joe and partner Theresa send me their press release about the Market:
A new season of markets and more Liverpool Biennial visitors herald new beginnings in Granby
“Residents of Granby are celebrating new beginnings for the Granby 4 Streets area and the new 2015 season for their popular market. The monthly market – starting on Easter Saturday, the 4th April – is usually held on Cairns St, but has been rehoused temporarily on Ducie St, while the refurbishment of the properties on Cairns St continues.
The renovation of the last four remaining streets of Victorian houses is continuing at pace, with the neighbourhood a hive of activity and hard hats. “There is real excitement and a sense of pride in the area, as we are seeing the positive results of our hard fought campaign”, said Rosa Smith, one of the market organisers. “We are really looking forward to welcoming our new neighbours, who will be moving in over the course of the summer – and a monthly community market like ours is the perfect way to do that”, Rosa continued. The market will have the usual mix of stalls in its new home, selling arts and crafts, home baked bread and cakes, bric-a-brac and hot food. There will be music along with the fantastic atmosphere it has become famous for and with more local art to make us feel at home.
The new location for the market and the new beginnings for the area are being marked by the arrival of some of the 2012 Biennial pigeons, which were adopted by the Granby 4 Streets community last year. They have now flown to roost on Ducie St and will stay there for the summer. We will also have a guest appearance of another Biennial piece, created in 1999 by a collective called “Unheard Voices, Unseen Lives” led by local artist David Jacques. The banners referenced the depopulation of Liverpool during the 20th Century – their presence on the empty buildings on Ducie St will be a poignant statement on how national government strategy and local housing policy can create localised depopulation and decline.”
Contacts: Joe Farrag: 07876 835 288
Rosa Smith: 0151 726 9379
And don’t forget to download your copy of the latest Granby 4 Streets Newsletter here.