Investing in Granby 4 Streets

Today I want to introduce someone you haven’t met on here before. In fact I hadn’t met him myself before yesterday. He’s John Davey, the man who invested £500,000 in us at Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust, thereby more than helping to get us moving and bring the whole partnership of organisations together that’s now transforming the 4 Streets.16.02.29 - 1Here we are in Cairns Street yesterday. Back row, Erika Rushton of the CLT, Tracey Gore of Steve Biko Housing and Frank Hont – Lead Councillor for Housing at the City Council. Then front row, Ann O’Byrne – Deputy Mayor of Liverpool and next to Ann,  John Davey.

My day had begun as usual by walking into town to my morning's work.

My day had begun as usual by walking into town to my morning’s work.

I knew I had a long day ahead of me.

I knew I had a long day ahead of me.

So I always try and build a walk of several miles into each day. On many of the posts I write on here I’m actually going somewhere to work. Though sometimes, admittedly, I’m just ambling around wherever my feet take me!

By early afternoon my feet have taken me back up to Granby, having first checked in on the site there during my morning walk. To find that John has already arrived, well before his expected time. This gives us some informal time together before the planned welcome, to look round the streets and, particularly show him what we’ve been spending his money on.

Our current houses on site being almost complete.

Our current houses on site being almost complete.

We also visit Nasra Elliott, one of the CLT's first tenants.

We also visit Nasra Elliott, one of the CLT’s first tenants.

As well as visiting us, John is here to talk with the City Council about Ducie Street, the only one of the 4 Streets not yet on site.

Ducie Street, L8.

Ducie Street, L8.

John set up Steinbeck Studio to work in the area with us and also to do the long-awaited renovation of Ducie Street. And today he’s here as part of finally coming to a Heads of Terms agreement with the City. So not something that’s formally connected to the CLT, but something that’s vital to Granby, so of course we’re more than interested to help get things moving if we can.

Soon everyone arrives and we start talking.

Soon everyone arrives and we start talking.

Exploring the practicalities and possibilities.

Exploring the practicalities and possibilities.

Making money work in innovative ways that are already shaping up the future here.

Making money work in innovative ways that are already shaping up the future here.

John at times seeming to come from a completely different economic place from several of us around the table. But all of us finding literal shared ground in our beliefs in bottom up, community driven change and development.

And yes, the Heads of Terms for Ducie Street were agreed.

And yes, the Heads of Terms for Ducie Street are agreed.

To say that we’re grateful for John’s help and trust in us all at the Community Land Trust is of course a huge understatement. I’ve often told people about this man behind Steinbeck Studio who decided to help us out because we were already doing so much to help ourselves. But I’d thought it more than likely we would never meet. The limelight not being his place.

So yesterday afternoon’s discussions were a real pleasure as well as a challenge. Being intelligently questioned and debated with by someone who describes himself as a ‘libertarian economist’ made us all feel we’d been given a good run around all of our usual opinions about what works and how things might get done. So I’m definitely looking forward to some more of that from John as things get seriously moving, and soon, on Ducie Street.

After John and everyone left, Erika and I head up to North Liverpool, to the Isla Gladstone in Stanley Park.

To carry on developing the Beautiful Ideas for the North.

To carry on developing everyone’s Beautiful Ideas for the North into the evening.

After which I’m grateful when Paul Morrison from Good Neighbourhood gives me a lift home. Thanks Paul, a long but very good day.

 

5 thoughts on “Investing in Granby 4 Streets

  1. ARDY

    As I’m approaching 90, I’m pleased to read that the Granby area seems to be recovering from its years of misery. I have never lived there (having left the city in 1956) but my parents employed a manageress who lived there, when it was what I would describe as a “lower middle class” family oriented area. A pleasant place to be in. Certainly no crime.

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  2. Chris

    Hi, I am john’s best mate since we were at school in the 80’s and just found out today what he did at granby street. He had not told any of us, which is no surprise, neither is his generosity. What a fantastic thing and I know of many others. Chris

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