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If you’re in Liverpool you’re likely to be hearing about and from The Ralla over these next few days, about some plans a would-be developer has for this green space in Kirkdale.
Things are unclear at the moment but your interest, and then potential support will be more than valuable:
“The Ralla is one of the most important designated Local Wildlife Sites in North Liverpool, and a unique asset which could change the face of Kirkdale. That’s why we’ve been #RAISINGTHERALLA for the last year and a half trying to get the site opened up again!See all The Ralla links below
We’re talking now with the potential developers but are wondering how much of The Ralla might remain to benefit the Kirkdale and wider community?”
So, The Ralla?
It’s called all sorts of things on maps and in official documents and council papers. But everyone for miles around the actual place calls it ‘The Ralla.’ The expanse of land over that long railway wall where Commercial, Stanley and Melrose Roads meet in Kirkdale. An expanse of nature.
There are railways over that wall, the Northern Line dividing on its ways to Southport, Ormskirk and Kirkby. But much of the land isn’t railway, it’s green space that local people would like to get hold of and use for a community garden.
Plans and even announcements keep being made for the abandoned land by others, but for years nothing has actually happened. Except for the local community forming their own Community Interest Company ‘The Ralla Ecological Garden’ to gather members and energy behind the idea that this could be a garden for the people in an area that’s otherwise short of green space.
It’s an obviously good and much needed idea and I’ll be writing more about it one day. But for now here are some links to where you can find out more about it, keep up to date with development plans and get in touch with the local people behind the turning of an abandoned wilderness into something beautiful:
“Please also go the to developer’s own consultation pages and give your thoughts, opinions, concerns and ideas. It is important that people of Kirkdale participate and have their say in any planned regeneration of our area. The developers own links are here:”