“ReLoved” on Wavertree High Street

You know the way it is. All the way through lockdown I’ve been storing up the books I’d finished reading with nowhere to take them as all the local charity shops were shut. But hearing a new one had just opened on the High Street I trundled off across the Mystery with a trolley full […]

Liverpool Afterwards?

I wrote this vision of a better future long before the pandemic and its lockdown. And it seemed like something far away and more to be wished for than actually possible. But now, in April 2020 – with the cleaner air, empty skies, quiet roads that many of us really like, and bike deliveries happening […]

The Green They Only Get Around About Now

I seem to be feeling more than a bit reflective today, helped by the springtime. The trees turning that green they only get around about now, but which does happen each year. The reassurance of the new. That spring will come, whatever else we do, spring will come. And this spring day was a particular […]

Granby: The Winter Garden Opens

This was well done by all. On the first day of spring, under a perfect blue sky that we could all see through the glass roof, the Granby Winter Garden was opened. Then later on, much later, under a full spring moon, the Granby Winter Garden was still open. It was that magical sort of […]

In Granby: The Street Market returns

This Saturday, 2nd April, sees the return of Granby 4 Streets Market. Now in its seventh year, the market this year moves out onto its new home on Granby Street itself. We’re expecting Ducie Street, the last of the 4 Streets to go on site, to do so some time this summer. So we’re moving […]

How to do Social Housing: Part Two

Continuing the true story of Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust on site The second of two detailed parts of my story about exactly how to do social housing. Or at least, exactly how we’re doing it in Granby 4 Streets. Next morning I’m up well before the dawn reflecting on what’s just happened and have […]