Home as a Human Right: Ten Thoughts

On believing in everyone having a secure home as a human right.  This is roughly the text of my talk to the Liverpool Walton Constituency Labour Party on the evening of 22nd May 2018. ✹ From a lifetime working in and around housing and communities and at the request of the Walton Constituency Labour Party […]

Streets Apart: A History of Social Housing

Early in May this year writer and journalist Lynsey Hanley, together with a producer from BBC Radio 4 came and interviewed me for a series of programmes they were planning about the history of social housing. I was glad to do this as Liverpool had a significant role in the early development of council housing. […]

Walking with Municipal Dreams

From LFC to Eldon Grove, talking history, housing and the beauty of hills. I’m on my way to meet John Boughton, renowned blogger as ‘Municipal Dreams’ and his partner Michele Grant, to go walking. They live in London and have done for many years, but Michele grew up here in Liverpool. And all suspecting that as […]

Walking to Eldon Grove and Rotunda

Updated  November 2016 The plans mentioned below for the restoration of Eldon Grove do now seem as if they will receive planning permission, despite the objections of many local people. The blocks of new flats around Eldon Grove that they are objecting to will still be built, though those to the front have now been […]

Eldon Grove: Good news

June 2015 update: Eldon Grove restoration now at Cabinet after full Council discussions in April. Liverpool Mutual Homes ‘may start work during the summer’ according to the Liverpool Echo. “Documents prepared for the cabinet say Eldon Grove, which is currently classed as a “Building at Risk”, will be able to be brought back into use with […]