Listen to this blog post on BBC Radio Merseyside here.
Home, the place where you can grow up happily, knowing it’s always going to be your home. Welcome home this little one from us at Coming Home Liverpool.No apologies at all for not having written much on here lately, Jayne Lawless and I have been busy. As the two partners in Coming Home Liverpool we’ve been busy creating our first home for a family in North Liverpool. And now it’s done and they’re all moved in. On a fair rent and a permanent tenancy.Yesterday there was a celebration at the house. A celebration you can listen to from the links at the top and the foot of this post. Continue reading →
No apologies, this is a big blog post about a big subject. The continuing revival, reuse, regeneration and renewal of a large area of North Liverpool, down by the docks.
It’s also where Sarah and I have the idea of walking to Leeds along the canal.
Having been involved in what’s going on down here for the last year or so I got myself invited to a corporate launch thing last Thursday morning. At which and after which people naturally started asking me what I thought of it all?
I said “I don’t know. It’s complicated. I’ll need to have a think about it and get back to you.”
So I’ve been for a think, a walk, the same thing, and here it all is. Me and Sarah meandering round the North Docks, TenStreets if you will, on a sunny Sunday afternoon.Continue reading →
We are going on site. Keys to our first home will be handed to builders later this week, ready to start work on turning a house that’s been empty for two years back into a home.
Though I haven’t written about Coming Home for some time on here we have been very busy getting everything going. Lots of time on legalities, practical preparations, working with Liverpool City Council’s Empty Homes team and with much help and publicity from BBC Radio Merseyside thank you, so that now we are ready, ready to start work on our first home.
Jayne Lawless of Coming Home, centre, working on our branding (coming soon) with Hayley Oldfield and Fiona Shaw.
We’re a new company, set up to find people decent homes to live in by working with the owners of the many empty homes in Liverpool to help you get your properties ready to be lived in again. Not a charity, no public funding, but what we think of as a good idea to bring in the investment we think empty home owners might need to get your homes lived in again.
You might have inherited the now empty home from a relative, or bought it yourself some years ago. Either way, in these difficult times, you don’t have the money right now to do what might be the relatively small amount of works needed to attract new tenants. If so, we might be able to help you out of your difficulty and find the new tenants for you as well.
The way it works is you get in touch with us and we’ll come and see you and the empty property. Continue reading →
Since I announced our ideas about Coming Home on here three months ago there has been gratifyingly huge interest in what we’re about to do. And I can now announce that we’re ready to start work, having had confirmation that we’ve now got the loan finance we need. £30,000 worth of investment in us from The Beautiful Ideas Co to add to some private investment we’ve already had.
Our advisory team will be meeting in North Liverpool tomorrow to discuss the details of us starting work but, roughly, we’ll be setting things up during August, then finding our first home owners, empty properties and potential residents and, ideally, starting works on site during the autumn. Continue reading →
Mainly pictures in this post, to encourage you to go to the second day of the Walton Festival, today, Sunday 17th July. The first time this has run since the early 1990s and pulled together by local people and independent local businesses.
I get off the 68 in County Road.
Close to Everton’s ground.
Passing some of the local businesses who are supporting the Festival.