Friday, 3 June 2011

The Clear Out

Jonathan Brown outside No.21

Met Tony Brennan of Camelot on site to supervise the clean up of the house. A local firm undertook the clearance and as the rubbish went out the house came back to life. We even found that the emersion heater still worked. On this visit I was accompanied by Jonathan Brown of the Merseyside Civic Society and author of SAVE's latest report on Pathfinder. Jonathan reminded me that a freedom of information request had confirmed that almost £8m had been written off the value of the Welsh Streets Houses since the council left them to rot.

Before leaving we admired the graffiti on the metal door of Ringo's house at No.9. Dozens of tourists still visit the house each day. Few can believe the council is actually planning to flatten it.

I walked to Lime Street Station in glorious sunshine past the Welsh Presbyterian Church on Prince's Avenue, a magnificent building, featured in the SAVE 2009 Liverpool exhibition and catalogue, which is continuing to decay.

The Welsh Presbyterian Church, Princes Avenue
Graffiti on the tinned-up door of No.9

No.9 Madryn Street, birthplace of Ringo Starr

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