Financial boost for environmental projects

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A total of nine projects which will improve green and open spaces across Liverpool are set to receive cash from planning agreements made with developers.

The schemes, which have a total value of £1.2 million, will receive £523,837 of Section 106 funding, which is provided by developers as a condition of planning permission being granted for some schemes.

The biggest, for £288,628, is the council’s contribution towards a scheme that would see around 650 trees planted at 12 sites across the city, including the Fabric District off London Road. An application has been made to the Urban Tree Challenge Fund to match-fund the project, with a decision expected in September.

The Mandela8 project will be allocated £100,000 towards the creation of the memorial on the island on Princes Park lake (pictured above). The project has already received support for the installation of a new bridge, dedicated to Nelson Mandela, who was a Freeman of Liverpool.

The Florrie Community Garden in Toxteth will receive £40,000 for a public garden including new paths, gates, trees and shrubs.

And Marybone Youth Centre in the city centre will £7,500 towards a grant to repair building as part of a wider £75,000 scheme to create new outdoor space.

The other schemes to benefit are:

Otterspool Play Area which has been allocated £37,209 as part of a £62,000 equipment upgrade
• £12,000 towards the cost of improving the Dam Wood gateway entrance at Croxteth Park
• Improvements worth £25,000 at Stalmine Gardens in Warbreck including benches, trees and wildflowers
• Better access to the Pony Fields at Woolton costing £13,500

In addition, the Bronte Youth Centre just outside the city centre will be given £115,500 to refurbish its garden area, including new play equipment, subject to the council being satisfied with further information that it has requested.

A report recommending approval of the funding will be considered by the Cabinet on Friday 2 August.

Deputy Mayor, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “We are using the money we receive from developers for projects that deliver significant environmental improvements across the city, creating better quality green space for people to enjoy.

“It is part of our commitment to make Liverpool a greener place to live, work and visit, and making sure that new developments have a wider positive knock-on effect for the city.

“The city council recently declared a climate change emergency which committed us to making the city carbon neutral by 2030, and the projects being funded will all play a part towards achieving this aim.”

Sonia Bassey, Chair and one of the founding members of Mandela8, said: “We are delighted with the additional funding secured for the Nelson Mandela memorial and associated improvement work for Princes Park.

“It will be a centrepiece of the park, ensuring his legacy, values and ideals are formally marked, breaking down barriers within local communities, promote social and racial understanding, tolerance and tackling issues around cultural diversity.

“The memorial will be focal point for our engagement and education programme with people of all ages.”