Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust’s (CLT) vision of a new neighbourhood has moved a step closer with the handing over of keys to 10 properties identified for refurbishment.
Carole Foulder, a founder member of CLT and one of the few remaining residents of Cairns Street, was given the keys by Cllr Ann O’Byrne, Assistant Mayor and Cabinet member for housing, formally signalling the start of refurbishment works.
The CLT is part of the Granby Four Streets project which includes Liverpool City Council; Liverpool Mutual Homes; Plus Dane Group; the Northern Alliance Housing Co-op and social investor Steinbeck Studio, all working together to refurbish properties on Cairns Street, Beaconsfield Road, Ducie Street and Jermyn Street.
Ms Foulder said: “There are times when we never thought that this day would come and we are now in sight of a vision that the remaining people in this area have been dreaming of for years.
“Even though many of the houses here in the four streets are empty we have never given up hope that things would improve.
“We have been revitalising the area for a number of years with a monthly street market that attracts people from all over Liverpool; we also planted up derelict sites and spaces turning them into green and cared for social spaces designed to revive the community’s spirit in preparation for when work could start.
“Receiving the keys is a real boost and exciting times are head especially with all the other work going on in the neighbouring streets.”
It is anticipated that the 10 houses on Cairns Street will be refurbished by summer next year with five put up for sale and the other five available for affordable rent to members of the CLT.
Cllr O’Byrne said: “I’m really proud of the people here in Granby. They have been determined to show that this area can be restored as a pleasant and vibrant place to live and what they are achieving is nothing short of remarkable.
“I am delighted that I have been able to hand the keys over and I look forward to watching the properties being restored over the coming months. We are with them every step of the way.”