North Liverpool set to benefit from car park windfall

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Anfield, County and Kirkdale are set to benefit from the profits of a community car park run on football match days.

The site on Priory Road was set up in 2011 to tackle issues with street parking and car crime in the area as part of the Beautiful North Partnership, which was established to improve the local area.

The car park is run on a not for profit basis by the Flanagan Group using its own employees and volunteers and has so far raised £186,000, with the surplus expected to grow further during the 2015-16 season.

Now a Community Interest Company has been set up to decide how to invest the surplus and match fund other projects. Ideas include:

• Finding new or alternative uses for disused or underused land or buildings
• Putting on social activities for older people to prevent loneliness
• Delivering employment for young people

Assistant Mayor Councillor Nick Small, Chair of the Community Interest Company, said: “The community car park has been a tremendous success, improving life for the local community and raising money which we can now reinvest back into the local area.

“We are particularly keen to use the funding to promote community enterprise and jobs so it has the maximum impact in the area.”

It is anticipated the car park will close at the end of next season to support the expansion of LFC’s stadium, so alternative sites to continue this type of activity will be sought.