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Plans for Anfield High Street revealed

Words: Laura Edgar
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Liverpool City Council has revealed its plans to rebuild a high street near Liverpool Football Club.

The plans for Walton Breck Road, the main thoroughfare in the area, include new shops, commercial premises, homes and apartments.

The unveiling comes ahead of Liverpool’s first home game of the Premier League season against Leicester City on Saturday 10 September.

A number of derelict buildings will be demolished or rebuilt and the road could be narrowed to create wider pavements, making it more pedestrian-friendly. New outdoor spaces will also be created.

The council hope the plans will attract new business that want to take advantage of being located next to the football club. Existing businesses would be given the opportunity to take on new premises, and the council says it will work with business and other organisations to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum.

The work would be carried out in phases over the next three to four years. It forms the latest stage in a £260 million regeneration plan announced in 2013, which is being driven by a partnership comprising the city council, Your Housing Group and Liverpool Football Club.

Work will take place from Walkton Breck Road’s junction with Robson Street to the junction of Oakfield Road and Houlding Street.

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said: “We believe we have created a vision for the High Street which will absolutely transform the area, supporting existing shops and businesses and attracting new ones.

“We now want residents to speak to us again and let us know if they want these plans to become reality.

“The unveiling of our proposals follows three years of partnership working which have already gone a long way towards creating a more vibrant and successful community. There is much still to be done, but today marks yet another milestone in our ambitions to create a brighter Anfield for everyone.”

An exhibition is being held at the Isla Gladstone, Stanley Park, on Monday 5 September (11am to 4pm) and Tuesday 6 September (4pm to 8pm), where the plans can be viewed and opinions submitted.

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