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Last Updated: Friday, 8 July, 2005, 14:16 GMT 15:16 UK
Reprieve for city's Welsh streets
Boarded up homes in the Welsh streets
Only empty properties in the 'Welsh streets' area will be demolished
Hundreds of homes in an area of Liverpool known as the "Welsh streets" have been given a temporary reprieve from the bulldozers.

The council has decided to consult residents again on plans to demolish hundreds of properties.

The terraces in Toxteth were built by Welsh workers in the 19th Century. A campaign to save them has been backed by Ringo Starr.

But 109 out of 477 houses will be demolished as part of redevelopment.

Councillors meeting on Friday to vote on regenerations plans by the government body, New Heartlands, were told the local authority had received 120 letters of support and 30 in opposition.

A number of the properties, built as early as 1881, did not have an indoor toilet and were failing to meet housing standards.

One of the Welsh streets in Liverpool
People will be able to stay in their homes, says the city council

A council spokesman said the redevelopment was aimed at encouraging people to stay in that part of the city, so if people preferred to renovate existing properties there would be no need for demolition.

He said: "If people want to remain there, then they will have that option.

"The fact that people are so keen to stay in that community is already half the battle. We're all for encouraging that."

He said no demolitions would happen until after further consultations and the 109 properties that were likely to be demolished were already empty.

'Reminder'

"The difficulties for us is that if you are demolishing part of a row of houses, that's more expensive than if you are doing the whole lot."

Around 80 of the properties in the Victorian terraced rows, ranged off Toxteth's High Park Street are boarded up.

The properties were put up to house Welsh immigrants working in the city's then bustling docklands.

They were constructed of Welsh brick and given further Welsh character with names such as Kinmel and Voelas. The former Beatles drummer, Ringo Starr, once lived in Madryn Street.

New Heartlands claims it has the support of 72% of local people.

But Reverend Dr D Ben Rees, one of the leaders of the Liverpool Welsh Society, said: "We still want these houses to remain as a reminder of the tremendous influence of Welsh builders in Liverpool."




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