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For once, Joe Anderson had positive words to say yesterday about Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Pickles' announcement that he will not be calling in the Liverpool Waters development scheme for public inquiry was welcomed by Liverpool's directly-elected mayor as "fantastic news for Liverpool". In addition to transforming acres of semi-derelict dockland, the development proposals, submitted by the Peel Group, are predicted to create 20,000 new jobs.

If ever there were an area in need of 20,000 jobs, it is north Liverpool. In Kirkdale, 48% of the 7,751 households in the ward have no adult in employment. In three neighbouring wards, all with similar numbers of households, the proportion with no employed adult is similar: 57% in Everton, 46% in Anfield and 45% in County. Worklessness in these neighbourhoods has been at this level for decades, following mass job loss in north Liverpool's docks and related manufacturing activity from the 1960s onwards (20,000 new jobs would be equivalent to about half the decline in the total number of Dock workers in Liverpool since 1945).

THE GOVERNMENT has today approved the £5.5bn Liverpool Waters scheme to regenerate the city's northern docklands.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said he would not "call in" Peel Holdings' huge skyscraper project a public inquiry. Read the full story HERE.

Below is the letter from the DCLG:

adam_hall.jpgI agree that Hope Street is one of Liverpool's Great Streets.

There are a range of architectural styles in the vicinity from the Philharmonic Hall designed by Herbert Rouse in what's called the streamline moderne style of stripped back Art Deco while the Philharmonic Dining Rooms opposite were designed by Walter Thomas in 1898 for Cain's brewery in the exuberant free style.

Then you have the two catherdrals, the Hope Street hotel and extension designed by ourselves, numerous Georgian terraces and the emerging, modern Everyman theatre, so it's a point of agreement that there is a rich variety of building types.

Emlyn Williams.jpgHope Street along with The Strand, Water Street, Castle Street and St George's
Plateau is one of Liverpool's Great Streets.

Bookended and complemented by our two Cathedrals, its eighteenth and nineteenth century buildings together with the twentieth century Philharmonic Hall provide a stunning iconic streetscape.

Despite having a wide range of architectural styles and finishes, the majority of its buildings sit comfortably alongside one another, their diversity enhancing and enriching the locality.

The Mayor and Liverpool Vision agree that new development on Hope Street should sensitively complement existing usage.

tesco.jpgAt what point does a city centre become saturated with too many stores from one company?

Is it when the company has five shops, 10, or even more?

Today we've reported how Tesco has submitted a planning application for its 11th store in Liverpool city centre.

Peel chairman John Whittaker doesn't do interviews very often, so a letter to Liberal Democrat Richard Kemp is the nearest we've got to hearing his views on his £5.5bn Liverpool Waters scheme.

As we reported today he believes the first building in the project could be built and open for use in 2014 - although he admits that is optimistic.

Below is his letter in full:

There's an important article by Rob Merrick in this week's Liverpool Post, reporting a joint University of Newcastle and University of Durham research study on long-term employment change in Britain's largest cities.

As the Liverpool Post reports, the study shows that despite impressive job growth in Liverpool during the boom years from 1997-2007, total employment in the city has never quite returned to the level it was at in 1984. At the peak of the boom, in 2007, Liverpool boasted 99% of the jobs it had in the mid-1980s. Moreover, since 2007, employment levels in the Liverpool city-region have been falling by almost 2% per annum.

However, the true nature of Liverpool's "jobs gap" is only revealed if we consider a longer historical time frame.

The real damage to the Liverpool economy was done in the 1970s, as this graph clearly shows. Indeed, 1984 represents the point at which 20 years of dramatic job loss finally began to slow down.

bridget_hogan.jpgMeet Bridget Hogan. She is 88-years-old. And yesterday she was evicted from her lifelong home.

Thrown out to make way for the bulldozers, Bridget joins a long list of people like Elizabeth Pascoe who have been evicted to make way for the Housing Market Renewal Iniative.

You can read Bridget's story HERE, and lest we forget just what this process can do to people forcibly removed from their homes, HERE is an interview with Elizabeth Pascoe two years after her own eviction.

florence_gersten.jpgAnyone who has spent any time at Liverpool council's planning committee will be familiar with Florence Gersten.

On first sight Florence might appear like a frail old woman as she suffers with limited mobility.

But that disguises one of the most agile minds set to use in the town hall chamber.

The tireless conservation and heritage campaigner is the face of the Save our City campaign.

Her observations on planning applications are interspersed with an unbelievable level of detail about the heritage of some of Liverpool's finest buildings.

Liverpool Waters graphic.jpgWith Peel's Liverpool Waters scheme back in the news this week, we decided to get this infographic drawn up to show the huge scale of the £5.5bn project.

As you can see it dwarfs Liverpool One in scale, and a football pitch is miniscule in comparison.

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David Bartlett

David Bartlett

City editor of the Post and Echo covering politics, regeneration, and urban affairs.
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