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Via the Beeb:

Garden festival plans approved

Plans to regenerate the derelict Garden Festival site in Liverpool have been given the go-ahead by the city council.

Developers Langtree have been given outline permission to build 1,308 flats and 66 houses on the site, which has been largely neglected since the 1990s.

Full planning permission was also granted for the restoration of the Japanese and Chinese Gardens.

Protesters said the site, designed for the 1984 International Garden Festival, should be used as public parkland.

The decision will now be passed to the Department of Communities and Local Government for consideration.

Haydock-based commercial developer Langtree, which bought the site near Otterspool in July 2004, has joined forces with the David McLean Group to restore the area.

It plans to knock down the derelict festival hall to make way for the new development.

It will also cultivate the site’s current gardens – including the original Chinese and Japanese gardens – in partnership with the Land Restoration Trust.

When completed, the gardens will be opened to the public, the developers hope, in time for 2008.

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Previous coverage on ScouseVeg »
April 16th: Garden festival site plan opposed
April 28th: Plots for riverfront homes thrown out

Via the Beeb:

Pilotless police drone takes off

The UK’s first police remote control helicopter has taken off.

Merseyside police are using the “spy drone”, fitted with CCTV cameras, mainly for tackling anti-social behaviour and public disorder.

The machine is 1m wide, weighs less than a bag of sugar, and can record images from a height of 500m.

Originally used by the military, it is due to be operational by June for a full three-month trial, which is the “first of its kind” in the UK.

The drone will also be used for monitoring traffic congestion and investigations are to be made into its possible role in firearms operations.

The machines, which are flown by remote control or using pre-programmed GPS navigation systems, are silent and can be fitted with night-vision cameras.

The images they record are sent back to a police support vehicle or control room.

Merseyside’s assistant chief constable Simon Byrne said: “We’re always looking at ways of putting more officers on the streets, and maximising technology is a powerful way of achieving this.

“Our drone will be used primarily to support our anti-social behaviour taskforce AXIS, in gathering all important evidence to put offenders before the courts.

“For us, this is a cost-effective way of helping to catch criminals and supports similar technology we’re already using in our vans and helicopter.”

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