Via the Echo:
â€˜Last chanceâ€™ for festival gardens
Sep 20 2007
by Nick Coligan, Liverpool Echo
LIVERPOOLâ€™S former garden festival site will be condemned to â€œdecades of derelictionâ€ if development plans are turned down, the government was warned today.
City leaders say there is no â€œplan Bâ€ for the abandoned site if the proposed rescue plan is shelved.
A public inquiry takes place next month to decide the future of the 67-acre site, which was visited by millions of people when it was created on an old rubbish dump in 1984.
Government minister Hazel Blears will then have the final say on a Â£250m scheme to build a new community of houses and flats on land where the iconic dome once stood.
Under the scheme by developer Langtree McLean, plans are in place to restore its formal gardens and reopen its woods and grasslands to the public.
Although Liverpool council backed the plan this year, the government will hold a public inquiry after receiving hundreds of complaints.
But officials were today warned they will condemn the overgrown site to â€œdecades of derelictionâ€ if the proposal does not finally get the green light.