Concern over Liverpool’s ‘north-south divide’

A survey of almost 1,000 people in Liverpool identified concerns over the cleaning of streets, safety at night, and a perception the south of the city gets more investment than the north. Tony McDonough reports

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Is north Liverpool behind the south of the city when it comes to investment?. Picture by Jennifer Bruce


People in Liverpool want their city to to be cleaner, safer and believe the south of the city gets an unfair share of new investment.

In the first phase of a survey carried out by Liverpool City Council asking residents how the city can be made “fairer for all” more than 900 people responded using postcards distributed to customer hubs, libraries, Children’s Centres and Lifestyles Centres.

They also responded to the survey online and now the council has published its the initial feedback. The main points raised were:

  • A request for more to be done around cleansing streets and public spaces, and tackling those who dump litter and rubbish.
  • Fears about public safety, particularly in the nighttime economy.
  • Concerns about Liverpool’s “north-south divide”, with references to poverty in the north and a perception that the south of the city receives more investment and cultural events.
  • Praise for the city’s cultural events programme and a request for more, particularly for children and young people, especially during school holidays.
  • A plea for fewer roadworks, more efficient public transport, particularly to the football grounds and the airport.

The full results are available on the council’s website. The council says some of the issues raised are already being tackled. Examples include work to improve the management of the city’s highways contracts and projects to improve safety, particularly for women and girls, in the night time economy.

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Deputy Mayor and Cabinet member for Finance and Resources, Cllr Jane Corbett, said: “I am pleased that so many people responded and let us know their views. This is all part of our commitment to being a listening organisation and acting upon the concerns of residents who pay for local services.

“Some of the issues raised are not in our direct control, such as public transport, but we have strong partnerships with the local agencies that do so we will be feeding back views to them.

“This is an ongoing conversation which we will continue to have with people who live and work in Liverpool over the coming months and years. It will also feed into our process of setting the budget for 2022/23 and the development of the Medium Term Financial Plan. We are determined to make this city one that delivers for everyone.”

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