According to the Liverpool Champion the documents are signed, sealed and delivered… we the ratepayers of Liverpool via Liverpool City council, now own 33 Moore Street. Whilst I’ve commented previously on the pluses and negatives of this proposal the thing that saddens me most is that at no time did the same ratepayers (or I’d guess staff) get asked or have an opportunity to really voice their approval or disapproval of such a hefty investment.
According to the paper they paid $19.1Million dollars (roughly what the old building was worth) now the question remains where will they get the estimated 3-4million dollars to do the upgrades and renovations required to number 33, will it come from the sale of number 1, will they (the councillors) decide that going into debt for the asset is worth it, while they have opposed this previously to impose a 9% increase included in our rates, is there the chance that it is now extended beyond the 5years or will it be left as is? All these questions and more will need to be answered and according to Cllr Lucas “As for the Council building whatever the decision is made it will be for the future of Liverpool and just as a political expediency.” Which raises the next question, what is the political expediency to which he referred? Noting that our supposed independents played a pivotal role in the just past State election for the Liberal party could one ask as the majority voters is there a liberal party initiative at play here? Was the decision unanimous, will we ever find out? With so much done ‘in confidence’ I guess we’ll never really know.
What of the parking concerns of the residents? Whilst I have a couple of viable ideas, it will be most interesting to see what the councillors deem necessary for us to know and what they feel not necessary.
How do you feel about the purchase? Please feel free to comment, my previous postings are still here so please look around and share your views.