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Liverpool puts forward ‘radical’ £230m Green City Deal bid

The Mayor of Liverpool has pitched the £230m bid to Boris Johnson’s new Government in a bid to boost the city’s economy through new powers and funding, including incentives for the private sector to build more energy-efficient homes.

The bid aims to make the city carbon neutral by 2030 and according to the city council could create up to 10,000 new jobs, support 35,000 people into work, and train 4,000 apprentices.

Powers proposed through the deal include:

  • Establishment of a Liverpool Mutual Bank to support SMEs, particularly start-ups in the green sector, as well as supporting housing development
  • Incentives for the private sector to build more energy-efficient homes, while supporting the delivery of these homes through the council’s housebuilding arm, Foundations
  • Up to 3,000 homes built and 3,000 retrofitted with energy-saving features including triple glazing, smart meters, solar panels, and electric charging points
  • A range of financial incentives for homeowners, such as “green” mortgages and potential council tax discounts for energy efficient homes

There are also proposals to make the £1bn Paddington Village development “an exemplar for carbon neutral commercial developments” with pilot schemes to include developing a business case for driverless vehicles to connect the site with the city centre.

The plans have been drawn up together with trade unions Unite, GMB, and TUC, as well as local employers, which have contributed towards a proposal for a clean growth vocational training hub. The bid also includes a pitch for Liverpool to be designated as a “National Centre of Creative Education”.

Talks are ongoing between the council and various Government departments and investors around the plans.

Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson said: “We need to be bold, radical and ambitious if we are to meet our target of becoming a net zero carbon city by 2030.

“There are huge opportunities for us to improve the lives of all residents across the city, whatever their age or background, with better and more energy efficient housing, use of smart technology and making sure our young people have the right skills to take advantage of the jobs in these growth sectors.

“This proposed City Deal centres on positioning Liverpool as the go-to place for clean technology investment, training and job creation through an inclusive and sustainable growth strategy.

“This is the right moment for us to be working up a serious bid to Government, as the new Prime Minister will be looking closely at how best to support the country’s economy following Brexit, which he is clear will be at the end of October.

“We know the Treasury has set aside fiscal headroom to deal with the impact of leaving the EU, and we need to be ready to take advantage of this with a clear plan for our economy.

“Through targeted and long-term investments in the city’s infrastructure and skills development, we can become a global destination for inward investment focussed on the new clean growth industry.

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This reads more like a house-building agenda disguised by a politically-correct wish-list, for all that there a few gems in there.

Ask yourselves: what is the biggest single factor holding back economic growth in Liverpool? It’s the absence of Grade A office space to attract footloose occupiers, but ne’er a mention of that in here.

Teacher’s mark: ‘must try harder’.

By Sceptical

Green City Deal seems well thought out and praiseworthy but why do all ‘grand’ Liverpool proposals always seem to use the over hyped and worn out usage of the term ‘global’

By kw

“We need to be bold, radical and ambitious if we are to meet our target of becoming a net zero carbon city by 2030.“

Last week LCC were consulting on a new dual carriageway through the south of the city.

By Hokey Cokey

This was first mentioned about 10 years ago, with the environmental technologies programme tied in with the “Green economy”. We were working with local community colleges and City and Guilds to help to produce more training and qualified people to install and maintain renewable energy products for houses etc. No interest from LCC then, now regurgitated by LCC as the way forward..Listening to Mayor Anderson this morning on the radio, he first wants to talk to PM Johnson about the money then towards the end of the interview couldn’t help making a few barbed remarks about him? Does he not learn from his past mistakes, no I am afraid not, the sooner he goes the better.

By Man on bicycle

you need a lot of investment in real engineering training at grass roots level to make that work and from my experience the educational system in the city is all pen pushing, as it costs to much money to let kids loose on real building materials…

By ex lecture back in industry

Just like anything else he “does”, timing is everything. Always perfect for his own ambitions of course. And once the heat is off, very often little or nothing to show.

Ultimately, Liverpool has an elected mayor. A proper one. His name is Steve Rotheram, and I would much rather see £230m land on his desk for allocation.

Unlike the advertorial in the “Liverpool” Echo, which repeats several bold claims rather than questioning them,
I’m glad to see PNW use quote marks as applicable.

By Mike

‘Global’ because Liverpool was in many respects the first global city. It was entirely built on international trade, and was the first modern city built in that way. Liverpool’s future will therefore respect its past: it will embrace globalization and welcome the world to its shores.

By Roscoe

Agree with the other commentators that it is the role if the metro mayor we need to strengthen. Strategic sustainability projects should be tackled at city region level.

By Roscoe

what makes a smart metre so smart ?

By Anonymous

Yes as noted above, ignoring the greenwash, the only meat in this ‘proposal’ is to ask the government to fund more housing in the city borough. In nine years of Anderson’s tenure as leader and then mayor, house building is the single notable achievement. The council has had some success in encouraging house building in various parts of the city. This is not the wish-list of a major city and reminds me of the very poor and unambitious city deal Anderson/Ged Fitzgerald negotiated in 2012, which included the partly unnecessary new school builds just because they were one of Anderson’s mayoral election pledges and little else. Various new mayoral bodies were also promised in the deal – a ‘mayoral development company, a ‘mayoral investment board’ – that seven years later still do not appear to exist.

It is hardly surprising that the city continues to fall behind its rivals. Just this weekend we learned that not only is Liverpool still scheduled to be bypassed by HS2 (with Anderson’s backing all along) but Boris Johnson wants NPR to start between Manchester and Leeds, meaning that Liverpool’s section and thus any connection via it to HS2 disappears so far into the future we can forget about it.

The consequences for Liverpool as a city that can attract investment and provide good job opportunities or its people are incalculable and will last for generations. Anderson although at the event didn’t say a word about Johnson’s NPR plans and days later we get this proposal, which sounds like the progamme of an ambitious council estate manager than the mayor of a large metropolitan city.

As also noted above, this nonsense is obviously part of a cynical bid from Anderson to justify his staying on as a now spare mayor despite his wretched performance as mayor so far. We don’t know if the government will back any of it but I have a horrible feeling that they will. The bid is so unambitious, so obviously leaves all of the best economic opportunties to the likes of Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester then it would not surprise if the government does indeed back it. In fact some sort of cosy deal might have already have been sewn up between Anderson and Johnson’s people. I can imagine Anderson’s old mate Osborne being the go-between here. It’s win-win, Johnson could even rock up to Liverpool (the place people think he’s got a beef with because of an article that was actually written by Simon Heffer 15 year ago) and gladhand Anderson, providing his peace offering of backing this crummy deal. Johnson again gets to demonstrate his One Nation credentials, even with his supposed bete noir, the Scousers. Anderson can pretend that only he could get this deal as mayor and uses it in his reelection drive. The government ponies us for some new houses and gets on with making sure that Liverpool is bypassed, undermined and disadvantaged as per Osborne’s Northern Powerhouse agenda and all real growth and opportunity goes to the other cities.

And of course now we have a metro mayor and have been promised by Johnson that further devolution is coming, any of this stuff of planning and dealmaking should be being handled by Steve Rotheram rather than a single council leader using an entire city a


…pension scheme. [sorry, got cut off there.]


Steve needs to take out the trash, before trash is all that’s left of our city.

By Mike

I wouldn’t trust Anderson as far as I could throw him. He’s been busy selling off our green spaces to Redrow for executive homes. How does this make Liverpool a green city?

By Howard