The Florence Institute: restored in 2012 and set for a grant from Section 106 contributions

Liverpool to approve spend on public spaces

Section 106 contributions amounting to around £284,000 are to be invested in a series of improvements for Liverpool’s public spaces, with a report to tomorrow’s council cabinet meeting recommending approval.

A total of 13 projects with a combined value of £620,000 will receive contributory funding. The list of approved projects includes £30,000 towards creating a wildflower garden and recreation space outside the Dingle’s Florence Institute, better known as the Florrie, which will house sheep and bee hives, as well as funding to deliver an exhibition to develop local artists.

Around £40,000 is being allocated to improving alleyways along County and City Road in Walton and turn them into community spaces displaying artwork.

It was also announced that £68,000 will be spent installing a new bridge to the island at Prince’s Park Lake in Toxteth as part of £250,000 plans to create a memorial to Nelson Mandela to tie in with what would have been his 100th birthday in 2018.

Deputy mayor Cllr Ann O’Byrne chaired the subcommittee responsible for making the spending recommendations. She said: “This is about making sure that we target the money we receive from developers at projects that deliver significant environmental and other improvements.

“We are committed to making Liverpool a greener place to live, work and visit and these projects will make a real difference to communities across the city.”

The other projects are:

  • Plants and trees on the central reservation at Utting Avenue in Anfield – £35,000
  • New pathways, trees, benches and shrubs at Lister Drive Playing Fields in Tuebrook – £33,000
  • Improving Broadway Bridges in Clubmoor by painting or greening – £30,000
  • Creating a new footpath into Croxteth Park – £15,000
  • Hillfoot chicanes on footway in Allerton/Hunts Cross to prevent vehicles accessing open space – £10,114
  • Greening alleyways in the Garston Triangle – £7,760
  • Tree planting in Newsham Park as part of the One Tree Per Child project – £7,760
  • Improvements to trees on Rice Lane Recreation Ground – £3,990
  • Installation of fitness equipment around Croxteth Park – £3,000
  • Energy saving lighting scheme at Tuebrook Hope Centre – £910

Cllr Steve Munby, cabinet member for highways and neighbourhoods, said: “We are funding a range of projects that will improve the environment across the city.

“We have far less money available due to significant cuts in our funding from the government so it is right and proper that we have a proper process for deciding how and where we spend Section 106 money, to make sure we get the maximum impact.”

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