Liverpool Vision fits final piece into Speke jigsaw

Two junior and two five-a-side football pitches will be officially handed over to Parklands High School in Speke on Wednsday, marking the final piece in more than a decade of regeneration.

The pitches, for use by community residents after school hours, replaced derelict shops at Speke district centre, a local eyesore. A large area from Speke Boulevard opposite the Jaguar/Land Rover car factory to the district centre has been redeveloped and now contains a Morrison's superstore and retail park, Parklands School, Parklands Centre and the Austin Rawlinson Lifestyles building.

The work was started by Speke Garston Development Company, the forerunner to Liverpool Vision, and continued by Liverpool Land Development Company before it merged with Vision.

Rob Monaghan, head of gateways at Liverpool Vision, said: "While it is significant that we are handing over the football pitches to the school it is also a key milestone in the comprehensive regeneration that has taken place during the last decade which helped transform South Liverpool.

"This work ranges from the quality of environment along Speke Boulevard to the creation of a number of key employment sites and now these new facilities at Speke District Centre, which has had a positive impact on the community in terms of jobs, public space and community assets."

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