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Can you help bring streets back to life? Building apprentices need more materials to complete renovation.

Byline: JOSH PARRY ECHO Reporter josh.parry@trinitymirror.com parrysite @

A COMMUNITY group working on bringing derelict buildings back to life in Granby are appealing for help getting more building materials.

The Granby 4 Streets project want the houses on Cairns Street restored to their former glory in order to sell and rent to local people at affordable rates.

Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust (CLT) is now running a campaign to encourage local builders yards and DIY shops to donate goods and building materials to help them.

YOUR Email letters@co.uk The project also offers young people the chance to get City and Guilds Accredited training through on-the-job training with construction company, Mitie, which is working on the houses.

Up to fifty 16-24 year-olds are being offered the chance to work on it.

The Granby 4 Streets area had become increasingly derelict over the last 25 years, but remaining residents have worked hard to regenerate it by painting houses, planting flowers and starting their own street market.

They formed the CLT in 2011 with the aim of bringing some of the empty homes back into use under community ownership.

The council gifted 10 houses to the CLT, with 150 other properties being refurbished by developers and housing associations.

Theresa McDermott, a Granby resident and CLT Board Member, said: "We have fought hard to retain the remaining Victorian terraces in the Granby Triangle and we have received support from many organisations and individuals.

"Now we're on site with our construction company and we've taken on young trainees from the area, we just need the final push to get the support of people in the building trade.

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"This is an exciting development that will make a huge dif-ment dif ference for local people and we would really appreciate any support that is offered.

"What the people living here have achieved is remarkable, so anything that can help make it happen is welcome."

Once completed, five of the houses will be rented out and five will be sold with joint-ownership at affordable rates.

Liverpool council has also sold off some of the houses in the area for PS1 in a bid to revive the district.

The whole area was due to be redeveloped at one point by a single developer but the scheme fell through.

Any company or individual wishing to .help can call Tina Foulder on 07741 650 460, or email tabithatibbins@hotmail.com They can also contact Bev Betteridge on 0151 734 4933 or email her on bbetteridge@stevebikoha.org YOUR VIEWS Email us at letters@liverpoolecho. co.uk

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The houses on | |Cairns Street, above, are being restored by groups of workers, right, but they need more materials to help in the revamp

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