Council demands urgent talks over future of superclub; new plans seem to show no nightclub in square.
Byline: ALISTAIR HOUGHTON City Editor firstname.lastname@example.org @wimpyking
LIVERPOOL council is demanding urgent talks with developer Elliot Group over the future of superclub Cream in Wolstenholme Square.
Deputy mayor Ann O'Byrne said she wanted to ensure that the club stays in the square where it was founded.
The global clubbing giant's former home at Nation was flattened to make way for the PS40m Elliot redevelopment of the square.
Those plans originally featured a subterranean nightclub that would have formed a home for Cream. The demolition of Nation was controversial, but many were reassured that a club would still sit in the square.
Last week the ECHO revealed that, in a new planning application, Elliot had asked for permission to "remove basement nightclub use" from the development.
Cream has synonymous dance music the world Ann O'Byrne, of Liverpool And new plans show that there will be no basement at all in the block where the club would have been.
That makes it look as though there will be no Cream club in Wolstenholme Square.
Elliot did not comment, while a Cream spokesperson simply said the club was aware of the new plans and had "opened up discussions" with the developer.
Now Cllr O'Byrne has told the ECHO: "The redevelopment of Wolstenholme Square is a really important part of the city's ongoing regeneration and we welcome and support it. However I was surprised and concerned to learn about the changes being proposed and what that will mean for Cream.
"I have requested urgent discussions with Elliot Group to seek reassurances that they will be suitably accommodated within the new scheme.
"It has been synonymous with dance music around the world for 25 years and was an integral part of Liverpool's rebirth, so there is huge fondness and affection for it."
been with around for 25 years Deputy Mayor " Elliot has been approached for comment
Cream has been synonymous with dance music around the world for 25 years Ann O'Byrne, Deputy Mayor of Liverpool
The PS40m transformation of Wolstenholme Square taking shape