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Negative reporting; You Say Email:letters@liverpoolecho.co.uk.



THE ECHO does it again. The front page and "in depth" coverage of a potential development at Stonebridge Cross were typical of the ongoing negativity of our historic paper. I guess we should be grateful that for once crime was relegated to the inside pages.

If the development goes ahead, this part of the city will attract around 1,000 jobs for the first time in more than 70 years. A cause for optimism readers may think.

No - instead of quotes from people welcoming the prospect, the season ticket in Kenwright How long will it eight paper features local residents who want reassurances about what will happen to the previous plan for housing on the site. In true ECHO style, instead of asking those who might actually know the answer, they pronounce about the news "sparking a homes row" and the "anger among the Croxteth community".

months then ask for your to come supplied) Where are the quotes from the numerous voices clamouring for job opportunities for areas like Stonebridge and for our young people? Readers will know that I was elected on a manifesto which prioritised jobs, as well as housing. I am doing everything I can to deliver that promise - including this development. We have got this far on this project against competition from other areas by selling the city to the developers who have not worked here before, as well as to the potential occupiers of the buildings. They have been very impressed with the professionalism and commitment of all involved to date, including local people.

We will continue to promote Liverpool as a great destination for business and for jobs. It is a pity that not all partners are helping us achieve this.

These deals are difficult to convert - particularly in the current economic climate. Speculation about rows or about the identity of the occupiers does nothing to assist the completion of deals. If anything, it turns investors away. I am left wondering - is the ECHO intent on snatching defeat from the jaws of victory when it comes to jobs for our city? Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 23, 2012
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