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Students may add new meaning to The Leaving of Liverpool.

Byline: Rex MAKIN

THAT THA famous ballad The Leaving of Liverpool referred to the millions who departed from Princes Landing Stage in search of new lives in new worlds.

The modern day version could well refer to the leaving of Liverpool by the legions of students now inhabiting the city centre.

Thousands of student flats have, and are being, provided in the heart of the city. Some offer everything to those signing up to live in one of the student ghettoes, even down to a knife and fork.

There are a number of risks in allowing this influx. Firstly around this time many thousands will abandon Liverpool to leave for their homes around the country. When the academic year ends many go altogether, leaving thousands of silent, unoccupied flats for months on end. The rush for student gold by building in the city centre is sucking the lifeblood out of inner city suburbs, where students have traditionally been billeted in bedsit communities. Put together, there is something risky about cocooning students in "everything provided" accommodation, with bars, eateries and gyms close at hand.

They are being denied the opportunity to study in that great university of life, living amidst our established communities.

THERE has been a market on the site of St John's market in Liverpool City Centre since 1822.

The current incarnation was opened in 1969 after the previous Fosters market there, which was demolished in 1964. While in poor physical condition, it had rather more architectural merit in my view.

Now, while not offensive, it could not be described as a particularly distinctive building.

There has been refurbishment and some internal improvements since its opening but one wonders how secure a long-term future the market has. Shopping habits are changing fast, with more and more buying online, especially by the younger generation.

There do not seem to be as many stalls as there used to be, although the various fast food and drink outlets concentrated in the central atrium seem to do a good trade which must help bring more people in.

Given its history, it would be a great shame if the market were to decline or be in danger of disappearing.

WHO could doubt that Roger Phillips is Merseyside's best loved broadcaster - ironic as he was born in Manchester.

He is definitely one of us now! It mystified me when his show time was reduced and I am sure local listeners share my disappointment at that.

I believe Roger came here initially to act at the Everyman E - theatre's loss was definitely local radio's gain.

ON Thursday the Lord Mayor held a reception to mark the leaving of one of his most popular employees, Dave Ramsey.

For many years he has been one of the most well-known faces as master of ceremonies and general assistant as well as chauffeur. His cheery face will

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 20, 2015
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