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Waters plans must proceed; ECHO.

WE are more than pleased to see that council planners are recommending approval of the exciting and exceptionally-ambitious Liverpool Waters scheme.

This is a project which looks set to provide the most radical regeneration of the city's northern docklands, providing new hope and a fantastic opportunity for countless new jobs.

Few places deserve, or need, this regeneration more. Liverpool city centre has been improved beyond recognition in recent years - but the sad, unpalatable fact remains that you only need to walk for a few minutes out of the centre to find scenes of decay and depravation.

The northern docks are such an area, but here is a wonderful chance to allow this part of the city to join the Liverpool revolution.

All major planning schemes attract controversy, and Liverpool Waters has attracted plenty - not least from those who believe it will not be in keeping with our existing waterfront buildings.

Unesco inspectors have already made a special visit to the city and there are fears that this development could lead to us losing our World Heritage Site status.

It's a great accolade to have, but some things are more important.

Indeed, if this level of sniffiness had won the day in the early part of the 20th century, then our once-controversial - but now much-loved - Royal Liver Building, which was dubbed the UK's first skyscraper, may never have been built.

We can successfully mix the new with the old and we must seize this chance to go ahead with a scheme which will boost so many sectors of this city's economy.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 29, 2012
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