Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,
Please provide me with an explanation as to why Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council demolished 600+ houses, known as the Rivers' Street estate, in the Birkenhead North area, in 2000 and 2001.Many of the houses were 4-, 5- and 6-bedroom properties.
John Pilger has written about this shocking episode of municipal mismanagement. The area remains a vast 'brownfield site to this day.
What plans has the Council got to encourage house-building at this location?
Wirral Council thanks you for your request please see the following
information Regeneration can provide in response to your query below.
With reference to your enquiry regarding the former Rivers Street Estate
in North Birkenhead.
You requested an explanation as to why Wirral Metropolitan Borough
Council demolished 600+ houses in 2000 and 2001. The Council no longer
keeps copies of reports relating to the original rationale for decisions
to demolish properties on the above estate, however, a Cabinet report
dated 22nd march 2001 does make reference to the demolition of 53
housing units on this estate. This report also makes reference to a high
void rate and the impact this had on rental income and the ongoing costs
of monitoring security of void properties. This would have been similar
to the properties involved in earlier phases of demolition at this
estate and would have been part of the consideration in the decisions to
demolish. It would appear that the initial decision to demolish specific
houses was taken following consultation with the local residents.
Further decisions to extend the extent of demolition were subsequently
taken over a period of time, again, following consultation with local
On the issue of the size of the houses that were located at this estate
the Department is not able to determine the exact numbers and sizes but
the majority of the homes would have been 3 bedroom houses with some 2
and 4 bedroom houses. It is unlikely that there would be 5 and 6 bedroom
properties on this estate.
Since the demolition of the houses has taken place, the Council has
continued to consider the site for economic development use in the
context of the proposed redevelopment of the employment sites around the
adjacent dock system.
We trust this information will be of assistance, thank you for your
enquiry, kind regards
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