Oliver Perrott. Liverpool.

Oliver Perrott has been investigating Toxteth and the Boot Estate in Liverpool as part of our project Degeneration.

Toxteth is probably most well known for the Toxteth riots in 1981, now however there are many streets left boarded up awaiting regeneration. Extensive regeneration has taken place in Toxteth over the last few years, including demolition of many of the Victorian terraces in the area creating much new development, particularly aimed at middle class people. The most recent scheme, costing £54 million, will see the clearance of 11 streets near Princess Park, nicknamed the “Welsh Streets” due to the streets being built and lived in by the Welsh workers who built a large percentage of buildings around Liverpool city in the 19th century and around the turn of the 20th century. The streets were named after Welsh towns and villages because of this.

The Welsh Streets had been one of Liverpool’s popular landmarks, but were condemned for demolition, despite dating back to the 1880s, allegedly because many were in poor condition and lacked basic amenities. The demolition is highly contentious, with many taking the view that the houses are fundamentally sound, and it has been proved that renovation would be preferable and cheaper.

Toxteth Liverpool 2010. Oliver Perrott.

Toxteth, Liverpool. 2010. Oliver Perrott

The Boot Estate Liverpool.

As the Liverpool Echo reports the Boot Estate has fallen into decline and is now full of boarded up houses awaiting regeneration which is unlikely to happen any time soon.

“LIVERPOOL’S Boot Estate was once a thriving community home to thousands of people.

Ambitious housing plans fell through taking leading local politicians down with them; crime and anti-social behaviour remain a problem and the few remaining residents go to bed at night not knowing whether arsonists will reduce their homes to ashes before the sun rises.

Litter piles up and the hundreds of empty houses are stripped by looters pillaging for whatever scrap they can find.

When, nine years ago, the first residents were “decanted” from their homes, many may have thought that come the end of the first decade of the new millennium, the new shiny Boot would be well on the way to completion.

But now, ten years on from the start of the project, the estate still looks very much down at heel.”

The Boot Estate Liverpool. 2010. Oliver Perrott.

The Boot Estate Liverpool. 2010. Oliver Perrott.

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