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Regeneration row breaks out again in Liverpool as wrecking ball looms over Edge Lane

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The row over one of the most contentious regeneration initiatives in the country has reignite.

The Liverpool Land Development Company (LLDC), a regeneration agency, has announced that next week it will start demolition in the Edge Lane area of the city, despite a local campaigner Elizabeth Pascoe winning a major High Court battle against the scheme last month.

While technically not a Pathfinder scheme, it is backed by the local Pathfinder agency and is considered by most experts to be closely associated with the initiative.

The LLDC issued a statement that demolition of 'neglected' homes in Edge Lane, which will make way for 'new housing and an improved highway', would begin imminently.

Pascoe, who trained in architecture, has led a committed campaign to halt the bulldozers and in September won a legal battle that stopped a series of Compulsory Purchase Orders in the area, that would have given the entire scheme the green light.

It came as a surprise to her that the LLDC was still planning to demolish the homes around hers that it had already acquired.

She said: 'They are probably saying they are going to do this so that they make people believe that their plans are going ahead.

'All it means is that there will be a whole load of calls and a lot more work for me.

'They are trying to make local people believe that the demolition of the whole area is inevitable and that there is nothing they can do about it,' Pascoe added.

But LLDC boss David Waugh insisted that the bulldozers are readying themselves for action.

He said: 'The start of work on Edge Lane West is a very important milestone for this project, which will provide the local community with new homes, new community and retail facilities in place of currently derelict properties, and a much safer road.

'The removal of the boarded-up properties will also be welcomed by the vast majority of residents, who at last can begin to see a positive change in their community surroundings.

'We are committed to this scheme and delivering the plans generated within the local community'.

by Ed Dorrell

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