Liverpool residents outline their priorities


MORE than 900 people have responded to the first phase of a survey about how to make Liverpool a fairer city for all.

Last summer, Liverpool City Council announced that it was opening discussions with everyone who lives or works in the city, to capture views on what they love about it – and ask how they think it could be rebalanced – to make sure opportunities are available for all.

Feedback postcards were distributed to customer hubs, libraries, Children’s Centres and Lifestyles Centres and an online survey was set up.

The results have now been analysed and the headlines are:

  • A request for more to be done around cleansing streets and public spaces, and tackling those who dump litter and rubbish
  • Fears about public safety, particularly in the nighttime economy
  • Concerns about Liverpool’s “north-south divide”, with references to poverty in the north and a perception that the south of the city receives more investment and cultural events
  • Praise for the city’s cultural events programme and a request for more, particularly for children and young people, especially during school holidays
  • A plea for fewer roadworks, more efficient public transport, particularly to the football grounds and the airport.

The full results are available on the council’s website.

Some of the issues raised are already being tackled. Examples include work to improve the management of the city’s highways contracts and projects to improve safety, particularly for women and girls, in the night time economy.  

Deputy Mayor and Cabinet member for Finance and Resources Cllr Jane Corbett, said, “I am pleased that so many people responded and let us know their views.

“This is all part of our commitment to being a listening organisation and acting upon the concerns of residents who pay for local services.

“Some of the issues raised are not in our direct control, such as public transport, but we have strong partnerships with the local agencies that do so we will be feeding back views to them.

“This is an ongoing conversation which we will continue to have with people who live and work in Liverpool over the coming months and years.

“It will also feed into our process of setting the budget for 2022/23 and the development of the Medium Term Financial Plan.

“We are determined to make this city one that delivers for everyone.”

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