Liverpool news Controversial zip wire across Liverpool city centre approved MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Thrillseekers will be transported from the top of St John's Tower to Central Library - but many are unhappy with the plan
Breaking News ! A controversial city centre zip wire running from St John's Beacon to Central Library has been approved by Liverpool Council. In a 5-3 vote, the council's planning committee backed adventure company Zip World's plans this morning despite claims the attraction would disrespect war memorials and lead to the "disneyfication" of the city centre. The zip wire, which company founder Sean Taylor said would cost £5m to install and will bring up to 40 jobs to the city, will run from the top of St John's Beacon over St George's Place, St John's Gardens and William Brown Street before touching down on the roof of the library. Numerous memorials, including those to Hillsborough victims and the war dead sit nearby and St John's Gardens hosts a number of memorial events throughout the year. Mr Taylor, a former marine, said the zip wire would not operate on Hillsborough Memorial Day, Armistice Day, Remembrance Day and Christmas Day and said he would be open to shutting the ride at times when other services took place in the gardens. Speaking on behalf of Zip World at the virtual planning committee meeting, Rob Burns said the effect of noise from the wire would not prove disruptive to people in St John's Gardens. Mr Burns said: "The sound of St John's Gardens has always been the sound of the city itself. "That sound has always been the backdrop whether that be horses and carts, trams or traffic." Read More Related Articles The best stories sent straight to your inbox with our newsletters Read More Related Articles The Liverpool Echo has a free app and here's how to download it City planners also said noise from the zip wire would be minimal due to its height but Central ward councillors Nick Small and Maria Toolan said the zip wire would transform the nature of the gardens.
. "It represents a fundamental change to have an adventure attraction, no matter how well run, because people are going to make noise." Labour cllrs Tricia O'Brien, Helen Thomson, Joe Hanson, Billy Marrat and Tony Concepcion backed the plans, while Anthony Lavelle and Malcolm Kennedy joined the lone Liberal Democrat on the committee, Mirna Juarez, in voting against them. Reacting to the decision, Liberal Democrat leader Richard Kemp said he and others would continue to fight against it. See the latest planning applications in your area by entering your postcode below.
He said: "This is not the right place for a Zipwire. It will destroy the oasis of calm which the Gardens provide; damage the sanctity of the ward dead commemorated there and damage the entire appearance of William Brown Street, the best example of Romano/Graeco buildings in the UK. "There are plenty of places in Liverpool, particularly near the water front, where this would be appropriate and should be considered".
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