Liverpool

Housing allocation: who's left holding the ball?Housing density: just one of a number of things that will wind the public up

Housing allocation: who’s left holding the ball?

Being in opposition when the time comes to deliver an authority’s latest Local Plan is often a blessing in disguise, suggests Dougal Paver.  For starters, you don’t get the blame. Local authorities the land over are currently working on the latest development plans for their boroughs – the statutory documents which govern what can be developed, and where.  The quantum […]

Manchester and Liverpool axis takes a step forwardLook, Steve, if your lot can just beat Arsenal for us...

Manchester and Liverpool axis takes a step forward

‘Best mates’ Steve Rotherham and Andy Burnham have landed the plum nominations as Labour candidates for the Liverpool and Manchester metro mayors, respectively.  Does this mean a new axis between the old rivals, asks Merrion Strategy MD, Dougal Paver. ‘Manchester men and Liverpool gentlemen’ is an old saying first noted in the early eighteenth century.   It stuck for a few […]

Today's the dayLook, George, we need to work with the Tories, so don't kick off in the meeting, okay?

Today’s the day

It’s crunch time for Liverpool as leaders of its six local authorities seek endorsement of its devolution deal from their fellow members.  As a betting man, Merrion managing director Dougal Paver believes it’ll get over the line. The cameras flashed, the politicians’ grins were as wide as the Mersey and the back-slapping was heartfelt: in spite of the nay-sayers, Liverpool’s six […]

Thank you for the music?Grafton St, Dublin, where buskers know their music (if not their fashion)

Thank you for the music?

Our regular guest blogger, John Flamson, offers an entertaining treatise on the merits, or otherwise, of trying to regulate the quality of buskers.  Enjoy. A couple of years ago there was a peaceful protest on Liverpool’s streets about the council’s proposed rule to restrict the busking community.  The authority believed that compulsory permits for street performers would enhance quality and stop […]

Please be upstanding for the Prime Minister of Yorkshire...Seconds out, round two

Please be upstanding for the Prime Minister of Yorkshire…

An outsider with an inside track reveals to Merrion MD Dougal Paver that Liverpool’s devolution negotiations are going well.  In Yorkshire, by contrast, a bare knuckle scrap is reported to have broken out. News reaches Merrion Towers that the latest round of discussions between Liverpool and Whitehall over the city region’s devolution bid are going well.  The second phase document was […]

The Turd in EdinburghNot hard to see how this got its nickname, then

Edinburgh’s ‘turd’ threatens UNESCO listing

What happens when cities design for the modern age?  UNESCO get shirty, that’s what.  Merrion MD Dougal Paver investigates their latest attack on modernism. The marvellous City Lab blog has a rather enjoyable piece here about Edinburgh’s Turd.  The picture above, from its architects Jestico + Whiles, really doesn’t leave a great deal to the imagination once you view it […]

The Baltic Creative workspacesNo shortage of enterprise here (Pic credit: Baltic Creative)

First, the wrong type of snow. Now, the wrong type of jobs

We’ve endured the wrong type of leaves on the track and the wrong type of snow.  Now it seems Liverpool is suffering from the wrong type of jobs, finds Dougal Paver. The excellent Centre for Cities this week published an analysis of employment growth among Britain’s SMEs – the engine of job creation in any open economy.  Their findings made for mixed […]

Cruising to successIt's not the leaving of Liverpool...

Cruising to success

It’s axiomatic that cruise ships bring prosperity to host ports, says Merrion MD Dougal Paver.  So why is it that not everyone welcomes them, he asks? There’s a certain delight – not to say drama – in walking through Liverpool’s handsome business district and looking up to see the world’s largest cruise ship parked at the end of the street.  […]

Weary waiterSoon to be replaced by a 22 year-old Italian.

Café society, revisited

We welcome back John Flamson with another thought-provoking guest blog on café society, Liverpool-style.  Enjoy. As the weather changes and our summer holidays seem a distant memory, we think fondly of the balmy evenings, pavement cafés, a cooling Pils or a warming Cortado.  And we imagine such simple joys in our own city of Liverpool. I repeat in full below […]

Bank of Liverpool porticoWe need to look to the powerhouses of old to find the ones of the future

How to fire up the Northern Powerhouse

Want to fire up the Northern Powerhouse, Chancellor?  Bung £25m into a kitty and task Merseyside’s private sector with matching it, then re-launch the Bank of Liverpool.  Shareholders will make a fortune, says Dougal Paver. Since the onset of the industrial age, 95% of the world’s trade by volume has been conducted by sea.  In my grandfather’s lifetime, Liverpool owned one […]