William Eichler 03 September 2020

Mayor of Liverpool quashes zip wire plan

Mayor of Liverpool quashes zip wire plan image

The mayor of Liverpool has intervened to stop a plan to build a zip wire that would have ended at Liverpool Central Library.

In June, the planning committee approved an application for the zip wire to pass over St Johns Gardens behind St George’s Hall, and land on the roof of the building.

However, mayor Joe Anderson has said that he has ‘serious concerns’ about a council building being used in this manner and so has informed the company responsible that he will not support it.

‘As mayor I do not interfere in the planning process. However, I do have the final decision on whether a building owned by the council should be used in such a way,’ said mayor Anderson.

‘I have serious concerns about using this area, and having spoken to the company could not let them progress further, knowing I would not support it.

‘I have today informed them that I will not give permission for any council owned building in this area to be used for the zip wire. They have accepted my position and we have mutually agreed to work together to identify an alternative option.

‘I would like to thank Zip World for their co-operation and look forward to them working with us. Liverpool will always try and support imaginative ideas, especially those that can help us support businesses in difficult economic times.’

A spokesperson for Zip World said: ‘On the basis of the discussion with Mayor Anderson, we no longer propose to pursue an application at this location further and look forward to working with the council to identify a suitable alternative location.’

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