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Bootle eco site film gets first public airing

THE PUBLIC will get the chance to view detailed plans for a new eco-development when they go on show next month.

ARTIST’S IMPRESSION: How the Wellbank eco-development site could look.

The plans for the former Ministry of Defence site at Wellbank, near Bootle, will be put on display at a public meeting in Captain Shaw’s hall, Bootle, on March 5.

A short film will give an in-depth glimpse of what the proposed site will look like.

The development includes plans for 47 homes, a hotel, business space and an anaerobic digester which will harness the power of slurry to help generate green energy.

Proposals include 13 detached properties, four bungalows, eight terraced homes and 22 semi-detached homes.

The Wellbank Community Interest Company has been working on the project for the past 18 months and now the public can get a glimpse of the development.

A spokeswoman for the company said: “The film will show the site and the type of buildings.

“It’ll be the first time anyone has seen the film.

“Beatrix Potter set the scene for the national park in the last century, we’re aiming for Wellbank to set it for the next century.”

The spokeswoman revealed the group is now looking for a name for the site and is hoping the community can help christen the 51-home development.

The film has been produced by the Green Design Group, which helped develop plans for the site.

David Scott, who runs Bootle Stores in the village, said the development would be a welcome one.

He said: “If it gets off the ground myself, and the other businesses in the area, can only welcome it.

“It’s going to be a big development but I’d want to know how long it’s going to take.

“I’m not sure where they’re up to with it but if there’s a meeting I will go along.

“It could bring employment and benefit at least a five-mile radius from Bootle.

“It will cost a lot of money but it can only be welcomed.”

Governors fighting against proposals that could close Captain Shaw’s School have cited a potential development at Wellbank as one of the reasons to keep the school open.

Reverend James Thomas, chairman of governors and clerk to Bootle Parish Council, said: “Any development, within reason, is good for the village.”

The meeting takes place on March 5 in Captain Shaw’s Hall in Main Street, Bootle, from 7pm.

Have your say

There are a few notable people that remind me of my early years growing up in Bootle. Visiting the cinema at Wellbank on a Thursday evening was one that Sergeant Major Dave Ashcroft, my scout master would long remember. Our Doctor was Andrew Pratt Yule. For several reasons he was something of a local hero, but the man I remember best, someone who should never be foregotten was the Reverand James Squires, vicar of Saint Michael of All Angels in Bootle. James Squires was a prsoner of war to the Japanese and throughout his ordeal he never gave up his faith. I remember his voice filling the church and inspiring everyone within it as it were only yesterday. I think that naming the development after James Squires would be most appropriate.

Posted by Les Moore on 22 February 2012 at 09:43

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