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Fly-tipping and rodents cause misery to residents near New Chinatown site

Retired people living near the failed New Chinatown development likened the conditions in which they were living to a “slum.”

Rats, mice, and fly-tipping are among the headaches being faced by residents who live in the bungalows in Grenville Street South.

Irene Lloyd-Jones, 70, has lived in her bungalow for 20 years and now looks out on to the barriers surrounding the idle New Chinatown building site.

The project was due to deliver hundreds of apartments to be built below the Anglican Cathedral.

Some of the shocking scenes of fly-tipping in Cookson Street, not far from the stalled New Chinatown development
Some of the shocking scenes of fly-tipping in Cookson Street, not far from the stalled New Chinatown development
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Since work started 12 months ago, Irene said she has had to deal with rats in her back garden, mice in her home, and constant fly-tipping at a derelict block of flats in nearby Cookson Street.

She added: “We never had problems like this before.

“Fly-tippers drop the stuff and they don’t get caught.

“It’s terrible living in the midst of all this, and it must also look bad when tourists go past to take pictures of the cathedral.

“The site is just an eysesore. It feels like living in a slum.”

Some of the shocking scenes of fly-tipping in Cookson Street, not far from the stalled New Chinatown development
Some of the shocking scenes of fly-tipping in Cookson Street, not far from the stalled New Chinatown development
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Irene said that, after raising the issue of rodents with the council, a pest control team had visited her home to lay down some poison.

The huge New Chinatown project collapsed last week after developer North Point Global (NPG) announced it was pulling out of all its stalled Liverpool projects saying its image was “damaged beyond salvage”.

It followed the council’s decision to start legal proceedings against the NPG-linked Chinatown Development Company (CDC) over its failure to deliver the New Chinatown scheme.

Some of the shocking scenes of fly-tipping in Cookson Street, not far from the stalled New Chinatown development
Some of the shocking scenes of fly-tipping in Cookson Street, not far from the stalled New Chinatown development
(Image: Handout)

The development would have been home to Chinese businesses and attracted investment from individuals in Hong Kong, China and beyond.

The council, which says it is owned £950,000 by the developer, has vowed to get New Chinatown back on track and protect investors’ money. It also said it had passed information about the development to the National Crime Agency.

Other NPG developments in Liverpool which are now at a standstill include the Pall Mall scheme and developments in the Baltic Triangle.

A council spokesperson said the authority could not comment on North Point Global due to potential legal action against CDC, adding: “We take pest control very seriously and advise any residents having problems with rodents to contact the city council as soon as possible.”

To make an appointment with the pest control team, call 0151 233 3001.

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