Secretary of state for the Environment,, in the early 80's, Michael Heseltine set up the International Garden Festival by the River Mersey in 1984 in response to the Toxteth riots.He said in Parliament that after the 6 month festival was over that a small amount of the land would be built on with homes and that the rest would be 'a gift of additional green parklands for the people of Liverpool'.These houses he mentioned were built about 20 years ago .
The House of Commons have a stenographer who records everything spoken in what is called the 'Hansard Register'.Michael Heseltine's speech is recorded in this register.
Google: 'hansford register heseltine liverpool garden festival' for related reading.
I have also found a very interesting speech by Mr.Patrick Jenkins (197w dated 19/12/84) when I googled 'hansard register millbank systems' and searched 'liverpool garden festival' regarding the future of the site.
So....how come our land is in the hands of property developers to build 1,300 apartments? LangtreeMcLean paid about £12,000,000 for this green space.
I have sent an email to Lord Heseltine at the House of Lords to invite him to attend and speak at our event in the TATE Liverpool's '5th Floor exhibition' on Sunday January 11th 2009 2-4pm on the 4th floor in the 'International Festival' space.