The Avenues Neighbourhood Network (TANN) covers the following roads in Liverpool: Arundel, Rossett, Gresford, Hawarden, Halkyn, Cumberland, Rutland, York, Cheltenham, Buckingham, Lancaster, Sydenham and Brompton Avenues, as well as Ullet Walk, Sherry Court, Walter Beilin Court, Rex Cohen Court and Lathbury Lane and the sides of Hartington Road, Ullet Road and Smithdown Road, which border this area.


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BALSAM - Treatments for body, mind and soul
8 York Avenue L17 2AS
Tel: 0151 733 1014

Alkash Newsagents
148 Smithdown Road Liverpool 17

Nile Take-away
196 Smithdown Road Liverpool L15 3JI
Tel: 0151 735 1655


New year greetings

To TANN residents, wishing you a happy and healthy 2018 and hoping to see you at our meetings this year! If you're arranging local events, do let us know so that we can publicise and support them. Email

Local planning applications: 13-15 Arundel Avenue

A planning application on behalf of Mr. A. Skeefe has been received in relation to this vacant site. The application, reference number 17F /2680, is to erect an apartment block for 8 x 3 bed and 2 x 2 bed apartments with associated parking and landscaping. The application including forms and plans are available online using the Planning Explorer at If you wish to discuss the application with the case officer, you must make an appointment by telephoning or emailing as per the contact details below. If you have any comments to make on this application, you should write as soon as possible quoting the above application reference number and unique ID. Comments can also be made online up to the date stated using the Planning Explorer as above or by emailing Only comments relating to planning considerations will be taken into account in reaching a decision. Please note that any comments sent can be seen by members of the public, including the applicant. Due to the large volume of comments received we are not able to acknowledge any comments received You could, if you wish, copy in your local councillors. Local Councillor Laura Robertson-Colllins has indicated that she does not oppose the application in principle but would be very concerned about the design - as the new build flats at site at 21-23 Arundel Ave still have the wrong windows despite the Conservation Area rules. "The rules on shape & colour of windows , doors , roof slates, etc here are highly valued by residents - it is vital all re- build respects the style of the Edwardian houses - and these will be replacement buildings, not new build. The site at 13 -15 Arundel ave is the site of two 3-storey houses, so we would expect similar sized provision , and not over-development." She is also concerned about the cemetery wall at the back of the site that has been damaged by landlords in the past.

Liverpool’s Fashionable Suburb: the Victorian villas of Sefton Park. A not-to-be-missed talk

When Sefton Park opened in 1872, it was the largest Victorian park in Britain. Straight away, its magnificent landscape became the focus for an exclusive new suburb of grand villas, populated by rich merchants and ship owners. This talk, by Joseph Sharples, will explore the architecture and interior decoration of these extravagant houses, and the social lives of their occupants. Joseph Sharples wrote the Pevsner Architectural Guide to Liverpool (2004). He was a curator at the Walker Art Gallery from 1990 to 2001, and later worked as a researcher at the University of Liverpool, investigating the architectural patronage of Liverpool’s Victorian merchants. He curated the exhibition Merchant Palaces: Liverpool and Wirral Mansions Photographed by H. Bedford Lemere at the Lady Lever Art Gallery in 2007. Tickets 7.50. Refreshments available. Booking is essential by calling the Palm House on 0151 726 9304.

Sefton Park Vitality Trail

Liverpool City Council has appointed Dowhigh Limited to carry out the Sefton Park Vitality Trail programme of works. beginning on Monday 23rd October 2017 and lasting for about 12 weeks. The area concerned is from Croxteth Gate and work will consist of installing the infrastructure for a timber fitness trail - hopefully completed by late January 2018. For any further information please contact Irene Hopkins: Community liaison officer on 07717 805769 or

Support local industry: Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool

Previewed at FACT, this film from Avenues resident sometime actor, screenwriter and film-maker Pete Turner, will be on general release in November. It's based on the memoir of his relationship with film star Gloria Grahame. Take a hanky.

Fed up with your money going to the Big 6? Find out about the LECCY

The LECCY, the Liverpool Energy Community Company, has launched new cheaper winter energy tariffs to help residents from Liverpool and the surrounding area to save money on their winter fuel bills. This includes a new one-year fixed tariff for credit customers and a low-cost, pay-as-you-go tariff for prepayment customers. For more details see frequently asked questions

Lathbury House - an update

Local councillor Laura Robertson-Collins reports that some local residents have been alarmed to see the removal of windows from Lathbury House. It seems the site, comprising both Lathbury House and Croxteth Lodge, has been sold for redevelopment though no planning application has yet been made. A representative for the site developer claims that some strip-out work has been carried out on the site and some windows have been removed and boarded because of vandalism. Watch this space for further news.

Exploring Materials: art class with Clare Flinn

From January, one class will be running at Ullet Road Church and there will be a second at Cain's Village.

Exploring Materials: art class with Clare Flinn

A new course starts in January with a Monday morning class at Ullet Road Church and a Tuesday class at Cain's Village.

Congratulations Laura

Laura Robertson-Collins, one of our hardworking Greenbank councillors, has survived a charity climb for Marie Curie up Mount Olympus. "It took 3 days to go up to the top and down again, with 2 nights in a refuge on the mountain whilst there - refuge is incredible place with very cold water showers, v basic 'facilities', sleeps 110 people a night - and had 70 different nationalities passing through this summer." The picture shows Laura on the descent!

Citizen of Honour

Congratulations to TANN resident and regeneration expert Mike Parkinson who has been made a Citizen of Honour of the city

47 Arundel Avenue - Planning application 17F/3306

A third application has been lodged in relation to this property which borders the entrance to the cemetery from Arundel Avenue. Two previous applications have been rejected, the last for a 2 storey dwelling in the back garden of this house in multiple occupation. This application is for a single storey dwelling. Local councillors continue to object to developments on this property. If you want to express an opinion you can email or write to Planning and Building Control, Liverpool City Council L2 2DH

Richie the Ranger's January Walks

This year, most of Richie's walks will take place mid-week but with a weekend one once a month.

Sefton Park Cricket Club

This is a great local resource and they have a lively programme throughout the year. Keep an eye on our events section for details.

Penny Lane

Free Daytime Courses at Penny Lane Trust - there will be a new 'Arts and Craft Course' starting on Tuesday 7th March at 9.30am open to all residents, held at the Penny Lane Trust on Penny Lane, L18 1BW (opposite top of Ramilies Road). The course is provided free (via Granby Toxteth Devt Trust) and will be looking at a range of crafts.... Penny Lane Trust also have a Men's Group on Monday afternoons, and others courses such as quilt making and chair yoga.... Ring on 0151 733 7245

A new start at St. Agnes

Welcome (belatedly) to Fr. Derek Lloyd who comes from Lichfield diocese to take charge of St. Agnes and St. Pancras. We hope that he'll be happy in the Avenues!

The Great Get Together

On Saturday 17th June, in brilliant sunshine, the Quaker Burial Ground and Community Garden hosted a community lunch in memory and celebration of the life of Jo Cox M.P. who was murdered a year ago. See News for further details.

The Quaker Burial Ground and Community Garden

The garden will be closed from December to February but, when it re-opens, volunteer help would be greatly appreciated by the small band who work so hard there. Make 2018 the year you go and look at this lovely oasis in Arundel Avenue

Pottery Classes at lark Lane Community Centre

We offer a series of pottery classes for beginners as well as more experienced potters. We use a wide variety of techniques both on the wheel and by hand-building. Instruction in a wide range of ceramic techniques including indexhand building and the potters wheel, in a well equipped studio. Classes (led by John Parker) Tuesdays 7pm -9pm Led by John Parker Wednesdays 10am – 12pm 1pm – 3pm 7pm – 9pm Thursdays 7pm -9pm Led by John Parker Saturdays 1pm – 3pm 3pm – 5pm Led by John Parker Fee: 10 per session (2 hours). You can ‘pay as you go’. There is a small charge of 1 per 1lb weight for finished items. Please call the main office for information, or visit our facebook page: fbook Because it can get busy it is best to contact John Parker in advance on 07817 976 422 to check capacity.

Liverpool Citizen Advocacy and The Agnes Woodford Project

The Agnes Woodford Project, which is hosted by Liverpool Citizen Advocacy, is a unique partnership between small organisations and individuals working within the Lodge Lane and Avenues area of the city. The Project regularly holds lunchtime socials and hosts Singing for the Brain sessions, which are an Alzheimers Society initiative. Future plans include developing visiting and befriending schemes in the area for isolated members of the community. They hold regular community lunches and they have regular quiz and supper nights, the next one scheduled for Friday 9th March. The Project is named after Agnes Woodford who died in October 2010 in Sunnyside residential home on the corner of Sydenham Avenue and Ullet Road. She was 91. She had spent a lifetime of service to others in Liverpool and Sefton through befriending, visiting and advocacy. For the last two and a half years of her life, she was an active member of the local community here. Liverpool Citizen Advocacy recently celebrated its 25th anniversary and are asking us to become supporters and funders of their work. For membership see form or to make a donation, please see donation form If you would like to know more about the Project, please contact Joe Monaghan on 734 3047 or at

More Yoga and a Theatre Club

You could spend most of your waking hours at Ullet Road Church. Now there are plans for an additional Yoga class run by Jacqueline Carter who already holds evening classes there. This one will hopefully be on a Tuesday but is on hold at present as Jacqueline has been out of action following an accident. And, if you're interested in occasional outings to the theatre, ask minister Phil Waldron about their theatre club: / 07828883484

Meet your neighbour over a hot novel or a cool classic

Ullet Reads Book Group started on 2nd June and meets on the first Thursday of each month, 19.00 - 21.00. Ullet Road Unitarian Church (via York Avenue entrance). Contact Anne on

Brush up your French conversation

Le Petit Atelier Francais which already holds children's classes, is starting a conversation class for adults at Ullet Road Church.

Ullet Road Unitarian Church

As well as being a spectacular building, Ullet Road Church hosts lots of both regular and one-off community events. And kindly hosts our TANN meetings. Keep in touch through their facebook page.

One Tree Per Child

The ‘One tree Per Child’ campaign is a great way that everyone can get involved in protecting our planet. The campaign wants every child planting one tree as part of primary school activity. Local Councillor Lawrence Brown is asking Liverpool City Council to join Bristol in supporting the campaign by covering the cost of tree seedlings. TANN residents could help by suggesting places locally where a tree could be planted and talking to their local schools.


Resident Elspeth McLean reminds us that batteries and Tetrapaks can be recycled with battery banks at most supermarkets and Tetrapaks at big branches of Tesco and at the Otterspool tip - sorry, Household Waste Recycling Centre. You should take your energy saving light bulbs to Otterspool too as they contain mercury. But you can save energy by leaving all these items in the labelled tubs in Elspeth's garden at 19 Cheltenham Avenue: she will then take them to Otterspool for you.

Yoga for Kids

There's a Monday evening class at Ullet Road Unitarian Church Hall (York Avenue entrance).

Discover your creative self!

Find out about the Liverpool Community Arts course which runs at the Unitarian Church Hall.

Renewable Energy Co-op nears target

Fundraising for the new Cooperative announced at TANN’s last meeting on 16th March has now achieved over 65,000 of its initial target of 80,000...

Friends of Toxteth Cemetery

This group is seeking to become a charity. One of their aims is to safeguard the cemetery chapel and there are some great photos of it on their facebook page. Their next meeting is scheduled for 28th March - venue to be confirmed.

Sefton Park Meadows included in Strategic Green Spaces Review

Group Acupuncture and Therapy Training at the Eco Offices

As part of the development of the Ullet Road Eco Offices into a therapy and well being centre, a weekly group acupuncture session has been started, using a method called 'Acudetox'. See Read More for further details. Training sessions for a wide range of holistic therapies, suitable for beginner and professional therapists alike, are starting here at the end of April. See Blend Therapy for further details of the therapy and First Aid training on offer. Reiki therapy training is also available here from Beth Hunt

20 mph limits

The area around Greenbank Road / Crawford Road - including Greenbank Road itself - has now been agreed as a 20 mph zone and the signage for this should go up soon. Local councillors are now liaising with Liverpool University on the location for the new pedestrian crossing on Greenbank Road. Councillors have also been lobbying to have North Mossley Hill Road included in the 20 mph zone and consultation letters should have been sent out from Highways to local residents who have until 21st November 2014 to return their responses. There is also an opportunity for residents to reply to the questionnaire online via the following link - For other council news.....

Pilates at the Unitarian Church

From January 2015, the church is hosting weekly Pilates classes on Tuesday evenings. See below for details...

The Quaker Burial Ground Community Garden

Congratulations to the small band of stalwart gardeners who've transformed the Burial Ground in such a short time. The sun shone on their grand opening and there was a lovely turnout of TANN residents to admire the transformation. Soon there'll be bee hives too! If you'd like to get involved in the development of this lovely spot, contact Jan on 07762089728.

Support the Palm House

Back from another lovely event at the Palm House and, as ever, grateful to those who fought so hard to have it restored and re-opened. With your help, the Sefton Park Palm House Preservation Trust can help keep the building and plant collection maintained and open for visitors and put on the programme of free and heavily subsidised events we all enjoy. Become a Friend: your subscription matters. Become a Volunteer. Assist and greet visitors and tell them about the Palm House at Trust events; give guided tours to both adult and school parties; help collate Friends Packs and large mail-outs; raise awareness of the Palm House. Put a donation in their red post box. If you'd like to know more, email

Dafna remembers ...

One of the area's most iconic shops. Let's have some more local entrepreneurs like her.

Conservation Rules Update

A written reply (see end of News article) was issued to John Garrett and Mike Hogan attending the Select Committee on Regeneration meeting on Thursday 19th September. The TANN Conservation Rules committee had raised a question on the apparent lack of progress over the joint working party with TANN over Conservation Rules and Energy Saving measures, including the vexed question of sash windows...

Toxteth Cemetery Restoration Campaign

Picton Ward Councillor Tim Beaumont is spearheading a campaign to restore our local cemetery, dating from 1856. Most of the 5 listed buildings, including the beautiful cemetery chapel,and 9 listed funeral monuments, are in need of urgent restoration If you would like to be involved in the campaign contact Tim Beaumont or call him on: 0151-225-2366.The next meeting of the group will take place at 18.00 on Sept. 3rd at Wellington Avenue Methodist Church

City Planning Officers visit Lancaster Avenue

Council planning officers came to Lancaster Avenue for a third meeting with TANN on Conservation Area rules on Wednesday 15th May, the first following agreement on setting up a joint working group with TANN representatives, the city planning department, Christine Darbyshire, the council officer most responsible the City's Green policy, and a Green Deal assessor. Resident Mike Hogan, who was refused permission to replace his bay sash windows with casements, even though most of his neighbours had already gone down this route, had first canvassed the other residents in the street, and found a large majority in favour of a relaxation of the restrictions. Rob Burns, the Urban Design and Heritage Manager, and Peter Hoey, the Senior Conservation Officer, walked up and down the avenue to see the situation for themselves. The other major subject for discussion was on how to implement solid wall insulation in conservation areas like ours, to improve the thermal efficiency of our homes whilst retaining the appearance of the street. It was agreed to bring in both a Green Deal Assessor and a Heritage expert, assess three ‘archetype’ properties in the area, and look at options for reducing fuel costs. Early indications are that a hybrid form of wall insulation may well be recommended – internal at the front (to retain the appearance at the front) and external at the back, sides and outrigger, but much more work needs to be done around suggested detailing around windows, doors and roof lines, and the implications for roofs and rainwater disposal resulting from the thicker walls, as well as ventilation issues. Fuller notes will be published on this meeting in due course. For some background to the discussions, see the minutes of the previous meeting below…

Looking for a new home in South Liverpool?

Just down the road from the Avenues, the Granby Community Land Trust is planning to refurbish the existing unoccupied houses in Beaconsfield, Cairns and Jermyn Streets, and possibly rebuild those in Ducie Street, in partnership with developer H-D Social Investments, a local housing co-op and housing associations Plus Dane and Liverpool Mutual Homes. They are looking for people to move into the four streets, either to rent or buy. If you want to register your interest, or simply keep abreast of developments for the future, then complete the form below and send to Eleanor Lee of the Granby Four Streets Trust at the address given. See link below.

... or how about building your own?

Also, a number of people are trying to get the Council to allocate land for self built eco homes, and have recently been sent maps of potential locations. For further information, email Geoff Cunningham at

Officers re-elected at TANN AGM

All officers were re-elected at the TANN AGM on 19th November - Dave Cummings as chair, Brenda Henley as secretary, Hetty Wood as treasurer and John Garrett as vice chair. Residents discussed a number of local issues, starting with crowd and traffic management at the City Firework display in Sefton Park. A number of residents criticised the positioning of steel barriers around the park which created a risk of pedestrians being crushed, as well as the lack of buses to the event, leading to vehicle gridlock in the Avenues for several hours. Dinah Dossor volunteered to draft a letter to those responsible for City Transport and Events for the TANN secretary to send. Other items discussed were some new alternatives to the Sefton Park perimeter road traffic proposals following the recent consultations, raised by Martin Dobson. On the Conservation Rules discussions with the Cabinet Member and Planning Department, no follow-up meeting date had yet been advised. Laura Robertson-Collins and Mike Hogan would contact the council side. It was reported that a revised planning application had been submitted for the Solna Hotel proposal. The recent closure of local independent food shops was again discussed, though Jan Pell recommened the new Polish Deli opposite Aldi. Fuller minutes will be published in due course.

Residents challenge Conservation Area rules

A number of Avenues residents planning to replace their front windows have been in correspondence with the city Planning Department over rules insisting they use traditional sash windows. In some cases, they were replacing totally unsuitable windows installed before Conservation Area designation with more compatible ones. Mike Hogan, whose own application was refused, explains 'I am writing this to give my experience, and my own opinions about conservation rules, so that people who live in the area are aware of what they face if they want to do improvement works to their homes ...

Do you know about the Green Deal?

Chilly houses, draughty windows and stratospheric fuel bills.... Is this the price we have to pay for living in the Avenues, so rich in Victorian and Edwardian style, artefacts and stories, and rightly designated as one of the city’s conservation areas? Or can something be done about the cost of staying warm and about the tonnes of carbon dioxide we collectively pump into the sky to do so? Is this where the Green Deal comes in? The Green Deal, a key part of our national commitment to reduce carbon emissions by at least 80% by 2050, is due to start in Autumn 2012 ...

Police urge residents to register their property on website

Writing in the April police newsletter for Greenbank ward, Constable Colin Graham urged residents to register their property on this database to assist in the detection and return of stolen property...

Family Yoga with Yoga Bears - Sefton Park Palmhouse
Wedding Fayre - Sefton Park Palmhouse
Liverpool City Advocacy supper Quiz Night - St. Bede's Church Hall (Fern Grove/Hartington Rd.
Yoga in the Palm House
Sefton Park Palm House
9.30am - 10.30am Harmony of the nervous, circulatory, muscular, endocrine systems LUNGS & HEART experience the balance. Everyone is welcome. There is no need to book, just turn up with your mat and we look forward to seeing you! More information at 6 per class or 20.00 for a block booking of 4 classes
Painting Classes
Lark Lane Community Centre
Everybody is welcome to this laid back and unique painting session led by professional artist Emma Dwyer. Each session will focus on a different technique and visual theme. Relaxed enough for the absolute beginner, laced with nuggets of expert theory that will ensure everybody learns something new. Artist quality acrylic paint, mixing palettes, brushes and cartridge paper all provided, so all you need to bring is yourself. You are more than welcome to bring your own materials, e.g. brushes, paints and paper if you wish. Every Tuesday 10.00-12.30 10 per session. Price includes all the materials, tea, coffee and biscuits you require. Please contact Emma on 07873 174 265 for further information and booking. You can also find more information on our website Twitter: @livartclasses Facebook:
New Yoga Class at Ullet Road
Ullet Road Unitarian Church Hall (York Avenue)
A new class running from 10.30 to 11.30 from April 4th 2017. For details contact Jacqueline on / 07905299408
Senior Citizens Lunch Club
Lark Lane Community Centre
SMLLCA runs a Senior Citizens Lunch Club twice a week, serving three course meals, prepared on the premises, for a cost of only 2. Lunch is served at 12.45 pm on Tuesdays and 1:00 pm on Fridays. We also provide transport to and from the centre for many of our members, but at the moment the bus is full and there is a waiting list for this service. Bingo On Tuesdays we have a bingo session straight after lunch which is well attended and starts at 2pm. We also have occasional outings and visits from entertainers. Please give Rupert a ring on 0151 728 7884 if you are interested in joining this activity and he will give you more details.
Craft & Chat (with Knit and Natter)
St. Bede's Church, Hartington Road
1.30pm until 3pm. Active Citizenship Initiative; further details from Joe Monaghan 0151 734 3047 or email
Table Tennis
Ullet Road Unitarian Church Hall, York Avenue
14.00 - 16.00. All welcome.
Argentine Tango in Liverpool
Ullet Road Unitarian Church Hall, York Avenue
A variety of classes from beginner to more experienced and some social dancing. for more details contact 07814102619 or email
Live Music at Kelly's Dispensary

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