One of Liverpool’s most celebrated hospitality hot-spots is the next area to be transformed as part of the groundbreaking “Liverpool Without Walls” programme.
Lark Lane in Aigburth, which sits at the corner of Sefton Park in South Liverpool, will become a one-way road from Monday, 20 July to enable restaurants on the iconic street to use areas outside their businesses to increase the number of people they can serve under social distancing guidelines.
The temporary move is the latest pilot scheme for ‘Liverpool Without Walls’, an initiative by Liverpool City Council, Liverpool BID and Liverpool Chamber of Commerce.
New government legislation on outdoor dining is expected to come into force on 20 July and the council has established an online form for businesses to apply for a pavement licence to take advantage, the fee for which will be waived.
The pilot scheme will also ensure eateries on Lark Lane are primed to capitalise on the new “eat out to help out” voucher which the government announced yesterday.
The first phase of “Liverpool Without Walls” involved the part pedestrianisation of Bold Street and Castle Street, in the city centre, which led to a number of eateries successfully opening up their outdoor areas last Saturday, 4 July.
It is estimated that these street dining schemes, which will be reviewed in consultation with business and residents, will add up to 1,000 hospitality covers a day across the city.
The new one-way system on Lark Lane, which allows vehicles to only enter from the Aigburth Road end, will include a series of new traffic measures to ensure the safe movement of residents and visitors throughout the day.
These safety measures include:
• Existing parking bays between Lark Way and Linnet Lane will be altered using signage and cones to provide footway for pedestrians.
• Existing Keep Clear traffic order for Auckland College will not be affected.
• Provision for loading bays, disabled parking bays and “open” parking bays throughout the north of the street between Lark Way to Lucerne Street and Pelham Grove to Linnet Lane.
• Waverley Road and Little Parkfield Road will also be one-way.
Lark Lane Neighbourhood Association has been working on a community Action Plan over the past couple of years. Leading this work is committee member Graham Marshall, who is also an Expert Advisor to the High Streets Task Force and Department for Communities NI working on high street policy development.
“We were looking forward to getting the Action Plan off the ground when the Covid pandemic hit and brought everything to a halt. Because we had a plan and a network of local people discussing it, we were able to react positively and engage with the council proactively in these rapidly changing times. It’s not how anyone would choose to move forward but creating a safe and accessible pedestrian environment is a priority that must override all other considerations. A key element of the Action Plan from a community perspective is addressing the negative impact of traffic and this essential need for social distancing gives us a great opportunity to experience what the Lane can be like with reduced traffic and a greater focus on people.”
Full details of the alterations, times and restrictions around Lark Lane, as well as details on “Liverpool Without Walls”, can be found online at www.loveyourliverpool.com