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When New Labour were elected to a 'decade of power' under Tony Blair in 1997. A scheme to regenerate neglected urban land in inner city areas was hatched – Known as the ‘HOUSING MARKET RENEWAL INITIATIVE’, (HMRI) Millions of pounds of European money was made available to local authorities and private sector building contractors to deliver the 'New Heartland’s' Project.
With more funding on offer for a ‘clear-all’ policy, many properties in perfectly good condition were compulsory purchased and demolished. The authorities ignoring the ‘patch and mend’ philosophy, recommended by those homeowners who didn’t want to sell or move from houses they were born in.
SAVE OUR STREETS tells the story of Hermitage Grove – An oasis in the middle of the old ‘Bootle Klondyke’ area of North Liverpool, and the residents fight to save their houses from local authority bulldozers. Hermitage Grove, a proud street where neighbours take pride in their homes and foster a community spirit. A cul-de sac of terraced cottages, which if they were situated in a pretty costal fishing village in Cornwall would cost a million pounds.
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