Croxteth residents received an early Christmas present with the news that a new nursery is being built at the old Stand Farm pub site.
Neighbourhood Services Company (NSC) has recently taken ownership of the site, which sits on the edge of Croxteth Park and for years has fallen into disrepair, and hope to have an operational nursey by January 2018.
Lisa Jennions, Business Development Manager at NSC, said, “We are really excited about the plans for the site. We know that there’s been a demand for nursery facilities in the area and we have experience running nurseries elsewhere in Croxteth and in Dovecot so it seemed a perfect fit. We hope this can be the beginning of an exciting period of regeneration for the area!”
Originally the Fir Tree pub, it closed in 2008 before unsuccessfully reopening in 2010 as the Stand Farm pub.
Since closing again in 2013, the site has become an eyesore for community members as it has become increasingly dilapidated.
With the threat of the site being left empty, on October 1 NSC agreed a deal with the previous owner Enterprise PLC to let Enterprise buy out their contract at a reduced rate.
Since then, NSC has not wasted any time in developing plans to restore the site, which were unveiled at a well-attended residents meeting in November.
Croxteth councillor Anthony Lavelle said: “I fully support the plans and what NSC has proposed to do, and the majority of residents also support the idea. This has been something that residents have wanted to see happen and it’s been long overdue.”
William Smith from the Croxteth Park Residents Association said: “It’s a big relief to see such an amazing building put into good use once more, this is an opportunity to employ local people and give parents a convenient place to put the children in safety. Already the landscapers are making a difference and this will really lift the area. Well done to the new owners.”
At the meeting, there were further plans discussed for the site such as room space to hire for activities, an events space for weddings and other special occasions. There were also hopes for a potential mini-supermarket development for the area.
Cllr Lavelle said, “The building has been an eye sore for the best part of a decade for the estate. Part of it fell into decay, so it’s great that NSC are spending the time and money in order to bring it back into use. People in general are just happy that the grass is being cut, the fence is being pulled down, the shutters are coming up and the windows are being restored. I think people welcome the estate looking nicer and the nursery facility and an events space is an added bonus!”