A neighbouring business has welcomed the decision to defer a ruling on a new bus hub for Liverpool’s Old Haymarket.
The proposed facility is part of a multi-million pound scheme to make the city centre easier to navigate for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.
Liverpool City Council’s planning committee yesterday (8 January) postponed a decision on an application for the proposed bus hub with another round of consultation now set to take place.
Mark Magill, co-owner of Old Haymarket’s Lovelocks Coffee Shop, was one of over 130 objectors to the proposals alongside residents and other local business operators who fear the bus hub would be hugely detrimental to the area.
However the local authority estimates the new hub, together with re-routed bus services, will take away “700,000 dead miles and 2,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide” by providing a permanent layover facility.
According to a document included with the council’s planning application for the proposed bus hub on a site currently used as a surface car park, it will provide a “much needed facility for buses servicing Queen Square bus station to lay-over, turn and provide a route via which they can exit the city”.
Speaking to Move Commercial following the planning committee meeting, Magill says “sensible action must be taken to ensure 1,700 buses aren’t dominating this tiny street every day”.
He adds: “We welcome the decision by the planning committee to defer the decision on the proposed bus hub.
“We hope that the further consultation with businesses and residents will make the issues of pollution, noise and vibrations clear.
“We are open to any discussion and conversation with Liverpool City Council and their partners at any point.”
During the same town hall meeting, controversial plans to turn a former Wavertree High Street pub into supported accommodation were given the green light.