As a born and bred Merseysider currently working in Liverpool I would like to make the following points in response to your article, 'Renaissance man' (NCE last week), about the new regeneration plan for Liverpool City Centre.
The article is grossly unfair in describing previous regeneration work at the Albert Dock and the Garden Festival sites as 'a failure'. In the 1980s and '90s the Merseyside Development Corporation and its partners carried out sterling work in improving these areas.
The waterfront is already a major international tourist attraction. The Tate Gallery and Maritime Museum create local wealth and employment.
Moving around Liverpool one is struck by the vast number of local regeneration initiatives already in place, from Walton in the north, to Speke-Garston in the south and Netherley in the east.
A new initiative concentrating solely on the city centre will not, per se, solve all of Liverpool's problems. The 'clear strategic plan' must cover the whole of the city and be co-ordinated with master planning for the Merseyside region.
The basic cause of the relative decline of the city from one of the premier positions in the Empire to its current ranking is due to fundamental changes in world trade and manufacturing. The city is making major efforts to reposition itself on the world stage. It is wrong to assume that prestige buildings and civil engineering schemes alone will generate wealth. Education and training of the city's citizens to perform new roles is vital too.
The city workforce is proving itself adaptable to the new challenges.
Tim Dishman, firstname.lastname@example.org