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From rice mill to rumour mill

No grain of truth in story of Heaps demolition go-ahead

Written by . Published on July 9th 2014.

From rice mill to rumour mill

SECTIONS of Liverpool's media found itself in Heaps of bother today after reporting that the contoversial demolition of a historic rice mill was set to go ahead.

And campaigners wanting to save the mill from an appointment with the grim grinder were sent into a frenzy when news circulated the city that its fate would be sealed by councillors this coming Tuesday.

Chinese whispers added extra spice to the speculation: was the old mill doomed to be cleared before Government inspectors had chance to slap a protection order on it later this month?

After all, other cherished buildings have been removed or defaced before spot listing by English Heritage could be considered.

Flats Heaps Rice Mill 

But it turned out it was no more than a mistake in the Echo, but quickly seized on and repeated by bloggers, all saying that planning officers were recommending approval of the mill’s demolition to make way for a big redevelopment scheme.

In fact, the item recommended for approval on Tuesday is for a multi-million pound scheme next to the Baltic Fleet pub, lodged by local firm Neptune for what is known as the Joseph Lamb site. It is currently a part finished development started by the Windsor Group and halted several years ago, now, when the project hit the skids.

Facing Wapping Warehouse, the Lamb site is currently one of the biggest eyesores in the World Heritage zone, and its rescue is likely to be welcomed.

Baltic botherBaltic bother: But the Heaps mill is going nowhere yet

Liverpool City Council confirmed to Confidential that the Heap’s site is NOT on next week’s agenda.

The story was swiftly removed from the Echo’s website after council officials pointed out the error, but it was too late to be pulled from the print edition. A correction is expected to be published tomorrow.
There are currently three separate projects in that area of the so-called Baltic Triangle: Heaps, the adjoining site once occupied by merchant navy outfitters Greenbergs and the Lamb site which fronts onto Wapping.

However the story survived long enough to spark panic and SOS messages beaming across the region among campaigners and preservationists, with even the opposition Green Party sending out a press statement declaring its intention to oppose Tuesday's "decision".

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AnonymousJuly 9th 2014.


John BradleyJuly 9th 2014.

I smell a giant rat.

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AnonymousJuly 9th 2014.

You omitted the word "like"?

AnonymousJuly 10th 2014.

Ee by gum, yer can't trust a paper printed in Greater Manchester these days. Whatever next. I blame lady Doreen and Sir Trevor for all of this mess. If they hadn't flogged the site of their ship supply place, Joseph Lamb was it called, we'd all be happy. I look at the rice mill and I think to meself, would I want to live in that place? I'm thinking not. Pull the bloody place down and lets get on wi' it.

AnonymousJuly 10th 2014.

There is a lot of bollox talked about this and a lot of righteous indignation by some folk. Not a single one of those who wants to save it has come up with a good ideas for its reuse.

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Seychelles SteveJuly 10th 2014.

I say knock it down and build something useful. What is it good for?

AnonymousJuly 10th 2014.

You sure you're not Edwin Starr?

IanJuly 11th 2014.

Could it not be converted to a hotel. There are examples of this around the world?

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JayJuly 11th 2014.

If I was a hotel operator wanting to open a hotel on that site, my first thought would be to demolish the rice mill

John BradleyJuly 11th 2014.

There are examples around Liverpool, may be to many.

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