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I was totally surprised to see how Speke had picked itself out of the gutter and was well on its way to joining a civilised society. I was hard pressed to find even a piece of litter on any of the streets that I walked down. I could not see any houses boarded up save for one, which was for sale.The old South Parade shopping center had gone, save for one or two shops and it had been replaced with a brand new shopping center with a good selection of goods to choose from. The old library located on Central Avenue was now a child care center and looked like it was being well used by the local mothers. There was a beautiful bright, brand new library that was well stocked with books and seemed to be doing good business at 10am in the morning.The shops at the bottom or top of Western Avenue had been spruced up a bit to conceal their decay. However I did find a lot of litter there on two of the side gardens. Mostly paper but one garden had an old broken pram under all the paper. That was the only bad portion of Speke that I could find. I walked down Allsaints Road, which is always a delight because the property in that area is always kept in such good condition...really nice area.When I reached the church (All Saints) I was surprised to see the condition of the wooded area of the church property, located at the bottom of Greyhound farm Road. This area when we were kids used to be a dense wooded area and all kinds of birds used to nest there. There used to be huge Horse Chestnut trees growing all through the woods but now there are very few bushes, the chestnut trees are long gone and the whole area is overgrown and littered. Surely the church have sufficient funding to clean this area up.How about the Boy Scouts or Guides, Brownies doing something for the church....it's not impossible and it is your church so why not clean that area up. I spent 10 or 20 minutes chatting with people who were attending grave sites of family and I think I made some new friends. I went on to the Cresent shops and also found that this area had been cleaned up and most if not all the graffiti had been removed. Only three shops were open when I was there and a local lad was telling me..." De keep gettin cars pushed throught the front of dem don't de, so de closed der doors" No insentive for anyone to carry on a business under those conditions.All in all I enjoyed my visit to Speke and it has certainly improved from the last time I was there. Well done Speke lovely to see.
Last Edited By: tom2002 Dec 6 16 5:47 PM. Edited 1 time