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European funding for Liverpool green projects

Liverpool City Council has announced that a number of projects within the city have been awarded funding from a European climate grant.

From an original list of 100 cities, only five were chosen to be backed by the Sustainable Cities Mobility Challenge which looks to promote projects that support the transition to cleaner and greener transport. Those able to submit proposals include city councils, municipalities, or local authorities within European Union member states, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

Around the edge of Liverpool City Centre, four projects will benefit from the investment boost, including:

  • Environmentally friendly paving will be trialled in an area that is at risk of flooding, with this supporting improved drainage as well as enhancing local biodiversity
  • Active travel upgrades that will improve an existing path that is currently inaccessible to users. Adjacent low-grade amenity space will be upgraded through native species planting to increase pollinator counts.
Liverpool infographic

All of these projects come as part of the city council’s URBAN GreenUP push to use green and water spaces to futureproof communities against the predicted impacts of climate change, with this work being developed alongside partners. Development work includes tests to identify how nature-based solutions can be retrofitted into urban spaces to bring environmental, social, and economic benefits.

Liverpool City Council’s Director of Transportation and Highways, Andy Mollon, said:

“Liverpool is committed to creating cleaner, greener, and more people-centred transport options, which is why we’re investing millions of pounds to improve active travel networks across the city to achieve exactly that.

“Liverpool prides itself on innovation and we’re also looking at new ways to deliver greener methods in highway construction, so sustainability and how we encourage biodiversity is rooted in everything we do from the materials in our roads to how people travel on them.”

So far, the city council has delivered 40 URBAN GreenUP projects across Liverpool.

 

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