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<b>Friday Sept 4:</b> Tesco Hope St plan abandoned and ex-Bunnymen member killed in motorbike crash....

Published on September 4th 2009.

TESCO HAS WITHDRAWN controversial plans to build an Express store on Hope Street. It is believed the supermarket giant abandoned its plans after growing public concern that it was not in keeping with the historic street and conservation area.

Tesco corporate affairs manager, Michael Kissman, said last night, “Our designs needed amending to be more in keeping with the conservation area, so we have decided to look for an alternative site” but added the company remained “committed” to Liverpool.

HUMAN REMAINS WERE DISCOVERED by council workers in a boarded-up house in Liverpool. The private property in Fitzgerald Road, Old Swan, had been empty for some time and the council was planning to carry out "dilapidation repairs" when the remains were found. Tests are now being carried out but police have said they are not treating the death as suspicious.

JAKE BROCKMAN, former keyboard player with Echo and the Bunnymen, has been killed in a motorbike crash on the Isle of Man.

Jake, was 53 and married. He lived in Bristol and was a sound recorder in the BBC's Natural History Unit. He died when his bike was in collision with a converted ambulance near Kirk Michael on Tuesday.

Known to fans as the "Fifth Bunnyman", he had been associated with the band since their 80s heyday and became a full-time member in 1989.

In 1989 the band's first drummer, Pete De Freitas, died in a similar crash at Formby.

MERSEYSIDE MPS ARE DEMANDING a maximum wage to prevent the return of extortionate City pay and bonuses. Birkenhead MP Frank Field and Bootle MP Joe Benton are among more than 30 Labour MPs pressurising on Gordon Brown to rein in the so-called “masters of the universe” as the end of the recession looms.

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9 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousSeptember 4th 2009.

I remember Jake Brockman was a lovely bloke. What a shock. RIP

ShaunSeptember 4th 2009.

PLANS to refurbish Hope Street’s Hahnemann Building into a boutique hotel have been approved by Liverpool City Council.Maghull Developments, the developer behind the proposed £80m investment in Liverpool’s Hope Street, now has planning consent to convert the Hahnemann Building at 42 Hope Street and its neighbour, 58 Hope Street, into a four star 50-bedroom boutique hotel with bar, restaurant and day-spa.So it doesn't matter that they have destroyed the Josephine Butler house which will now have to be demolished. A fcuking day spa on Hope St! For the WAGS! Start a facebook about that!

Josephene ButlerSeptember 4th 2009.

Excellent news that the Hope Street Tesco plan has been thrown out. Power to the people!!

ShaunSeptember 4th 2009.

Well more fool all those people getting all steamed up over where you can and can't buy a pint of milk. Have they got nothing better to do?

Disgruntled CitizenSeptember 4th 2009.

The Lib-Dem Council loves the Maghull group and bends over backwards to do everything it can to help them destroy irreplaceable building whilst raking in the profits.

exadversoSeptember 4th 2009.

Shaun has a right to voice his opinion Mr Neary, so why don't you belt up?

ShaunSeptember 4th 2009.

I still don't understand what all the fuss is about a Tesco's on hope st. Wouldn't you all be better directing your anger at the Maghull Group and running them out of town?

Mike NearySeptember 4th 2009.

Give it a go Shaun, or belt up.

AnonymousSeptember 4th 2009.

I still do think people like Mike Neary are getting a little too precious about a Tesco on Hope Street. I still don't know what all the fuss was about. So what? There's a Sainsbury's on Castle St. Isn't that all listed?

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