Granby Four Streets

In 2009 a group of local residents took direct action to improve their local living environment. They had been living among a large number of derelict houses that had been left to fall into disrepair and were earmarked for demolition by Liverpool City Council as part of Government’s Housing Market Renewal Programme.

The residents did a range of things to improve the local environment, including cleaning the local streets, painting the boarded up houses and planting flowers and plants in the streets and surrounding areas. While doing this they realised that there was appetite among those living in the local area to begin broadening out the direct action, specifically to do something about the empty homes. The community formalised the work they were doing in 2011 and registered as an industrial and provident society within which Granby Four Streets CLT was formed.