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Zip World Liverpool plans cancelled for Central Library after Joe Anderson steps in

02/09/2020

Joe Anderson has intervened and halted the plan for the zip wire attraction which was due to launch in Liverpool in 2021.

The Zip World experience would have seen adrenaline junkies leaving St. John Beacon and landing on Central Library, suspended high above St. Johns Gardens and St. George’s Hall.

Joe Anderson has given the following statement:

“ The Planning Committee is an independent group of councillors who have a quasi judicial role looking at the lawful application made by this company to operate a zip wire in this vicinity.

“The Committee agreed the planning officer’s recommendation and acted fairly and democratically in granting this application, despite what objectors say.

“As Mayor I do not interfere in the planning process. However, I do have the final decision on whether a building owned by the Council should be used in such a way.

“I have serious concerns about using this area, and having spoken to the company could not let them progress further, knowing I would not support it.

“I have today informed them that I will not give permission for any council owned building in this area to be used for the zip wire. They have accepted my position and we have mutually agreed to work together to identify an alternative option.

“I would like to thank Zip World for their co-operation and look forward to them working with us. Liverpool will always try and support imaginative ideas, especially those that can help us support businesses in difficult economic times.”

In July we spoke to owner of Zip World, Sean Taylor to find out why he chose Liverpool for the attraction. 

Commenting on Mayor Joe Anderson’s decision to help Zip World find an alternative location in Liverpool, Sean Taylor, President and Co-Founder of Zip World, said:

“All of us at Zip World respect the Mayor’s decision and we remain committed to working with him and Liverpool City Council to find a new landing point and resubmit a fresh plan. We have long said that we take  the views of all stakeholders seriously but even the doubters readily accept the huge economic contribution an attraction like Zip World can bring to Liverpool.
We have had tremendous support from the business community and despite the background  noise on social media, Zip World has a great deal of support from local people and families who want an exciting and established brand like ours in the city.
Yes this is a setback, but we are pressing ahead with our plans for other suitable activities in Liverpool. I am sure there is a big future for Zip World in Liverpool, indeed we regard the city as our very own capital!
We will announce details of a revised plan at the soonest possible opportunity.”

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