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Group ‘humbled’ after raising funds for city flyover feasibility study | in Liverpool Echo 16/04/14

By Eleanor Barlow

Friends of the Flyover raised the £40,861 needed to carry out study

Friends of the Flyover team

Friends of The Flyover, from left to right, Mark Bennett, Kate Stewart and Steve Threlfall jump for joy after their crowdsourcing campaign to raise money for a feasibility study into turning Churchhill Way Flyover into a multi-use pedestrianised walkway reached its £40k target at the 11th hour. Photo by James Maloney

A group hoping to transform a city flyover said members were “humbled” after raising the funds for a feasibility study of the project.

Friends of the Flyover raised the £40,861 needed to carry out a feasibility study on turning the Churchill flyover into a “promenade in the sky”.

The group is made up of Kate Stewart, founder of city retailer made-here, Steve Threlfall, from Different, and Mark Bennett, associate architect at Michael Cunningham Architects.

It was set up after the city council’s 2012 investment and growth blueprint for Liverpool proposed demolishing the Churchill flyover, which runs from Islington, past Central Library and the World Museum though to Dale Street.

Mr Threlfall said: “Wow! Little did we know when we first aired the idea for the flyover how much our city would get behind us and from all quarters.

“I can speak for myself, Mark and Kate to say we are humbled by the energy and support that our campaign has attracted.

“So many individuals from the city and beyond have made pledges, with their desire to see this become reality.

“This energy has also come from key stakeholders in the public and private sector.

“We are amazed how 60% of the funding in this campaign has been raised by hundreds of individuals reaching into their pockets.”

The project proposes turning the roads into cyclist and pedestrian-friendly routes with planting, kiosks, cafes, lighting and power infrastructure in a scheme modelled on New York’s High Line.

The money needed for the feasibility study was raised through a crowd funding website.

Mr Threlfall added: “The project has high aspirations from humble beginnings, three citizens with a desire to work with the city, inviting people and organizations to have a say in the shaping of our public space.

“The energy we have seen in this campaign, face-to-face meetings, social media and encounters on the street tell us how amazing this project can and will be.

“There’s still quite a journey ahead – we’re excited and energised by how many people will be on it with us.”

Ms Stewart said about 200 donations had been made in the last 24 hours before the deadline for reaching their funding goal.

The ambitious plans would also include a programme of cultural events and could include a “theatre in the round” behind the World Museum.

If it goes ahead the work would cost between £2m and £3m to complete, with the group looking to raise some money from donations from individuals and companies and getting other funding from the public sector.

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