Liverpool gay quarter consultation ends

Stanley Street
Image caption Stanley Street could bring vital new revenue into the city, the council believes

A consultation on how to turn Liverpool's gay quarter into an international attraction has concluded.

Proposals for the Stanley Street area of the city centre include a central square with restaurants and cafes.

People living, working and socialising in the area were asked their views on how to develop it as part of a council-funded £12,000 consultation.

The report looked at how the area could be marketed to compete with other cities' successful gay districts.

Director of Liverpool Pride Festival, James Davis, said Stanley Street catered for everyone, not just the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

'Distinctive identity'

"It is more than just signposting the area," he said.

"It is about smartening the area up and about making sure that there are things available other than just clubs and bars.

"We have got a very large, warm and friendly gay scene here and we are underselling ourselves.

"Manchester, Brighton and even Birmingham are the destinations to go to but we've got fantastic hotels, shopping and bars and we're not really telling anyone about it.

"The gay scene is not just for gay people. It is not about making it a ghetto, it is about making it a destination."

Labour Councillor Nick Small, who represents the Central ward, said the council wanted to turn Stanley Street into one of the best and safest gay quarters in the country.

"The area has been Liverpool's gay quarter for many years and we want to look at how we can strengthen that identity and bring more private investment into the Stanley Street area," he said.

"It doesn't have a distinctive identity and we don't make the best of it as a city.

"We don't advertise it to tourists and we don't tell people and shout about what we've got in Stanley Street."

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