Residents in a Liverpool community have attacked a plan to build an Amazon warehouse that will create an estimated 1000 jobs.
Stonebridge Cross in Croxteth was once home to the Gillmoss estate. It has now been earmarked for a 1m square foot warehouse by Stoford Developments according to reports in the Liverpool Echo. The area was recently cleared, and residents moved, with the promise of 500 new homes, a replacement secondary school and a supermarket.
Quoted in the newspaper was Elizabeth Heard. She has lived in the area for 58 years: “We don’t want to be looking out over a huge warehouse. When the people who lived there had to move out, they were promised they could come back when the new houses were built. How can they come back when a warehouse is built?”
Another unnamed resident is quoted: “We don’t want Amazon moving to the area, they are not socially responsible, they don’t pay tax in this country. We want a public meeting with the mayor Joe Anderson because we know he’s behind the plans.”
Liverpool council say that interest from Amazon and the creation of jobs is too good to turn away and that the new homes and amenities can be rebuilt in another part of the city, as yet unspecified.