Belle Vale, Liverpool
Belle Vale shown within Merseyside
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The Belle Vale area shares borders with Huyton, Netherley, Gateacre and Childwall. The main road in Belle Vale is Childwall Valley Road (B5178) running from Childwall through to Netherley. The old North Liverpool Extension Line (loop line) at the back of Hartsbourne Avenue is often considered to be the border between Belle Vale and the neighbouring districts of Childwall and Gateacre.
Belle Vale District Centre has a number of amenities including a fire station, police station, health centre, large shopping centre, and also Belle Vale Park. The Belle Vale Junior football league now plays in nearby Netherley.
The district is often misrepresented as being part of Childwall or Gateacre, which are older neighbouring districts. The Belle Vale area is also divided with different housing estates having their own local names, such as Hartsbourne, Lee Park and Naylorsfield, adding to the confusion.
District signage erected by Liverpool City Council in 2005 did not include Belle Vale as a distinct district leaving the area in somewhat of a quandary. Signs were put up on Childwall Valley Road saying "Gateacre" (southbound towards the shopping centre and Netherley) and "Childwall" (northbound towards Childwall). The centre of Belle Vale effectively falls within the area identified as "Gateacre" by the signs, with "Childwall" deemed to begin north of a new school and health centre. However, the area's identity as Belle Vale is recognised in the names of various local amenities including the health centre, shopping centre, police station and fire station.
Over one-thousand prefabricated homes were erected in Belle Vale between the years 1945-1947 in order to provide affordable rented accommodation for people whose homes were destroyed in bombing raids on the city during World War II, making it one of the largest Prefab communities in the country.
Schools in Belle Vale include Childwall Valley Primary School, Belle Vale Community Primary School, Our Lady of The Assumption Primary School and Belle Vale Sure Start.
Gateacre School relocated to land off Hedgefield Road, including part of the former Reggie Smith Playing Fields, in 2011. The project originally anticipated costing £35 million. The football facilities formerly on the site were relocated to a new centre at nearby Caldway Drive in Netherley.
Belle Vale has its own small bus interchange next to the shopping centre on Hedgefield Road, connecting to, among other areas, Huyton and St Helens eastbound and Woolton, Halewood, Garston and Speke southbound. From May 2012 it briefly gained a service to Liverpool city centre, but lost it from January 2013 when the service was extended to Netherley and reverted to using stops on nearby Childwall Valley Road, along with other services between Liverpool city centre and Halewood or Widnes.
The area has not had a train service since Gateacre railway station closed in 1972; the disused railway trackbed has been converted into a cycle and pedestrian path from Aintree to Halewood, forming part of the Trans Pennine Trail.
- Belle Vale Shopping Centre
- photograph of shopping centre
- Port Cities: Post War housing in Liverpool, E. Chambré Hardman Archive, retrieved 13 August 2007
- Belle Vale Prefab Project Newsletter, retrieved 25 March 2011
- Building Schools for the Future, Gateacre Community Comprehensive School, retrieved 19 July 2009[dead link]
- "South Liverpool Football Club". Clubbz. Retrieved 2012-08-14.
- "79/79D Bus Times". Merseytravel. Retrieved 2012-08-14.
- "79/79D Bus Times". Merseytravel. Retrieved 2013-01-26.
- "Cycle Liverpool Loop Line". Liverpool City Council. Retrieved 2012-08-14.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Belle Vale.|
- Liverpool City Council: Ward Profile
- Lee Valley Library
- Port Cities Illustrated History of Belle Vale
- Childwall Valley Road E Chambre Hardman Archive
- LiverPages - Business, Charity and Trades Directory in Liverpool
- Belle Vale Prefabs Project Pictures and Written Memories of post-war prefabs past dwellers