Belle Vale, Liverpool

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Belle Vale
Belle Vale is located in Merseyside
Belle Vale
Belle Vale
 Belle Vale shown within Merseyside
OS grid reference SJ337927
Metropolitan borough Liverpool
Metropolitan county Merseyside
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LIVERPOOL
Postcode district L25
Dialling code 0151
Police Merseyside
Fire Merseyside
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Garston and Halewood
List of places
UK
England
Merseyside

Coordinates: 53°23′42″N 2°51′40″W / 53.395°N 2.861°W / 53.395; -2.861

Sign indicating Belle Vale from Childwall

Belle Vale is a district of south-east Liverpool, Merseyside, England and a Liverpool City Council Ward that covers both Belle Vale and Netherley.

Description[edit]

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,[1][2] 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.

The postcode for Belle Vale is L25, which is also the postcode for nearby Woolton and Gateacre.

History[edit]

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.[3]

Its most famous ex-resident is Sir Terry Leahy, chief executive of Tesco, the UK's biggest supermarket chain. Leahy is also President of the Belle Vale Prefab Project.[4]

Education[edit]

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.[5] The football facilities formerly on the site were relocated to a new centre at nearby Caldway Drive in Netherley.[6]

Football[edit]

Gateacre School is the home of West Cheshire League Division Three side Gateacre F.C. who were founded in 2012.

Transport[edit]

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,[7] but lost it from January 2013[8] 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.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Belle Vale Shopping Centre
  2. ^ photograph of shopping centre
  3. ^ Port Cities: Post War housing in Liverpool, E. Chambré Hardman Archive, retrieved 13 August 2007 
  4. ^ Belle Vale Prefab Project Newsletter, retrieved 25 March 2011 
  5. ^ Building Schools for the Future, Gateacre Community Comprehensive School, retrieved 19 July 2009 [dead link]
  6. ^ "South Liverpool Football Club". Clubbz. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  7. ^ "79/79D Bus Times". Merseytravel. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  8. ^ "79/79D Bus Times". Merseytravel. Retrieved 2013-01-26. 
  9. ^ "Cycle Liverpool Loop Line". Liverpool City Council. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 

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