Teenagers were pictured playing at a blocked development site in north Liverpool.
A local resident photographed two young men breaking into Everton’s Browside venue earlier this week. Construction activity stagnated at the site last year.
A spokesperson for The Mount Group, which is behind the scheme, said its security team handled an incident earlier this week. The spokesperson said the project was delayed while the fire design specifications were updated. The spokesman added that work was due to resume this week.
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The photographs sent to ECHO show two young men going up and down the metal frame of the site. Residents fear an accident will soon occur at the site.
Local man Kevin Robinson-Hale, who is running as the Green Party candidate in the 2023 local election, said: ‘It is deeply worrying that after the issues around the Fox Street site the Browside scheme has become a land game for children.
“They threw rocks and used the steel structure as a climbing frame. It’s only a matter of time before there is a serious injury or worse. I am contacted weekly by residents who live near the site who express concerns about the site.”
Locals told ECHO police were called to the site earlier this week, but the force said they had no record of any incidents at Browside.
Mount Group is behind plans to build two residential blocks offering around 70 new units and underground parking on the corner of Everton Brow. The site was cleared after the demolition of the John F Kennedy Heights in 1999.
There are a number of controversial developments in the Everton area, including the Fox Street scheme which has been partially completed. The council was forced to issue a number of enforcement and prohibition notices after the site failed to meet building and safety standards.
A Mount Group spokesperson said: “The project has been delayed due to updating the fire design to meet EWS1 requirements and the delay in sourcing materials. The fit-out work on the upper floors should resume next week.”