Campaigner John Middleton has applied to English Heritage for the Meadows to be granted Grade I listed status. John maintains that they form “the last remnants of a green cordon of grand boulevards, which connected the Ring of Parks enacted by Liverpool City Council in 1862.”
He goes on, “The Meadows are part of the 19th century plan for a Ring of Parks and they lead to the next link, Calderstones Park. The Queens Drive entrance to Sefton Park are a deliberately designed, beautiful and sweepingly graceful entrance to the Park and should be given the same protection as the already listed, stone gate entrances at Sefton Park Rd (leading to Princes Park) and Aigburth Vale (leading to Otterspool).
We have asked English Heritage to fast track consideration of this application, ahead of any planning application from a housing developer. We are also emphasising the distinctive grand design of its double row of lime trees that protected a broad walk, and used to go right around Queens Drive. This can be seen in photos from 1906 at Queen Drive in Walton, before the trees were felled to make way for the dual carriageway.