Netherley is predominantly a residential area located on the eastern side of Liverpool and is taken up by 44% green belt which restricts potential industrial growth.
However Netherley's Caldway Drive is the new location for the Belle Vale Junior Football League which had to relocate from playing fields in nearby Belle Vale to accommodate the building of a new school.
Lee Manor High School, built in 1970, was originally called Netherley Community Comprehensive School. The school changed its name to Lee Manor High School in the early 1990s and closed in 2000.
Many of Netherley's flats and maisonettes were demolished between 1983 and 1985 to make way for new houses. Lee Valley Housing took over management of council properties in 2003, making improvements to 1,700 homes.
The area has a relatively high crime rate (both petty and serious) and high unemployment.
|Crime Figures 2007/08||Liverpool City Council||English average|
|Violence against the person||40.05
|Theft of a motor vehicle offences||6.2||2.9|
|Burglary dwelling offences||11.7||4.3|
|Theft from a vehicle offences||13.1||7.6|
The area lost a major local employer, HPL Jars & Containers, in 2006. After thirty plus years, it was bought out by M&H Plastics and production was transferred out of the area.
St. Gregory's Catholic Primary School received an excellent Ofsted report in 2005. Built at the same time as the local housing, the school has adapted over the years to meet the demands of the area, such as admitting a large number of pupils from Cross Farm School which was closed by the local educational authority due to a surplus of places in the area. The nearby Norman Pannell Primary School is also a popular school in Netherley.
Supplementing the existing golf driving range, a nine-hole golf course is planned as part of a £10 million sports park to be built on the former Lee Manor High School site (formerly Netherley Comprehensive). The 3 par course will replicate versions of some of the world's best holes. The sports facility will also contain a gym, two fishing lakes and eleven all-weather football pitches.
Caldway Drive, Liverpool
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