SAFETY measures to protect revellers in Liverpool’s unofficial Gay Village will be switched on this week.
Cars will be blocked from three city centre streets at night time in a bid to boost safety.
But critics of the £250,000 pedestrianisation say it is “ill-thought out and ineffective”.
Hydraulic bollards have been installed at the end of the streets synonymous with the city’s gay scene and home to Superstar Boudoir, The Lisbon and Garlands.
Eberle Street will be closed 24 hours a day, while Cumberland Street is being shut from 6pm to 6am. Stanley Street’s bollards will be up between 10pm and 6am. They will be raised for the first time on Thursday night.
The news comes as the gay community is reeling from two homophobic attacks, including one on off-duty PC James Parkes.
Liverpool City Council says the scheme will stop pedestrians being hit by cars. It also to hopes to boost the night-time economy.
Executive member for assets and development Cllr Peter Millea said: “This scheme is about dealing with traffic issues in an area where there is a growing night time economy.
“We have to take into account that there is a mix of different types of business in the area and an increasing number of residents.”