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Stanley Street Urban Quarter

The area around Stanley Street within the historical downtown area of the city centre has developed over time to be the de facto ‘gay quarter’ of the city.

There is a vibrant night time economy of bars, pubs and clubs which cater for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGB&T) community; overlaid by local businesses of small retail outlets, offices and some residential properties catering to the wider community.

Liverpool City Council’s Project Officer for the Stanley Street Quarter is Andi Herring – you can contact him by email at or call 0151 233 2839.

Developing a vital urban quarter

In 2010 Liverpool City Council commissioned 'Designing out Crime', a research project to explore ways of improving safety in the city after dark. One of the key recommendations of this extensive piece of work was to create a vision for the city’s ‘gay quarter’.

The direction of the area, and the formulation of a defined strategy, has been a point of discussion for a number of years. A decision has now been made by Liverpool City Council and it’s partners to actively develop and promote the Stanley Street Quarter – resulting in 2011 with the production of a vision for the area from consultation with local people, businesses and stakeholders.

This report suggests how the area can harness the potential in the area, particularly from the LGB&T community and other key stakeholders to create a first rate destination for residents and visitors.

Development and promotion will cover marketing, physical design, land use mix and operational offer to put the area on an equal footing with similar areas both nationally and internationally.

In 2011 Liverpool City Council officially recognised the Stanley Street Quarter as a vital part of the city, welcoming the branding of the area as the ‘Gay Quarter’ and the social and economic benefits that this will bring to the area. This announcement was materialised by the unveiling of the Rainbow Street Signs on key streets within the quarter – a first in the UK bringing an iconic welcome to our quarter.


Stanley Street Quarter (SSQ) steering group

The Steering Group for the quarter was formed following recommendations from the original area’s direction report (2011),.

This group is established to set the direction of the Stanley Street Quarter developments and comprises of representatives from the day and night time economy, City Councillors, City Centre Management, Liverpool Vision and other key stakeholders in the area.

The minutes from the last 10 meetings of this group can be found below – earlier minutes are available on request.

SSQ steering group minutes