THE music shell in Bigge Park — which had become the centre of a growing homelessness problem in Liverpool — was knocked down by Liverpool Council on Monday.
The shell was removed as it did not fit in with the new plan for Bigge Park, which is a project in the council's Building Our New City program.
The United Services Union led a community rally just days before the shell's demolition and claimed the council had taken an "out-of-sight, out-of-mind" approach to the problem.
Liverpool resident Melissa Coros said up until the week before Anzac Day this year, there was a large contingent of homeless people living in the shell stage in Bigge Park.
"In preparation for the council's Anzac Day festivities the mayor had the homeless people removed and sealed up the stage so they couldn't return," she said.
"At least some of the displaced people, men and women, are now staying in the concrete stairwells of a parking garage."
A non-profit community organisation has backed up the council saying the council's "engagement in assisting the homeless" can clearly be seen in the community.
Inspire Community Services administrations manager Lucia Degnan said the organisation had been working with the council for several years and Inspire was "proud to partner with the council on programs which definitely make a mark for the better on the community".
After the Bigge Park rally, the union published a flyer encouraging the community to attend another rally outside the council's Mayoral Ball on Saturday.
The council described recent the flyer as "offensive and opportunistic" because it featured a promotional photo of the event that displayed a disabled person and a recovering brain-injury patient.
Though the picture was later removed by the union, the council chief executive Carl Wulff said protesting at a charity event was very poor form.
"Using images of the recipients from our chosen charities for this year's Mayoral Ball - a night whose sole purpose is to raise funds and celebrate the important work of our local charities — is disgraceful," he said.
"If the union or the staff has an issue then my door is open.
"But using this event and the vulnerable people we're helping is despicable."
United Services Union's Graeme Kelly said staff and the public protested at the ball, in response to a refusal by the council to properly consult
"During the protest, we made clear our demonstration was not an attack on ShareCare or Liverpool Hospital and that their community service is of exceptional standard," he said.
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