[ HISTORY ] [ 4. PROGRESS ] [ D. MODERN YEARS ]
 


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The prosperity of the Macmillan years in the 1950's meant people expected more from their domiciles and surroundings. An extensive report produced in 1962 resulted in the formation of a new company to run the village - Unilever Merseyside Ltd. Major changes were made to the properties to bring them in line with modern suburbia - often carried out when the houses became vacant. By the 1980's, there were 10,000 employees in Merseyside and only a small fraction of those were housed in the village. The tied tenancy sytem was becoming unmanageable because of the industrial and social climate of the time and the sheer impossibility of employing a fair selection process. In 1980, houses were put up for sale and over half the stock of 850 houses and flats have been sold. The Village Trust took over responsibility for the management of the village in 1999. The Port Sunlight Village Society, after period of dormancy, was reformed in 1999, its aims largely to preserve and enhance the character of the village and retain the essential fabric of the community.


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