The campaign to stop Liverpool City Council selling off the meadows of Sefton Park

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Sign up to our new govt e-Petition

Joe Anderson and Labour councillors have overruled every single policy to protect parks and greenspaces in Liverpool, and ignored massive local opposition from us as council tax payers and voters. Within a few weeks, adverts will go from this Council to ask developers to bid for Sefton Park Meadows  with proposals to concrete it over for expensive, upmarket housing.

We have started a NEW GOVERNMENT E-PETITION – to get any planning approval called in for an independent review by a planning inspector –  who is not part of the Council.  PLEASE SIGN UP AND HELP US GET PROPER SCRUTINY OF WHAT JOE IS DOING TO SEFTON PARK MEADOWS.

This is an historic area of Liverpool, part of the rich parklands heritage we all own  and it belongs to us. The Council hold this land in trust, like other high value parks and greenspaces in the city, for ALL LIVERPOOL RESIDENTS  and future generations.  ONCE IT’S GONE, IT’S GONE FOREVER!

Read our Meadows Autumn News

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Grade 1 Application in Progress

Campaigner John Middleton has applied to English Heritage for the Meadows to be granted Grade I listed status.  John maintains that they form “the last remnants of a  green cordon of grand boulevards, which connected the Ring of Parks enacted by Liverpool City Council in 1862.”

He goes on,  “The Meadows are part of the 19th century plan for a Ring of Parks and they lead to the next link, Calderstones Park. The Queens Drive entrance to Sefton Park are a deliberately designed, beautiful and sweepingly graceful entrance to the Park and should be given the same protection as the already listed, stone gate entrances at Sefton Park Rd (leading to Princes Park) and Aigburth Vale (leading to Otterspool).

We have asked English Heritage to fast track consideration of this application, ahead of any planning application from a housing developer.  We are also emphasising the distinctive grand design of its double row of lime trees that protected a broad walk, and used to go right around Queens Drive. This can be seen in photos from 1906 at Queen Drive in Walton, before the trees were felled to make way for the dual carriageway.

Double Lime Trees

Distinctive double  row of lime trees

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It’s been a long hot summer.  We have been working hard, mainly behind the scenes, to continue to persuade Joe Anderson and Liverpool City Council to withdraw Sefton Park Meadows from being sold off for housing.  They advertised the Loss of Open Space and we responded by gathering over 1,300 objections – following on from the 7,500  petitions we had already put in. We also had a meeting with senior officers and Cllr Malcolm Kennedy in July. They admitted this was the highest number of objections they had received for a land sale, and that our campaign had made this issue very high profile.

All for nothing! Their report was published 2 weeks ago as a response to the massive number of objections and, no surprise, they have taken no notice!

ALL THE MAYOR AND THE COUNCIL OFFICERS HAVE DONE IS TO GO THROUGH THE FORMAL MOTIONS. They have not considered this site’s special status – or taken account of the wishes of the thousands of Liverpool people who have asked for Sefton Park Meadows to be saved.  You can find their report here

BUT WE ARE NOT GIVING UP – and have started working on a new plan of action to challenge any planning application for housing.  Read our Meadows Autumn News. WE NEED MORE HELP!

Come to the Save the Meadows PUBLIC MEETING on WED 13TH NOV 7PM                              Rathbone Room,Greenbank Academy, Greenbank Lane   L17 1AG