Sefton Park Meadows campaigners will be revealing original Park landscape maps showing the Victorian designer’s final intention to keep the Meadows as open space.
PUBLIC MEETING – 7pm Wed 13th Nov
RATHBONE ROOM, GREENBANK ACADEMY, GREENBANK LANE ( BY SEFTON PARK ) L17 1AG
Come and find out more, as well as an update on the campaign’s renewed battle with Liverpool City Council to oppose any planning application for housing development.
Retired university lecturer John Middleton will be showing the results of his research into council documents which demonstrate that Edouard Andre intended to keep Sefton Park Meadows as Green Open Space.
He has discovered:-
– A map dated 1875 by Edourd Andre showing the final Sefton Park design, the plots of land for sale and the plots already sold. The Meadows are shown clearly to have no plots for sale.
– That offers to buy the meadows between 1879 and 1890 were rebuffed by the Parks and Improvements Committee of the City Council because they always wanted to keep it as open grassland.
The Map and copies of the original council meeting minutes will be available at the public meeting.
Mayor Anderson has argued that there was always an intention to build on the Meadows, and publicised an earlier Andre map drawn in 1867 for the Sefton Park competition to win the contract . It was revised to the later, finalised maps, which were used to actually construct Sefton Park.
John is also researching the case that the Meadows themselves were actually part of the Park design by the world renowned Parisian landscaper Edouard Andre. John will show how the way its trees were planted is exactly the design style recommended in Andre’s own handbook “L’Art des Jardins”.
This information has been passed to English Heritage and they are currently assessing it along with our application to extend the Grade 1 listing to the Meadows. We are clear that the Meadows has the same international heritage value and is part of Sefton Park.