A packed Public Meeting called again for Liverpool City Council to rethink its decision to advertise Sefton Park Meadows to developers as a potential site for luxury housing. Over 120 local people came to show their anger and frustration that the Council has overruled 1,300 written objections and an e-petition of over 7,200 people. It has become clear the the decision to sell has come from Mayor Joe Anderson and the Public Meeting are calling on him and the Council to draw back from selling one of the most valuable conservation area and heritage greenspaces in the city.
Local people were brought up to date with new historical research by ex-univerity lecturer John Middleton showing Edouard Andre’s final design for Sefton Park did not include villa development on the Meadows, and that the City Council specifically refused to accept bids for housing on this site at the time. John also revealed research work on the original tree plantation design around the Meadows, which closely mirrors the design for trees across Sefton Park by Andre as detailed in his landscape handbook ‘L’Art des Jardins’.
Local people at the meeting were clear in their views that the Meadows IS part of Sefton Park, has historic, aesthetic, ecological and cultural value and should be withdrawn from sale. Many ideas came out of the meeting to press the Council to back down. The campaign group will take as many of these forward as they can AND asked local people to do their bit to keep up the pressure on the council.
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