The preferred developer for Sefton Park Meadows is to be announced within a few weeks by Liverpool City Council. Eight developers submitted Expressions of Interest by the March 31st closing date. We couldn’t get information from the Council on who they were, but we wrote to all development companies we could track down in Liverpool and the northwest, to let them know of our campaign and the fierce opposition by the majority of people to housing on the Meadows.
WE WILL FIGHT ON THROUGH THE NEXT STAGES AND THROUGH THE PLANNING PROCESS!
WE ARE INVITING ALL FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS TO OUR
ANNIVERSARY PICNIC ON THE MEADOWS
EASTER MONDAY 21ST APRIL 2PM TO 4PM
It’s just over a year since the Council decided to put Sefton Park Meadows up for sale. Come and celebrate the beauty and historic place of Sefton Park Meadows, bring your friends and family, music, food, creative spirit and picnic rug (maybe a brolly too!).
We still need your support – this campaign will not stop here!
Contact us if you can bring anything to the Picnic on 21st April.
www.facebook.com/saveseftonparkmeadows or call Martin 07930 760868
Selling off our cherished assets – St Luke’s ‘Bombed Out’ Church is the latest on the council’s list – is shortsighted, damaging and in our Meadows campaign experience, poorly scrutinised.
Local people and the Save Sefton Park Meadows campaign have challenged this decision on every front. We went through a Formal Complaints process to the Local Ombudsman over Council process and administration over the sell off – only to receive a decision that the Local Ombudsman ‘cannot investigate this complaint about a land sale as the Ombudsman cannot investigate something that affects all or most of the people in a council’s area.’ As a channel to challenge ANY SELL OFF OF COUNCIL ASSETS , the Local Ombudsman ‘cannot question councils’ legal right to sell or otherwise dispose of land, or question the merits of their decisions about whether and how to do it. It can consider complaints about administrative fault in the decision-making process. However, the Ombudsman would not usually investigate complaints that a council has been ‘wasting public money’. This is because the Ombudsman cannot investigate something that affects all or most of the people in a council’s area’ (Local Government Act 1974, section26(7)).