The Green Party reported that opposition to the sell off of Sefton Park Meadows was the top local issue on the doorstep in Greenbank Ward during their successful campaign in the May council elections. Winning Green Party candidate Lawrence Brown had tried several times to get elected but in May, won almost 50% of the votes with the Meadows being a deciding factor.
Greenbank covers part of Sefton Park, and the 2 Labour Greenbank councillors are not opposing the Mayor’s plans, although they are working on a range of other local green projects in the ward. The Green Party also won a third council seat with Tom Crone in neighbouring St Michael’s ward, which also includes Sefton Park. Tom joins Green Councillors John Coyne and Sarah Jennings in St Michael’s. The Green Party is now the official opposition in Liverpool, ahead of the Lib Dems.
The campaign to Save Sefton Park Meadows is NOT a political group and we have all shades of opinion opposing the sell off, but credit to the Green Party that they started the campaign last year and have made it a major election issue. Campaign members did expect that the Meadows would be a major local issue and told Joe Anderson that Liverpool people love their parks and greenspaces, and Sefton Park is very special.
Campaign group member and international photographer John Davies will be taking the Meadows to the summer Liverpool Biennial this year. His new work is a series of photographs of people on Sefton Park Meadows and will be on display at 3 venues from 5th July to 10th August. See Davies PR for details.