Redrow has been announced – finally – as the preferred Liverpool City Council developer to ‘ buy’ Sefton Park Meadows and build houses there. See Liverpool Confidential’s news article and our press statement SSPM Press Statement 27 August 2014
SHAME ON CEO STEVE MORGAN AND REDROW! Does he know Sefton Park and the Meadows? Has he ever spent any time there, especially on a beautiful spring or summer day and enjoyed its trees, views and sense of space and light? If so, and he still wants to build there, then double shame on him…What motivates him to take away the last of the original Sefton Park grassland areas – and no, we contest the claim that this was always intended for Victiorian villas. We have council minutes from the 1860s and 1870s to challenge this. The Meadows are almost certainly part of Edouard André’s original Sefton Park design and form the grand entrance in and out from Queen’s Drive. Its double row of Lime trees are unique in Liverpool. Its sandstone boundary wall and open grasslands are part of its landscape views and heritage.
Why build here Redrow? Presumably because all of this makes it a lucrative place for you too sell expensive but banal houses – by destroying the very character that makes it so attractive?! It’s within Sefton Park’s Conservation Area and alongside the Grade 1 Listed area ( which the campaign is also challenging with English Heritage. The Meadows should be part of its listing!).
Not to mention the Meadows as part of Liverpool’s green lungs, its internationally celebrated parks and openspaces, a wildlife corridor, part of our urban natural resources to provide shade, habitat, clean air and combat pollution. Above all, the Meadows are treasured by the people of Liverpool – north and south – as one of our GREAT PLACES TO BE. For relaxation, for leisure, for families, for activities, for quiet space, above all, for their beauty and history.
Mr Morgan, if you build and sell all of the 5,000 houses you have promised for Joe Anderson as part of his Mayoral Pledge, Redrow stands to make over £250 million profit, we estimate (let us know if we have got this wrong!). Wouldn’t £8m to buy Sefton Park Meadows for the people of Liverpool, gifted to us forever, be a good use for a small part of this profit? (Maybe tax efficient too??)
Answers on Facebook or Twitter please!!
SUPPORTERS, PLEASE NOTE FOR YOUR DIARY
REDROW will hold a pre-planning public consultation drop in event in September, at which people will be able to comment on their outline ideas for the site. We will publicise the date and details when we know them.
The sale of the land is conditional on Redrow obtaining planning approval. The Save Sefton Park Meadows campaign is fundraising to get expert help to object to planning by Redrow. WE NEED FUNDS URGENTLY. Use the Paypal button on this page or on our Facebook site. 7,500 people signed our petition opposing the proposed sale of Sefton Park Meadows and a record 1,300 people objected to the misleading Loss of Open Space Public Notice (describing the Meadows as ‘incidental open space’ and hidden away in the back pages of the Liverpool Echo), giving Liverpool a free hand to dispose of the land.
THIS IS NOT A DONE DEAL! WE WILL FIGHT THE LOSS OF SEFTON PARK MEADOWS AT EVERY STEP.
THE NEXT STAGE
REDROW will submit a planning application in September. We have hired an independent planning consultant to help us prepare our strong objections. We need money for this work to be successful, as it is likely to be a long process. Please help if you can with a donation. We will keep everyone informed of progress.