The Liverpool Echo describes the future of green spaces as ‘one of the biggest issues in our city’. Paddy Shennan, Echo reporter, posted an article online and in the paper on 31st Oct , asking readers to send in questions to Mayor Joe Anderson NOW on our concerns and issues related to their sell off for development.
The Echo has already highlighted over 30 parks, playgrounds, allotments and recreation areas listed by the council, that could be up for development. These include the high profile sites of:
- Sefton Park Meadows – a planning application by Redrow is due to be submitted before Christmas.
- Walton Hall Park – a possible site for Everton Football Club
- Woolton Woods – a grassland and recreational area as part of a rebuild of St Julie’s Catholic High School
- Olive Mount Playing Fields -sell off for housing
- Calderstones Park – loss of miniature railway, Scout Hut, Harthill Allotments and green space on Menlove Avenue for housing
THIS IS A CHANCE TO TELL JOE WHAT WE THINK – AGAIN!
We expect Joe to reply – again- that Liverpool is in deep financial trouble; that he needs higher council tax band revenues; that it’s not his fault; that we have ‘too much greenspace’; that some of it isn’t used etc , etc.
BUT WE WANT A DIFFERENT DEBATE. One about listening to the people of Liverpool,not just developers, about quality of life, especially for children and families, about our health and well-being, about climate change and smart green cities of the future, about wildlife and what they need, about WHAT PARKS AND GREENSPACES GIVE TO US.
We need Joe to understand that these places are largely protected now, and for very good reasons. He can’t just rip up the planning policies overnight with no respect or ideas of what will replace the parks and green spaces once they’re gone – and gone forever. He can’t hand over valuable land without more consultation and accountability. That was not in Joe’s manifesto when he was elected.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet @PaddyShennan.
DO IT TODAY!