Our latest Campaign Statement on 29th Jan: Mayor To Save Sefton Park Meadows Trees
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO MADE THEIR OPPOSITION TO THE LOSS OF TREES KNOWN TO JOE ANDERSON. WE HAVE WON THIS PART OF THE CAMPAIGN, BUT IS THERE MORE TO COME?
At a live interview with Chair of Meadows Campaign Ken Aspinall with Radio Merseyside on 28th Jan, journalist Mairead Smith confirmed the news that Mayor Anderson was publicly opposing the Redrow Planning Application because of the loss of 27 trees in their plans. Is sense at last prevailing in the Mayoral Office and amongst Cabinet members? Has Joe been to the Meadows again with his grandson and realised the devastation that he would personally be responsible for? We know that at last Labour members have started speaking up too for the Meadows behind the scenes. Thank you to them for this. But why wait for over 2 years when they could have stopped this at the first report? We can only assume they realise now that the Redrow planning application is public, that our arguments are valid, this is a senseless project, and it will not succeed through planning if the process is properly independent, planning and heritage policies are observed. We as taxpayers and citizens have the right to expect better.
At what cost to Liverpool Council will Joe keep making these mistakes – when his whole rationale is to make money? The selling price of this site will have halved already, as the number of houses has apparently dropped from 160 plus to 34 if we are to believe Joe (see Joe’s Blog below).
One look at the planning application reveals the future for the site. How can Redrow or any developer NOT inevitably cut down these magnificent trees fringing the whole site, either during construction or to provide the driveways, garages and access that million pound homeowners expect? How can they guarantee the trees that are left will have a secure future, with the increased risk from utilities underground, increased traffic and proximity to large expensive houses?
Elections are looming and the loss of Sefton Park Meadows and other Liverpool greenspaces is a significant local issue, with supporters even at national and international level. We may have saved the trees on the Meadows but we are committed as a campaign group to stop this development completely.
After our meeting last night, we agreed a statement on behalf of Save Sefton Park Meadows Mayor To Save Sefton Park Meadows Trees 29.01.2015. We pledged to continue our campaign. The loss of trees was always inevitable, but we say to Joe and Redrow NO DEVELOPMENT ON SEFTON PARK MEADOWS. We have today written to the Mayor, Head of Planning and Chief Executive Officer of Liverpool City Council to ask for an explanation of Joe Anderson’s action and clarification of where this leaves the current and future planning applications. We are waiting to hear…. watch this space.
Here is Joe’s blog:
“Park Avenue planning application
January 28, 2015
I am today voicing my concerns about the latest proposal from Redrow for land at Park Avenue.
Like residents, I was unhappy with the number of trees that would be lost and have asked them to amend the scheme to make sure that there is no tree loss if, it all possible.
There has been a lot of discussion with the developer over the last few months about meeting this aspiration, and the planning application we received most recently is the third design that Redrow have come up with the two previous schemes being too dense in my opinion.
Redrow though have been very receptive to the concerns raised and are continuing to work very closely with the City Council in making sure the scheme is right for which I am very grateful.
I know there is a great deal of passionate debate about this site, but I have been absolutely clear from the moment that we declared it as available for development that any residential scheme needed to be of the highest quality, of low density and in keeping with the area.
We could have received more than double the amount we will finally receive if we were not so determined to make sure that the development is of a density, design and quality that is appropriate for the surroundings.
It is worth reminding ourselves of the rationale for the development. Quite simply, it is to help offset the eye watering Government cuts we have faced, and will continue to face, over the next few years.
The sale price of the land will provide a much-needed financial boost, and be invested in projects such as parks. The project will also help us meet the demand for much needed high-quality homes in the city, generating tens of thousands of pounds of high band council tax income to help support services.
I love Sefton Park. I have used it for the whole of my life and take my grandchildren to use it regularly. So I would absolutely not approve any scheme that causes harm to the park itself.
The bottom line is that the investment we are getting from the development at Park Avenue will help us, in difficult times, to continue to protect it.