The Liverpool Echo recently asked local people what issues we think are the most important for our politicians and councillors to consider ahead of the May 7th elections.
Our replies – over 3,000 – put Renovating Housing to Protect our Greenbelt and Open Spaces from Development at number 2, just behind restoring local govt finances. See the Echo report here.
Campaigners to save Sefton Park Meadows have long said that :
1. Targeting the Meadows would set a precedent for wider greenspace sell off
2. This would become a major election issue, particularly for Labour councillors
People in this city put a high social, economic, natural, wellbeing and heritage value on their greenspaces. We are very intelligent about them as key assets to a successful, thriving, healthy, smart and green city that we know Liverpool needs to become. Using brownfield sites and restoring empty properties first is what we want to see, NOT selling off valuable greenspaces.
The May elections give us all a chance to ask those standing as councillors or MPs to protect our parks and greenspaces for future generations.
Also, check out this new national Parks Manifesto to get politicians to pledge their support in the run up to the Elections in May.
Simon O’Brien’s public meetings
See Meadows campaigner Paul Slater’s notes from the Strategic Greenspaces Review Board public meeting in Greenbank, Mossley Hill and Riverside Ward Notes (20 March 2015). (See previous post for Review Board details) The final public meeting with Simon O’Brien took place on Sat 28th March. No surprise that it was the best attended by local people, held in Woolton in the church directly opposite the threatened greenspace in Woolton Woods. Local people protesting about the potential loss of Score Lane Park were there too, with other greenspace campaigners. We held a public demonstration outside as the meeting ended.
Astonishing Facts: 1. The council has no idea what it is spending on individual parks and greenspaces. 2. No surveys are ever undertaken to understand usage. 3. No representative from a health body is on the Review Board.
The first draft report should be out in June and 4 more public meetings will be held. Local people can also request online to attend workshops being run by the Review Board in May and June.The final report will be out in spring 2016. Meanwhile, ANY development on greenspace under planning application will continue, or new applications can be made for building on greenspace.
Watch this space!