No mention of Sefton Park Meadows
Chair and report author Simon O’Brien states the Meadows ‘ are a funny one… and incidental land’ in his Radio Merseyside interview on Tues 8th Dec.
(08mins:20 – Mayor interview, 01 hr:07mins:17 Simon O’Brien interview with input from the Chair of the Save Sefton Park Meadows campaign group.)
The Council has finally published its Interim Report on Green and Open Spaces based on the work of the Green and Open Spaces Review Board, chaired by O’Brien. Mayor Anderson set up this Review Board last Autumn – see previous posts. Over 900 green and open space sites have been visited and extensive research undertaken across a range of themes.
We were shocked then that in his launch interview on R Merseyside and in a Liverpool Echo article, Simon O’Brien, when asked by Meadows campaign chair Ken Aspinall why no mention was made of Sefton Park Meadows anywhere, despite its huge local, national and international profile, he stated that he thought the Meadows position is ‘ a funny one’. He went on to say that to him, it is ‘incidental land’ and not part of Sefton Park. The Report does recommend the protection of parks and greenbelt from housing development but he has clearly put the Meadows outside of this call.
This rings massive alarm bells as the suggestion throughout his report is that incidental land, unlike public parks and greenbelt, is still open for sale. See our Facebook site for a full definition of what O’Brien calls ‘ incidental land’ and why we have consistently proved that the Meadows in no way fits this council definition – used to justify their original Notice to Sell and Redrow invitation.
We will be taking some time to read and digest this Interim Report. More updates will be added as we do. We will also be meeting on Wed 16th Dec 730pm to discuss the Report and our response. Please contact us if you would like to join the discussion, or send your comments through our Facebook page.
Please read the Interim Report. The Council and Simon O’Brien are running three meetings in January 2016 for the public to comment and places are limited to 100 at each venue. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The fight to Save Sefton Park Meadows continues..