SAVE SEFTON PARK MEADOWS

The campaign to stop Liverpool City Council selling off the meadows of Sefton Park


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Meadows Developer About to Go Public – Campaign to hold Anniversary Picnic

The preferred developer  for Sefton Park Meadows is to be announced within  a few weeks by Liverpool City Council.  Eight developers submitted Expressions of Interest by the March 31st closing date. We couldn’t get information from the Council on who they were, but we wrote to all development companies we could track down in Liverpool and the northwest, to let them know of our  campaign and the fierce opposition by the majority of people to housing on the Meadows.
WE WILL FIGHT ON THROUGH THE NEXT STAGES AND THROUGH THE PLANNING PROCESS!

WE ARE INVITING ALL FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS TO OUR

ANNIVERSARY PICNIC ON THE MEADOWS

EASTER MONDAY 21ST APRIL  2PM TO 4PM

It’s just over a year since the Council decided to put Sefton Park Meadows up for sale.  Come and celebrate the beauty and historic place of Sefton Park Meadows, bring your friends and family, music, food, creative spirit and picnic rug (maybe a brolly too!).

New Save Sefton Park Meadows butterfly logo

New logo by John Davies

We still need your support  – this campaign will not stop here!

Contact us if you can bring anything to the Picnic on 21st April.

www.facebook.com/saveseftonparkmeadows or call Martin 07930 760868

Selling off our cherished assets – St Luke’s ‘Bombed Out’ Church is the latest on the council’s list – is shortsighted, damaging and in our Meadows  campaign experience, poorly scrutinised.

Local people and the Save Sefton Park Meadows campaign have challenged this decision on every front.  We went through a Formal Complaints process to the Local Ombudsman over Council process and administration over the sell off – only to receive a decision that the Local Ombudsman ‘cannot investigate this complaint about a land sale as the Ombudsman cannot investigate something that affects all or most of the people in a council’s area.’ As a channel to challenge ANY SELL OFF OF COUNCIL ASSETS , the Local Ombudsman ‘cannot question councils’ legal right to sell or otherwise dispose of land, or question the merits of their decisions about whether and how to do it. It can consider complaints about administrative fault in the decision-making process. However, the Ombudsman would not usually investigate complaints that a council has been ‘wasting public money’. This is because the Ombudsman cannot investigate something that affects all or most of the people in a council’s area’ (Local Government Act 1974, section26(7)).

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WHAT DO WE DO NEXT?

We are doing really well with this campaign. There has been massive support and we are building excellent local and social media support. But Liverpool Council are still selling off the Meadows. They still want to dig up the most beautiful green space in South Liverpool for expensive, half a million pound houses.

What should we do next?

The Campaign is considering the next steps and how to keep up the pressure over the summer – before the council advertise for developers.

We want your ideas? Visit our Facebook page to post to the campaign group – we meet every week or email Saveseftonparkmeadows@gmail.com

  •  We need ideas to engage more with the public, and ways to attract local media.
  •  We need help from legal people and planning people to map out our next steps.
  • We want good ideas for engaging with national politicians/media.
  • We need ideas for building the network of support

Thank you!


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OUR SECOND MASS PICNIC!

MAY 27th 2013

Sefton Park Meadows

Thanks to all those hardy people who came out in the rain and wind to our second MASS PICNIC on the Meadowlands on Bank Holiday Monday! The really committed even enjoyed their outdoor picnic!

We had great fun, despite the weather, and over 600 people joined in over the afternoon for music, food, games, dog training, information and to show their support.

Highlights were  the Socialist Choir who had even composed their own song, Dan’s sack races for kids and adults, and Phoebe and Catherine’s dog agility and pet grooming area! Dogs and their walkers love this space too… All part of our campaign against Liverpool City Council’s SELL OFF of this historic and valuable public open space around Sefton Park.

We’re showing Liverpool City Council that greenspace makes good social and business sense. Mayor Anderson, it’s also a fantastic space for events!

Mass Picnic Poster!

Mass Picnic Poster!


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WHAT’S IT WORTH?

Meadows Newsletter (May)

Our MAY newsletter has been printed and is ready for distribution; to take a closer look, click on the image for each page.

MEADOWS NEWS-May (page 1)

MEADOWS NEWS-May (page 1)

MEADOWS NEWS-May (page 2)

MEADOWS NEWS-May (page 2)

NOT EVERYBODY HAS A COMPUTER!

Please feel free to download newsletter and print off; this can be done by clicking on each image, and then right clicking the image (“save image as”) to save on your computer, you can then print off in colour, or black and white depending on your printer preference. Images can also be sent as an email attachment.

WE NEED MORE SIGNATURES!!!

Our petition is going well, but we still need more signatures, both on-line and paper: If you can help with the door to door paper petition, please email us at SAVE SEFTON PARK MEADOWS. You can download and print the paper petition HERE!

Also, the councils own on-line E-PETITION. It’s a bit long winded this one, but PLEASE DON’T GIVE UP…..we need every signature to count!

COME AND JOIN US!

THIS MONDAY…..outside the AVIARY CAFE, in SEFTON PARK, Bank Holiday Monday (6th May 2013) between 1pm and 4pm.

Eros & The Aviary Cafe, Sefton Park, Liverpool

Eros & The Aviary Cafe, Sefton Park, Liverpool

SAVE SEFTON PARK MEADOWS: SAY HELLO; Sign the petition, find out more about the campaign, pick up a newsletter, donate to the campaign cause and join in with our FAMILY FUN PAVEMENT ART EVENT; making the park EVEN MORE beautiful this Springtime!


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How We Started

Our First Public Meeting at Greenbank Academy on 16th April 2013 was attended by over 200 angry and frustrated local people. We set up a Campaign Group to  get started and raised over £200 towards funding our activities.

Public meeting to SAVE SEFTON PARK MEADOWS (16th April 2013)

Public meeting to SAVE SEFTON PARK MEADOWS (16th April 2013)

An Extraordinary Council Meeting

The Extraordinary Council Meeting on Thursday 18th was a disappointing affair. Even though the meeting had no power to affect anything Labour Councillors voted with the whip so the Lib Dem Motion failed. The Green Party did put forward an amendment designed to appeal to disaffected labour Councillors, but none of them dared to support it. Minutes here!

A Reply to written questions put to the Regeneration Select Committee

Campaigners put about 120 questions to the Regeneration Select committee. the Council has just put answers to these on the website and you can download them here. It’s a big, long document – but there are plenty of issues here that we can take up. Over all it seems that the council is ignoring the Unitary Development Plan, The Open Spaces Policy, The Green Spaces Policy etc etc

Put up a poster

SAVE SEFTON PARK MEADOWS Campaign Poster

SAVE SEFTON PARK MEADOWS Campaign Poster

Click here to download a Poster (PDF A4 83.3kb) Print it out and stick it in your window.

Share this Website

The campaign has grown through the magic of Facebook but there are many people who support us who don’t use social media. It is a fast moving campaign and we intend to start sending out regular newsletters by email as well. Please forward this site to all the people you think might want to support the campaign. http://saveseftonparkmeadows.org

Email the Mayor

Show your concern by emailing Mayor Anderson, Cabinet Member Councillor Kennedy, and your Local Councillors (details on YOU CAN HELP page)

Help with the campaign

If you can spare a few moments to help with the campaign – please email us at SaveSeftonParkMeadows@gmail.com

To receive our e-newsletter, register here!