Sefton Park Meadows Update

Representatives of the Save Sefton Park Meadows campaign met with the Director of Regeneration and Head of Planning to explain all the many reasons why the Council should not sell Sefton Park Meadows for luxury housing.

Campaigner Martin Dobson says “The plan to build on the green open space is clearly contrary to all the council’s planning policies and reports for the last 20 years. Every document we looked at describes the meadows as ‘park land’ or ‘city park’. Mayor Joe Anderson has called it ‘Incidental Open Space’ but even the planning officers don’t recognise this term.”

Over 1200 objections to the sale have been sent in to the council – the largest number of objections ever made in Liverpool.
Council officers are currently drafting a response to objectors and a report will go to the Cabinet Meeting in August. The issue of the sale will then go to another special Regeneration Select Committee in September and residents will have an opportunity to ask questions at that meeting.

We need to continue to put pressure on Mayor Joe Anderson by emailing mayor@liverpool.gov.uk

For more information go to http://www.facebook.com/saveseftonparkmeadows and http://saveseftonparkmeadows.org/

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Council gives itself alcohol licence for Sefton Park

The City Council has awarded itself a licence to sell alcohol in Sefton Park 365 days a year until 10pm, despite a large amount of concern from local residents. The council will be employing stewards from G4S to discourage people from taking drink in and out of the park during events.

The Green Party supported local people who tried to moderate the council’s plans by calling for temporary alcohol licences for each event. Our concern is that they will increase the number of events in the park creating problems with noise and traffic for local residents as well as potentially rowdy behaviour.

Green Party Councillor Sarah Jennings spoke to the Licensing Committee and called for a clear traffic management plan for each event and measures to restrict the noise in the early morning and late at night.

Lawrence comments,“We are not against concerts in the park, but people who live close by have difficulty getting in and out of their homes because of the traffic, and often the sound checks start early in the morning. The council hasn’t given local residents any real assurances about how these problems will be resolved, particularly the traffic management.”

Lawrence is keen to hear you views, please get in touch if this is an issue that affects you.