City Council Elections – 22 May

Dales terraces croppedLocal resident Lawrence Brown will be your Green Party candidate in the next elections for the City Council. Lawrence has lived on Patterdale Road for over 25 years and has been working year-round to make our area a better place to live.
In the last election, Lawrence Brown and the Green Party came second to Labour but our surveys show that we are closing the gap and this gives us a real chance of winning a seat at the next election in May.
Many people are voting for Lawrence this time to make sure our area has a strong independent voice in the council, who will stand up for fellow local residents against the Mayor when necessary.


20 is plenty in Greenbank – let’s change our neighbourhood for the better

"Let's make Smithdown Road more pleasant by slowing traffic and encouraging the café-culture."- Lawrence Brown

“Let’s make Smithdown Road more pleasant by slowing traffic and encouraging the café-culture.”- Lawrence Brown

The Green Party has been at the forefront of campaigns for 20mph speed limits in towns and cities throughout the country. In just a few years a large number of councils, including Liverpool, have adopted the policy of a default speed limit of 20mph in residential areas. This has been a major success for common sense; slower speeds mean fewer people killed or injured by vehicles.

The public consultation on roads in Greenbank ward is about to start and it is good to see that most residential roads are likely to have their speed limits reduced to 20mph. However, there are some
important omissions: Greenbank Road is not on the list.
Having listened to what local residents are saying,
Lawrence, supported by Green Party councillors, is pressing
for Greenbank Road to be included too.
If you are a local resident who would like to see a 20mph
speed limit on Greenbank Road or other roads please fill in
and return this form.

The other major omission is the length of Smithdown Road
between Grant Avenue and Gainsborough Road. The busy
stretch witnessed over 100 collisions between 2007 and
2012; this, combined with the high number of pedestrians
who use the area to get to schools, work, parks and shops
makes a compelling case for slower traffic. This is a densely
populated residential area and the traffic speed should be
reduced to 20mph to reflect that. However the Council has
so far refused to consider making any of the main A roads in the city 20mph; something that needs to be challenged on Smithdown Road.

Liverpool Council Budget 2014 – Have Your Say

Further vicious cuts from the Tory/LibDem government mean Liverpool’s council faces very tough decisions on its budget. Last year the Green Party called for a local referendum on a tax increase to protect vital services.
Liverpool’s Green councillors are inviting you to a public meeting to discuss what should be in this year’s Green budget proposal.
Monday 17th February
7.30pm – 9.00pm
Belgrave Road Church Hall, L17 7AG

Save Sefton Park Meadows Update

Local residents send messages to Mayor Joe Anderson

Local residents send messages to Mayor Joe Anderson

In a recent Greenbank survey, Lawrence Brown found that maintaining our parks and green spaces is a high priority for local residents. A recent national study has backed this approach, showing that lack of green spaces is partly to blame for the obesity crisis in Britain’s big cities.
Lawrence has been working with Green Party councillors at the forefront of the campaign to save our historic Sefton Park Meadows but, despite a massive campaign to save the area from the bulldozer, the Mayor, supported by Greenbank Labour councillors, is continuing with the plan to sell the land for the building of luxury homes.
The Council is currently choosing a developer who will work up detailed plans for presentation to the planning committee in a few months time.

Lawrence, together with the Save Sefton Park Meadows campaigners are continuing to oppose the sale by:
• Calling for the land to be protected in the new “Local Plan” for Liverpool.
• Asking English Heritage to extend the Grade 1 Listing of Sefton Park to include the Meadows.
• Calling on the government to ‘call in’ any planning decision by appointing an inspector to review the process.

To support the campaign and for more information go to: