Green Spaces Review published

This morning the Green Spaces Review Panel has released its interim report, which you can download here: Green Spaces Strategy web

The panel is now gathering feedback on the report. There will be three public meetings taking place in January. Places will be strictly limited though, so please call 0151 233 7045 or email to make sure you get a place.

Details of the meetings are as follows:

Thursday 14th January (5pm – 8pm)

Croxteth Lifestyles Centre, Croxteth Sports Centre, Altcross Road, L11 0BS

Thursday 21st January (5pm – 8pm)

Southern Neighbourhood Centre, 109 Upper Mann Street, Toxteth, L8 6TS

Thursday 28th January (5pm – 8pm)

The Black E, 1 Great George Street, L1 5EN

You can also submit your views to the Panel by visiting the Council website.

The panel, chaired by actor Simon O’Brien, is looking into the future of the city’s parks and how they should be managed. We would encourage everyone to get actively involved in this process.
The initial impression is that this is a wide-ranging report with some good ideas. We are particularly pleased that the report backs the Green Party policy of a one-off increase to Council Tax to help continue funding our parks. We are also pleased that the report says that our existing parks should be permanently protected.
However the report has nothing to say on Sefton Park Meadows. Unfortunately the panel has joined the Mayor in classifying the Meadows as ‘incidental open space’. This is despite the fact that the Meadows is legally classified as part of Sefton Park.

This is not the end of the story though – there are still strong grounds for any planning application to be refused. We will continue working with local campaigners to ensure that Redrow’s building plans do not go ahead.

This morning Simon O’Brien, Mayor Anderson and Ken Aspinall from Save Sefton Park Meadows all appeared on Tony Snell’s morning show on Radio Merseyside. You can listen to the show again here.

The interview with Mayor Anderson is at 00:08:30. The discussions between Simon O’Brien and Ken Aspinall start at 01:07:15 and runs to 01:17:40.