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 email@example.com
For more information go to http://www.facebook.com/saveseftonparkmeadows and http://saveseftonparkmeadows.org/
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.
A new initiative led by Lawrence Brown in our area means that less of the council’s money is being wasted on landfill charges. At the moment the council does not collect aluminium foil amongst various other things, which in most cases will end up in landfill.
The new Green Party scheme hopes to divert as much as possible of that aluminium to recycling rather than landfill and save the Mayor and council tax payers money.
If you would like to recycle your aluminium, such as pastry cases, takeaway containers etc, please wash and squash them and keep until you have a bag full. Then drop them off at your nearest collection point. At the moment there are two collection points in the ward:
31 Patterdale Road, L15 5AT
19 Cheltenham Avenue, L17 2AR
Please get in touch if you can act as another collection point.
Any money made from the recycling scheme will be given to local good causes.
A great volunteer-led recycling scheme will be running again this year to try to reduce the amount of waste that is left as students leave our area at the end of the academic year.
Yellow collection bags will be delivered through letterboxes on 18th and 19th May into which any unwanted items can be placed. The bags will then be collected by volunteers on the 1st and 2nd June.
Please place any of the following unwanted items in your yellow bag outside your house for collection before 10am on the above dates:
– Sealed, non perishable food (eg cans)
– Crockery and cutlery
– Non damaged electrical goods
– Cookware (pots and pans)
– Homeware (frames, rugs etc)
We have had many requests for a printable version of the petition, so that people can ask their neighbours, friends, and family to sign the petition. We are aiming for 5000 signatures against the sell off. Previously, in 1992, this is the number of signatures which stopped the sell off that time. We are more than a quarter of the way to that target with around 1600 signatures so far. Please encourage everyone you know to sign the petition and return it to the address at the bottom of the page. Thanks!
Please click here to view and print the petition.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED WITH THE CAMPAIGN TO SAVE SEFTON PARK MEADOWS
View the first campaign video, in which Lawrence talks about the importance of the meadows and how you can help to join in the campaign. Click here to go to the video.
Sign the e-petition on the Mayor’s website to show your opposition to the proposal to sell off the public green space for luxury housing. Click here to go to the e-petition.
FIND OUT MORE
Visit the campaign blog – saveseftonparkmeadows.blogspot.co.uk
Like the campaign page – facebook.com/SaveSeftonParkMeadows
Follow the campaign – twitter.com/SaveSeftonParkM