Monday, 25 March 2013

Raids on Liverpool's open spaces?

My Lib Dem colleagues on the Council are calling for an special Council meeting to discuss a series of potential "land grabs" of green open space by the Council.

While all these proposals can be looked at individually, a trend seems to be developing that sees green open space as up for grabs.

The Council's constitution says that a special meeting can be called by a certain number of Councillors and then a date is set at the Lord Mayor's discretion (that's not a direct quote).  What that means right now is we don't have the exact date.

I've pasted an extract from the motion for debate, written by Cllr Richard Kemp, below:

“Council notes with concern continued and consistent proposals from the Labour Party to use the precious green spaces of Liverpool for development.

It notes that there is already land available within the City to provide homes for more than 60,000 people and empty homes that could provide accommodation for about 5,000 more. It believes that this land should be developed and that if the population does rise to 520,000+ every piece of land currently designated as green space will be needed for the leisure and recreation of the city's residents and that the provision of good green space is an important factor in both improving the health of the City and attracting inward investment.

It resolves therefore to request the Mayor of Liverpool and officers of the council to withdraw proposals to develop the Meadowlands in Sefton Park and the green wedge site in Jericho Lane.

It further requests the Mayor of Liverpool to safeguard all Green wedge sites in the city including giving a guarantee that whatever the results of the review at Allerton Golf Course that land will remain as public open space.”

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