Friday, 26 April 2013

Booker Avenue housing - planning application in

At long last (remember its more than a year now since this was first broached with residents) the planning application for the plot of land on Booker Avenue opposite the Greenhill pub (not the former petrol station, the other one) is with the City Council.

Local people will shortly be able to send in comments or make comments on line.

The details will be available at this link.

At the moment (26th April) the details aren't all on line and the comments function isn't open yet but if you know you want to comment it's worth checking the link every day or so.

I'll update when I know everything is there.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

New course on offer for young people

This sounds like a great opportunity if you are 16, 17 or 18 years old and are not in employment, education or training.

Rotters is a community composting organisation working in South Liverpool.

Rotters Community Composting and Myerscough College are recruiting learners for an accredited Horticulture course aimed at 16 to 18 year olds who are not in employment, education or training.

The course will run from 27th May to 31st July 2013.

Main Qualification: City and Guilds Level 1 Award in Practical Horticulture skills
The course will be over 10 weeks and is appropriate for those wanting to gain a basic understanding of the horticulture industry. The course will also include Employability and Functional Skills (Maths and English) qualifications; appropriate for learners who wish to progress into employment.
Contact Details:    Email: Phone:    0151 448 1532

Meadowlands public meeting (16th April)

Ahead of the special Council meeting on open space later this week, tonight sees a public meeting as part of the campaign to save the Meadowlands (the piece of land the council wants to flog off).

It's at 7pm at the Greenbank Academy on Greenbank Lane.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

More on the Meadowlands.

My colleague, Cllr Tina Gould, Lib Dem Councillor for Mossley Hill has been looking into Labour's plans to sell off the Meadowlands (a piece of land by Sefton Park).  She's discovered that, among all the other reasons not to sell is the fact the trees there are meant to be protected.

There's a special Council meeting about this, and other potential open space raids, on Thursday this week (18th).

I've pasted below the info from Tina:

Liberal Democrat Mossley Hill Councillor Tina Gould has discovered that the Meadowlands site which the Council is pushing ahead to flog to developers is not only part of Sefton Park Conservation Area but the 90 plus trees (vast majority being mature trees) on the site are covered by a Tree Preservation Order. 

 “The Mayor would need the talents of a 'flog it’ presenter to sell this land given the many council imposed restrictions on it!” says Councillor Tina Gould

It’s bad enough that the Council is pushing to sell off this valuable green space, the least they can do is protect the dozens of mature trees on the site.  I’m calling on the  Mayor to guarantee that these mature trees will be protected.  It’s the Mayor’s long term ambition for Liverpool to be European Green Capital, if he allows any development on that site which results in those mature trees being felled he will have let people down massively.” Said Councillor Tina Gould

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Booker Avenue traffic issue

Traffic problems on Booker Avenue are being raised at a Council committee later this week (17th).

It's in a motion written by Lib Dem colleagues including Cressington Lib Dem Richard Oglethorpe.

I've pasted the text below:

The Select Committee to consider the following motion by Councillors
Richard Oglethorpe, Erica Kemp,  Richard Kemp CBE and Tom Morrison......
“This council recognises the difficulty residents and school children currently experience in trying to cross Booker Avenue near the 2 primary schools due to the volume & speed of traffic and calls on the Cabinet Member for Transport and Climate Change to bring forward funded proposals to alleviate this problem.”

Friends of Garston Park shortlisted for award!

The Friends of Garston Park group has been shortlisted for an award in this year's Liverpool Echo environment award.

It's in the category called "Take Notice of Our World" which is for organisations doing work to improve the  environment in one way or another.

The actual award winners will be announced next month at a special event.

I filled in the form for our (FOGP) entry so my fingers are crossed!!!

Meanwhile, if you want to get involved in Friends of Garston Park, we've got an AGM coming up on Friday 19th at Long Lane Church.  If you are not on the list already and need details, drop e an e mail and I'll send them (

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Special Council meeting - Liverpool's Green Spaces

Later this month (18th April) there'll be a special meeting of the City Council.  It's been called, to discuss various threats to green space in the City, by the Lib Dems.  It's at the Town Hall and starts at 5pm.

The Council's constitution allows special meetings to be called on particular subjects but it's actually quite rare that they happen.

Here is a link to the blog written by Lib Dem Leader Councillor Richard Kemp which explains what's being discussed and how people can get in.