Extraordinary council meeting called to discuss land grab proposals

Liverpool’s Liberal Democrats have requisitioned an extraordinary meeting of the council to try and get Liverpool’s controlling Labour Group to think again about building on green sites such as Jericho lane, Sefton Park and Allerton Golf Course.

Liberal Democrat Leader Cllr Richard Kemp says, “There is no scheduled meeting of the council now until in June (apart from the formal Annual Meeting) and these are important issues which the people of Liverpool clearly are concerned about. Whilst we have ensured that the Sefton Park proposals will be reviewed by a select committee we decided that there is such a strong pattern of land grabs of green sites emerging that they needed to be considered as a whole at full council”.

The date of the meeting will now be set by the Lord Mayor in accordance with the constitution of the Council

Cllr Kemp can be contacted on 07885 626913

Motion to the extraordinary meeting of the Council

Keeping Liverpool Green

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.

Recognising the disparity of green space between North and South Liverpool requests the Mayor to consider a comprehensive parks strategy that will provide all our citizens to access easily a safe, pleasant, green environment.

About richardkemp

Leader of the Liberal Democrats in Liverpool. Deputy Chair and Lib Dem Spokesperson on the LGA Community Wellbeing Board. Married to the lovely Cllr Erica Kemp CBE with three children and four grandchildren.
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