Because things have happened since we first requistioned a meeting of Liverpool City Council to consider green sapce issues across the city we have slightly amended the original resolution that we put in. It is reproduced below. Please let us know if you are intending to come to the meeting by e-mailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can ensure you can get into the meeting.
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 as exemplified by the decision to sell the Meadowlands at Sefton Park which has been ratified by the Regeneration Select Committee.
It notes that there is already brown field 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 notes the inability of developers such as that chosen to develop the 1,300 home site on the former Garden Festival site to develop in current circumstances. 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 welcomes the fact that a decision has been made not to develop a school on playing fields which are part of the Green wedge on Jericho Lane but further notes that this decision was made on traffic grounds and ignored the further green wedge implications of the site.
It views with concern the consultation document currently issued to look at strategic housing sites across the city which is intent on seeking to develop a very large number of cherished open spaces throughout the city.
It resolves therefore to request the Mayor of Liverpool and officers of the council to:
• withdraw the current strategic land housing document because it is seriously flawed;
• safeguard all Green wedge sites in the city identified in either the current UDP or the new proposals for the Local Development Framework including giving a guarantee that whatever the results of the review at Allerton Golf Course that land will remain as public open space;
• ensure that consultation will take place with ‘Friends of Park’ Associations or other relevant park associated bodies before any proposals are made to sell off land or otherwise alter our Parks and on that basis withdraw proposals for a stage and a 24 hour licence in Sefton Park until such consultations are held;
• ensure that consultation takes place with local residents and businesses before the sale of any land within communities that is regarded by them as a local amenity.
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.
Cllr Richard Kemp