What Next for Calderstones Park?

Cllr Richard Kemp CBE,
16, Dovedale Road,
Liverpool L18 1DW
Richard.kemp@liverlibdems.org.uk

October 2014

Dear Friend,

Labour Attack on Calderstones Park and other green spaces

The City Council has just produced a report about the creation of a new ‘development framework’ for Liverpool which sets out the way it believes that the land in the city should be used for the next 20 years. It will make major changes to our community.
In short it proposes that the land in Calderstones Park currently occupied by the Scouts; Beechley Riding Stables; the Model Railway; Calder Kids Adventure Playground and Harthill allotments be redesignated from green space to land available for housing development. It also suggests that the green space in Menlove Gardens could be developed
This does not in itself mean that the land will be sold for development in the short term but considering that this idea that the green space was surplus to the City’s needs was put forward by the council’s physical assets department there can be no doubt that at some time in the not too distant future the council would like to sell these sites off.
It is also possible that new land could be made available for the scouts; allotments, railway, Calder Kids and Beechley Riding for the Disabled but at present the Council has given no reassurances about this and claims not to have the capital available to it which would be needed to recreate these five areas.
I will, of course, be opposing this designation and probable sale politically but I think that this is too important for it just to be a party political campaign. That is why I am hoping to establish a campaign group which will be independent of the Liberal Democrats and indeed any political party but which could unite the people of our area in a campaign to save these facilities for the young and disabled and keep Calderstones Park as the lovely green heart of our area that it has been for so many years.
If you are prepared to help with such a campaign please fill in the form overleaf and return it to me as soon as possible.
Yours sincerely,

Richard Kemp

Cllr Richard Kemp CBE,
Lib Dem Councillor for Church Ward

Campaign to Save our Green Spaces
Please sign me up for the proposed none-party campaign to keep all of Calderstones Park and Menlove Gardens green and save our local facilities for the young and disabled.
I am prepared to:
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Please return this form as soon as possible to
Cllr Richard Kemp,
16, Dovedale Road,
Liverpool L18 1DW

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About richardkemp

Leader of the Liberal Democrats in Liverpool. UK representative on UCLG Finance Committee, Executive Bureau and World Council. Deputy Chair and Lib Dem Spokesperon on the LGA Community Wellbeing Board. Married to the lovely Cllr Erica Kemp CBE with three children and three grandchildren.
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One Response to What Next for Calderstones Park?

  1. Doris Mousdale says:

    What a shocking proposal. I hope it’s met with the disdain it deserves. The parks and their environments are there for the pleasure of people from all walks of life. They are an integral part of the makeup of the city. Start messing around with them, shaving slices off for housing here,reallocating part of Woolton Woods for a school there,getting rid of essential amenities at Harthill Gardens and all of a sudden the places are diminished.The people deserve and need those long established parks and gardens and they should be sancrosanct from developers and council “no-names” greedy habits.As a longtime past resident of Calderstones it makes my blood boil that mean minded men are allowed to get away with such bad behaviour.Did then learn nothing from the Hatton era about what the public want and need and will fight for?
    I know that there are new green spaces developed from slum clearance land, new parks in dead council estates but they lack the depth of design and foresight that went into the planning of such special places as Sefton Park, Princes Park, Calderstones and the boulevards of trees.A quick turfing job does not make a park. Planting a few trees on derelict land does not replace a well established landscaped park.

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