Harthill Lodge which may be threatened by development proposals
My last blog pointed out that on the planning department of the council’s own figures there is no need to build on green land in the city to meet either the government’s housing targets or the more important needs of people in the city.
However an item will go through the council next week which will take land, presumably for housing, in Harthill Road, Calderstones Park as well as the well-known project in Woolton to build on part of the Woolton Woods green space.
This is what I have said in a press release today. I hope that you approve. My Liberal Democrat colleagues and I will fight both proposals to the end but I suspect that local Labour councillors for the two wards will do what they are told by the Labour leadership.
Labour’s Green Space Land Grab
“Labour’s contempt for the City’s green spaces will become clear next Friday 4th September when two items will effectively recommend disposal of land for development”, according to Liberal Democrat Councillor, Richard Kemp.
The first of these is the well-known disposal at Woolton woods where 5% of land which was publicly gifted to the council and the people of Liverpool for parkland will be developed by an expansion of St Julie’s School.
The second of these is a proposal to move Beechley Riding for the Disabled to a new site at Clark Gardens in Woolton. Most of the costs of which will be met by sale of the land, which is part of Calderstones Park, for regeneration. Presumably housing as part of the partnership with Redrow Homes.
Cllr Kemp added, “Both of these proposals are bitterly resisted by local residents and are totally unnecessary. Figures released to me this week by the planning department reveals that we have land to build homes for at least 70,000 people over the next ten years. If that happens and we seriously tackle vacants and under occupancy there is no need to build on green space anywhere in Liverpool. Make no mistake this proposal is not about land or housing it is simply about money”
Cllr Kemp can be contacted on 07885 626913
For the St Julies proposal Malcolm Kelly can be contacted on 07921 044619
For the Beechley proposals Andrew Makinson can be contacted on 07939 220336
For the sake of the Green Spaces of the City and what they mean to our children and grandchildren we must find a way of uniting and setting aside our differences ina joint campaign to tackle those that threaten our city.