Hand Control of Liverpool Parks to local community and users


People who care for the parks like these campaigners for Sefton Park must be the ones to take the lead in developing those park’s future

Our Press Release

Liverpool’s Liberal Democrats have welcomed the long-awaited report on the future of Liverpool’s parks and green spaces. LIverpool’s Lib Dem Leader Cllr Richard Kemp said,
“We have argued for the past four years that parks would best be run by the people who use them and live near them. They alone can look after the parks and green spaces effectively in times of financial stress.

Together users and residents would be able to find acceptable additional uses for parks that would generate income. Together they can find volunteers that would supplement the work of hard pressed staff and contractors.

We are not sure why it has taken 15 months since the committee finished its public work  to reach the conclusions within the report. Lib Dem Councillors however are now pleased to get to work with local residents and users to ensure that the future of parks like Woolton Woods, Calderstones, Newsham, Walton, Croxteth and Sefton Park are secured. We would however oppose any attempts to put all the parks and green spaces into one Trust as this would change the relationships that are vital to make parks a success”.

This was our immediate response to the publication of the report. We will now ensure that the report gets circulated to all Friends of Parks, Community and amenity groups and will try to ensure that there is a local consensus for all future discusions about our Parks and green spaces. We will continue to campaign against the sell off of parts of Calderstones and Sefton Parks.

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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