“Let’s work together on housing at Harthill” offer to Mayor Anderson from the Lib Dems

More than 300 people came together to save Harthill Green Spaces in January. Most of them would accept a compromise whereby Beechley House and a small area near it would be retained for public or private sector housing
After 4+ years of contentious debate Liverpool’s Liberal Democrats are suggesting a meeting with the Mayor of Liverpool about suitable development at Harthill Road.
Their Leader Cllr Richard Kemp explains, ” At the November Council meeting Mayor Anderson challenged us to say whether we would support the use of the land at Harthill for social housing instead of Redrow. I made it clear that we, and most of the community, had always thought that some of the land, namely Beechley House and some land very close to it, could be used for housing.
We know that the council’s figures for the removal to new locations of the Riding for the Disabled; Adventure Playground for the Disabled and the Model Railway are not stacking up. We are suggesting a win/win/win  situation in which the Mayor gets some housing; the community keeps most of the land for green space and outdoor uses and the three organisations can finally plan for the future.
We believe that this is a good compromise which almost everyone will accept and we urge the Mayor to support it and agree to meet with us and residents.
Attached below is the full text of the letter to the Mayor of Liverpool

Cllr Richard Kemp CBE

16, Dovedale Road,

Liverpool L18 1DW


Joe Anderson,

Mayor of Liverpool

By E-mail

5th March 2018

Dear Mayor Anderson,

Re:       Let’s work together on the development of land at Harthill part of Calderstones Park

At the November meeting of the Council you challenged the Liberal Democrats to say where we would support the use of some of the land at Harthill Road for development for social housing by the Liverpool Housing Company that you established. I immediately said that we would be prepared to meet and that we would support the conversion of Beechley House to housing – social or private and some of the land very close to it to provide some more housing, again either private or public.

At the Council meeting in January you suggested that I had not responded to your request although we were very clear what our proposal was.

So, I now want to formally table a suggestion to you that ward councillors and representatives of the Save the Park Group should meet with you to discuss precisely what is acceptable to them and us. We have taken this suggestion to a public meeting attended by 300+ people and although some did not like it the vast majority of local residents supported it.

We know that the figures for the overall development do not stack up because of the costs of moving the Riding or the Disabled Stables, the Model Railway and the Adventure Playground for the disabled.

We could have a win/win situation here in which you get some housing and could develop it quickly; the removal of the threat of development on the remainder of the site would be welcomed by the community and the three bodies mentioned above could start bidding for lottery and other grants to give them a long-term future on their present sites.

Yours sincerely,

Cllr Richard Kemp CBE

Also on behalf of Cllr Andrew Makinson

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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