Last week a marvelous thing happened which I have never seen before in my political life. A local community raised £40,000 to fight the Council at a Judicial Review which was held in the High Court in Manchester.
This week we are backing up the residents with an extraordinary Council meeting at the end of the normal council meeting which will seek to get the Mayor to renegotiate the deal that has been done with Redrow. This can and should take place irrespective of the result of the Judicial review which might force the Mayor and Redrow back to the negotiating table.
We are already aware that on Monday night there was a major discussion at the Labour Group meeting. That is the purpose of this motion. The fact is that the Council itself cannot change what is happening. Under our Mayoral system this decision can only be taken by the Mayor and Cabinet. That might sound ridiculous and is ridiculous but it is the law.
What we can do is put pressure on the Mayor by continuing to make him aware that 45,000+ people have signed the petition and there is a huge anger at this crass decision.
You can help us in two ways:
- E-mail local Labour Councillors and ask them to support the motion. Don’t bother e-mailing the Lib Dems we are obviously voting your way!
The Labour Councillors nearest to the Park are:
Mossley Hill Patrick.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Come to the Council meeting at the Town Hall on 14th I cannot be sure when this will take place but it will not be before 6.30 and is more likely to be about 8. The more support we can get the better.
Whatever the result tomorrow and whatever the result of the judicial review I want to thank everyone who has given money and time to this fight. Together we have won the moral argument. Now let us continue to work together to win the legal and council battles
This is the summons motion for the Extraordinary Council
Harthill and Calderstones Park by Councillors Richard Kemp CBE, Andrew Makinson, Malcolm Kelly, Mirna Juarez, Kris Brown, Liz Makinson, Carole Storey and Kay Davies
To consider the following motion by Councillors Richard Kemp CBE, Andrew Makinson, Malcolm Kelly, Mirna Juarez, Kris Brown, Liz Makinson, Carole Storey and Kay Davies –
Council notes that more than 45,000 local people have signed a petition to oppose the sale of the Harthill’ Estate section of Harthill & Calderstones Park to Redrow Homes.
It welcomes the fact that Riverside and Wavertree Constituency Labour Parties and other Labour councillors have now joined the Liberal Democrat and Green Parties to oppose this move.
It believes that any possible financial advantages to be gained from a sale will be outweighed by a reduction in both the physical and amenity environments of Liverpool.
It notes that both Harthill and Beechleys (“the Sites”) are subject to the terms of the Overarching Agreement dated 16th February 2015 made between LCC, Redrew and LMH. As a result, the Council is contractually bound to dispose of the sites to Redrow, subject to there being an implementable planning consent and the land value being agreed, and breach of this would be unlawful and could result in a claim for breach of contract.
It further notes that the Council has now been locked into an agreement with Redrow.
It requests the Elected Mayor therefore to attempt to renegotiate the agreement of 16th February with a view to:
- Withdrawing the land from sale;
- Look at the possibility of developing part of the Beechley House land for more two bedroomed apartments;
- Give Beechley Riding for the Disabled a 25 years lease on the land and buildings that they currently occupy subject to them getting grants within 2 years to improve the stables and their environs to the standards that would be deemed acceptable to the Council and starting to implement such works;
- Work with the miniature railway group to secure grants to develop, on their existing site, an improved and sustainable model railway system and review the possibility of them acquiring the buildings and space vacated by Calder Kids;
- Use the buildings and land vacated by Calder Kids for local community purposes if the miniature railway is unable to proceed with an expansion;
- Discuss with the Local Green Space Groups such as LOGS CIC and Friends of the Harthill& Calderstones Park the possibility of them taking over and managing the woodland and nature trail areas.