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Could more parkland be concreted over?

Mayor refuses to say as Meadows sell-off agreed

Written by . Published on October 4th 2013.


Could more parkland be concreted over?
 

MAYOR Joe Anderson has refused to give an assurance more parkland in Liverpool will not be sold off, following backing for the controversial disposal of Sefton Park Meadowlands. 

The council’s Regeneration Select Committee met at Liverpool Town Hall last night to hear details of the thousands of objections to the council’s proposed sale. 

A small group of protestors gathered outside the Town Hall, but after an often stormy debate in the chamber, the committee backed the sale. 

Lib Dem Pat Moloney asked the Mayor if he would give a vow there would be no more sell-offs of city parkland. 

But Labour councillor Martin Cummins responded by saying it would be wrong to give such a pledge. 

Cllr Moloney said: “It seemed to me the Mayor concurred with that response and he certainly did not give the pledge I asked him for.

"This means none of our parklands are safe, and you can only wonder what will be the next to go. It was a perfectly reasonably question and a sensible pledge to request, but the Mayor’s refusal to give such a pledge speaks volumes. 

Princes_Park,_Liverpool_%2813%29Picture: John Bradley!“When the Lib Dems took control of the council in 1998 we immediately give a pledge there would be no sell-offs of parkland. We stuck to that pledge. There was the issue of Stanley Park being used for the new stadium but that was on the basis new open space of at least the size of the stadium size would be created. 

“In the 1980s we saw Militants flogging playing fields for money, now two decades later we see our parklands being put up for sale.” 

Green Party councillor John Coyne also attacked the sale of the Meadowlands. 

At the meeting Mayor Anderson said the city was facing bankruptcy in two years and he had the responsibility to manage and balance the budget.

He accused objectors of misleading  people by claiming the park was being sold off. 

He added the Meadowlands (which the council do not recognize anyway as part of Sefton Park) represents a small part of open space, with 500 acres close by. 

The committee's decision will be reported to the Mayoral Cabinet on October 11, but that is expected to be a rubber-stamping formality.

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John ShawOctober 4th 2013.

Sorry Larry, but in the interests of accuracy you will have to omit the word "whole", what I recall was the word part. I'm not in possession of a transcript. It's possible I'm wrong, but it's unlikely even Joe, who is prone to exaggeration would suggest "the whole of Sefton Park"

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EditorialOctober 4th 2013.

Done. For the moment!

John BradleyOctober 4th 2013.

Criticism for being "prone to exaggeration" coming from SPM gang is a bit rich.

AnonymousOctober 4th 2013.

More cuts are the only sure way to ballance the books. Joe's strategy seems to be to sell assets now to avoid as many cuts as possible in the hope that labour win the next election and restore the councils funding. Parks for Jobs if you like...

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John ShawOctober 4th 2013.

If only that was the case. I encountered Joe in the foyer of Millenium House some months ago. I tried to prevail upon Joe to "thread water until a more sympathetic government was in office". Alas without success, in fact I quote his reply, "You don't expect that lot to be of any bloody help". Joe it would appear is on a solo crusade.

Alex MayOctober 4th 2013.

At least this will mean Joe's spin doctor will need to earn s fraction of his exhorbitant pay. Don't throw money away on crap Joe and you might need to sell off less of our land.

AnonymousOctober 4th 2013.

Small park by me is being run down until locals say please build on it to end anti-social behaviour. It's the park with the old larkhill library on. They just want a few trophy parks - 'greenery zoos'.

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AnonymousOctober 4th 2013.

Larkhill Park on Queens Drive has been there for about 90 years. What a shame the council can't do more to tackle anti-social behaviour.

Iain ScottOctober 4th 2013.

Whats happening with the tower block at the Alisha entrance to the park. Is that not owned by the council or a housing association perhaps? It seems we end up with the worst of both worlds; a beautiful green field site gobbled up with tasteless executive bricks and mortar and a perfectly viable brownfield site left to decay. Marvellous.

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John BradleyOctober 4th 2013.

Belem Towers? Planning permission approved on Approve with Conditions 17-05-2013 northgate.liverpool.gov.uk/…/PLDetails.xslt&FT=Planning%20Application%20Details&PUBLIC=Y&XMLSIDE=&DAURI=PLANNING…

John ShawOctober 4th 2013.

Work has commenced somewhat recently on the site.

Iain ScottOctober 4th 2013.

Thanks for the info regarding Belem Towers John. I was starting to think the site was simply being "secured!".

John BradleyOctober 4th 2013.

Only problem is companycheck.co.uk/…/07016417… so I don't know who is doing the development.

John ShawOctober 4th 2013.

Quite possibly so Iain, secured for the commencement of work. It has been unsecured for quite some time. There's activity on the site for whatever reason.

T BeejayOctober 4th 2013.

THats the most depressing part, the grim cookie-cutter over-priced 'executive' housing that will be built there. That part of the park is a delight to walk ride or drive through, constantly changing light and shade, vistas and views peeking and dissapearing as you move through it. Not dramatically beautiful but occasionally very very lovely - and now? Miserable, selfish homeowners in badly designed chicken coops who hate the rest of the world and will moan about anything that happens outside!

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Iain ScottOctober 4th 2013.

I agree completely. It may not be part of the park but it will detract significantly from it. The way in from Queens drive will not have the stunning impact that we enjoy now. Although to be fair there is already some awful inappropriate dross a little further down on the left before Houllier Towers. Lets campaign for that to be demolished aswell. I'll be at the sit in!

SwampyOctober 4th 2013.

Whatever happened to tree-top sit ins like Park Nook?

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John ShawOctober 4th 2013.

They remain a possibility, the land is protected until 2016, however this may be changed in 2015.

Fairy NuffOctober 6th 2013.

There you go JB, followers from as far afield as Somerset.

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AnonymousOctober 6th 2013.

Brilliant

John BradleyOctober 6th 2013.

I suspected Cider came into it somewhere.

Fairy NuffOctober 7th 2013.

I see JB has had his Brownie out in the park.

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John BradleyOctober 7th 2013.

In most of the parks in Liverpool and some of the streets. commons.wikimedia.org/…/index.php…

Fairy NuffOctober 7th 2013.

Impressive, there are a substantial number which are devoid of people, ghost town like. Hobby or job?

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John BradleyOctober 7th 2013.

Hobby. People usually just gurn.

Fairy NuffOctober 7th 2013.

Specially those in Somerset

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