SEFTON PARK MEADOWS ‘SAVED’

Sefton Park Meadows

Recently it was announced that the ‘Meadows had been saved. Which at first glance is obviously great news because who wants another REDROW development in Liverpool, right?

What stuck in my mind though was the fact our Mayor said that there had to be a ‘viable solution’

A quote from the ECHO reads – ‘He made it very clear that the land cannot remain unused – and suggested either an allotment or community garden as an alternative.

Mayor Anderson said: “I am happy to concede that there will be no housing development on Sefton Park Meadows, but there does need to be a viable solution.’

What ever happened to being allowed to enjoy green space? Why does there need to be a viable solution?

Mayor Joe who was ‘happy to concede’ because they had decided to build 37000 (37000!!) houses on the old garden festival site…(Can they really fit 37000 houses on the site, or was this a typo in the Echo).

He goes on to say…’So I am happy to leave Sefton Park Meadows but only if it is used.If it is used as a green space that is fine by me, as long as it is used, but we can’t just leave it as it is.

We can’t just leave it as it is?

Why can’t it just be left as a green space? Why does a green space suddenly have to fulfill a purpose?  Can it not just serve as visual break from built up areas, somewhere you can choose to enjoy on a whim? Imagine we took this standpoint on all ‘unused’ green spaces in the city.

Again to quote the ECHO – ‘One of Mayor Anderson’s early suggestions would be that the Transforming Choice charity, which helps homeless alcoholics and is based near to the site – could use the area as a therapeutic allotment for its residents.’

We spoke to a local resident Ken Phillips – ‘We already have a lot of allotment space around Liverpool, so why not ring fence some plots for this kind of usage? I can’t think of anything worse than an allotment popping up, which would have to be fenced off to stop people gaining access and potentially become an eyesore very quickly’.

He added – ‘It seems in conceding Joe feels he still has to put his stamp on the meadows any way, against the will of many’.

After years of tireless campaigning Save Sefton Park Meadows continue to shine a light on the Meadows. Their most recent article is below and highlights some of the latest concerns….

Visit their site to see how you can get involved and have your say on it’s future and the future of other green spaces in Liverpool.

Text below taken from www.saveseftonparkmeadows.org

No Formal Policy Protection for Meadows in New Local Plan

The Liverpool Local Plan 2013 -2033 Pre-submission draft January 2018 has now been published for Public Consultation.

From our reading, we conclude that the Liverpool Local Plan 2013 -2033 Pre-submission draft January 2018 is not Legally Compliant or Sound.

Our campaign group has put together Local Plan 2018 SPM comments to highlight our concerns over the continuing lack of protection for the Meadows and other greenspaces in this Draft Local Plan. We need supporters to comment and challenge this Local Plan to provide clear, unambiguous policy protection for Sefton Park Meadows, Green Space and Green Wedge across the city. You can refer to these comments in your representations if they are helpful.

We are also sending our more detailed representations to the Council.

The Liverpool Local Plan 2013 -2033 Pre-submission draft and all Supporting Documents, including FAQ’s and how to comment can be found here

All representations must be submitted by the deadline of Friday 9 March 2018.

 Reduced status in new Open Spaces Report & Assessment

The new updated LCC Open Space Report Standards April 2017 is also finally published as a Supporting Document with the Local Plan. It reveals that the Meadows has been redesignated to Amenity Greenspace of ‘Low Quality or Value’. This is a significant change from the Open Spaces Report 2005 where the Meadows was clearly shown as part of Sefton Park and High Value/ Quality. No consultation has been held on these changes.

Comments can be made online, by email or by post. Although the Council website strongly recommends that you comment online on the Local Plan specific chapters, sections, policies or tables, this appears to be a very onerous and time consuming process.  You can download our Local Plan SPM comments list of 6 representations (link given above) and send it with your contact details to the Council by email, post or in person (see details below).

Alternatively, download the Council’s 4 page liverpool-local-plan-representation-form, fill in your details, attach our SPM Comments list of 6 representations, and/or your own comments,  and send to the Council.

All completed forms and comments can be sent:

by email to: liverpoollocalplan@liverpool.gov.uk

by post to: Submission Draft Liverpool Local Plan Consultation, Development Plans, FREEPOST RRUK-HRTT-LATT, Cunard Building, Water Street, Liverpool L3 1DS.

Or in person to the Cunard Building offices.

 

Drop-in information events by the Council

Come and find out more about the draft plan and how to comment on it.

20th February 2018: 11am – 5:30pm. Bean There Café 376 Smithdown Rd, L15 5AN.

• 1st March 2018: 11am-7pm. Central Library, William Brown Street, L3 8EW.

You can make comments related to Sefton Park Meadows and other green open spaces across Liverpool or any other matters in the Local Plan that interest you. Your comments will be considered by an independent inspector in the preparation for the next stage of the plan.

What happens next

April-December 2018: Draft plan will be submitted for an independent examination. The Inspector must consider all comments and representations made as part of this consultation.

December 2018-January 2019: Council to adopt the plan and the legal challenge period starts.

So it is important that we get as many representations made as possible at this stage to highlight the lack of protection for the Meadows and Green Space in the Liverpool Local Plan January 2018 document.

The Mayor of Liverpool has confirmed to the Echo that no houses will be built on Sefton Park Meadows, but gives no protection in his 15 year Local Plan.  He now also appears intent on finding a ‘use’ for the Meadows. We have proved its worth now, and no development can ‘improve’ this heritage greenspace.

Please share this information with family and friends.

Remember to submit comments on the Liverpool Local Plan 2013 -2033 to the Council before the Friday 9 March 2018 deadline.

Thank you!

Quotes taken from an article that appeared on the Liverpool Echo website. You can read the full article HERE