Bill Esterson MP: Why Maghull Town Council was correct for consu

Bill Esterson
Can I congratulate Maghull Town Council’s Labour Councillors for taking the time and trouble to consult the residents of Maghull about the proposed local plan. 
A number of Labour members of the council went door to door with a detailed survey to find out what people actually think about the proposals for development over the next 15 years. 
It must be right that the views of residents are taken into account on such an important issue and I hope that Sefton Council will take on board what residents have said. 
People in Maghull (including me) are worried at the impact of major building and at the potential loss of green belt. 
So it is a pity that the Lib-Dem councillors refused to take part in the survey and then criticised the town council for asking Sefton to listen to residents’ concerns. 
But the fact that the Lib-Dems are so against consulting people should not come as a surprise. After all, it is the Lib-Dems who are in government, the same government which insists that developers can build where they want including in the green belt because that is where the biggest profits are to be made. 
Sadly, the Lib-Dems and their government are standing up for the developers not for the people of Maghull. 
The best way to protect the green belt is to develop former industrial sites first. That means a return to the brownfield first policy of the last Labour government where funding was available to develop former industrial land. 
I will continue to argue for that brownfield first policy to be reinstated. 
I hope the Lib-Dems will do the same and lobby their own government ministers.


Bill Esterson,
Labour MP for Sefton Central

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