Councillor sets up online petition on government website opposin

Tony Carr

 

A Sefton Labour councillor has launched an epetition on the government's website calling for the greenbelt to be protected from Tory-Lib Dem law changes which encourages developers to build on the country's greenspaces.

Molyneux Ward's Cllr Tony Carr set up the petition to object to the Tory-Lib Dem Government's new planning rules which directly threaten the greenbelt.

Cllr Carr launched the online petition on the government's own website.

The petition already is already gathering a growing number of signatures from people opposing the Tory-Lib Dem relaxation of the greenbelt laws.

The government's controversial building policy has this week come under fire from the National Trust and the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England. Both high profile groups have slammed the Tory-Lib Dem relaxation of building regulations which force local authorities like Sefton Council for the "presumption for development".

Cllr Carr said the planning reforms will allow developers to steamroller over the opinions of the local community leading to the destruction of the greenbelt in our communities.

Cllr Carr said: "The Tories and Lib Dems are handing far too much power to developers to come in and make money on the back of our greenbelt.

"This policy dictates that local authorities must default to give developers permission for building - including on our greenbelt and greenspace. This will be disastrous to our communities here in Sefton and the North West as a whole..

"But this government needs to realise that people in the community are not going to roll over and allow them to destroy our countryside without a fight.

"I have set up the epetition on the government website so we can all send them a direct message about what we think of their planning reforms."

Cllr Carr said if lots of people signed the petition, the government could be forced into a u-turn.

Cllr Carr said: "Public opinion forced this government into a u-turn over plans to sell off our forests. We can force them into another u-turn again o this issue if we get enough people behind the campaign.

"It's simple and free to add your name to the petition. Just go to http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/397 and add your name.

"It was this type of campaign which helped us save the forests - we can do the same for the greenbelt. But we all need to work together to do it."