Crosby & Blundellsands Labour Action Team campaigns to ensure co


Ben Murphy and Veronica Bennett

Crosby & Blundellsands Labour Action Team is campaigning to ensure that the local area benefits financially from the Tory-Lib Dem closure of the coastguard station.

The station was earmarked for closure by the Government last year despite a hard fought campaign by residents, Labour Councillors and MP Bill Esterson.

Campaigners feared the closure would lead to a loss of life at sea. But the Tories and Lib Dems refused to listen.

But now, Crosby & Blundellsands Labour Action Team are fighting to ensure that any sell off of the coastguard station benefits the local community.

Blundellsands Ward Labour Councillor Veronica Bennett said: "Labour lobbied long and hard against the closure of the coastguard station, but the Tories and Lib Dems refused to listen. Now we need to ensure that any sell-off of the site is done so to benefit the whole community.

"That means in terms of the application itself, and also any financial benefits.

"The site is a prime location for any development. We need to make sure that any plans are in the interests of the community and not to its detriment."

Ben Murphy and Veronica BennettCllr Bennett is querying with Sefton Council what is planned for the site. Sefton Council officers are currently investigating.

Crosby & Blundellsands Labour Action Team's Ben Murphy said he wanted the site to be used to the benefit of the community.

Ben said: "Hundreds of people contacted the Labour Action Team when we were campaigning to save the coastguard station.

"Many of them also mentioned that they wanted to ensure the site was kept to benefit the community should the station be closed.

"This is something which Cllr Bennett and the Labour Action Team is also keen to ensure.

"The coastline is regularly visited by the people of Sefton and the surrounding area and it would be a shame if the site could not be utilised to provide a service to the community, or to enhance the experience of visiting the beach."


Ben Murphy and Veronica Bennett


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