Formby Labour Action Team organises demonstration in Formby Vill

Catie Page

Formby Labour Action Team is organising a demonstration in Formby Village to protest against the Tory-Lib Dem plans to destroy our greenbelt.

Formby mum and Labour's candidate for Ravenmeols Catie Page, Labour's candidate for Harington Ward Ben Bentley and Labour's Manor Ward candidate Diane Roberts have organised the demo after it emerged in the budget that the Tories and Lib Dems were relaxing regulations which blocked building on greenbelt.

The new rules mean that the greenbelt will no longer be protected which could result in new developments cropping up on greenbelt sites in Formby, Hightown, Ince Blundell, Melling, Maghull, Aintree and Lydiate.

The Labour Action Team is opposing any plans to build on land against the communities' wishes.

The party is organising public demonstrations on Saturday (April 23) from 10.30am in Formby Village when they will be collecting names on petitions opposing the destruction of the greenbelt.

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson will be joining the demonstration.

Bill said: "The greenbelt is a fine achievement of the 1945 Labour government and one of which I am very proud. The Conservative-Liberal Democrat government have spelled out plans which will see its destruction.

"The views of the local resident must be taken into account before any plans are given approval. But now we face the prospect of developers riding roughshod over the views of local residents.

"It is locals who know full well the impact of increased housing on the local infrastructure, including shortage of school places, shops, GP surgeries, roads and bus services.

"New developments should look after those people already here not just those who will be here once the development is completed. It is a sad fact that the new rules will make it easier for developers to build on our valuable greenbelt.

"The Conservative-Lib Dem budget may have given the greenlight to the destruction of the greenbelt, something Labour in Sefton Central will do our best to oppose."

Catie Page said residents throughout Formby, Hightown and Ince Blundell are concerned by the Tory-Lib Dem shift in greenbelt policy.

Catie said: "I've been inundated with calls from people who say the Tories and Lib Dems are betraying the local communities.

"Living in Formby I know full well just how stretched the roads are already. If you take into account an increase in housing, then we have a real problem, but not just on the roads, also on local schools and NHS services."

Diane Roberts said people throughout Hightown, Formby and Ince Blundell were "vehemently opposed" to the destruction of the greenbelt.

Diane said: "What the Lib Dems and Tories are doing is tantamount to public vandalism and goes against the wishes of the local community.

"It is the same old story of the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats looking after the interests of big business. This gives the greenlight to developers to step in and take advantage of premium land.

"Meanwhile it is the local community which will suffer.

"We are opposing these plans and will be taking to the streets to make sure that we do everything we can to fight this and stop the Tories and Lib Dems in their tracks."

Bill Esterson added: "I am confident that we will get considerable support in our campaign to oppose these plans. We will be collecting signatures for a petition during our public demonstration in Formby and giving out leaflets to let people know exactly what could happen.

"I urge people from throughout Sefton to join us and add their names to the opposition."

Sefton Central Labour Party will be holding a public demonstration in Formby Village on Saturday, April 23 from 10.30am.