Labour Action Teams oppose 'rave' plans for land near Hightown,



Catie Page, Steve McGinnity, Diane Roberts and Bill Esterson

Labour Action Teams are working with local residents to oppose plans to site a 'rave' venue on land near to Ince Blundell.

Formby mum and campaigner and Labour candidate for Ravenmeols Catie Page and Manor Ward Labour candidate Diane Roberts are opposing the plans which would see the land at the perimeter of Moss Lane, Orrell Hill Lane, Scaffold Lane and North End Lane used for music festivals.

If given the go-ahead, up to 5,000 people could be congregating on the site between the hours of 9am and 3am.

Catie said the plans were not wanted by the people of Formby or Ince Blundell.

Catie said: "We do not want raves to be held on our doorstep. Living in Formby I know what kind of disturbance this plan would cause to traffic on the bypass and on the very narrow country roads around Formby, Ince Blundell and Hightown.

"The people of Ince Blundell will suffer directly as a consequence of the noise pollution created by recorded and live music which is what the land would be used for.

"Our community is not a suitable location for plans of this kind and the Labour Action Teams and my self will do all we can to block these ludicrous plans."

Diane Roberts said residents in Hightown had already raised their opposition.

Diane said: "These plans are totally inappropriate for this community.

"We already have issues of safety on some of our roads in this area and this will make it much worse. Particularly when you consider the number of people who will be attending these events and arriving in taxis and by car. That's a lot of traffic.

"North End Lane is an existing accident blackspot, this will just make it worse."

Manor Ward Labour councillor, Steve McGinnity, said the application goes before Sefton Council's licencing committee on March 25.

Cllr McGinnity said: "This is a very large scale proposal and one which we have to take very seriously.

"I have already raised this issue with the Labour Group to register my opposition and to present the feedback which has been collected by the Labour Action Teams in Ravenmeols and Manor wards.

"The application will see not just 5,000 people descending on the area, but also a late licence up until 3am.

"There are also implications for policing in the area and the costs on Merseyside Police, particularly in light of the frontline cuts which they are having to implement due to the Tory-Lib Dem government.

"This application is something which our communities in Hightown, Ince Blundell and Formby needs to come together to fight against."

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