Labour councillor warns new Hightown 'rave' site will be a haven

Cllr Steve McGinnity

 

A Labour councillor is warning that if plans for a rave site on land near to Hightown and Ince Blundell are approved the area would be a haven for organised crime.

Manor Ward's Cllr Steve McGinnity says the plan could be disastrous for Hightown, Ince Blundell and the wider area.

He has highlighted his concerns to council officers and his colleagues on the licencing committee.

Cllr McGinnity said: "There is a lot of concern about these plans - and rightly so.

"A venue of this kind will attract organised crime, drug dealing and the likes. Which means there will be major implications concerning policing as well as other environmental costs.

"We had a major problem in Crosby Village in the nineties when the area was plagued by organised crime of the kind we fear could return if the 'rave' plans are approved. It took a real concerted effort by the community as well as a major police resource to tackle that problem back then. With the Tory-Lib Dem cuts to policing in Merseyside, I fear we will not have the numbers to deal with the issue."

Labour's candidate for Manor Ward at May's local elections which includes Hightown, Diane Roberts, said the issue had been raised to her by residents since news of the application had been released.

Diane said: "People are very concerned by these plans.

"They are concerned about the issues which Cllr McGinnity has flagged up and they are concerned about the traffic, the noise and the general environmental issues which will be created.

"The people in Hightown don't want this and my Labour colleague for Ravenmeols Catie Page tells me the people in Ince Blundell and Formby share the concerns.

"The Labour Action Teams are working together to gather everyone's views on this issue to ensure that all of the concerns are heard and that the licencing department make the right recommendations for the scheme and the licencing committee members make the right decision and reject it."

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