Labour vows to oppose greenbelt build plans which would jeopardi

Marion Atkinson

 

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson and the Sefton Labour Action Teams have vowed to oppose plans to build on the area's greenbelt land.

Bill Esterson said the greenbelt must be saved after it was revealed that the Conservative and Liberal Democrat government was encouraging councils to relax regulations.

Sefton Council is now planning to build thousands of new homes on sites around Crosby, Formby, Hightown, Thornton and Ince Blundell.


But the Labour MP said the greenbelt needed to be saved, with only planning permission being approved after full consultation and approval from residents.

Bill said: "The Labour Party introduced the greenbelt just after the Second World War. It was created to ensure wildlife was preserved and people had access to open countryside.

"But what we are seeing by these Conservatives and Liberal Democrat proposals, just like their woodland and forestry sell-off plans, is them looking after their big business pals at the expense of the general public.

"The sell-off of the greenbelt is opening the door for developers to swoop in and make substantial profits on our countryside.

"But what I want to ensure is that all the options are considered first. What empty homes can be used? What brownfield sites can be developed? What derelict buildings can be redeveloped?"

Labour's candidate for Ravenmeols Ward at May's local elections Catie Page who lives in Formby said she also wanted to ensure that people in Formby and Ince Blundell were given a say on whether their greenbelt land is built on.

Catie said: "Serious questions need to be answered about any plans to build on our open space. These include, are the roads able to cope, are there enough shops, schools, doctors and play areas? All of these things need to be taken into account.

"Communities like Formby and Ince Blundell could see their population swell under the Tory-Lib Dem plans, so they would obviously need more school places and improved transport links not least decent bus services. The scale of the cuts by the government make such improvements unlikely and residents will rightly worry that new estates will be built which create problems for the future."


Labour candidate for Harington Ward, Ben Bentley, said: "The people of Formby have to have a say on what will fundamentally be a major change in the town.


"By building nearly 1,000 new homes on our greenbelt land, is this beneficial for the town or a cash cow for the developers?


"Any decision which is made in relation to these Tory-Lib Dem plans must first be agreed by the people of Formby. If it isn't in our interests, then we need to send the plans back and options to build on brownfield, with redevelopment of existing vacant buildings needs be revisited."



Labour candidate for Manor Ward, Diane Roberts, agreed.


Diane said: "What we will see if the Tory-Lib Dem government's plans are rubber stamped by the Tories and Lib Dems on Sefton Council, are our communities being radically and irreversibly altered.


"We will see the loss of much of our much-loved countryside and greenspace and the very nature of our communities will be changed for ever.


"I fear that the only beneficiaries of this will be the big business development companies who will swoop in to capitalise on a golden opportunity to make money on our greenbelt land."



Labour candidate for Blundellsands, Ben Winstanley, added: "There is a lot to think about before any decision is made, but I can assure the people of Blundellsands that the Labour Action Teams will oppose any plans which will destroy our local communities and any new housing developments which are built have to create sustainable new communities and benefit the people who live there already.

"We need to ensure that we don't just rush headlong into destroying the greenbelt before all the options are fully investigated. Once it's gone, it's gone forever."

 

Labour's candidate for Molyneux Ward at May's local elections Marion Atkinson who lives in Aintree said she also wanted to ensure that communities were given a say on whether their greenbelt land is built on.

Marion said: "Serious questions need to be answered about any plans to build on our open space. These include, are the roads able to cope, are there enough shops, schools, doctors and play areas? All of these things need to be taken into account.

"Communities like Melling which could see their population swell under the Tory-Lib Dem plans, will obviously need more school places and improved transport links not least decent bus services. The scale of the cuts by the government make such improvements unlikely and residents will rightly worry that new estates will be built which create problems for the future."



Labour candidate for Sudell Ward Patrick McKinley who lives in the ward agreed.

Patrick said: "There is a lot to think about before any decision is made, but I can assure the people of Maghull, Aintree, Melling, Lydiate, Lunt and Sefton Village that the Labour Action Teams will oppose any plans which will destroy our local communities and any new housing developments which are built have to create sustainable new communities and benefit the people who live there already.

"We need to ensure that we don't just rush headlong into destroying the greenbelt before all the options are fully investigated. Once it's gone, it's gone forever."

 

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