Sefton Central Labour MP BIll Esterson says Formby residents hav

Bill Esterson chairing the public meeting into the future of the Powerhouse site



Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson said local concerns need to be addressed before any decision is made on the future of Formby's Powerhouse site.
Sefton Councillors are set to consider the future of the site later this month when Bellway Homes plans go before the planning committee.
The developer plans to build 75 properties on the site.
But MP Bill Esterson said there are still concerns within the community.
Bill said: "Back in November, I chaired a public meeting that had been organised by Formby Labour Action Team for local people to hear from the then owner Mike McComb about his plans to sell the Powerhouse site to a developer, which he has since done.

"Bellway Homes has since purchased the site and submitted plans to demolish the Powerhouse to make room for 75 dwellings with accompanying roads.

"At the packed meeting, Mr McComb answered a number of questions as did councillors and parish councillors.

"Residents had many concerns about the proposal. We heard that the site is an eyesore and has become a magnet for anti-social and criminal behaviour.

"Residents asked about affordable housing and it was clear that as things stand the development would have limited affordable housing in order for the then proposed developer, Bellway Homes to be interested.

"Discussions about the development of the Powerhouse at the public meeting showed the conflicting pressures in Formby and across Sefton Central. Developers want to build and make as much money as possible. As a result they are reluctant to build affordable homes either to rent or to buy, yet this is what is needed by many people in Formby and across Sefton."

Formby Labour Action Team is planning to canvas opinion on Park Road estate before the application goes before the planning committee and Formby's Labour Councillors will be holding special surgeries for residents to share their views.

Bill said: "There is obviously a lot of concern about the impact of this development on Park Road estate. I have spoken to a number of residents who are worried about the new road which will be built, the demolition of two houses and the impact of the increase in traffic in narrow residential roads. Some concerns have also been raised about the impact of the construction. We need to make sure that residents' concerns are considered by the planning department. Formby Labour Action Team will therefore be canvassing views around the estate now
the plans have been released.

"And I understand that Formby’s Labour Councillors, Catie Page, Nina Killen and Peter Maguire, will be holding a surgery for residents to go along and raise concerns about the plans.

"The Powerhouse has been a problem site for Formby for a long time, but we must ensure that the site is developed for the benefit of the community and not to its detriment. And the views of the residents, particularly those directly affected must be considered before any decision is made on whether to give the go ahead to these plans or not."

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