Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson vows to fight developers'

Bill Esterson


Central Sefton’s Labour MP Bill Esterson has pledged to fight any attempts by developers to add to the sites already identified for building in East Sefton after a number of local people wrote to him to express their concerns.

Under rules brought in by the Conservative-Lib Dem government developers have the right to suggest new sites for building which have already been rejected by the local community.

Councils then have to consult on the sites suggested by the developers.

Bill said that this was exactly what had happened in Maghull, Aintree and Melling. 

Bill said: "Thank you to everyone who has written to me. Your letters and emails show the strength of feeling in our community. 

"I agree that those of us living in East Sefton now should have our say about how any development happens and about where it should happen. Development should be done with those of you who live here now, not imposed on you. 

"Peel Holdings has suggested building next to Aintree while other developers want to build by the Green Park estate in Maghull and in Lydiate. I will oppose attempts by developers to build on these extra sites but let us be quite clear, it is the government which allowed these developers the chance to have a second bite at the cherry. 

"Building has already been rejected by many of you on these additional sites, and they have been excluded from plans drawn up by Sefton Council. 

"For the Tories and Lib Dems to allow developers another go is absurd. The site in Lydiate is a reserve site and as things stood that was very unlikely to see building for many years to come. The site next to Green Lane in Maghull is not even a reserve site yet we have a situation where people have to go through the whole process of objecting all over again because of the way the government has set the rules.

"Maghull Town Council and Melling Parish Council have started to put together neighbourhood plans and I applaud the Councillors in both parishes for their work. 

"It is a pity that Lib Dem-run Lydiate has refused to follow suite. 

"Having a strong plan is the best way of making sure that our towns and villages are protected and that we all benefit from any changes. Having a good plan means that it will be possible to build a new station in Maghull and a new slip road onto the M58 so the proposals of my Labour colleagues in support of these exciting developments in Maghull should be supported. 

"It is also why we need to make sure that drainage and roads can cope with the impact of any building that takes place and this of course is a big part of the reason why so many of you are quite understandably worried. 

"Any housing which is built should have a significant allocation for people who live here already and who want to stay near family, friends and schools. But thanks to the Tories and Lib Dems, that is not what is being proposed. The developers want to go way beyond what the people of Maghull, Lydiate, Melling and Aintree want or need. And the Lib Dems and their Tory friends are making excessive building more likely not less by trying to block plans to limit the scale of building. 

"By their actions, the Lib Dems and Tories, supported by UKIP and the Formby Residents Action Group councillor, are also making it less likely that we will see the new roads, drains, GP places and other services needed if development goes ahead because if they get their way there will be no plan and no plan means nothing for local people and no protection against the developers getting everything they want.

"I shall do what I can to stop the developers from going any further than has already been proposed in the existing draft plans. But the biggest threat to the people of East Sefton is from those who are against having any plans, including the Lib Dems in Lydiate. 

"Labour will return to a brownfield first policy if we win the election next year and that will help protect our communities. But right now, we need the right plan, a plan that gives the people of Maghull, Lydiate, Melling and Aintree what you need not what the developers want. And the best way to get that plan is to support what Maghull Town and Melling Parish are doing to develop a plan that works for those of us living here now."