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September 13, 2011 - Bill Esterson's Westminster Diary
I recently pointed out the Lydiate Parish Council and the previous Liberal Democrat administration of MaghulI Town Council had given strong support to the plans for a marina at Lydiate.
One of the consequences of this support was that the developer spent a lot of money on an expensive planning application and this meant Sefton Council had to spend money and time on considering the planning application including the successful defence of the planning committee decision to reject the application.
It's funny how sometimes words are taken out of context. In my Westminster Diary this bit was missing which meant from what I had written it sounded as if Sefton Council had wasted the money when they were only fulfilling their legal responsibility. If the parish and town councils had not encouraged the developer to go ahead in the first place a lot of time and money might have been saved.
The fight to protect the green belt and green spaces in Sefton continues.
The government minister Greg Clark did not answer my question last week in parliament when I asked him to reconsider the presumption in favour of development which over-rides all other planning issues.
That change in the rules makes it more important than ever that we don't have development in places like Bells Lane in Lydiate and that we don't have groups like the parish councils encouraging development.
Good advice for our local councillors might be "Be careful what you wish for".
Another issue, which I raised in parliament was the closure of Crosby coastguard. I asked the government to consider the impact on the North West coast of England and West of Scotland of the closure of Crosby and Clyde coastguards and the danger to public safety of the loss of local knowledge.
Sadly the government appears to be in a hurry and not prepared to listen.
But the campaign continues.
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