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Sefton Park Meadowlands sale moves closer

Legal notices published and formal objections invited

Written by . Published on June 3rd 2013.


Sefton Park Meadowlands sale moves closer
 

THE controversial sale of Sefton Park’s Meadowlands has moved a step closer with the publication of a formal notice announcing the disposal of the site. 

The city council has placed an ad in the weekly Liverpool Post in the classified section as a legal notice - a necessary move before the sale can go ahead. 

Despite a petition signed by thousands of people and gaining momentum, Mayor Joe Anderson seems determined to press ahead with the sale, earmarked for executive housing. 

Although many people see the Meadowlands as a part of Sefton Park, the advert again describes it as a six-acre site of ‘incidental open space’ in Park Avenue, Liverpool 18. 

Sefton Park'Incedental open space'

The mayor, grappling with government cutbacks, says the sale of the site will generate millions of pounds and provide an attractive location for upmarket, executive-style housing in the city. 

Campaigners claim describing as the tree-land slice of parkland as "incidental open space" disguises its importance as a key part of Sefton Park. 

Park user and campaigner Paul Slater is lodging an official objection to the sale in response to the public notice. 

He said: "Like many legal notices, the proposed sale of the Meadowlands was detailed in tiny print at the back of a newspaper. I just hope enough people get to hear about it and respond if they feel passionate about this lovely area of the park. 

"Far from being 'incidental open space' the Meadowlands is identified as Greenspace in the council's own Local Development Plan, and is part of the Sefton Park Conservation Area.

Apart from that, it has been treated, and used, as a recreation and amenity facility by residents and visitors to the park for many years. You only have to stand there to grasp that the openess of the site contributes greatly to the character of the Sefton Park Conservation Area, with the open grassland contrasting with, and helping to complement, the wooded part of Sefton Park across Mossley Hill Drive. 

"It's also a recognised wildlife corridor, linking Sefton Park with other nearby green spaces. Its attractiveness greatly enhances this part of Sefton Park." 

Opponents also question the need for housing, citing council documents showing there are over 14,000 empty properties in Liverpool and 460 hectares of derelict land, with 15,000 new dwellings either under construction, or for which planning permission has already been given. 

Added Mr Slater: "The city council should adhere to its own environmental and planning policies.  If followed properly, the policies within these state that there should be a strong presumption against developing sites like the Meadowlands, and that they should be retained as open space. I urge as many people as possible to respond to the public notice - don't assume others will do this. We want the council to see the strong depth of feeling."

 

Calls to action

Representations can be made by e-mail, to:- Legal.Planning@liverpool.gov.uk or in writing to:- Property and Regeneration Team, Room 208, Municipal Buildings, Dale Street, Liverpool L2 2DH.  The  site is described as 'Land at Park Avenue, Liverpool 18'. 

Objections to the present administration's disposal of our highly valued public open space, need to be lodged by 14 June, quoting reference PRT/TIG/Park Ave.

 

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42 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

John ShawJune 3rd 2013.

Joe Anderson is intent on shooting himself in the foot. Look on the news to see what is happening in turkey. Yet another instance of an administration not listening to the people it's supposed to represent. This man will be the architect of his own downfall, he is bent on confrontation. He may yet get what is coming his way.

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AnonymousJune 5th 2013.

Christ I hope uncle Joe doesn't know where the Sarin's being kept.

AnonymousJune 3rd 2013.

But we all went out and elected the Mayor, didn't we. Well we're always been told we did.

John ShawJune 3rd 2013.

Joe done away with a proposed referendum, which didn't sit too well with the public, he then got in via the back door, by a loaded council vote. In what was an abysmal turnout, he polled something in the order of 15% of the total electorate. Approximately 261,000 didn't vote or voted against Joe. Deluded chap that he is he viewed it as emphatic, in fact he said it twice, he was that euphoric he forgot to mention that 2700 had spoiled their voting slips. He proceeded to nominate a sychophantic claque as his cabinet then commenced "to do his own thing". Some democracy. Now he's cocking a deaf ear to any of the public who are opposed his agenda, not Labours.

John ShawJune 3rd 2013.

I never stood. I never wanted a mayor. I am lifelong socialist who has voted Labour even before Joe started school. I voted because I am only too aware that people gave their lives to preserve democracy. No before you ask "I didn't vote for Joe" I voted for a man opposed to having a mayor.

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John BradleyJune 3rd 2013.

But you arrogant enough to claim to represent a majority of the people of Liverpool. You are weasel of a man.

John ShawJune 3rd 2013.

Your a computer geek, conversant with modern technology, how can so many sign e-petitions, protest and sign paper petitions, and not know where the land is? You were one of the people who used the acronym Nimby, Do you now wish to withdraw that remark .

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John BradleyJune 3rd 2013.

I think that about shows your level of your rationality or lack of it. You decided you want to keep the land as it is, all your reasons and arguments are made to fit that aim, they did not drive your decision. What my knowledge of computers has to do with the subject at hand. Signing something is no indication of knowing anything about the subject, stand in the middle of Bold Street with placards and ads which say Save Park, Environment and Meadow on it and you get signatures even if the park is totally made up.

AnonymousJune 4th 2013.

You really are most peculiar. If Joe can only rely on green ink writers like John Bradley to defend his indefensible positions it surely is time for him to resign.

John ShawJune 4th 2013.

I don't claim to represent anyone other than myself. I am wise enough to know that the electorate were not given the option of whether they wanted a mayor or not. They were denied a referendum. Faced with an election a majority voted for the Labour ticket, there would appear to be more people at odds with Joe than your willing to concede, even Labour supporters. There are any number of groups taking issue with Joes policies. Is it arrogant to state the obvious?

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John BradleyJune 4th 2013.

You make reference to all these people condemning Joe and this but at best you can produce a 1000 or so in a city of nearly 500,000. A number of groups several of which contain the same people and shout loud. The referenda in all the other places had very low turn outs, so low the only real conclusion you could draw was that the majority did not care one way or the other. In that case the law put in place by a democratic government allowed the elected representatives to make the choice, that is what happened. The Waste scheme is a prime example of what usually happened, no one what to be attacked by groups in there local area, so the managed to make a decision that was disliked by everyone. I support Mayors and Elected Commissioners because they given the very limited power the councils have today they seem to be able to use it and when challenged by Whitehall can point to their direct mandate. I've said before I'd support an elected Transport Commissioner for everywhere West of the M6.

John ShawJune 4th 2013.

Isn't technology wonderful, you can sit in the comfort of your own semi-condemned, not even budge from the sofa, and call people a weasel. Fancy a straightener hard-case?

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John BradleyJune 4th 2013.

These where you first words addressed to me "Are you some council hired hit man, an editorial stooge, or cuckoo." You really are manipulative, hypocritical little man.

SaladDazeJune 4th 2013.

Where's Neil Kinnock when we need some wind in the willows? He could condemn a Labour council scuttling round serving redundancy notices on parks and building upmarket apartments and they call it victory etc.

John ShawJune 4th 2013.

Last time I saw him, he'd gone for a paddle with his missus.

Susan JenningsJune 4th 2013.

I'm sorry if I am repeating myself. I posted this about 15mins ago, but not sure if it's supposed to show up straightaway, or if I have to wait for a moderator... Anyway, what I wanted to say is that if people can prove they have used the land for a number of years, they can apply to have the land designated as a village green, or something of that nature. Not sure if there's enough time now, but perhaps if people get right on it?...

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Fireman SamJune 4th 2013.

The law has changed so you can't do that any more

Georgina OwenJune 4th 2013.

I seem to recall Mayor Anderson throwing down the gauntlet to the electorate. He said if we managed to achieve 60,000 signatures on a petition against him he would stand down as Mayor. We can then force a referendum to get rid of this egotistical position and revert to a more democratic way of running our city. I suggest we begin to gather signatures and get shut of BSE Mayor Anderson!

John ShawJune 4th 2013.

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.

AnonymousJune 4th 2013.

Let's ignore who is who and who is saying what and for whom. The fact is the parklands of Liverpool belong to all of the citizens, not a select few. The legal process currently underway will make no difference. It is being done only because it has to be done by law. The Mayor and his cabinet have already clearly stated their intention to sell this area of Sefton Park. They only call it 'incidental open space' just so they can say they haven't flogged off a slice of our historic parkland. Maybe it helps ease their consciences. The fact is this though, if enough people, running into thousands of them, the councillors may have to change their minds. If the mayor is saying he needs to sell the land to pay for an unpopular and unwanted outside stage for 40,000-capacity boozy events in Sefton Park, then there's a simple answer that will keep everyone happy. Don't sell Sefton Park Meadowlands, then there won't be any mo;ney for the stage, and the park will remain as what it is, an area of escape for the people of this city away from the din and noise of a busy metropolis.

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John BradleyJune 5th 2013.

It belongs to the citizens and is controlled on their behalf by the council who officers where elected to represent the interest of the citizens, it is not up to a self selected few to hold the rest of the population hostage.

AnonymousJune 5th 2013.

exactly, so despite what thousands think. Joe and his crew, will do what Joe thinks.

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John BradleyJune 5th 2013.

Which is exactly what they should do why should such a small minority hold the rest of us hostage?. For thousands they seem awfully quiet except for a few 10s of people.

AnonymousJune 5th 2013.

The rest of who? It would appear your in a minority, Joe doing his own thing isn't democracy' it's autocracy. You've already accused one bloke of being arrogant. Now you compound it by allegedly speaking for the majority. You appear to be the only one making a song and dance about peoples right to protest.

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John BradleyJune 5th 2013.

They can protest all they like. I'm in a minority here. I haven't claimed to speak for the majority or anyone. Joe was elected to make decisions, it was democracy that gave him the authority that make the decisions. There are are always some people who disagree with the any decision those people do not have a right to ignore that mandate. What you proposing is the dictation of a minority and that is undemocratic.

AnonymousJune 6th 2013.

The system is such that people are elected on a mandate, not for them to make it up as they go along. Having secured that mandate, they then hold "office", and are rightly supposed to represent all of the electorate, even the people who didn't vote for them. Decision making isn't an issue, providing that politicians don't abuse that "office". They are not in "Power", the electorate are.

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John BradleyJune 6th 2013.

So in this case everything is by the book.

Alex RudkinJune 6th 2013.

councillors.liverpool.gov.uk/mgEPetitionDisplay.aspx… The City Council e petition in support of selling 'The Meadows' has closed. 18% in favour 82% against. Majority should rule.

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John BradleyJune 7th 2013.

Out of 320 who voted. So 320 out 0.5 million care enough to vote.

AnonymousJune 7th 2013.

It looks like the wheel has just fell off Joe's wash-house pram again.

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