Today, together with Council Leaders and Deputy Leaders from the 6 Merseyside Authorities I met Lord Heseltine and Sir Terry Leahy. The event was associated with Liverpool City Region and progressing its economic regeneration.
An hour of discussion and debate took place and a stimulating conversation it was.
Then from speaking to a member of the House of Lords I went on to real parish pump politics in Lydiate as Sefton Council held one of its consultation events with local residents about that Core Strtategy thing that I have posted about before. There was a very good tun out and clearly many locals were raising unsurprising concerns about loss of Green Belt.
I spoke to quite a number of residents in the hour I spent at the event and there was certainly a common theme about defending the Green Belt from developmnet. A petition had been handed in earlier in the day to this end and our own Lib Dem petition has gained a large number of signatures from folks who want to stop Grade 1 and 2 agricultural land being developed.
All in all an interesting day and a useful one. Whilst it was facinating to meet Lord Hesaline and Sire Terry Leahy there is nothing like getting down to local issues with local residents. And I walked away from Lydiate Vilage Centre with two items of casework to try to sort out for residents.