Today, as a member of Sefton’s Councils’ Planning Committee, I attended a site visit to the hugely controversial proposed housing development site off Formby’s Liverpool Road.
The purpose of the visit was to familiarise Planning Committee members with site and the proposal to develop it for housing.
There were a large number of Formby residents out protesting about the proposals which will soon come before the Planning Committee and you could say it is the most significant Green Belt battle in Sefton since the plan to build a canal marina off Lydiate’s Bells Lane.
I took the following photo’s. The first one is of the land as it is presently used for crop growing and other 3 are of protestors and their placards. Two of the photo’s were taken from on-board the bus through rain spattered windows. Whilst I was taking photo’s from inside the bus of the protestors outside of it the Champion newspaper was taking photo’s of the bus with us councillors on it.
The senior Planning Office present was not at all keen on the Planning Committee members present speaking to the protestors and I got the impression that some of the Committee thought they might get thumped if they got off the bus that was taking us to and around the site. Of course, the protestors were just making their feelings known and nothing untoward happened when we inspected the site.