Readers will probably recall that I have long fought the propsals of Sefton Council to build on our Green Belt and high grade agricultural land across the Borough.
Indeed my first campaign to stop planners building on Sefton’s Green Belt was in 1998 – a campaign we won by the way. It’s ironic therefore only to have the very same piece of land we were trying to protect from development, to the east of Maghull, released for building on by our Labour-run Council some 18 years later!
But this trend of developing Green Belt sites seems to be gathering pace despite David Cameron saying the Green Belt is safe with him, or words to that effect. Our local Labour Party also said they would defend it only for their Sefton Councillors to vote to build on it!
The Council for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) recently said this:-
Over 219,000 houses are planned for England’s Green Belt, 60,000 more than in August 2013 when CPRE last made a count.
Having said that I personally found the Sefton Branch of CPRE to be a little slow out of the blocks when it came to standing up to Sefton Labour’s building plans.
So the Green Belt is not safe, our high grade agricultural land is to be built upon and Labour Sefton Councillors who said they would defend it then voted to build on it.
Is there any wonder why folks say politicians can’t be trusted.
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