Green Belt building – Cameron said he would protect it and Sefton Labour too but it’s going to be built on!

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.

A Maghull Town Council leaflet from 1998 - Strangely this time round the now Labour-run Town Council did not fight the Green Belt grab.

A Maghull Town Council leaflet from 1998 – Strangely this time round the now Labour-run Town Council did not fight the Green Belt grab.

Press cutting from 1998 as we fought to protect the Maghull east site from development. We won then, Labour waved the white fag this time around.

Press cutting from 1998 as we fought to protect the Maghull east site from development. We won then, Labour waved the white fag this time around.

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!

Labour's massive urban extension to Maghull. The rust coloured area was saved from development in 1998 but Labour have voted to build on it now on Sefton Council.

Labour’s massive urban extension to Maghull. The rust coloured area was saved from development in 1998 but Labour have voted to build on it now on Sefton Council.

The same site east of Maghull with crops growing on it on 24th April 2016. Building on it is madness.

The same site east of Maghull with crops growing on it on 24th April 2016. Building on it is madness.

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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