Green Belt – Action Group’s covering Melling, Lydiate, Aintree Village & Maghull

I was invited to one of the monthly meetings of the Maghull & Lydiate Action Group last Wednesday evening as was a Labour Sefton Councillor. Sadly, Labour had declined to attend I was told.

We discussed a whole range of issues associated with Sefton Council’s Local Plan, why it is dangerous to even consider building on high grade agricultural land, how the Green Belt can be protected from development etc. etc.

This group certainly knows their stuff and I credit them with doing a huge amount of investigation and research. The 30 or more people who form their committee seemed to represent a good cross-section of the Maghull & Lydiate community; so yes a credible and well organised group who deserve to be taken notice of.

Clearly their approach to saving the Green Belt and high grade agricultural land from development is a cause that I very much share as readers of this blog site can’t have failed to have noticed.

They have, in particular, done some detailed research into population statistics and their number crunching produces a far less significant population increase for the Borough of Sefton than what Sefton Council and its consultants have previously come up with.

Readers may recall that many of us were highly sceptical of Council’s view that Sefton’s population was going to rise significantly when it has in fact been falling for many years. This group’s research seems to nail the shaky nature of the Council’s figures and it means that the number of houses needing to be built in the Borough is far smaller than the Labour-led Council has been pressing for.

All in all a very positive meeting and I would urge Maghull & Lydiate folk to take heed of this independent group and what they have to say.

The Group’s facebook page is at:-

www.facebook.com/maghullandlydiateactiongroup/timeline?ref=page_internal

A similar Group are campaigning in Aintree Village and their facebook page is at:-

www.facebook.com/aintreevillagecommunityactiongroup

Another local group is specifically fighting the Peel Group proposals in Melling. I have also spoken at one of their regular meetings recently. Their facebook page is at:-

www.facebook.com/pages/Melling-Maghull-and-Aintree-Against-Peel-Plan-mmaapp/256660907869130?fref=ts

All these groups are independent of party politics.