Knowsley parks sell-off – Cashman and Howarth on the case

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-42665674

The BBC has the sad story on its web site – see link above

My good friend and leader of the Opposition on Knowsley Council, Cllr. Carl Cashman, has been one of the loud voices saying ‘NO’ to Knowsley Council’s Labour leaders as they plough on with their parks sell-off plans. But things are looking grim in that the all-Labour Cabinet of Knowsley Council is pressing on with the sale of many parks and gardens.

Merseyside Labour Councils just don’t get environmental issues

Urban green spaces are crucial in any community; once they are gone they are effectively gone for good – that means the listed parks/sites to be sold off for development will not be there for future generations. However desperate the finances of Knowsley Council are this is environmentally just the wrong thing to do but how many times have I had to question the environmental credentials of the Labour Party on Merseyside! Too many times sadly.

It’s interesting that George Howarth MP has waded into this issue. I got to know George reasonably well when he was MP for Sefton East and have some respect for him. Let’s hope his intervention will help find a more environmentally sustainable solution for Knowsley Council’s struggling Labour leaders.

Prescot murder – Carl Cashman speaks out

Carl Cashman

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/prescot-councillor-says-town-safe-13860776

The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site – see link above

Carl is a friend of mine and a more dedicated community campaigner you would do well to find. He steps into matters that other politicians shy away from. Every community needs a councillor like Carl.

Merseyside has it’s own unique breed of Walrus

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/what-walrus-everything-you-need-12937411

The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site – see link above

And here’s a link to the Merseytravel web pages about this travel card:-

www.merseytravel.gov.uk/Tickets/walrus-card/Pages/default.aspx#

It’s going in the right direction but as Carl Cashman the Lib Dem candidate in the recent Liverpool City Region Mayoral election said to fulfill its potential we need to ‘Expand the Walrus card system, creating an ‘Oyster-like’ system across the region, to include buses trains, ferries, tunnels and bridges. Unifying our transport network into one single contactless payment.’

Carl Cashman

How right he is and so the challenge is now there for the winning candidate Steve Rotherham to make this happen by taking up Carl’s pledge.

Carl Cashman for Metro Mayor – The Liverpool Echo take on his manifesto launch

Carl discussing the issues of the day at a meeting in Liverpool Central Library,

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/metro-mayor-candidate-says-merseyside-12824589

The Liverpool Echo covered Carl Cashman’s recent manifesto launch – see link above

You will have to persevere with the Echo article as it unfortunately takes a long time to load up.

My own account of the launch last week can be accessed via this link:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2017/03/28/mersey-metro-mayor-carl-cashmans-manifesto-launch/

Carl Cashman for Mersey Metro Mayor

Carl Cashman

I love this quote from Carl as it really does sum up why our part of the world voted to remain in the EU and why should all be fighting for the EU and against the headlong Hard Brexit of May & Corbyn.

Our region has benefited massively from EU investment when Merseyside was really down at heel and Carl is right to point that out.

Time to ditch old allegiances and get behind Carl to be our first Mersey Mayor. Labour and Tories (and of course UKIP) will simply continue to press for a Hard Brexit which will ruin our economy both locally and nationally.