“Come day go day,
Wishing my heart for someday,
Drinking buttermilk all the week,
Whiskey on a Sunday.”
The above verse to any self-respecting Scouser over 40, conjures up the image of “Scottie” Rd and the famous puppeteer Seth Davey with his “dancing dolls”. On Monday night his ghost re-appeared at Bootle Town Hall.
For three hours at the Planning Committee ripped the Local Plan to shreds. Firstly by members of the public then the councillors, led by councillors Hands and Robertson and well asked questions from the Labour side. Highlights being:-
1) Planners cannot justify building 11070 houses which will house 24,500 people when the population increase is projected to be only 5,000. Bill Esterson [MP] cannot understand that one.
2) An amendment was passed to say there would be NO planning condition to build ANY affordable housing on the ‘Newtown’ site East OF MAGHULL. At the scrutiny committee they said they have neither the staff or the power to check planning conditions anyway.
3) The planners confirmed under planning rules they cannot insist on “Brownfield first ,so obviously it will be Greenfield first.
4) Every time infrastructure was mentioned we were treated to the same” It’ll be alright on the night”reply.
5)Planners admitted that the agricultural land in Maghull and Lydiate was the best in Sefton but insisted on building five times the amount of houses needed, all of which type are currently lying unsold in the town, was justified.
6) Flooding and drainage on the ‘Newtown’ site would not be a problem even though United Utilities have only enough in their budget for drains in the town for 30 new houses per year and S.U.D.S is limited. (see scrutiny report).
Then Seth floated in. A vote was called for and with military precision of a well rehearsed act his Labour “DANCING DOLLS” voted for the plan in it’s entirety. Naturally everyone else opposed it. WHAT A FARCE. It may be the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta but democracy is dead in Sefton.
Those councillors have nothing to lose but I have more faith in our Local Labour Councillors. On the22nd at the full council meeting I know they will take heed of their oath, support us and not join the “Dancing Dolls”