This is my 4th and for the moment last posting about the huge house building problem that will seemingly be foisted on the Borough of Sefton and more precisely on Maghull, Lydiate, Aintree and Melling if our Labour rulers can’t find an out of Borough solution.
My last posting is available via the link below:-
The report of council officers to our Sefton Labour rulers says ‘in order to meet a significantly higher land requirement it would be likely that land would have to be identified in adjacent Boroughs’. Those adjacent Boroughs are West Lancashire (which Sefton has by a long way the biggest boundary), Knowsley and Liverpool – from where the crisis seems to have been created, via poor counting in the first place! The officers go on to tell the comrades about the ‘Duty to Co-operate’ with neighbouring Councils. Now then where have we read about that before?
Here I am at Lambshear Lane Lydiate checking out farm land that is coming under threat from house building.
We read about it in earlier submissions made in opposition to Labour’s Local Plan for Sefton because we Lib Dems were accusing the Council and indeed its neighbouring authorities of all but ignoring this duty to co-operate! But now the ‘duty to co-operate’ is all of a sudden an imperative. Well the record on this ‘duty’ is poor in my view so how much hope can we really hold of West Lancashire Borough Council and Knowsley Borough Council chipping in to build a few thousand houses for Sefton on their own patches?
But are we missing an obvious solution here i.e. building the extra houses in Liverpool? Well yes we may be but thereby hangs the other problem, it is folk wanting to leave Liverpool to live in Sefton that seemingly creates the crisis in the first place, or so we being told. Surely that means that if the houses are built anywhere but in Sefton (Maghull, Lydiate, Aintree & Melling) then they will be in the wrong place? Answers on a post card to Sefton’s Planning Department who seem to be in need of some inspiration!
Oh and by the way Knowsley and Liverpool are also part of the Liverpool City Region (West Lancs is only a non-voting member of it) with Sefton and is that not the same City Region where the Labour Council Leaders could probably not agree much at all? Will ‘Duty to co-operate’ really trump the usual Labour turf wars?
Those statisticians with their ever moving figures and guesstimates may well have pointed a loaded gun at the communities that make up Sefton East Parishes and the Labour rulers of Sefton. Watch this space as the crisis develops.