As someone who has fought Labour every inch of the way as they have been voting to build on our precious Green Belt and high grade agricultural land in Sefton Borough I thought I would pop along to the public meeting organised by the Maghull & Lydiate Action Group last Thursday evening.
A packed public meeting in Maghull Methodist Church on 26th February.
The meeting was held in Maghull Methodist Church Hall and was packed with locals who all clearly felt as I and indeed the Action Group feel about Labour’s mad building plans.
It was nice to here that Lydiate Parish Council’s fight to save the Green Belt was appreciated but at the same time sad to hear Labour-run Maghull Town Council coming in for a lot of stick for it’s lack of fight. Sad because in 1998 Maghull Town Council, then Lib Dem-run, led the campaign to fight off Sefton Council’s attempt to build on the very same Green Belt that Labour are intending to build on now. No one can understand why Labour has just let it all roll over them this time.
I kept quiet for most of the meeting as I did not feel it was appropriate for me to spout off as a Lib Dem politician and councillor at a meeting called by people independent of all political parties. So I sat and listened to many contributions from Green Belt campaigners from Maghull, Lydiate and Formby. It was only after the meeting was all but over that I contributed.
Firstly, I apologised for being there quite openly as a Lib Dem politician even though I am one on the same agenda as the Action Group. As my contribution seemed to be welcome I outlined some issues that I have been involved with and answered a couple of points that had come up during the meeting. Fortunately, my comments were well received despite them hardly being politically impartial.
Labour councillors came in for a lot of stick for voting to build on the Green Belt after saying they were going to save it and also for not turning out to speak to the Green Belt campaigners when asked to. A photo was put up on the projector screen of Labour folk holding up posters saying ‘Save the Green Belt’ in Maghull Square before their Sefton Councillors U turned and voted to build on the Green Belt.
At the end of the meeting we were all treated to what may have been the first public showing, in Maghull anyway, of a funny video. It’s on You Tube and is a spoof Hitler video adapted to local circumstances associated with the Labour Party and the Green Belt. It had us all laughing, despite the fact that I had previously seen it on You Tube. I understand that Green Belt campaigners in Bradford have now adapted the same video for their similar local circumstances.
A useful meeting which I was happy to attend but probably one that a Maghull Labour councillor would have found very uncomfortable. Talk about your sins finding you out!