Labour rattled by Independent candidate in Maghull & Lydiate’s Park Ward

Readers will recall that I let slip that Labour had almost lost a by-election in Maghull a few weeks ago to an independent Green Belt campaigner – they clung onto the seat by just 3 votes. This was the election that for some very odd reason the local press decided not to report the result of and that suited Labour down to the ground.

However, I knew they (Labour) would be rattled and therefore it was no surprise that when a Labour election leaflet popped through my door the other day that it was attacking the Green Belt campaigners that they are so frightened of.

Under the heading of ‘Vote Independent, get Conservative?’ Labour are clearly trying to suggest that the independent candidate (in Park Ward) may be a Tory sympathiser. BUT the lady standing as the independent candidate was a Labour supporter until Labour said they would defend the Green Belt but then voted on Sefton Council to build on it! She is fighting Labour because they said one thing and did the opposite.

Bizarre or what?

My response to Labour’s Neighbourhood Plan for Lydiate

Looking at Green Belt & high grade agricultural land off Lambshear Lane in Lydiate which Labour-run Sefton Council is saying will be reserved as future building land.

Looking at Green Belt & high grade agricultural land off Lambshear Lane in Lydiate which Labour-run Sefton Council is saying will be reserved as future building land.

Why do Labour want to do a Neighbourhood Plan for Lydiate? – this is my take on their plan proposals.

Labour could not have less credibility when it comes to local planning as they have been the cheerleaders for developers who want to concrete over hundreds or acres of high grade agricultural land around Lydiate and Maghull and indeed across Sefton Borough.

We Lib Dems fought with residents to oppose the Labour Party but they forced through their massive building plans for Lydiate and Maghull. To have the cheek to now say they want a Neighbourhood Plan to try to manage the building that they voted for is laughable. If Labour had backed residents and the environment instead of getting in bed with property developers their massive building plans would not need to be managed at all!

The land that surrounds Lydiate is all of the highest grade of agricultural land and we grow our food upon it; building on it is unsustainable environmentally. Labour are blaming the last Government for what they voted for locally instead of facing up to the consequences of their own actions.

This was drafted in response to a request from the Aintree & Maghull Champion newspaper for me comment but they chose not to use it in the paper.