Why are Sefton’s Labour councillors not campaigning for the communities that elected them?

In the south of the Sefton Borough Aintree, College Road, Litherland & Orrell Libraries have all been shut down by Labour-run Sefton Council as part of its savings drive. All these closures have been in wards with at least one Labour member yet Labour councillors have, as far as I know, been at best distant from the community campaign groups trying to find a sustainable way forward for the libraries. 3 more libraries have also been closed by Labour in Southport wards where there are no Labour councillors.

We all knew the Council needed to save money but to close libraries was Labour’s choice. However, when community bids came in to run Aintree and College Road Libraries, using volunteer help, what on earth made Labour councillors rejected those bids?

Lib Dems fighting for Aintree Library

Lib Dem campaigners fighting for the Libraries that Labour shut. Labour even stopped volunteers from reopening two libraries!

Then there’s the Green Belt. In Maghull, Lydiate, Formby, Thornton & Southport (which, as noted above, does not have any socialist councillors) community campaigns are trying to stop the Green Belt and high grade agricultural land from being concreted over. Sadly, it is Labour-run Sefton Council that is proposing to allow the building.

A petition being presented to Cllr. Dave Russell Chairman of Lydiate Parish Council next to a threatened Green Belt development site.

A petition being presented to Cllr. Dave Russell Chairman of Lydiate Parish Council next to a threatened Green Belt development site.

And what about the Green Bin tax that Labour wanted to impose on Sefton residents. That needed a huge community reaction (and the loss of two Labour council seats in Maghull) to make Labour back off but they have only deferred the imposition of this local tax and we await them trying again to impose it.

A green bin mountain, Cllr. Bruce Hubbard, and a huge pile of petitions opposing Labour's Green Bill tax for Sefton.

A green bin mountain, Cllr. Bruce Hubbard, and a huge pile of petitions opposing Labour’s Green Bin tax for Sefton.

Libraries, Green Belt and the Green Bin tax are massive community issues yet Labour councillors are not standing with the residents who elected them, indeed they seem firmly stood against residents.

Thornton Green Belt Walk – A report

Having decided to go to this event to hear what Thornton residents feel about Sefton’s Local Plan and Labour’s Green Belt grab I took along my camera. I met some old friends and made some new ones and a pleasant afternoon we all had as we walked around the Parish of Thornton. Here are my shots:-

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People coming together by the Nags Head

People coming together by the Nags Head

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The last time I walked around Thornton like this was around 1999 when we relaunched the campaign to get the Switch Island – Thornton Relief Road built. That campaign was a success but we had Labour on board then. In this Green Belt campaign they are the problem!

None of Thornton’s 3 Labour Sefton Councillors were present for the walk and that was certainly being noticed! I fully expected MP Bill Esterson to be there but there was no sign of him.

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Check out the link below for more information about Thornton’s campaign to save its Green Belt:-
www.fragoff.co.uk/Thornton/index.html

Thornton Green Belt fight walk – TODAY SUNDAY 16th March

Thornton and District Community Group are inviting residents to join them in a Defend Our Green Belt D.O.G. walk!

Dog Walk Green Belt Protest

www.fragoff.co.uk/Thornton/index.html

The Purpose of the walk is to raise awareness of the impacts the Local Plan in the Thornton area and to ensure you know how this will impact upon you.

They will rally at 2pm and take the planned walk around Thornton. Please tell and bring your families, friends and dogs. Dogs are not essential, everyone is welcome.

Find them at the stocks and sundial, the corner of Water St and Lydiate Lane, Sunday 16th of March 2pm. Please attend if you can, as there is much to discuss.

They hope to see you there.