Knowsley Labour Councillors Accuse Lib Dems, Defend Prescot Plans

By on Sunday, February 13, 2011

Prescot’s Labour councillors have criticised their Lib Dem counterparts and said that Knowsley Council’s plans for the town will “revitalize the centre of Prescot.”

In Prescot Voice, the local newsletter published by Knowsley Labour Group, Labour councillors Denise Allen and Rob Arnall (pictured) accused Prescot’s Liberal Democrat councillors of being negative and inward-looking.

“We want to keep you informed and pledge to bring the facts in a responsible and mature way,” the pamphlet said, “unlike the Liberal Democrats with their sticky back plastic placards constantly talking Prescot down.”

Cllr Allen added that shoppers were “sick and tired of Liberal Democrat Councillors whingeing and moaning in Eccleston Street on a Saturday afternoon, knocking every chance that Prescot has to lift ourselves as a community.”

The controversy stems from Knowsley Council’s decision to shut down Prescot Leisure Centre and replace it with a smaller, multi-purpose pitch-side facility. Prescot Museum will be moved from its Grade-II listed Georgian house and relocated in the council One-Stop Shop with Prescot Library.

Labour says the new leisure facilities are unavoidable, and the library and museum move will bring together all services under one roof for easy access.

Some Prescot residents, however, supported by Knowsley Lib Dem leader Cllr Ian Smith, have objected to the plans, campaigning regularly in the town centre and gathering petition signatures. Opponents of Knowsley Council point to the council’s own survey, in which only 28 percent of Prescotians voted in favour of shutting the leisure centre.

Prescot’s Labour team says Knowsley is only following through on budget decisions agreed by all parties in its 2009 three-year leisure strategy.

“Liberal Democrats now want to tear up


  1. len

    Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 10:40 pm


    • Rebecca Oakes

      Monday, February 14, 2011 at 12:28 am

      The Lib dem Councillors in Prescot all work tirelessly for the good of our community and more importantly are easily accessible for the people in Prescot to contact. They work hard to preserve the future of our town – our town being Eccleston Street not the retail park. Knowsley Council have no interest in our town and that has been apparent for many years.

      • len

        Monday, February 14, 2011 at 6:37 pm

        ask then where is all your council precept spent on if they had done the Prescot Leisure Centre up that they rent thenmybe you would still have some where left it;s your council tax precept so what are they doing with it that,s what i would ask ?

        • Carl

          Monday, February 14, 2011 at 10:08 pm

          Ien it’s obvious that you are a member of the Labour Party. Maybe you should check your spelling and grammar before you start writing about and criticising people you don’t even know. I’ll have you know that Ian Smith is a great Councillor and has done more for Prescot than you could imagine, just ask the people. Your two Labour Councillors don’t even live in Prescot and Cllr Arnall is a Tory! He was elected to Knowsley Parish as a Tory!

  2. Carl

    Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    This is absaloute Crap!

    I’ve seen the leaflet their home address’ are not even on it… because their not even from Prescot!

    Its the Labour run KMBC that is destroying Prescot.

    • len

      Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 6:16 pm

      It looks like the leaflet in Prescot has touched a nerve.

      • prescotonline

        Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 10:31 pm

        Of course it has, Len. What would you expect? Your Labour friends just attacked at least two thousand of the people they were elected to serve. (That’s how many have signed the petition against KMBC’s plans so far.)

  3. ian smith

    Monday, February 14, 2011 at 1:07 am

    It is labour run Knowsley Council that renaged on the decision made by Cabinet in 2009 to refurbish and upgrade Prescot Leisure Centre. Once again Knowsley Council has stabbed the people of Prescot in the back. Arnall and Allen should hang their heads in shame and scamper back to their homes which are not in Prescot.

    • len

      Monday, February 14, 2011 at 6:33 pm

      are you not on knwlsey parish council as well mybe you should give that up as you do not have a home on knowsley village

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