Council Plan to Give up Prescot, Whiston Greenbelt
Knowsley Council’s Local Plan will allow residential developments on greenbelt across the borough, including Prescot and Whiston.
Among the previously protected land now earmarked for housing are the fields between the Prescot bypass and Whitaker’s Garden Centre, and most of Whiston’s open space between Lickers Lane and the M62.
KMBC are hosting consultations in both towns this week, where members of the public can view documents relating to the proposals, and give their opinion on the plans.
The Prescot consultation is at Knowsley Park Centre for Learning on Thursday 2 October, between 4pm and 7pm.
In Whiston, a consultation takes place at the George Howard Centre on Lickers Lane on Friday 3 October, between 4pm and 7pm.
Some Whiston residents are meeting at the recreation ground (the ‘Cricky,’ which lies within the proposed area for development) on the corner of Windy Arbor Road and Lickers Lane at 5.30pm for a peaceful walk to the consultation, where they will object to the the plans.
Protesters have set up a public Facebook group called ‘Save Whiston’s Greenbelt.’
Knowsley Council made the proposals in 2013, but modifications to the borough’s Local Plan mean they may be adopted as soon as 2015. They say the plans are necessary to meet the area’s need for houses and jobs.
The public consultation is open until 14 November, and residents can register their views by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or sending a letter to Local Plan Team, Knowsley Council, 1st Floor Annexe, Municipal Buildings, Archway Road, L36 9YU.
More information, including documentation, is available at www.knowsley.gov.uk.
Image: Map showing greenbelt earmarked
for development in Whiston & Cronton