Council to Host Q&A on Whiston Greenbelt Plans
Knowsley Council have called a public meeting to address concerns over the release of greenbelt in Whiston.
The meeting, at St Edmund Arrowsmith Centre for Learning on Cumber Lane, Whiston, at 6pm on Friday 24 October, will feature a short council presentation, followed by a chance for residents to ask questions.
Under proposals contained in the borough’s Local Plan, owners would be able to sell formerly protected land for residential development.
Up to 273 acres of the town’s green space, south of Lickers Lane and east of Windy Arbor Road – including Penny Wood and Halsnead – will be released for the building of up to 1,500 new houses.
A consultation earlier this month was packed to capacity after residents rallied to form the Save Whiston’s Greenbelt campaign group. The council called Friday’s meeting in response.
Protesters claim the plans will lead to more pollution, traffic congestion and strain on vital resources such as GPs.
Knowsley Council says the move is vital if the borough is to meet government housing targets, however.
The consultation continues until 14 November, and residents can see relevant documents and register their views by visiting a One Stop Shop or Knowsley library, or visiting www.knowsley.gov.uk.
Photo: Residents protested outside Whiston Town Hall
at a town council meeting on 17 October (Sue Parry)