Final Week of Knowsley Greenbelt Consultation

By on Monday, November 10, 2014

whiston greenspaceKnowsley residents have until Friday 14 November to register their opinions on the release of greenbelt land throughout the borough.

Under the council’s Local Plan, once-protected fields could be available to housing developers as early as 2015.

In Whiston, where up to 273 acres of green space between Lickers Lane and the M62 could disappear, a grassroots campaign has attracted thousands of supporters.

Lampposts, bus stops and fences across the town are sporting banners and green ribbons in protest.

Between 250 and 300 residents attended a council-hosted Q&A on the subject last month, and about the same number went to an open day at St Nicolas’s Church for help filling in their consultation forms.

Meanwhile, a petition against the plans has racked up almost 3,000 signatures online alone.

Protesters say the area’s infrastructure, including NHS, schools and roads, can’t cope with a bigger population.

Knowsley Council say their hands have been forced, however, due to government housing targets.

The Local Plan affects greenbelt in every part of the borough, including Cronton, Prescot, Huyton, Kirkby, Halewood and Knowsley Village.

Residents can register their views, for or against, online at www.knowsley.gov.uk. The deadline for submissions is 12 noon this Friday, 14 November.

Find out more about the Save Whiston’s Greenbelt Campaign at savewhistonsgreenbelt.org, or talk to other residents in the public Facebook group.

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