Prescot Greenbelt Campaign Underway

By on Thursday, March 5, 2015

prescot_greenbeltA campaign to save Prescot’s greenbelt from development is underway, with a meeting organised for Wednesday 18 March.

The gathering is open to residents of Prescot and other parts of Knowsley affected by plans to remove protection from swaths of green space in the borough.

The move, which Knowsley Council say has been forced upon them due to government housing targets, has already inspired the high-profile Save Whiston’s Greenbelt campaign.

In Prescot, the affected land borders the A58 (Prescot bypass) and the A57 (Derby Street). A smaller space adjacent to Carr Lane and Brown’s Field is also earmarked for change of use.

Their status would change from Green Belt to Sustainable Urban Extension, which means school playing fields and other open land could be flattened and used for residential development.

All are welcome to attend the Open Meeting at 7.30pm on Wednesday 18 March at the British Legion, Archway Road, Huyton.

Please email Dr John Sills at john.sills@blueyonder.co.uk with any queries.

Visit savewhistonsgreenbelt.org for more information about the Whiston action group.

3 Comments

  1. Caroline carmichael

    Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    Knowsley council are absolutely disgraceful to even consider allowing development on these precious pieces of open beautiful spaces.
    It must be stopped..it is unnecessary as there is a lot of land which needs redeveloping without stealing this green space!
    We do not want the extra Traffic..be it cars or humans.
    This open green space is essential it assists towards good mental health and a feeling of well being.
    Are we Presconians not worthy of this ?

  2. Paul Slater

    Friday, March 13, 2015 at 12:54 am

    If Knowsley Council adopted a smaller new housing figure (more in line with the actual Office for National Statistics population growth forecasts, for Knowsley), then there would be much less requirement, if any, for Green Belt release to accommodate this.
    Additionally, Knowsley should be working better with nearby local authorities under the ‘Duty to Co-operate’, to find a better way to provide new housing. For example, Liverpool has many thousands of empty properties, and hundreds of hectares of derelict and brownfield land. New housing should be directed to existing urban areas, well served by public transport and with the other infrastructure that people require, already in place.

  3. margaret

    Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    I whole hearty agree with Paul Slater, The Council need to re-think what they are doing. We do not need them to build on Our green spaces.They have other options by using excisting urban areas end the thousands of empty properties, or does it just come down to MONEY.

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