Deadline Looms for Prescot, Whiston Greenbelt Objections

By on Wednesday, May 13, 2015

greenbelt_protesters_whistonResidents have until this Friday, 15 May, to give Knowsley Council their views on controversial plans to give up greenbelt across the borough for housing developments.

The council held a consultation last year, saying government housing targets had forced them to release formerly protected open land.

Protesters said the proposals would burden already-stretched infrastructure, such as roads, schools, the NHS and other public services, as well as robbing the area of environmentally important green space.

The plans were the subject of a tense Q&A between council officers and members of the public in Whiston last October, and another public meeting in November saw heated confrontations between residents and local public figures, including MP George Howarth and council cabinet member Dave Lonergan. (Watch the video below.)

Huyton activist Paul Woods filmed the meeting, despite public objections from the MP, and has already received permission to film upcoming sessions.

“I just want things to be open and transparent,” said Mr Woods, “so people can see for themselves what goes on and who is saying what.”

The public hearings take place at The Venue (former Huyton Suite) on Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 June, at the request of the Government Planning Inspector. Each session starts at 10am.

If you want to attend one or both hearings you must let the council know by Friday 15 May. If you want to submit your opinion in writing, you must do so by Friday 15 May.

The Save Whiston’s Greenbelt campaign has information and advice on how to make a representation (a written statement giving your views on the plans).

Public Hearings

  • Tuesday 3 June, 10am, Signature Suite, The Venue, Civic Way, Poplar Bank, Huyton, L36 9GD
  • Wednesday 4 June, 10am, Signature Suite, The Venue, Civic Way, Poplar Bank, Huyton, L36 9GD

Contact Knowsley Council

  • Phone Paul Morris (Programme Officer, Knowsley Council) on 0151 443 3077 or email programme.officer@knowsley.gov.uk to confirm your attendance, make an enquiry or submit a representation

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