Knowsley Lib Dems Respond to Labour on Greenbelt Plan

By on Thursday, January 28, 2016

localplancoverIn a letter to Prescot Online, the Liberal Democrats in Knowsley have responded to the borough council’s newly adopted Local Plan:

26 January 2016

Knowsley Betrays Residents over Greenbelt

The news that every single Labour Councillor in Knowsley has voted to release precious greenbelt land is both disgraceful and shocking. It shows how out of touch our local Councillors are with the opinion of the public in our communities. What is worse is that some of these Councillors voted against these proposals at Town Council level only to hypocritically vote for them at a Knowsley Council meeting earlier this month. I have no doubt that some Councillors that I know personally will have battled hard with their conscience, but ultimately they have bowed to the party whip rather than listen to their constituents.

It is now clear, because of the level of public anger, that there should be a referendum on the issue. Town Councils can hold such public votes, such a referendum was held in Prescot when Prescotians voted 70-30 to leave Knowsley Council. However, Knowsley Council has a tendency to ignore vital issues, one being the dismissal of the vote taken on Prescot Leisure Centre when nearly 70 percent of the public voted against its demolition.

I hope that, come the elections in May, this issue will be at the forefront of Prescot people’s minds and that local residents will remember this betrayal from their Labour Councillors. There can be no fair debate and no proper representation when every single Councillor on Knowsley Council is a Labour Councillor. I believe that this year is critical with the entire Council up for election, the public really does have a chance to change the way things are currently operating in Knowsley. This year there will be a substantial challenge to the Labour Party from the Liberal Democrats and many independent candidates.


Carl Cashman

Chairman, Knowsley Liberal Democrats
Former PPC for Knowsley

Two Prescot Labour councillors who voted in favour of the Local Plan responded to concerns here last week.


  1. DJ

    Monday, February 1, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Well said Carl.
    Sadly, the labour councillors will continue to focus their attentions on the lowest common denominator who will go out and vote labour – you know the type, unemployed, never worked, benefits to the hilt and a free housing etc etc. God forbid that gravy train even stops, eh!

    What Knowsley needs are strong Independent Local Councillors who represent ALL the people of Kirkby, Prescot, Huyton, Halewood, Whiston and Knowsley Village. Not the current sheep who vote en masse for whatever they are told to do by the Labour whip.

  2. Maureen Wajkeford

    Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    We live of portio lane,
    Do,we have on other councilors on the council other than Labour?

  3. RED TED

    Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    HI Carl

    When you live in the reel world ,and the Director of education tells you need to
    stop free school dinner or some think just as bad or the Director of social care
    tell you to cut or maybe close a pensioner care home, stop funding mental health
    and the director of finance, you’ve got to make 17 million pounds of cut, and

    you’ve got someone like Carl Cashman who does not even live in prescot, about the

    green belt,knowing full well your party and the tories cut knowsley council

    budget by 37% ,the word you need to user is the people of prescot

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