Greens & Lib Dems to Fight Prescot By-Election

By on Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Both Greens and Liberal Democrats have announced they’ll stand if a Prescot Town Council by-election is held later this year.

The vacancy, in Prescot East, has arisen due to Cllr Heather Baker’s non-attendance. An election will only take place if ten voters resident in the ward request it via Knowsley Council before 23 January.

joanne-burke-green-party-prescotJoanne Burke (pictured in Prescot with UK Green Party leader Caroline Lucas) will stand for the Greens. She is best known in Prescot for her work as one of the Friends of Eaton Street Park and for her leading role in the campaign to oppose residential developments on former greenbelt.

As a candidate for a smaller party, Ms Burke said she “won’t have to follow a party line” and can “decide at local level what happens at local level.”

rachel-roberts-lib-dem-prescotRachel Roberts will stand as the Liberal Democrat candidate. The Prescot party won three seats on Knowsley Council last year, ending Labour’s 100% control of the borough.

Roberts says top of her agenda will be saving Prescot’s greenbelt from development and holding the borough council to account over public concerns regarding the Remondis waste plant fire in late 2016.

As this story went to press, another town council vacancy was announced in Prescot North West Ward, due to a resignation, which Prescot Online believes to be that of Cllr Matthew Allen.

Another resignation has yet to be confirmed, but Prescot Online believes both to be unconnected to the situation in Prescot East.

The Labour Party have yet to confirm their candidate selection for Prescot East.

12 Comments

  1. JohnJ

    Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 12:22 am

    Do the prospective candidates propose to raise any objections to planning applications for development of the remaining open spaces within and adjacent to the town, that are not greenbelt land? A planning application to build 133 houses on the former Edmund Arrowsmith School site on Scotchbarn Lane was strategically made before the Christmas holiday to minimise the chances of objections being received before the deadline of 12th January. 72 more houses are planned for the former BICC social club site on Scothchbarn lane, and 44 on the old quarry landfill on Delph Lane, and the public open space on Two Butt Lane is also released for development in the Knowsley plan.

    None of this development provides any public open space, adequate recreational facility, or any visible green space. There is no provision for additional school or health facilities, and after completion there will be no place to build them. Presumably Knowsley council are content that children and youths will simply hang around on street corners or outside off-licences, as in other notable parts of the borough.

  2. Kai Taylor

    Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    HI John,

    The Green Party are very much involved with objecting to this and have put questions in to the Council leader and will be canvassing round the area with objection forms for residents to fill in.

    • RED TED

      Monday, January 16, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      HI KAI

      YOUR MATE’S IN THE LIB DEMS AND TORYS CUT KNOWSLEY COUNCIL BUDGET BY 37% ,IN THE REEL WORLD YOU GOT TO FIND THE MONEY TO FUND SOCIAL CARE AND EDUCATION. SO IF YOU HAVE TO SELL YOUR GREEN BELT LAND ,SO BE IT,

      • Peter

        Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 1:03 pm

        You are about the level we have sunk to. Illiterate and only care about scroungers and feckless.
        Today we found out that Knowsley is top of the pile for failed schools – eavery single secondary school is failing. Complete joke of a council.

  3. RED TED

    Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    I think you spell Illiterate with a I,

    • Peter

      Friday, January 27, 2017 at 4:27 pm

      I rest my case. You can’t even tell the difference between a capital ‘i’ and lower case ‘l’….jesus.
      Answer me this RED TED why would anyone from outside the area move to Knowsley??

      Standard of living, friendly welcome, green spaces, beautiful villages…40 years ago maybe, now it’s just full of scally overspill from Liverpool who thin k the world owes them a living (and a council house)

  4. RED TED

    Friday, January 27, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    HI Peter

    Would you like us to build a wall around Prescot and get Knowsley to pay for it

    silly sad person.

    • Peter

      Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 2:05 pm

      great idea!
      But I’ll wait for the Liverpool City Region to swallow up Knowsley and we can then all get on with making Prescot a thriving town again.
      or have you got some more stats to throw at me…you know, how we now have 100% more foodbanks in Prescot than 10 years ago….it’s all the Governments fault yawn zzzzzz

      • RED TED

        Friday, February 10, 2017 at 7:04 pm

        MORE FAKE NEWS

  5. David J

    Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 9:51 am

    https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/jan/29/knowsley-education-catastrophe-a-levels-merseyside#comment-92140939

    Fantastic report here from the Guardian, you know the ‘lefty’ paper for intellectuals that love Labour – well written, sums up the issues in Prescot and points the finger firmly at KMBC and the Labour Council. Don’t forget to read the 400+ comments as well, very enlightening as to what’s going to be happening next as it appears many residents have had a say.

    And well done the Green Party on winning the election. First of many new faces and much needed new thinking and new blood locally.

    Taxi for Labour!!!

    • RED TED

      Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 9:57 pm

      LOOKING FORWARD TO THE BEST 3 CLLR IN KNOWSLEY SAVING ARE GREEN BELT
      CLLR SMITH CLLR WYN CLLR CASHMAN, PRESCOT NEED’S YOU,PEOPLE OF PRESCOT
      HAVE PUT THEIR TRUST IN YOU, BY VOTING FOR YOU SO DON’T LET US DOWN
      SAVE ARE GREEN BELT,PUT IF YOU FAIL .

      P45 SMITH CASHMAN WYN

      • David J

        Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 9:29 pm

        Why are you shouting?? take off the Caps lock…
        btw, i have no political sway and definitely not LibDem! However, if the Green Party, Lib Dems and Independents actually LISTEN to the local residents they will get my vote. Labour’s time in Knowsley is almost up and not before time.

        Look around muppet, UKIP have take over 4 million labour voters, the labour leader might be massive in certain London boroughs with his right on rhetoric but up here, in the North he’s cutting no ice.
        Labour MPs are gutless, self serving plastic champagne socialists and the Party Members, well they’re just rebels without a cause. As for local cllrs, unless you live in Huyton it’s a joke.

        Keep on blaming Tory cuts but it’s people like YOU that have caused Labour’s downfall with your blasé attitude.

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