Protesters Plan March to Save Prescot Park

By on Monday, April 16, 2018

Campaigners against Knowsley’s decision to sell off Brown’s Field in Prescot are marching in protest this weekend.

The ‘Family March’ takes place on Sunday 22 April, leaving Brown’s Field at 9.30am and arriving an estimated 40 minutes later at Knowsley Council’s offices in Huyton.

Simultaneous marches leave from Alt Park and Court Hey Park in Huyton, which are also under threat.

Council leaders voted to give up the land – along with other, mostly smaller green spaces across the Knowsley – in November 2017, saying the revenue was the only way to raise £40 million secure the future of the borough’s remaining public parks.

The alternative was the decline of all Knowsley’s parks due to government budget cuts, KMBC leader Cllr Andy Moorhead argued.

Campaigners say the community was not properly consulted however, and they argue that, as the only public green space of its size in Prescot, it is well-used and cannot be replaced. As well as providing playing fields and a children’s playground, it is the venue for the Prescot Carnival, which attracts an estimated 5,000 visitors each June. As a King George V Field, the land is covenanted for public use as a memorial to the late monarch, who died in 1936.

Residents and park users can keep up with the campaign via the Save Browns Field Park! Facebook group.

Below: Sunday 22 April’s protest march route

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