Whether you use it as a training space for running or as an area to relax to enjoy the sun (whenever possible) Sefton Park is a feature well known to any student studying in Liverpool.

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Stunning Sefton

 

Sefton Park is a beautiful Grade I listed green space and covers an area of over 200 acres. It was originally purchased in 1867 and designed as a pleasure garden for the people of Liverpool. Unfortunately due to budget cuts, areas with natural beauty like this are under threat from developers.

Redrow Homes North Wales have submitted a planning application to build 34 luxury detached homes on Sefton Park Meadows. In doing so it is understood that this area of land will no longer be available for the public to use as a grand entrance to the park or as an area for enjoying the outdoors.

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The proposed development area highlighted in red. Image: Google Maps

 

Why should you care?

  • As a public green space it is your right to use this space
  • Brownfield land should always be considered for development before turning to our National heritage green space
  • Despite 1,300 formal objections registered, the wishes of local people are being ignored by the local council
  • Sefton Park Meadows provides a grand entrance to the park as it was initially deigned by Edouard André, any buildings would obstruct beautiful views
  • Approximately 27 mature trees would be felled in the building of this housing development and more are likely to be destroyed by machinery coming onto the site
  • The Meadows are a buffer for the Nature Conservation Area, a green corridor for animals and wildlife
  • At a sale price of around 6 million pounds this would go very little way – it cost over 400 million just to fix the roads in Liverpool! For such a small price an area of national beauty would be taken away from the public forever

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There is a grassroots campaign set up by locals to try to block the planning application and return Sefton Park Meadows to the public. If you would like more information please visit: http://saveseftonparkmeadows.org/

Like them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SaveSeftonParkMeadows

Sign the Change.org petitions here: https://www.change.org/p/save-our-parks-protect-and-invest-in-the-uk-s-public-green-spaces/u/10663321

The HM petition is available to sign after the General Elections on the 7th May 2015: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/53216