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It was standing room only at tonight’s council planning meeting, where all Leverhulme applications were rejected.
Labour campaigner Gail Jenkinson, who started the campaign against these developments, collecting almost 5000 signatures, said, “Congratulations to the council and to everyone who signed the petition or put in objections.
“The developments would have been catastrophic, in my opinion. They are close to Arrowe Brook which has a history of flooding near the brook in Greasby and four sewage release spots in Greasby and Saughall Massie. New building nearby is not going to help matters in the least.”
Wirral Labour opposes building on greenbelt land, with a policy of regenerating brownfield sites into new homes.
Recently, Wirral West MP, Margaret Greenwood said, “People in Wirral West value the green belt highly and have made it abundantly clear that they do not want to see it built on.
“We need more affordable homes built to high energy efficiency standards and we need them to be built on brownfield sites.
“The green belt is important to people’s health and wellbeing and for the role it plays in supporting wildlife habits, allowing nature to flourish and mitigating the effects of climate change.”
Gail added, “The government needs to get its act together. Liz Truss has said that low-grade farmland should not be used for solar power, making things even more difficult for our farmers.
“It would be much better if the government tightened the rules on house building on greenbelt and near Sites of Biological Interest, such as Limbo Lane Pond, instead of relaxing them.
“They can secure the food and energy supply much better by supporting farmers and protecting the greenbelt that is so good for pollinators, instead of allowing them to be put at risk.”
Main image: Gail Jenkinson
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