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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Community anger in Ainsdale at boiling point as Life or Death decision for George Drive woodlands rests with Bootle committee

Tonight (29 March 2017) a committee in Bootle Town Hall will decide on the fate of a beautiful little woodland in Ainsdale’s George Drive.

For generations, local children have happily played in these green woods and endangered wildlife has found a safe haven. New residents and old will be crammed in like sardines if proposed development is accepted. The Council have admitted (in their well-concealed report) that properties will be, ‘closer than the suggested minimum standard.’

Ainsdale’s Cllr Lynne Thompson has held meetings between furious residents and pro-development One Vision Housing (OVH) officials.

Lynne stated:

“The report Pat has quoted from also states there will be no 1.1 ratio to replace, any lost trees and the trees left in place will probably go eventually as they will block light from the new properties. The distance from the brook to the development is also less the accepted distance but they have included the garden space in the measurements. On top of that the gardens are going to be smaller than normal as there is not enough space. I called this in for a site visit which will take place this week and Planning meet on Friday. The recommendation to accept comes with some conditions and is tight but it appears 18 new homes tip the balance. A mere drop in the bucket! Plenty of space further up Sandbrook Road where they are already building 21 homes. “

The narrow drive is already difficult for traffic, so it does not take a genius to see the health and safely nightmare that more housing congestion and vehicles will bring to this small area.

Legally-protected water voles, bats and birds utilise the area.  

The woodland here is a thriving wildlife habitat, yet Sefton Council are ‘recommending’ that it all be cut down for houses that will in their own words only make a ‘modest contribution’ to the Borough’s housing shortfall.

This proposal is highly divisive and has set the Community against the Council and OVH who desperately want to destroy this Southport woodland.

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Residents kept in the dark over revealing Council report?

Residents are currently objecting to the fact that they have 'not' received all relevant information, such as the latest Council report that admits the following.

Concerned parties were initially informed that the majority of trees in the lovely little woodland at George Drive would be saved. However, the Council’s latest conclusion (that most residents have not seen) admits that the ‘majority of trees will be lost’. It goes on to say that new residents will want any existing trees cut down as well to provide more light. 

The fragile UK countryside, that we all know and love, is vanishing fast due to terrible proposals like this one. When it’s gone it’s gone forever!

This entire situation is a total disgrace! Will the Liverpool committee ’do the right thing’ and vote firmly against this outrageous, ecologically destructive proposal?  

It’s immoral, potentially illegal and basically 100% wrong.

Pat Regan © 

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