I like the news about all of the new and proposed developments going on but at what cost is all of this taking place.
I'm talking about the people who live in these areas already who are goin to be trampled on so the council can get their own way.
For example, an issue that is close to me personally is the South Liverpool Parkway, the new train/bus terminal in Garston.
Whilst no one in the area was ever against the building of the new station they were concerned over what effect it would have on their lives.
In the initial stages of public consultation the people who live directly (Woolton Road, Holly Farm) in the area were never told about the public consultation in Garston Sports Centre yet the rest of Garston were told by leaflet drop.
The people living close by were eventually shown plans of the proposed site and road layout and voiced a few concerns at an onsite meeting (i was there) with merseytravel and Peter Millea (member for regeneration). The meeting ended with Merseytravel & the council agreeing to consult the residents and put forwward proposals to accommodate them.
Plans were then changed and passed by the planning authorities without further public consultation, this has been admitted by Peter Millea at a local meeting, the residents are now powerless to stop them building whatever they please regardless of the impact it will have on their lives.
They are now proposing to put traffic lights and a crossing at the bottom of access steps facing the new site. The access steps are the main source of access to residents homes that face the new site. This means that the residents will not be able to take delivery of any goods to their homes, they will never be able to have building work done, it will be difficult to empty bins. Apparently though there will be minimal disruption to their lives, apart from all of this and the increased WAITING TRAFFIC outside their houses. The planners could have moved this junction further up the road towards Allerton Station bridge and caused a hell of a lot less disruption.
My point to this rant is this, if you hear of any and i mean any proposed developments in your area, go to every meeting and discuss everything because the moment you fail to turn up they (council planners) will pass everything they can and then you are stuck with what they say.
Believe me this is from first hand experience.
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