Posted by: John Brace | 17th January 2020

Green space and climate change protest leads to Lord Mayor adjourning Liverpool City Council meeting

Green space and climate change protest leads to Lord Mayor adjourning Liverpool City Council meeting

                                           

Protest about green spaces and climate change outside Liverpool Town Hall 15th January 2020

Protest about green spaces and climate change outside Liverpool Town Hall 15th January 2020

By John Brace – Local Government Editor

Pictured above is a climate change protest outside Liverpool Town Hall that started prior to two public meetings of Liverpool City Council starting at 5.00 pm.

The protest continued outside Liverpool Town Hall after the first meeting started at 5.00 pm, with councillors doing their best to carry on.

By 5.53 pm the Lord Mayor Cllr Anna Rothery had to adjourn the meeting for twelve minutes as she couldn’t hear what was going on in the Council Chamber as the protest changed to a musical protest.

The protest by campaign groups was about green space and climate change issues in Liverpool, ranging from the expansion of Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Oglet Shore to the other areas in Liverpool of green space under threat.

Although last year Liverpool City Council declared a climate change emergency, the protestors want various green spaces in Liverpool kept as they are and not to be developed.

On the Wirral a packed public gallery of people concerned about the greenbelt were at a special meeting of Wirral Council on Monday evening when councillors agreed the next stage of consultation on the draft Local Plan. The consultation will start on January 27th 2020 and runs to the 23rd March 2020.

Although councillors agreed that their “preferred option” was for no development on the greenbelt – the consultation included options for housing development in Wirral’s greenbelt.

In May 2019 Labour lost their majority on Wirral Council – in part because of public opposition to the previous Leader’s support of development in the greenbelt such as the Hoylake Golf Resort/Celtic Manor Resort project.

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