Resident anger spills over at Pensby Green Belt meeting

More than 250 residents attended last night’s meeting at Pensby, following Town Hall claims that Green Belt near the town is at risk from development.

Among the sites which the Town Hall said could be developed is Harrock Wood, between Thingwall and Pensby, but the owner of the land, the National Trust, has now dismissed the claims, stating ‘Harrock Wood is very special and we know it is important to locals so won’t allow development on the site.”

Councillor Andrew Hodson attended the meeting: “It was clear from the questions and comments last night that residents are fully aware of the Town Hall’s failure to come up with the legally-required local plan to protect our Green Belt. 

“Many people are genuinely angry that the Town Hall is taking them for fools – people last night were very aware it is the Town Hall that has given away Green Belt at Saughall Massie while many people also questioned Labour’s plans to build on Green Belt at Hoylake.

Now, in a further embarrassment to the Town Hall’s claims, Labour’s candidate in the Bromborough by-election has pledged the Party will build 500,000 houses as well as ‘the biggest council house building programme for 30 years’

Cllr. Hodson added: “Cllr. Brightmore, Labour’s former Cabinet Member for the Environment, who chaired last night’s meeting, wouldn’t even commit to vote to protect Green Belt from development in the future.  The Town Hall’s campaign is a shambles and their claims are unravelling.”

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