Residents lobby councillors to save Wirral's Green Belt

Ahead of an extraordinary Council meeting on Monday called by the Borough’s 21 Conservative Councillors, ‘hundreds’ of emails have been received says Cllr. David Burgess-Joyce (Conservative, Greasby, Frankby & Irby Ward)
 
The meeting, which is open to the public, takes place at Wallasey Town Hall at 6pm on Monday 10th September.
 
“Almost 200 people attended a meeting we arranged in Greasby (pictured above) and, since then, we have been inundated with emails, letters and tweets from people who want us to have a plan to protect our Green Belt.
 
“It is unforgivable for those in power to have allowed our Borough to be one of just 15 councils in the whole country not to have a local plan to protect the Green Belt. 
 
“It’s no wonder that property developers and housebuilders are circling, looking for the most valuable and juiciest sites to build on.”
 
In a letter to the Leader of the Council in March (see attached letter below), the then-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government said Wirral Council ‘has failed to make progress on plan making, the policies for the area are therefore not up to date’ and ‘This is not an area of high housing pressure’, adding ‘There are no exceptional circumstances to justify why your Council has made such little progress over the years’.
 
Cllr. Burgess-Joyce added: “The Leader of the Council has previously said he was resolute in not allowing our Green Belt to be built on, yet he has given away Green Belt at Saughall Massie and is proceeding with his taxpayer-subsidised plan for luxury houses on Green Belt at Hoylake.  At the meeting on Monday, we will be urging councillors, regardless of political party, to put a stop to this nonsense and make it clear our Green Belt will not be put at risk for a minute longer.”
 

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