To listen to the Council, you would think they have no responsibility whatsoever for the failure to protect our green belt. Once again, they are shifting the blame to the Government.
Fifteen years ago, Wirral Council, like every other council, was told by the then Government, (a Labour Government by the way), to produce a plan to protect the green belt and identify alternative sites suitable for development.
For 15 years, Wirral Council has been among a small number of councils that have failed to do this and it is now in panic mode.
This week, the Chief Executive tells us what the Council should have done but fails to say why it hasn’t.
The Chief Executive is also incorrect when he states the Leader of the Council has said that ‘green belt development is a last resort’.
The Labour Leader of the Council actually told the Globe, in February last year, that he was ‘not prepared to allow our green belt land to be built on’ and that he was ‘resolute about that commitment.’
So resolute, in fact, that he gave away green belt land at Saughall Massie and is throwing money at a scheme to build luxury houses on green belt in Hoylake while rumours persist that Brackenwood golf course is under threat.
Had Cllr. Davies and his Labour comrades introduced a local plan, as the law requires, none of this would be happening.
There is no evidence to support the loss of our green belt.
It is, instead, due to a political failure by those running the Council to redevelop neighbourhoods in Birkenhead, Egremont and Seacombe.
Areas that are in desperate need of regeneration and more affordable housing.
These are areas that have established transport links, GP surgeries, schools and parks and where the local shops need all the support they can get, as we have seen within the Leader’s own ward of Birkenhead & Tranmere.
The real reason our green belt is under threat is because a five-bedroom Band H Council Tax house in Hoylake will bring in more cash to the Town Hall than a three bedroom Band A house in Birkenhead.