Aintree Action Group Fend Off GreenBelt Development!

Victory For Community Action Group

Sefton's newest Community Action Group chalks up first victory!

The newest Community Action Group in Sefton Chalked up its first success today as they fought off a 100 home development on green belt land surrounding Aintree Village.

The new group which has been growing for some months now was galvanised into a formal Action Group just three weeks ago as support for their opposition to green belt development snowballed in the run up to the Planning hearing. The Council received over 100 objections to the proposed development. Chair of Aintree Village community Action Group Dave Brennan handed in their own comprehensive 15 page objection to Sefton's Planning Department who shared concerns raised by Dave and his team.

Many Aintree residents were surprised to see Ward Councillor Marion Atkinson at the hearing as she had shunned an invitation to discuss the development at the group's newly convened committee meeting, insisting that she would not attend unless she had a list of names of others who would be present. Action Group Member Gillian Hamilton delivered a summary of their comprehensive objection, to the Planning Committee where Councillors unanimously voted to refuse the application.

Our own FRAG Councillor Maria was there to congratulate Dave and the rest of his team as they left the Town Hall, saying "I'm very impressed how quickly this new group has learned the ropes, their campaigning is enthusiastic and very effective accruing an impressive amount of support in such a short time, but perhaps what is more remarkable is the grasp they have of the green belt argument and the surrounding planning issues, it is clear that they are well informed and I have no doubt they will have more to say as Labour's Local Plan comes up for further scrutiny later this year".

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