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Friday, 27 June 2014 (3053782)
BBC crew in town to film FRAGOFF for politics show
by Holly Rummens

A BBC film crew from Sunday Politics was in Formby recently to interview Ravenmeols Cllr Maria Bennett and FRAGOFF about the Green Belt issues the community faces as part of the Local Plan.

Local resident Jan Roberts, whose property is already threatened by flooding explained to the BBC the potential impacts raising the land next to her come could have.

Drainage expert John Williams, who previously worked for Sefton Council in the Flooding and Drainage investigation team, was on hand to explain why the Liverpool Road site, the David Wilson Homes proposed housing development, would have been disastrous for the neighbouring properties.

The BBC crew were shown the new build properties in Formby that have been empty and remained unsold for more than four years, despite government claims that there is a 1113 demand for homes in Sefton.

The housing development of the former Powerhouse site, which was given the go ahead last year, was also mentioned during the interview, a proposal which was also opposed by FRAGOFF, who have claimed these new homes will go to those with the deepest pockets not the greatest in need.

Cllr Bennett said: “I was asked by the BBC reporter if it was the Government’s fault our council are insisting to build on the greenbelt.

”I pointed out that we had Mr Boles attend Formby and he discussed many of our immediate concerns, following his meeting with us, he clearly dispels the myth touted by the Government and others surrounding the local plan.

“It is clear that the government target for Sefton is nearly half of that proposed by the local plan.

”The NPPF states only in exceptional circumstance should the greenbelt be used and our run council are trying to use housing for economic regeneration and the greenbelt as a green cheque book.

“They state in their own documents that these houses are for people moving into the area and are not based on their own current need.

”It is completely irresponsible to pass the blame on the government when our own council want to build nearly double the housing requirements.

“Common sense appears to have gone out of the window and profit has taken its place.”


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