COASTAL PATH PLAN REFUSAL BOOSTS BID TO ‘SAVE THE PROM’

COASTAL PATH PLAN REFUSAL BOOSTS BID TO ‘SAVE THE PROM’

by Tom Martin (July 2022)

PLANS by Sefton Council to build a nine-mile path through the heart of Crosby Coastal Park have been rejected by the local authority’s own planning committee.

The council’s application to create a pedestrian and cycle lane, stretching from Waterloo to Crosby, was dismissed because it “does not ensure the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and all road users.”

Those against the plan, including Seafront Residents’ Action Group, are hailing the decision after months of lobbying the council as part of their ‘Save the Prom’ campaign.

The group had launched two petitions, which attracted hundreds of signatures, after  claiming  the path would not only mean the loss of “precious green space.” but also result in the decline of the existing promenade pathway.

Chris Wolstenholme, chair of the  Seafront Residents’ Action Group, said: “We have valued all the support we have received from our members and other residents throughout Sefton in signing our two recent petitions, and joining our campaigns to Save the Prom and to help protect, preserve and enhance our area for residents and visitors.

“We also wish to record our appreciation for the common sense and sound judgement of Sefton’s Planning Committee.

“We can now build on the outcome of the planning application and of the debate on the ePetition. Our next and continuing task is to Save the Prom!”

A vital improvement needed to the existing promenade path would be the removal of huge piles of sand that currently blocks access for the likes of cyclists and wheelchair users.

Sefton Council has previously said how difficult it is to keep the path free of sand due to the ongoing costs of maintenance.

Seafront Residents’ Action Group believe they have a solution if the council would allow a “reputable firm” to clear the sand “for little or no charge to the council”, as long as the company could retain the sand for recycling.



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