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Council rapped over “cavalier attitude” to green spaces


WARRINGTON Borough Council is taking a casual approach to protecting the health and environment of community, according to the local Green Party.
Leader of Warrington and Halton Green Party Steph Davies says she is dismayed at the “cavalier attitude” of the council over greenbelt land in the south of the borough that is earmarked for development in the draft local plan.
She said: “Once the green belt is built upon it is gone forever. Our health and wellbeing are at stake. Where do we draw the line? One day we will look out the window and there will be no green spaces left – just a legacy of concrete and pollution. This is not the kind of Warrington that I want for our community.”
Ms Davies is standing for election in the Penketh and Cuerdley by- election on Thursday and is committed to protecting existing green spaces.
Warrington and Halton Green Party oppose the Council’s Local Plan which they say is proposing that 9,000 houses are built on green belt land within the 20 years.
If elected, Steph Davies says she will bring a fresh approach to the Town Hall.
“Greens are not bound by the collective will which stifles the efforts of some of the other councillors. I will not be afraid to stand up and oppose policies which do not protect people and the environment.
“The Local Plan needs to be torn up. Decisions about planning and development need to be made by the communities themselves and green spaces cannot be sacrificed to make way for executive homes. Warrington needs more affordable homes and there are enough brownfield sites available for this kind of development.”


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