Councillors and campaigners to hold demonstration and vigil
LIVERPOOL Green Party Councillors are leading the
fight against plans to build a multi story car park in Liverpool City Centre.
The Greens say that proposals for Victoria Street will lead to increased air
pollution in the City Centre, as well as a loss of 36 mature trees which are an
important local feature.
"There are so many reasons why this plan should be rejected; I really can't
understand how the Council is hoping to go ahead with it. The Planning Officer's
report fails to answer the objections put forward by myself and my colleagues
and that is unacceptable when such a key decision is to be taken which will have
a massive effect on the City Centre." said Cllr Tom Crone, leader of the
Green Party group on the City Council.
The car park, which is proposed on the site of the current ground level Victoria
Street car park, would bring an additional 300+ car parking spaces to Liverpool
City Centre. Campaigners however, say this figure would further exceed the
Council's own targets for car parking spaces in the area. There have also been
concerns from Merseytravel and local bus companies that the additional flow in
traffic in the area will negatively affect services.
Cllr Crone, who is also the Green Party candidate for Metro Mayor added:-
"I'm completely opposed to this proposal and am seeking a review of the way it
has been dealt with in the Planning Officer's report. It looks as though a
number of important considerations have been overlooked. I want to know whether
the issues of increased air pollution, appropriate support for sustainable
transport, damage to heritage and the loss of mature trees have been given due
consideration; none of that is clear at present."
The Planning Committee will meet on 10 January 2017, to consider the proposal
and campaigners hope they can have access to the required information before the
"This is the wrong building in the wrong place. We risk losing an attractive,
open space to a carbuncle which will destroy the feel of this area. It seems
that the Council are trying to rush through these plans, hoping no one would
notice the holes in their arguments." added Councillor Crone
Liverpool Green Party and campaigners will be holding a vigil from 8:30am to
9:30am, on Tuesday, 10 January 2017, at Victoria Street Car Park to raise
awareness of Liverpool Council's plans.