Sefton's Local Plan

Cllr  John Dodd with local campaigner Bill Welsh 

Campaigners have called into question the validity of Sefton’s Local Plan after the council made an embarrassing error and forgot where their own boundaries are. Sefton Council’s Local Plan, submitted to the Secretary of State on August 3rd for independent examination, sets out how new development in Sefton will be managed in the period from 2015 to 2030. However, the report states that the Moss Lane Allotments of Churchtown are not part of Sefton – when in fact they are. The allotments pay their rent to the Council but have been omitted from the Southport Policy Map, a document from the Local Plan. Cllr John Dodd pointed out the error in the plan, saying that it was ‘alarming that the council are so lax on this issue. This is very characteristic of Labour’s careless approach to the Local Plan. We really have to ask now which parts of the Local Plan can actually be trusted. It’s very worrying and the residents of Southport deserve to be treated with more respect.” Local campaigner Bill Welsh agreed, stating ‘this is typical of Labour on the council. It reflects the shoddy way they treat the residents of Southport when it comes to big policy issues.’