Integrity is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles, and is found in spades among the Aughton Residents group (2012) and its supporters who campaigned to keep Parrs Lane land in the greenbelt. This is in direct contrast to the Aughton & Downholland elected representative Tory David Westley whose admitted view of the campaign at the Aughton Parish Council meeting in December 2013 as publicly reported was “It was a disaster, lies were told door to door and the campaign was a waste of time” after which he walked out to jeers of derision . Mind you, we didn’t feel so bad after learning that Westley referred to one of his senior Council colleagues as being “snide” in an email!
So here we are, four years on, still no evidence from Westley of a single lie told, and far from the campaign being a waste of time as ARG pledges its full support to the borough council in opposing yet another appeal by Redrow Homes and Wainhomes to develop plans for 400 homes on the agricultural land at Parrs Lane/Prescot Road. The Labour WLBC has earned the gratitude of those Aughton residents who oppose what Westley claimed. It is they who have stated the proposal was contrary to Local Plan policies, which will be robustly defended.
As ARG chairman Colin Atkinson says “The WLBC councillors and their officers have been steadfast in their defence of big business…trying to usurp local democracy in the pursuit of profit”. Talking of which, only in May this year it was reported that huge sums of money were paid by developers to the Tory party. And in June the property industry admitted that 37% of all donations to the Tory party came from them.
The new Public Inquiry is to start on 30 January 2018 at the Council Cabinet Room, Derby Street .