Posted by: westlancashirerecord | February 21, 2019

Ask The Greenbelt Expert?

Our precious greenbelt needs expert appreciation

When the Labour Party appeared to commit hari kari with its publication of the new proposed Local Plan it was not unreasonable to expect the Conservatives to benefit from opposition to it. Not guaranteed, of course, as Cllr Westley has been leading his party into oblivion. But a gift was there for the taking. And then we read about Westley telling the Champion “The authority did not appreciate the importance of Green Belt. He claimed that the current Local Plan, which runs until 2027 was adequately meeting the needs of the people of the borough”.

He’s spoken to the Champion often enough not to put his foot in it again. Like 9th December 2013

“Aughton residents are calling for Councillor David Westley to resign after slur”

after he called the two-year campaign to keep Parrs Lane in the greenbelt ‘a waste of time’ and alleged that door to door campaigners had told lies. After Colin Atkinson, chairman for the Aughton Residents Group (2012) raised the issue of the formulation of the neighbourhood plan to discuss the future of Aughton at public question time at the Aughton Parish Council meeting on Monday December 9, Lancashire County Councillor Westley, who represents Aughton and Downholland told Colin Atkinson that campaigners had wasted two years talking to the Borough Council.

He said “The campaign was a disaster, lies were told door to door and the campaign was a waste of time.” He then walked out of the meeting at Aughton Village Hall amid shouts that the campaigners had not lied, jeers and calls for his resignation.

We can only suppose the current Local Plan, under the same Conservative party and voted for by Westley, appreciated the importance of our greenbelt and did not reduce it? Well, does Parrs Lane ring any bells? Does the legal action funded by the Labour Council to save Parrs Lane ring any bells. The new Local Plan has warts galore. But spare us the platitudes from Westley, no greenbelt expert, just a waste of time, that’s for sure! 



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