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Halewood Environmental Land Protection Group

Web site for a community group in England fighting Knowsley County Council and the North West Development Agency over their intentions to remove 600 acres of greenbelt land for industrial use.
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PO Box 15 Liverpool L26 3UF England
Liverpool , Merseyside
United Kingdom
Contact Person: Brian Brandreth
Phone: none
Fax: none
E-Mail: enquiries@help-halewood.co.uk
Website: http://www.help-halewood.co.uk

Detailed Information:
Council workers have been promoting this greenfield site for at least two years. An engineering constraints study done in Jan-Mar 98 shows the site to flood, therefore requiring a brook to be diverted, has no easy road access, has no rail access, requires power lines, gas mains, telephone lines to be removed/redirected as well as having the land levelled, then raised prior to doing any construction work. HELP estimate the pre- work at 50 million to prepare the site. The site qualifies for Objective 1 European funding - but why waste this large amount of money preparing 1 site when many smaller businesses could use the money. The site was offered to the North West Development Agency BEFORE it was voted through by the council. It also appeared in a business brochure from the council before being accepted by the council. Local councillors admitted on tape of meeting the night before the acceptance meeting and agreeing to vote it through without seeing the facts first. The actual proposal document does not in any way mention the 100 plus living on the site that would be made homeless, nor does it mention the last 5 farms in Halewood being closed down either. A public meeting held by HELP in September this year attracted over 500 local residents to argue with the 2 council representatives who attended. The feeling of the residents was an overwhelming NO to the development. We require more help in directing our campaign, the best way forward in fighting this action - how do we do it ? Any help for HELP would be very much appreciated.

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