A WEEK IN THE LIFE OF A GREEN COUNCILLOR

We asked Greenbank’s Green Party Councillor, Lawrence Brown, to describe a recent week in his political life, here is what he said:

As is often the case, I started the week dealing with residents’ casework issues. This Monday was the first after the Fusion Festival in Sefton Park and I was sad to see the state of the ground after the event. I remain opposed to it returning to our number 1 Heritage Park after residents’ complaints of noise, disruption and environmental damage. I took those concerns to the Sefton Park Forum in the evening and hope that the Council will listen to what local people are saying.

Tuesday involved meetings with City Council officers to discuss the arrangements for the Rock and Roll Marathon next year (I’m keen to protect residents from excessive noise and litter) and another to discuss the creeping over-development of the Crawford Avenue to Ramilies Road area through the creation of more HMOs; residents are keen to prevent this becoming saturated with such developments.

Wednesday was a meeting with planning officers to look at ways that money arising from local developments could be used for improving Greenbank ward; I’m hopeful that a few local schemes will benefit. In the evening, an Extraordinary meeting of the City Council considered a proposal to challenge the position of Mayor. I remain firmly opposed to the centralised power the position of Mayor has and would much prefer decision making to be put back in local Councillors’ hands.

Thursday saw a meeting with highways officers over cycling and walking schemes, particularly the plans for Princes Boulevard which would be used by Greenbank residents. I’m disappointed that the scheme has been amended and will not be as attractive to cyclists as the original proposal; a case of cycling suffering again, as is often the case in my opinion.

Friday and Saturday were ‘catch-up’ days for residents’ casework and Sunday was the opportunity to visit gardens in the ward which were opened for charity fundraising under the National Gardens Scheme. A most pleasant end to the week.