Protesters are ready for action over park highway plan
HUNDREDS of protesters are set to descend outside a High Court today (Tuesday, October 23) as plans to build a new £250m bypass through a country park in Merseyside face a legal challenge.
Highways England (HE) wants to build the road through Rimrose Valley, which runs through Litherland and Waterloo, to ease congestion to the Port of Liverpool.
But the decision to go through the park has sparked outrage across the local community.
Politicians have joined forces with pressure group Rimrose Valley Friends to criticise the decision to build through the popular green space.
Sefton Council has accused HE of failing to consult on a tunnel option and has been granted a High Court judicial review.
HE said it was “disappointed” at the ruling but campaigners say it is vital that local people “get a proper say”.
Sefton Council leader Ian Maher wants HE to abandon the decision to go through Rimrose Valley.
He said last year: “Communities have felt absolutely devastated since the announcement [that HE prefer to build a dual carriageway through Rimrose Valley] in August.
“The way the whole process has been handled beggars believe and the more I have thought about it, the more I believe that we have grounds to challenge and are calling for a judicial review on the matter.”
The judicial review will take place in Manchester today.
Rimrose Valley Friends have organised coaches so that people can go along and have their voices heard, and more than 100 people are expected to attend.
Their spokesman said: “We will be there to show our support for Sefton Council’s position, to demonstrate and to say enough is enough to the judge, the lawyers, Highways England, the government and the nation.
“Everyone is welcome and our demonstration will be peaceful, respectful and family-friendly.
“We will show that we are normal, everyday people who are not prepared to stand by and watch our essential green space be snatched away from us and future generations, without any thought or care for the consequences we’ll be left to suffer after Highways England has moved on.”
Protesters oppose the £250m bypass in Rimrose Valley Park