3 Parks Neighbourhood Committee 28 Feb 2007

Minute No. 60 – Planning Applications Outline application (06O/3442) to erect a mixed use development comprising 1374 no. dwellings (1308 no. apartments and 66 no. townhouses) with supportive ancillary retail (A1), food and drink (A3/A4), offices (B1) and primary care (D1) uses; create new public park comprising the restoration and enhancement of the formal gardens with improvements to the wider landscaped area; create new access roads and pedestrian accesses onto Riverside Drive; carry out improvements to existing highway infrastructure on Riverside Drive; create temporary construction access onto Riverside Drive; layout car park and other associated works; and carry out environmental improvements to Priory Wood. The Neighbourhood Committee previously expressed concerns over the number of dwellings proposed in the development, requested that an analysis of the Green Travel Plan be carried out and recommended that restrictions be placed on the hours that building works can take place so as to alleviate the disturbance that could be caused to local residents. The application is yet to be determined. Question submitted by Vicki Anderson, Aigburth Drive Traffic Congestion in Jericho Lane Will the committee ensure that the problem of congestion in Jericho Lane in relation to sometimes inconsiderate parking at times when weekend football takes place, is clearly resolved in time for the planning committee to make a judgement on the Garden Festival Site planning application. Could particular reference to the potential extra load on Riverside Drive caused by the new development be considered? Response The City Council are well aware of the current situation, discussions have taken place between officers from Traffic Management and Parking Services and further discussions are to be held with officers from Parks and Open Spaces in order to determine a way forward in solving the existing parking problems. Its worth noting that the development at Festival Gardens, if approved, is not likely to complete until 2021 and adequate off- street parking will be provided here for residents as to not inconvenience motorists on surrounding roads. Furthermore, the new roads within the development will remain private and it is therefore beneficial for the developer to ensure that parking here is provided and maintained adequately. Police Report Inspector Stuart Quirk addressed the meeting. (Greenbank & St Michael’s Wards) He stated that – The latest breakdown within the neighbourhood of cases brought to justice ie. charged, cautioned or summonsed – Drugs possession 49 Burglary 2 Auto crime 7 Violence 21 Theft 26 Offensive weapon 5 Robbery 1 Damage 9 Other 5 This is a 44% increase in detections against the previous 6 week period. Neighbourhood initiatives – Operation Open Spaces continues with high visibility patrolling focused in and around Sefton Park, Greenbank Park and the Festival site. Joint patrolling has been undertaken with Citysafe officers. 22 off road vehicles have been seized after being driven in an anti-social manner. Operation Dog safe has also concentrated in these locations. Positive feedback has been received from members of the public and the operation continues until March 2007. Operation student survey has been an overwhelming success with 81 less burglaries in the Greenbank ward compared with the same period last year. Based on Home Office figures re the average cost of a burglary as £3,268 this is a saving of over £264,000 to the public and private sector. The neighbourhood has received an additional 4 Police Community Support Officers, this now provides 2 per ward. They have already started integrating within the community, visiting key locations such as schools, faith centres and community action groups. Operation Big Wing continues targeting unlicensed, untaxed and uninsured vehicles. In the 6 week period 91 vehicles...

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3 Parks Neighbourhood Committee 10 Jan 2007

Question submitted by Jonathan Clatworthy, Westward View Garden Festival Site Is the Neighbourhood Committee satisfied that there will be no health risks from ground contamination? Priory Wood is an excellent local amenity, with many mature trees. However, you will be aware that many locals are reluctant to use St Michael’s Station after dark if it involves walking through the wood. Will the Neighbourhood Committee oblige the developer to make safety improvements adequate to make travel by train a safe option after dark? I note that the Travel Plan envisages increased use of St Michael’s station at peak times. At peak times the train service is already very overcrowded and queues at the ticket office can be very long. Will the Neighbourhood Committee request that the Planning Committee be provided with data on the capacity of the train service and of the ticketing facilities at the station? As you know the Riverside Drive area is poorly served by buses. Only the No 1 goes along it, and its frequency has recently been reduced from 3 an hour to 2 an hour. Most residents avoid using it if they can, as it is unreliable; even before the reduction travellers sometimes had to wait over an hour especially at rush hours. Drivers tell me that this is inevitable in view of the long route. New services along Riverside Drive and terminating at Paradise St or Queens Square should be able to be more reliable, and if they were frequent enough I am sure they would be better used, especially if the new housing is built. If planning permission for the Festival Garden Site is granted, will the Neighbourhood Committee support the imposition of a condition requiring the developer to contribute to the cost of a bus service with a 15 minute frequency during the day and a 30 minute frequency in the evening? You will be aware that residents have been complaining for many years about the quantity of traffic on Riverside Drive. If the new housing is built this is bound to increase. Will the Neighbourhood Committee do what it can to ensure that the amount and speed of traffic is measured, and adequate measures are introduced to reduce both quantity and speed? In particular, does the Committee accept that new pedestrian crossings are already much needed, especially at the Britannia, and will be needed all the more if the new housing is built? Would the Neighbourhood Committee support the imposition of a condition on the planning permission, if granted, which would require the developer to include the cost of Car Club membership within the purchase price of each dwelling? Given that the proposal aims for a relatively low level of car parking, is the Neighbourhood Committee satisfied that overspill car parking would not be likely to create problems for existing residents? If not, will the committee request the Planning Committee to impose a condition that would require robust enforcement measures to be funded by the developer? Finally, if the proposed development or an agreed modification of it does not gain planning permission, what would happen to the former Garden Festival site? Response The Committee advised the questioner that their question would be dealt with during the presentation to be given on the Garden Festival Site later on the agenda. Question submitted by Jean Hill, Sandhurst Street Garden Festival Site I am glad to see that the consultants for the developers Langtree McLean are bringing a presentation of their plans for the Garden Festival Site to this Neighbourhood Committee. Some months ago when they first unveiled plans for the site, we...

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Neighbourhood Info System

Liverpool City Council Neighbourhood Information System launched. Provides you access to information about your property and immediate neighbourhood. Look for the “My Neighbourhood” link.

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3 Parks Neighbourhood Committee 16 Aug 2006

Alcohol in Priory Wood The Committee with the support of Merseyside Police confirmed that they wished to establish a Designation Order on alcohol consumption for Priory Wood. Agreed that a formal request be made to Nick Phillips, Assistant Executive Director for Community Safety to consider the proposal. Turner Home Playing Field The question as to the use of Toxteth Annexe car park free of charge for football matches was referred to the Executive Board held on 8th September, 2006. The Executive Board resolved that the matter be referred to the Interim Executive Director (Children’s Services) for a report. Police Report Inspector Ian Black and Inspector Stuart Quirk addressed the meeting. They stated that – Burglaries are down this month, there have been two arrests of main targets who were caught committing crimes. Car crime is down, they have targets on conditional bail or curfews. Merseyside Police are now using other methods to catch offenders, such as a rat trap vehicle Robberies have gone up for September, the hot spot being Lark Lane and outside the park Fourteen arrests were made in one day relating to violence 4 out of 5 persistent priority offenders were locked up in September Eleven warrants have been issued in the Princes Park Ward Operation Long Island (robberies) has seen four people locked up on conspiracy Anti social behaviour remains in the parks, the main problem being the use of mini bikes. The possibility of situating A frames at entrances to parks is being looked into Merseyside Police are going for anti social behaviour orders on 3 main targets in the area A complaint was made regarding a police pursuit in Sefton Park, this has been investigated and Merseyside Police is satisfied that the pursuit was managed professionally. This pursuit ended with the arrest of two individuals The policing of parks is continuing Cannabis factory was raided in Avondale Road Priory Wood remains a hot spot with an assault taking place there this week, this is being monitored Students in the Greenbank Ward have been given safety talks by Merseyside Police Dog attacks remain an issue Councillor Paul Clein raised that he has received complaints of anti social behaviour at Grove Mount and the fact the Alma de Santiago is remaining open past their permitted hours. Inspector Quirk stated that he would ensure the premises are visited. Agreed that Inspector Ian Black and Inspector Stuart Quirk be thanked for their...

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