A couple of dozen members of the Formby Green Belt campaign group FRAGOFF caused a furore at the Sefton Council meeting in Southport Town Hall, when the councillors referred their concerns to the without discussing them for the allotted 15 minutes. A petition with over 4000 names, expressing concerns about the threat to the local Green Belt as a result of the lack of progress with Sefton’s Local Plan was presented to the Council. There had earlier been a demonstration outside the Southport Town Hall.
The leader of the group, who had been allowed to speak for 5 minutes about the petition, threatened councillors in their own council chamber that she might stand against them for election to ensure that these issues got a better hearing. The members appeared to have equal low regard for the Coalition government and the Bootle Labour councillors.
There were numerous exchanges between shouting FRAGOFF members and the Mayor, Kevin McClusky, before the supporters slowly left the public gallery which was then two-thirds empty.
Since the meeting, FRAGOFF members have been attacking their own local councillors, as well as Council Leader Peter Dowd, for not speaking up in the council chamber about their concerns. Formby Labour Councillor Nina Killen (below) is adamant that:
“Labour councillors are the ones best placed to make sure Formby residents’ views are heard. ”
Since the Council meeting, FRAGOFF are openly questioning this on Twitter.
FRAGOFF’s next public meeting is on 28th November at 7.30 pm at the Formby Sports & Social Club.
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