Save the Flat Iron Green Space, Liverpool 8

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The Flat Iron is designated as Public Open Space in Liverpool City Council's Local Plan. It is situated in Liverpool 8, Toxteth, near the Baltic Market, sandwiched between Mill Street and St James Place. It is rare, precious green space in our area, which has big beautiful trees.

Living so close to the city centre, this green space is literally a breathe of fresh air for our community. It is a place where local children play, where we can take our children to play, take our dogs for exercise or just for a stroll in a small oasis of greenery in our community, which so close to the city centre. Liverpool City Council has stated 'Good air quality is vital to our health, wellbeing and the environment' and they have produced an environmental policy called 'Let's clear the air in Liverpool'.

Cutting down trees that filter and clean the air and that give us oxygen is not going to improve our environment or our health - it will only have negative effects on our environment and on our health. Removing this green space will not be conducive to the well-being of the people in our community.

There are two other sites, one either side of 'The Flat Iron' which the same property developer wants to purchase. These sites are on Head Street and Gore/Harrington/Mill Street. These sites are designated for a total of 94 ('normal') houses on the council's Local Plan, but the the developer wants to build 430 apartments in apartment blocks as high as 8 storeys, on the Flat Iron green space and the other two sites. Although the planning application hasn't been officially submitted yet, the council and some local residents have seen the developer's planning proposals.

We are petitioning to ask / urge / plead with Liverpool City Council to:

1. Not sell off 'The Flat Iron', which is designated Public Open Space on their Local Plan, and

2. To honour their Local Plan and only build 94 normal houses across the two sites on Head Street and Gore/Mill Street. This community is desperate for more affordable houses; just normal houses similar to others in the community surrounding these sites.

These two things we are asking for are already Liverpool City Council's Local Plans, so we are not asking for anything unreasonable. They obviously thought it was right when the Local Plan was formulated and we, the community who will be effected by the council's decisions are happy with the council's designations for these three sites on their Local Plan, so we ask them to honour their Local Plan and not go against their environmental policies / pledges by increasing air pollution in this area, instead of reducing it.