Petitioning The Secretary of State for Transport

Stop the Dual Carriageway through Rimrose Valley

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Highways England, working for the UK Government, announced on 31st August 2017 that they intend to build a dual carriageway through Rimrose Valley in 2020.

This announcement can only be described as a declaration of intended vandalism that the Government should be ashamed of, taking the last remaining decent, open green space – our essential green space – away from the people of Sefton.

Rimrose Valley has been here for hundreds of years and the government should have no right to take it away. We owe it to our children and future generations to look after what little green space we have left.

We call on the Secretary of State for Transport to consider whether he really wants such a travesty to occur under his watch and to intervene and stop this madness before it's too late. There are other options that must be explored and a road is the most short sighted and worst possible option.

The people of Sefton stand firm against these plans.  A road simply must not be allowed to happen and we will fight it by all legal means available. 

  • As a green transit route, children and adults alike use Rimrose Valley to get to and from school or work on foot or bike
  • Rimrose Valley provides a space of quiet tranquillity and wellbeing in an otherwise heavily urbanised area; essential for the mind, body and spirit of the people
  • Containing two wetland areas of local biological interest, Rimrose Valley is an outstanding educational resource, enabling children and adults to connect with the natural environment
  • Rimrose Valley is a source of essential clean air – filtering out pollutants that are so excessive and concerning

The situation we find ourselves in is the result of a catalogue of bad decisions and terrible planning over the years.  The challenge of how to transit cargo to and from The Port of Liverpool should have been identified and tackled at the outset, before the plans to develop The Port of Liverpool were approved. We reject the ‘carrot’ of mass job creation as false. It is merely spin, designed to cheat and manipulate us all into allowing this madness to prevail.  Where are the hundreds of promised new jobs?  They are nowhere to be seen.

The authorities can find better ways than road building when they want to in London and throughout other European cities.  We’ve been told the matter comes down to money and a tunnel has been dismissed out of hand without due investigation and consideration. Lack of funds is not an acceptable excuse; our health and wellbeing is not for sale and cannot be traded with to save funds.  If the government cannot afford to transit goods to and from the docks, that should have been thought of before the port expansion was approved, it simply cannot be done on the cheap at the expense of the health and wellbeing of the people who live here. The people simply cannot take the fall for terrible planning and bad decisions.

We, the people of Sefton, are standing up for Rimrose Valley and calling on the Secretary of State for Transport to intervene and put an end to this madness and mindless vandalism. To allow this to continue will be very damaging to our communities, our health and our future.  

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