Along with Cllr Les Byrom our Candidate in the May Council elections, I attended the inaugural general meeting of A Better Crosby (ABC) this evening in St Luke’s Church hall
After the election of the founding committee the elected chairperson described how this grouping was initiated not to solely oppose outright all of Sainsbury’s development plans but with a genuine sense of the local community’s need to preserve the unique nature of Crosby Village.
After a short Tea/Coffee interlude provided by the ladies of St Luke’s Parish there was a very interesting lecture, delivered superbly by Professor Cathy Parker from Manchester University and Director of the “Institute of Place Management”.
Professor Parker described how as a citizen movement we might drive forward the development of Crosby.
A video of the lecture will appear here soon and on abettercrosby.com website.
There followed a Q&A with professor Parker where many salient points were raised by attendees who included a wide spectrum of our local community from churchgoers to Councillors, Traders, Community representatives and concerned citizens.
Tittered I not when The Deputy Leader of the Council and Leader of Conservative Group in Sefton, cllr Paula Parry spoke to suggest the de-pedestrianisation of Moor Lane may lead to an improvement in trade.
A petition to save Crosby’s youth Centre/Club was announced.
Professor Parker closed with the hope that we may be the first to employ the new Localism Bill. She hoped to return to the next A.G.M. and see the progress the movement has achieved.
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Mick Roche Victoria Ward Chairman.