Council plan to sell £ 150,000 of green space to stranded van company

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A proposal to sell a former school playground to a van rental company will not go ahead after councilors dismiss the controversial idea.

Tonight’s meeting of the Wirral Council’s economy and regeneration committee unanimously rejected a proposal to sell the land for £ 150,000, amid concerns over flooding and green space construction.

David Armstrong, deputy managing director of the council, explained that West Wallasey Van Hire, a company that employs more than 200 people, wanted to buy land at Cross Lane in Wallasey to grow the business.

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The land had been partly used by the Mosslands School as a playground, but has not been used in this way for decades as it suffers from flooding.

Conservative adviser David Burgess-Joyce was unhappy with the plan. He was concerned that the site might fall into the hands of another organization that would like to use the land differently.

Cllr Andrew Hodson, his Conservative colleague, also opposed the plan.

He was concerned about the loss of green space and the impact on nearby residents as they would have a large commercial parking lot next to their home.

Cllr Hodson added that the site was part of a floodplain and feared that if it was tarred it would cause problems for people living in the area who are already suffering from flooding.

Heswall’s advisor also thought £ 150,000 was not a good plot figure considering what could be done with it.

Green Party Councilor Emily Gleaves asked how the expansion of this business would impact other van companies in the area and asked if officers have looked into the matter.

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Alan Evans, Wirral Council’s director of regeneration and venue, said the officers did and the company already had a national footprint.

Ultimately, the proposal was rejected by councilors from all parties.

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