The new leader of Knowsley Council has announced he is to scrap plans to sell off 10% of the borough’s green spaces. Cllr Graham Morgan, who took on the role last month, said he intends to drop the proposals to sell 10% of the borough’s parks and set up a charitable trust to manage them in the future. The council had previously agreed to work on proposals to sell 17 parkland sites for development in order to raise enough money to create a £40 million endowment. In November last year, the council’s cabinet agreed to work on proposals to establish a charitable trust to manage the Borough’s green spaces from April 2019, which is when council funding for the service was due to run out. In the face of continued Government cuts to Knowsley Council’s funding, the aim of the work was to protect the remaining 90% of the borough’s … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Jamie Hailstone

Senior reporter – NewStart