Greenbank Greens demand end to Watering Can park development

Dan Fieldsend and Cllr Lawrence Brown outside Greenbank Park
Dan Fieldsend and Cllr Lawrence Brown outside Greenbank Park

Greenbank Green councillor Lawrence Brown today (Thursday February 24) called on the council to back local residents opposed to the extension of the Watering Can café into the local park’s memorial walled garden.

Greenbank Park was bought for the people of Liverpool in 1897 from the Rathbone family who maintained a large house and estate on the site. Its use as a boating and recreation site is protected in the original agreement. The walled garden is the last remaining part of the old Rathbone estate and sits next to the Watering Can café.

‘People have really valued this open, green space during the horrors of the pandemic as a safe place to get fresh air and exercise. We simply can’t afford to lose more green space in our city,’ said Cllr Brown.

Dan Fieldsend, who is standing as the Green Party’s candidate in the ward in May’s local election, said the plans to extend the café into the walled garden were ‘horrendous’.

Mr Fieldsend added: ‘Local people are clearly opposed to the extension plans. If the council approves the extension it would reduce the amount of green space in the memorial walled garden.

‘I am working with Greenbank residents to save the park from any further development and urging people to contact the council urgently with their objections.’

Objections should be emailed to: quoting reference number 21F/0301.


3 thoughts on “Greenbank Greens demand end to Watering Can park development

  1. In the first place I feel that the Cafe should have been run by the community or coop for the benefit of the Park not privately.
    Secondly I object strongly to the extension. I live 2 minutes away from the park, myself and my grandchildren enjoy the walled garden. When my grand children’s cousin died of Leukaemia aged 13 they got some relief posting letters to her in the pillar box and playing in that space.
    It is a small walled space as it is, so to think of making it even smaller is preposterous. So yes I protest against this plan.
    Please see sense and let us enjoy the garden – I know it is not so quiet now but can’t bear to lose more of it. Thank you.

  2. The walled garden is a sanctuary to many who have lost relatives. It was a great comfort to my grandchildren when they lost their 13 year old cousin to leukaemia- they loved posting her letters. I strongly object to the planning of reducing further the garden.

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