Knowsley welcomes action over sports park saga

Published on: Friday, 19-September-2014

Knowsley Council has welcomed enforcement action taken by Liverpool City Council over the delayed construction of a sports and nature park in Fazakerley.

The stalled Aintree Lane scheme has caused a host of environmental and transport problems for the local community, as well as causing an eye-sore.

Knowsley Council, as the planning authority, has previously served a series of enforcement notices on the original company behind the scheme, UK Sports Parks.

The company was taken to court in 2013 and fined £7,000 for failing to comply with legal notices.

UK Sports Parks has since gone into liquidation after selling its lease of the site to a new company called LRTC.  Liverpool City Council – which is the freeholder of the site and therefore effectively LRTC’s landlord - has now issued a Section 146 Notice on the new company for breaching the lease.

The action requires LRTC to tidy up the land and keep the site in a reasonable condition by December 2014.

If the company fails to comply, the lease could be forfeited and full control of the site would then return to Liverpool City Council.

Knowsley Council has already carried out some works in default, removing fly-tipping from the site and installing new fencing to reduce anti-social behaviour on the site.

Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Economy and Skills, Cllr Dave Lonergan, said: “I am pleased that Liverpool City Council has taken this enforcement action to support our efforts to resolve this completely unacceptable saga.

“The actions of the companies involved in this scheme have been completely deplorable and have caused huge inconvenience to the local community.

“The site has been in an unacceptable condition for some time and it is essential that everybody involved takes their responsibilities seriously and plays their part in providing a solution for the site for the local residents.”