Exeter Planning is not familiar with the TV series “Sex and the City” but is reliably informed (by Wikipedia) that it is an American romantic sit-com broadcast between 1998 and 2004 (and oft repeated). It was set and filmed in New York (not Liverpool) but one of the characters was played by Kim Cattrall (a native of Liverpool).
During a recent visit to the city (Liverpool that is) Ms Cattrall voiced her concerns about Liverpool City Council’s plans to sell off Sefton Park Meadows for housing.
She said, “I love Sefton Park. I was lucky enough to grow up playing there…So it’s very sad what’s going on right now with the meadows…I was there [on Saturday] and we took some pictures. It’s so pastoral, it’s so beautiful and it gives people a place to contemplate and play and walk and we need that barrier between the houses and the park.”
However, mayor Joe Anderson hit back saying, “It’s all very well for a Hollywood superstar to shout from the sidelines, but what does she really know of the issues that Liverpool faces? She may have played in Sefton Park when she briefly lived in the city as a girl, but she left”
“I’m still here and having to deal with massive and savage Tory government cuts to our budget while devising ways to grow and sustain the city and protect its most vulnerable citizens [presumably Mr Anderson is not a Conservative councillor]. I’d be interested to hear [really?] what Kim Cattrall has to say on care packages for the elderly and disabled adults, mental health provision, crumbling schools or repairing our roads, for example.”
“Her comments are totally out of context and ill-informed. The fact is that since I became mayor we have created more green space and there is now more of it than at any time in Liverpool’s history. We’re selling off 11 acres on Park Avenue. It’s adjacent to, but not in, the 300 acres of Sefton Park in which people, as she suggests, can walk, play and contemplate. We’re putting in about 15 villas around it and the money we get from that will be invested in our city and our parks”.
Ms Cattrall concluded, “Honestly, I don’t know what depresses me more, for the city to bring traffic to a place of such contemplation and play or that that [sic.] devastating development will turn the park into a stadium for Everton!”. Exeter Planning doesn’t have a scooby (scooby doo; clue) what she is on about.
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