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In 2017, Highways England announced that they wanted to build a dual carriageway right through the middle of Rimrose Valley, a country park in Sefton near Liverpool. The only green space in a heavily populated and urbanised area. The purpose of this dual carriageway? To increase the capacity of the nearby Port of Liverpool, owned by Peel Ports. A privately owned organisation based in the Isle of Man. The WE SAID NO podcast tells the story of how the campaign to fight the road and the damage to both the environment and to public health came to be. And how its actions brought a community together in defiance of the Government's plans.
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Peel Ports in the dock

Peel Ports in the dock

2021-01-1828:12

The controversial road proposal covered in this podcast series is called the Port of Liverpool Access Scheme and yet, whilst the port’s owners, Peel Ports, are regularly in the news cheering the expansion of their operations, you won’t hear them talking about their Port Access Road. Ever. So, we’ve done this for them. Here, we share the views and concerns of local residents, hear one HGV driver’s story and ask whether Peel Ports really contributes to the local economy and cares about the surrounding community. Or does its interest end at the port gates? Find out just how closely Peel Ports is working with Highways England and learn about Friends of the Earth’s efforts to engage with the company on the key issuesof pollution and the environmental damage resulting from its operations. Anyone who hasbeen keeping an eye on developments this past few years needs to listen to this powerfulepisode.
An impossible choice?

An impossible choice?

2020-10-0534:46

In Episode Two, we hear how a small, but committed team of people, determined to stop a road being built through their local country park, soon come to realise that this is part of a much bigger problem. They learn about the wider environmental and public health impacts of road-building and gain the support of leading, national organisations. This episode features contributions from Friends of the Earth, Transport Action Network and the Chief Executive of CPRE (the Campaign to Protect Rural England). We also hear how Highways England's public consultation presented just two options; neither of which was acceptable to local communities and ask why the outcome was ignored? Local people explain how history is repeating itself and talk about the devastation caused by another of Highways England's roads, decades before.
In episode 1, we learn about the origins and the history of Rimrose Valley and its creation. And how the plans by Highways England, the Government's own road building company, affected the communities that surrounded it. A community that relied upon it. Known as the green lung of Sefton, Rimrose Valley has grown and matured into a green space that is vital to those who live and work in the area. Here we listen to the stories of those who want not only to preserve it, but to fight for it. And when your battle is one with the UK Government and a powerful, privately-owned port working together, it takes determination.
Trailer - WE SAID NO

Trailer - WE SAID NO

2020-08-1501:01

In 2017, Highways England announced that they wanted to build a dual carriageway right through the middle of Rimrose Valley, a country park in Sefton near Liverpool. The only green space in a heavily populated and urbanised area. The purpose of this dual carriageway? To increase the capacity of the nearby Port of Liverpool, owned by Peel Ports. A privately owned organisation based in the Isle of Man. Please subscribe to the We Said No podcast and hear the story of how the campaign to fight the road and the damage - to both the environment and to public health - came to be. And how its actions brought a community together in defiance of the Government's plans.
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