Residents are seeking to get their local park registered as an historic asset because they regard it as ‘under threat from the council’s actions’.
There are ongoing concerns over the sale of the park lodge for £249,000 and a planning condition that the new St Martin’s Academy create a footpath through the park and an access gate.
Linda Webb, vice chairman of Hoole History and Heritage Society, said: “The supporting evidence for the attempt to register it has come from the Victorian Hoole Project. We were in the middle of doing it when all this happened. There is a wealth of information about it and original photos from the opening of the park.”
Reasons considered by English Heritage for designation include if a site is ‘demonstrably under serious threat of demolition or major alteration’ or ‘possesses evident significance’.
In a letter of complaint to the district auditor, Ms Webb explained that registration was being sought for the public amenity ‘as an historic park under threat from the council’s actions’.
Registration is a ‘material consideration’ in the planning process, meaning planning authorities must consider the impact of any proposed development on the landscape’s special character.
Ms Webb, of Fairfield Road, added: “It’s a perfect example of a park designed by an urban district council for its local community and has got all these wonderful historic connections, such as with Princess Alexandra.”
Council spokeswoman Laura Johnson said: “This subject has now been raised with the district auditor and should they contact us we would naturally co-operate fully and await the outcome. The council has had no contact with English Heritage with regards to Alexandra Park.”
A public meeting about Alexandra Park takes place in the community centre, Westminster Road, at 7.30pm on Tuesday, January 28.
Hoole History and Heritage Society is holding an open meeting at Hoole Community Centre between 10am and 1pm this Saturday, January 25, on the theme of the impact of the First World War on Hoole. This is an opportunity for the public to reminisce and bring along photographs and mementoes.