8 episodes

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.

WE SAID NO Save Rimrose Valley

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    • 4.7 • 14 Ratings

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.

    Episode 7 – Underground Freight Transport: A REAL alternative to the Port Access Road

    Episode 7 – Underground Freight Transport: A REAL alternative to the Port Access Road

    In 2020, Sefton Council commissioned engineering consultancy firm ARUP, world leaders in sustainable infrastructure, to look at different ways of transporting freight containers in and out of busy ports in locations such as ours.
    Among the options presented was Underground Freight Transport (UFT); a pioneering technology owned by Cambridgeshire-based Mole Solutions Ltd.
    In this episode, we meet with senior members of their team to better understand the technology and to explore how this could be used in our setting. We hear just how many of today’s problems this technology would solve, the long-term benefits it would deliver and how, far from being a pipedream, this could become a reality.
    Over the course of the last 4 years, we have repeatedly been told by National Highways, the Department for Transport and Peel Ports that their road proposal is the only way to address the problems created by the Port of Liverpool’s expansion.
    It isn’t.
    We believe that this episode represents the first, major step towards a brighter future for the Port of Liverpool, the people of South Sefton and our environment.
    Enjoy.

    For more information on Mole Solutions Ltd, Underground Freight Transport and their other technologies, visit www.molesolutions.co.uk

    • 30 min
    Episode 6 - Voices from Rimrose - Esther's Story

    Episode 6 - Voices from Rimrose - Esther's Story

    Rimrose Valley means so much to so many people of all ages. In a fascinating departure from our investigative episodes of the We Said No podcast series, we’ll talk to people who have a wealth of stories and experiences about the park. Their park.
    Esther recently attended her first ever protest event. 
    On the 20th August 2021, along with nearly 1000 others, she marched to the gates of Peel Ports to add her voice to the increasing calls to halt this destructive government-backed scheme and look at alternatives that work for the communities that surround this vital green space. Rather than simply benefit the privately-owned Peel Ports.
    At the age of 91, Esther walked the entire length of the protest march. Not only an amazing achievement, but a powerful illustration of how this scheme will affect people of every age, young and old. And how people of every age want to make their voice heard.
    This is Esther’s story.

    • 19 min
    Protest!

    Protest!

    On Friday 20th August more that 1,000 people gathered together on Rimrose Valley to make their views known and to hear from speakers that included local MPs and Councillors, national environmental groups and transport campaigners. 
    We heard about the non-road alternatives that Highways England want to ignore. And calls for parity in how transport schemes are funded by central government in the north and the south.
    Reported as the ‘largest anti-road demonstration in decades’ the crowds then marched to the gates of Peel Ports, the major beneficiary of this devastatingly dangerous scheme. The call of the protesters was that Peel Ports acknowledge their role in supporting the road proposal and join the communities the scheme will affect the most by opposing it. The communities that live around the Port of Liverpool.
    This is the story of that day. The speakers, the marchers, the children, the families. All with one voice. We said No.

    • 51 min
    Episode 4: Air Pollution - The Invisible Killer

    Episode 4: Air Pollution - The Invisible Killer

    It is estimated that air pollution kills up to 40,000 people each year in the UK alone. But what does this shocking statistic have to do with Highways England’s proposed road through Rimrose Valley?

    In this episode we pick our way through the complicated issue of air quality in South Sefton. We hear from people already suffering the damaging effects of vehicle emissions from Highways England’s existing A5036 and from a local primary school which sits on the path of the proposed route. We speak to experts who explain what this pollution is and the harm it does to our bodies. We learn how environmental groups are questioning the value Highways England places on the public’s health in pursuit of its road building programme and ask what role the Port of Liverpool’s own shipping activity plays in air quality in our borough.

    We also cover the tragic story of 9-year-old Ella Kissi-Debrah, who lost her life in 2013 due to the pollution she inhaled on her busy road.

    This is a tough but important listen and we thank everyone who contributed.

    How to get involved with the campaign
    https://www.saverimrosevalley.org/get-involved
    British Heart Foundation - Information on air pollution
    https://www.bhf.org.uk/what-we-do/policy-and-public-affairs/creating-healthier-environments/air-pollution

    • 30 min
    Peel Ports in the dock

    Peel Ports in the dock

    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 issues
    of pollution and the environmental damage resulting from its operations. Anyone who has
    been keeping an eye on developments this past few years needs to listen to this powerful
    episode.

    • 28 min
    An impossible choice?

    An impossible choice?

    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.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Dmlfc ,

❌🛣

The dedication by RVF is remarkable. If it wasn’t for all that they do this amazing green space would of been long gone to local residents. In an age of global warming and a pandemic, it is vital we stand and fight for our right to green space over corporate greed. RVF is a community asset and belongs to the people of Sefton. SAVE RIMROSE ❌🛣

JanMcN ,

Brilliant

This podcast is about the campaign to save Rimrose Valley Country Park in North Liverpool from destruction by Highways England. I loved listening about how the park was created and the battle campaigners are facing to save the park. It is well put together with ambient sounds from the park and music. It’s a must listen and I can’t wait for episode 2!

Dog number ,

Intriguing

Can’t wait to see how this turns out. Fascinating start

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