12 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.

    Welcome to Manchester

    Welcome to Manchester

    On Friday 26th August, a group of Save Rimrose Valley campaigners consisting of children, parents and grandparents hit the road and boarded a coach to Manchester.  

    The trip was the campaign’s latest protest as they took the fight to the regional headquarters of National Highways - the public body responsible for the plans to bulldoze Rimrose Valley.  

    Joined by other campaigners from the North West and members of staff from long-time allies, outdoor clothing store Patagonia, they marched through the streets of Manchester to deliver letters and materials produced by local school children.  

    Would National Highways come out to accept them?  Find out in our latest podcast.

    • 17 min
    Episode 9 - The National Game!

    Episode 9 - The National Game!

    In this episode we focus on the game of football and how Rimrose Valley and the green space surrounding it hosts numerous, pitches clubs and leagues. 
    We look at the massive physical and mental health benefits that come with people of all ages playing our national game all year round, and how National Highway’s proposed road through the valley will affect thousands of participants.
    Having seen how the recent Euro 2022 victory for England's Lionesses gave the whole nation a well needed shot in the arm, why is National Highways even considering ploughing a four lane carriageway through many of these sporting facilities?
    We talk to local, grass roots players and organisers about how they feel about the potential loss of their football pitches and the effect it will have on their lives and wellbeing. And how the football clubs on Rimrose Valley and the surrounding spaces could be lost.

    • 16 min
    Episode 8 – Do Sefton’s disused railway lines hold the key to port access?

    Episode 8 – Do Sefton’s disused railway lines hold the key to port access?

    A question our campaign is often asked is; why can’t Sefton’s network of railway lines solve the problem of port access? Many members of the community have pointed out the number of disused railway lines running from the dock that were active up until the 1980’s. 
     In this episode we investigate how these used to operate by visiting some of the locations with former lorry driver, John Wilson. We then discuss the wider picture of rail freight distribution in the UK with Maggie Simpson, Director General of Rail Freight Group, the representative body for rail freight in the UK. 
     We conclude by bringing things right up to date and taking a look at the government’s latest plans for rail enhancements in the North West. Is our region getting the investment it so badly needs?

    • 27 min
    Looking back on 2021

    Looking back on 2021

    It's been an eventful and a positive year for the campaign. We've had protest events that were covered nationally. Activities and educational events on the valley for the first time in what seems like forever. 

    In a year where most of us haven't had the best of times, here's our review of some of the good things that have happened in 2021.

    • 12 min
    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

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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