Beautiful Roe Deer have been filmed on Rimrose Valley this week when the site still remains under threat!
The site is under threat from development and that would be the end of these beautiful animals. The valley is full of wildlife including birds, bees, mammals, butterflies and even reptiles have been spotted.
This wonderful video was shot by Chris Howarth last Tuesday 16th February when he saw THREE Roe Deer on the Rimrose Valley Country Park.
Video taken by Chris Howarth
Rimrose Valley is 2.2 miles of country park and a valley which forms a border between Crosby and Litherland in Sefton. The Leeds Liverpool canal is on the edge to the east.
Plans were announced in February 2016 which proposed a new £200m road could be built through Rimrose Valley to link directly into the A5758 Brooms Cross Road in an effort to reduce the heavy congestion on the A5036 Dunnings Bridge Road.
Sefton Council rejected the proposal in March 2017, citing the desire to instead build a tunnel to overcome the congestion concerns. In December 2017, Highways England attempted to defend their position that a bypass road is the preferred option to provide a direct link between the Port of Liverpool and Switch Island junction, citing considerable cost and disruption if a tunnel, estimated to cost six times as much, were to be constructed.
In 2018, Sefton Council brought a judicial review against Highways England on the basis that it felt a tunnel should have been presented as an option. The High Court ruled in favour of Highways England, but the legal action resulted in a considerable delay to the project. In August 2019, Highways England were forced to publicly apologise for claiming that, in this judicial review, a judge had upheld its preferred route for a road through Rimrose Valley. This was inaccurate: the judge had simply ruled that it was not legally required to consult on a tunnel option.
A local campaign group, named "Save Rimrose Valley", was formed to oppose Highways England's plans and to demand that sustainable, non-road solutions to the movement of freight to and from the Port of Liverpool are researched and presented to the public. In just over two years, the campaign has attracted a large and active following. They appeared on Jeremy Vines BBC Radio 2 show in 2018 to debate the scheme with Highways England's Regional Delivery Director, Tim Gamon. It also staged what the Campaign for Better Transport the described as "the biggest anti road demonstration in recent memory" in September 2018.
‘Hands Across the Valley’ was attended by more than 700 people and was covered by the BBC North West Tonight and also Granada Reports.
The event was attended by local MPs Bill Esterson and Peter Dowd as well as Friends of The Earth and the Campaign for Better Transport.
Members of the public formed a giant heart on the parkland and linked arms along its central path.
In February 2019, members of the campaign group met with Shadow Transport Minister Rachael Maskell to raise the issue and to ask for support.
In March 2019, the campaign secured the support of Friends of the Earth's CEO, Craig Bennett. He visited the country park, spoke with local schoolchildren and members of the public and called for Highways England to scrap the scheme.
In September 2020, Highways England announced that the project was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and would not be completed until at least 2025.
If you want to get involved to help the future of Rimrose Valley click onto their website here:
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Here is the PDF of the new road proposal: