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Our campaign and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

Photo: by John Hegarty

We know it’s been quite some time since we last posted an update to our website, but we are sure you will understand why.

We wanted to bring you right up to date, to reassure you that we’re keeping things ticking over and that our action group is still in touch.

Clearly, everyone’s priority is the health and wellbeing of their loved ones and we hope that you are all coping as well as can be expected.

There is no escaping the fact that life has changed.

Even when restrictions are lifted, we’re not sure whether things will return to normal, or even what ‘normal’ will look like in the future.

We had activities planned this spring/summer which we’ve had to shelve for the time being. The restrictions that are rightly in place mean that we’re unable to gather in opposition, to discuss the campaign in person, to meet new people… and simply to be a real community.

Right now, the best thing that all of us can be doing is to keep sharing news of our fight and to make sure that we don’t lose the momentum we had before this started.

Remember, Highways England were already years behind schedule, much of which is down to YOUR efforts in protesting against these plans and making them so unpopular.

We need to keep it up.

There is a really simple way that we can all do this.

We’ll continue to share relevant articles via our social media pages, as so much of the current news is taken up with stories of how vital green space has become during the pandemic and how there need to be some fundamental changes to the way we view transport when all of this is over.

If you see them, share them!

And tell your family and friends why you’re sharing them.

You’d be surprised at how many people aren’t aware of either Rimrose Valley OR the road plans… we need to connect with as many of them as possible.

We can’t afford for anyone to realise what’s happening, when it’s too late to influence the outcome.

Thankfully, this is changing and awareness is growing.

You only have to visit Rimrose Valley to see this.

Everyone is realising just how important this place and others like it across Liverpool and the wider UK have become.

We’ve seen so many more people using Rimrose and doing a great job at observing social distancing rules.

As well as the usual mix of runners, cyclists and dog walkers, there are so many families out there at the moment, exploring, playing and spending some precious time together.

As many of you have said, where would we be without it?

Can you imagine if there was a motorway running through it?

Would you be taking your daily exercise or playing with your family next to 4 lanes of HGVs?

Of course not.

As depressing as that sounds, that will be the reality if we don’t work together to stop this road.

Surely, something good has to come from all of this chaos, sadness and uncertainty?

Wouldn’t it be amazing to look back on this time as the turning point at which our communities came together and said “NO!” to the destruction of public land in the name of profit and at a huge cost to our lives… and our planet.

Hold that thought…

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