Liverpool Councillor Phil Moffat wins his fence battle with council planners
LIVERPOOL's very own St George (Cllr Phil Moffat) has won his battle with city planners who wanted him to remove railings from his listed building.
Cllr Moffatt, who owns Churchills Emporium in West Derby Road, was given temporary planning permission for the black steel railings in December 2006.
He took the measure because of anti-social behaviour and break-ins from gangs of youths who got onto a flat roof at the back of his property.
Council planners wanted him to remove the railings, and had recommended that planning permission be turned down.
The planning committee overturned that advice and said they were minded to approve the use of the railings.
Officials will now draw up a fresh report before the approval is rubber stamped.
Cllr Moffatt said: "This is a result for people power and I would like to thank the residents, the 2000-plus shoppers who took the time to sign our in store petition, along with the ward Cllrs Steve, Radford ,Chris Lenton, Hazel Williams and Merseyside Police all of who where influential in overturning the Planning Officers decision.
"Common sense won the day in the end and wisdom again prevailed."