09 March 2020
"Highways England paid over £5,000 to a surveillance and security firm to monitor two public information events in Sefton."
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UK: Government hired undercover 'spies' at public meeting on road through Litherland (Liverpool Echo, link):
The public events related to HE's controversial plans to build a dual carriageway through Rimrose Valley country park, to cope with the increase in HGV traffic resulting from the Port of Liverpool’s expansion.
Campaigners have argued that the new road will increase traffic related noise and pollution in Litherland, and ruin the park.
But bosses at Highways England insist the staff were at the meeting for security reasons.
The SRV (Save Rimrose Valley) campaign group has now revealed that total of £5,424 was paid by HE to a surveillance company to monitor two events which took place in October last year."
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