Sex And The City actress Kim Cattrall has been criticised by a city mayor for "ill-informed comments" about council plans to sell off a piece of green land for a housing development.
Liverpool-born Cattrall (58), voiced her support for the Save Sefton Park Meadows campaign as she visited her home city to pick up a magazine award.
The New York-based star (inset), who played Samantha Jones in the hit comedy, told the Liverpool Echo: "I love Sefton Park. I was lucky enough to grow up playing there. So it's very sad what's going on right now with the meadows."
Visiting the park on Saturday, she added: "It's so pastoral, it's so beautiful and it gives people a place to contemplate and play and walk and we need that barrier between the houses and the park."
But the mayor of Liverpool, Labour councillor Joe Anderson, hit out at her comments.
"It's all very well for a Hollywood superstar to shout from the sidelines, but what does she really know of the issues that Liverpool faces?," he said.
"We're selling off 5.5 acres on Park Avenue. It's adjacent to, but not in, the 300 acres of Sefton Park in which people, as she suggests, can walk, play and contemplate. We're putting in 28 houses, of which 15 are villas, and 24 apartments and the money from that will be invested in our city and parks."