Kim Cattrall
Kim Cattrall is best known for playing Samantha in Sex And the Citywww.broadway.com

Sex and The City's Kim Cattrall has launched a scathing attack on Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson over a controversial scheme to sell Sefton Park Meadows - the park she played in as a child.

The Hollywood star, who was born and raised in Liverpool, claimed that plans to build a new stadium for Everton FC on the green space next to the park would "encroach on the people's land".

Speaking to the Echo newspaper, Cattrall, who is best known for playing man-eater Samantha Jones in the hit show, said she hoped it wasn't too late for the council to have a turn-around.

"I love Sefton Park. I was lucky enough to grow up playing there," she said after lending her support to the Save Sefton Park Meadow campaign on Twitter.

"So it's very sad what's going on right now with the meadows, and I feel that my involvement with that, it feels from my mum as well. I first told her about it and she said 'that's just not right, this is the people's land' and I believe that as well."

Cattrall, whose films include Big Trouble in Little China, also said she was aware of how much youngsters in Merseyside valued the the park

"I was there [on Saturday] and we took some pictures. 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. So I'm very disappointed that the Mayor has made the decisions that he has and I thought the whole story about him taking his Grandson there was just desperate and sad."

But Anderson has since hit back at Cattrall's remarks, insisting that the Golden Globe winner was "ill-informed" about the real issues.

"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? She may have played in Sefton Park when she briefly lived in the city as a girl, but she left," he said.

"I am still here and having to deal with massive and savage Tory government cuts to our budget while devising ways to grow and sustain the city and protect its most vulnerable citizens. I'd be interested to hear what Kim Cattrall has to say on care packages for the elderly and disabled adults, mental health provision, crumbling schools or repairing our roads, for example.

"Her comments are totally out of context and ill-informed... since I became mayor, we have created more green space and there is more of it now than at any time in Liverpool's history."

Anderson said the council will be selling off 11 acres on Grade I-listed Park Avenue, to raise funds which will then be "invested in our city and our parks".