New Mayor of Sefton – Cllr. Steve Kermode

www.southportvisiter.co.uk/news/southport-west-lancs/new-mayor-sefton-cllr-stephen-9303565

The Southport Vister newspaper has the story – see link above.

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Labour Councillor Steve Kermode is the new Mayor of Sefton and I wish him well. I have known Steve for 3 or 4 years now and he comes over as a decent and genuinely community minded chap. I would add that he also seems to break the mould of many in the Labour party who are wedded to tribal politics. Steve rises above such negative politics and I hope that he and his wife Gwen have a good year as ambassadors for the Borough of Sefton.

1958 Ordnance Survey Map – North Liverpool and Bootle

North Liverpool & Bootle

Click on map to enlarge it.

This is my last posting, at least for now, about the 1958 Ordnance Survey map of Liverpool (which I picked up for a song on Bewdley Railway Station not long ago) with particular reference to its lost railways.

The former line from Seaforth and the North Mersey Goods Yard past Linacre Road (closed April 1951), Ford (Closed April 1951) and Aintree Racecourse (closed March 1962) onto what is now the Liverpool Kirkby Merseyrail line is interesting. Most of it is just about still there; well at least the section from Aintree to the Liverpool – Southport line between the Strand and Seaforth & Litherland is. Indeed, there is still a single track here with trees and bushes growing through it. Merseytravel often used to talk of it being reopened but sadly this seems to be little more than vague speculation that gets repeated every 5 years or so.

Looking east in the direction of the former Ford Station from Hawthorne Road, Bootle in 2014.

Looking east in the direction of the former Ford Station from Hawthorne Road, Bootle in 2014.

On the former Cheshire Lines route around Liverpool Clubmoor station (closed November 1960) is there as is Warbreck Station (Closed November 1960) and Aintree Central (Closed November 1960) but used for race traffic until March 1963. The line closed in December 1964.

As with my last posting I recommend Rob Gell’s ‘An illustrated Survey of Liverpool’s Railway Stations 1830 – 1985 as a good point of reference.

A tribute to Dave (Mr. Lydiate) Russell

No this is is not a obituary, Dave is still very much alive and kicking but it is a tribute to a man who has done so much for Lydiate over the past 25 years or so. I made mention of Dave in part of a recent posting about the recent local elections but here is a more detailed tribute to him.

Lydiate environmental campaigners presenting Dave Russell with a petition to try to save the Green Belt from development around Lydiate

Lydiate environmental campaigners presenting Dave Russell with a petition to try to save the Green Belt from development around Lydiate

Dave lost his seat on Lydiate Parish Council in the recent elections and whilst this is the way things can go once you stand for public office I was genuinely shocked that my fellow Lydiate residents (in Lydiate North Ward) decided to show Dave the electoral door so to speak.

Dave and Pam Russell

Dave and Pam Russell

Dave has been Chairperson of Lydiate Parish Council for as long as I can remember and with his lovely wife Pam is a leading light in the Maghull & Lydiate History Society. Here are just a few things that Dave has done for Lydiate:-

* He led the campaign to get Lydiate Village Centre built together with the then Clerk to Lydiate Parish Council and Andrew Blackburn. In doing so they brought in a £500,000 lottery grant.
* Dave has been passionate about the upkeep and maintenance of St Catherine’s Abbey and has been pushing and shoving all kinds of organisations to do their bit to help preserve and maintain this famous local Lydiate landmark.
* He started Lydiate Civic Day which has now been taken over as Lydiate Festival.
* As a passionate walker he has campaigned for the upkeep of the local footpath network.
* Dave is also a passionate about Lydiate as a community and has fought to retain it’s unique semi rural nature and character. Battling against property developers and Sefton Council he led the Parish Council to become a prominent environmental campaign group.

I really don’t know why the good people of Lydiate North Ward decided to ask Dave to leave and close the door after him but whatever the reason’s I think all we Lydiate residents owe Dave a huge debt of gratitude for his selfless campaigning for the community he loves. As a Parish Councillor Dave did not not get paid for his work, he did it because he thought Lydiate was worth fighting for.

Whatever you decided to do next Dave do it with the knowledge that we think of you as a good and decent man who more than did his bit for Lydiate – Mr. Lydiate is indeed the right title for you.

Maybe in 25 years another Mr Lydiate will have come along – Let’s hope so.

Southport – Robert Hamilton Inquest

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/birkdale-cyclist-fell-bike-died-9290908

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above.

I suppose we see such reports and probably skip over them with a sigh as if to say it’s sad but I did not know the victim. Trouble is I did know Robert so an inquest like this brings home all kinds of thoughts about the times I was in conversation with him at Lib Dem events and fundraisers.