Lydiate Village Centre – Going Green

by Cllr. Tony Robertson on October 1, 2014

Lydiate Village Centre (run by Lydiate Parish Council) has a large number of solar panels on its roof which generate electricity. Here is a read out of what has been generated so far in 3+ years. The top read out is on nil as it was dark outside when the shot was taken. Click on […]

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With dangerous dogs seeming more and more around our streets attacking people who would be a postwoman/man. It must be dangerous business. This poster was seen in the Royal Mail Parcel Collection Point in Maghull’s Sorting Office. 3,000 post people bitten in one year! Click on the picture below to enlarge it. I really do […]

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What is it with Bootle Labour’s control freaks?

by Cllr. Tony Robertson on September 30, 2014

Since Bootle Labour Party took control of Sefton Council (backed up by seemingly powerless Labour members from elsewhere in the Borough) their need to control just about everything has become more and more evident, indeed it seems to go to ludicrous extremes. Take last Thursday’s Sefton Council meeting. There were 3 motions about health issues; […]

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This class of Pacer diesel train has been panned for years and they have acquired the derogatory nick name of ‘Nodding Donkeys’ because of their tendency to move up and down front to back. John Pugh MP has long campaigned against them not least because they are regularly used on the Northern Rail services out […]

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Crosby – Burbo Bank Wind Farm

by Cllr. Tony Robertson on September 27, 2014

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/windfarm-merseyside-coast-triple-sizenn-7838982 Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm – located five miles from Crosby beach – has been given the green light by the Department for Energy and Climate Change. See the Liverpool Echo story via the link above. Here’s a shot I took (click on it to enlarge) with the turbines in the background as […]

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Lancashire Relegated as match with Middlesex is drawn

by Cllr. Tony Robertson on September 26, 2014

www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cricket/29371053 The BBC has the sad story – see link above:- Yes, I know I am a Notts supporter but I always spend a day or two watching Lancs play at Liverpool or Southport each season. A sad day for Lancashire cricket fans indeed. What with Yorkshire being County Champions it has been a beggar […]

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I have commented before about the problems Dovers Brook causes when it can’t empty out into the River Alt at their confluence just to the north of Bridges Lane on the Maghull/Sefton Civil Parish Boundary. I have now tracked down a clear photo which I took a while ago, that illustrates the problem well:- Dovers […]

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Recently Iain Brodie Brown commented on his Birkdale FOCUS (see link below) web site birkdalefocus.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/why-have-bootle-labour-got-such-big.html about the astonishing lack of women being MP or Mayor of Bootle. Jen Robertson a young councillor in Maghull has her say about this:- I share Iain’s outrage but not necessarily his solution. I don’t want to live in a […]

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Missing nameplate and road markings – Maghull (and Southport)

by Cllr. Tony Robertson on September 25, 2014

This posting come under the category of things which are not where they should be. Firstly, the Green Lane nameplate was nicely installed where the road meets the Westway roundabout but recently it was uprooted and left lying on the grass banking. Now it has disappeared all together! The photo below shows the site with […]

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This is a fascinating ruin which stands next to the famous Scotch Piper Pub in Lydiate. The reason I mention it now is that Lydiate Parish Council is trying, through it’s Chairman Dave Russell, to ensure it has a sustainable future. Over recent years Lydiate Parish Council has helped to maintain the site by cutting […]

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www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/major-rail-disruption–virgin-7821680 The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above:- It’s a tough job being a train driver as this and other incidents I have covered on this blog site have shown in recent weeks. I will soon be publishing an article from Railfuture about how rail companies can improve the lot of the […]

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Rumours of Arriva withdrawing from Southport have been taken up by Lib Dem Councillor John Dodd and a firm response to the speculation has come back from the bus company:- ***** I can tell you quite clearly that Arriva have no intention of withdrawing from Southport now or in the future. We have a successfully […]

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http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/old-litherland-social-club-could-7816793 The Echo has the story – see link above. Whilst it looks nothing like as good as it would have done back in the day, it is sad to see an old building like this being destroyed by fire especially if the two recent fires were started deliberately. But what struck me was the […]

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Windows on a community – Maghull Station

by Cllr. Tony Robertson on

I have often posted about Maghull Station and here is yet another angle on it. Firstly, a pre-October 1909 shot of the windows in the former waiting room/station office on the Ormskirk bound platform. It’s small but close examination shows 3 of the 4 window openings but with them being partially blocked out/painted over:- Now […]

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My 5 previous recent postings on this subject have ranged across the East Parishes communities of Sefton and outlined the huge development plans that Labour-run Sefton Council and land owners/developers have in store for us. Of course not all the proposals will go forward or see the light of day but some, as I have […]

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