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Closing Police Stations – Maghull

by Cllr. Tony Robertson on October 21, 2014

I have commented recently on the plan of Merseyside Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy to sell off the underused Maghull Police Station (along with others across the County) and to get neighbourhood police officers to work out of smaller premises. In Maghull the new base for the ‘Coppers’ could be a shop unit, Maghull Library, Lydiate […]

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Lydiate – Chesire Lines train passing signal box – the back story

by Cllr. Tony Robertson on October 20, 2014

A few months back I published the photo below which had been given to me by a Maghull resident who used to live in Lydiate as a child. We did not know much about the photo but some detailed detective work by Trevor Booth has brought the photo to life so to speak. This is […]

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www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/nostalgia/pictures-remembering-leonard-rossiter-one-7881563 According to the Liverpool Echo the great comedian Leonard Rossiter had a spell at Deyes High School during the Second World War. See link above for an article all about him.

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It will be interesting to see how the bonfire night period goes this year. If it is anything like recent years it will go reasonably well without weeks and weeks of idiots setting of fireworks at all times of the day and night. It is not so many years ago that places like Maghull & […]

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Liverpool Echo – Parks photos – Some lovely shots here

by Cllr. Tony Robertson on October 19, 2014

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/whats-on/family-kids-news/pictures-see-stunning-images-showcase-7945617 Have a look at the link above to an article on the Echo web site. There are some really nice photos in the on-line gallery.

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As we draw nearer to the May 2015 General Election we are told that the TV companies have ‘decided’ which political parties will be allowed to take part in the live debates. Can’t say I am a fan of these staged events but what on earth is going on when UKIP are offered a shot […]

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Councils in England and Wales have called for more powers to punish fly-tippers who are costing taxpayers millions of pounds every year. The Local Government Association (LGA) said that councils should be handed the ability to issue on-the-spot fines or fixed penalty notices to those who dump rubbish in a bid to tackle the 711,000 […]

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Labour to allow more homes to be built on Green Belt!

by Cllr. Tony Robertson on October 18, 2014

A new policy review for Labour by Sir Michael Lyons has suggested that the party looks at allowing more homes to be built on the green belt if the land has little “environmental or amenity value”. The Daily Telegraph has the story – see link below www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/greenpolitics/planning/11169967/Revealed-Labour-plans-to-build-on-the-Green-Belt-if-it-wins-election.html Another depressing report that shows how out of […]

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www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/knowsley-council-reports-more-complicated-7953974 The Liverpool Echo has the story – see the link above. Not surprised by this story as I have often wondered why Council documents in general and budget papers in particular are so complicated. I realise that they are built upon ever changing rules and guidance laid down by Governments but what hope do […]

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Frank Hornby – Maghull Station

by Cllr. Tony Robertson on

I have not mentioned the Frank Hornby Trust or the efforts of local campaigners to get some branding on Maghull’s present station (not to be confused with the new second one to be built soon) for a while but a Steering Group meeting of Maghull in Bloom the other day brought the issues to life […]

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Autumn in Jubilee Wood – Between Maghull & Sefton Village

by Cllr. Tony Robertson on October 17, 2014

This is a good time of year to stroll around this woodland area which was created around 10 years ago. It is now very well established and a favorite of dog walkers. You will usually meet a local and have a chat about things. A good place to wind down. The carved stone owl is […]

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NALGO Memorial – Southport Town Hall

by Cllr. Tony Robertson on

Continuing my First World War theme for 2014. Folks keep pointing out war memorials to me as they realise this blog site is covering them in 2014. Here is one from the former National Association of Local Government Officers (NALGO) that is in a prominent position in Southport Town Hall.

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www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-29650118 The BBC has the story – see link above Liverpool’s newly rebuilt Everyman Theatre has won the Riba Stirling Prize for best new building of the year. The venue beat five other buildings to win the honour – the Royal Institute of British Architects’ highest accolade. Riba president Stephen Hodder called the Everyman an […]

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Guest Posting – Jen Robertson loves this – John Lydon interview

by Cllr. Tony Robertson on October 16, 2014

Nothing like watching an ageing punk make more sense than most people who try to talk about politics. Also nice to see someone being interviewed by someone who doesn’t constantly try to talk over them. www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/video/2014/oct/15/john-lydon-russell-brand-revolution-video “Without education you’re going to be the stupid of the future. You’re not voting, you’re not contributing, you’re not […]

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Pensioners will benefit from a 2.5 per cent increase in their state pension next year thanks to the Liberal Democrats’ Triple Lock guarantee. Southport MP John Pugh has welcomed the news that figures out today (14 October) show that annual inflation is below target which means that the basic state pension will be boosted by […]

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