I was despairing of this pole ever being replaced, but he who waits (a long time) etc. etc. It is supposed to be a warning sign for approaching motorists of the canal swing bridge which you can see in the background. First the old illuminated pole lost its sign (to a scrap metal thief?) and then the pole, which was hardly looking well looked like it was about to become a hazard itself rather than warning of one.
In September last year I asked Sefton Council to replace it and we are finally almost there in that the new pole is in with just the warning sign to go on it. You don’t have to be in a hurry in Sefton it seems!