Red Square or Maghull Square?

The Labour Party had a march from Maghull Square to Maghull Town Hall yesterday to protest about the Council savings that are having to be made in Sefton due to greedy bankers and the last spend, spend, spend, Labour Government.

Those willing to listen were treated to Maghull Square Shopping Centre being likened to ‘Red Square’ in Moscow! Now we really do know that Labour has the Trots again.

But those of us who are sick of having to live with the appalling cuts and savings which have been brought about by Labour and their greedy banker mates are not taken in by such marches. We know who is to blame for this mess.

Maghull in Bloom – Progress report

We now have an active co-ordinating committee in place to support the work of the excellent volunteers and it is meeting on a monthly basis.

We have support from Ashworth Hospital, Kennet Prison, The Parkhaven Trust, Altside Business Village, Maghull Town Council and Sefton Council.

3 friends of mine admiring the blooms in Maghull Square shopping Centre - They are Roy Connell (retired Maghull Councillor), Richard Clein, and Cllr. Bruce Hubbard

The next big step will be to make a Town Entry to North West in Bloom as opposed to the individual Neighbourhood entries that the volunteers have previously submitted over the past 3 years.

The hugely successful Maghull Station Volunteers are of course part of the project and at our last co-ordinating meeting we had visitors from Melling in Bloom and Maghull Photography Club. The Melling in Bloom Volunteers are a fledgling group who did their first significant display in 2010 and they want to learn from the more established Maghull volunteers how to take things to the next stage. The Photography Club have been invited to help with the publicity of Maghull in Bloom.

So far all is going well and I am delighted to be working with both ‘In Bloom’ Groups who have such a positive outlook for their two communities.

More Fly Tipping

Today around 200 tyres have been dumped around Park Wall Road between Lunt, Ince Blundell and Thornton as the environmental vandals step up their criminal activities.

I continue to work with Council Environmental Officers but please keep your eye out for trucks of any sort in country lanes as they could well be fly tipping. We need registration numbers and times and dates when they were seen. Together we can catch these beggars who are costing us all money as our Council Tax has to pay to take away what the criminals dump.

This photo shows the result of fly tipping which all but filled up the car park by Handcock's Bridge a few months ago. Lib Dem campaigners Cllr. Geoff Howe, Peter Gill and Jack Colbert are seen checking the mess out prior to it removal from what is actually private land owned by a local company.

A day in York

Time off from trying to sort out Sefton’s very difficult savings package has been rare indeed over the past few months but yesterday my wife, her sister and husband and I had a day in York.

It was packed but a nice lunch in the Castle Tea Rooms and a wander around to try to clear my head was useful. Above is Clifford’s Tower – I took the photo on a previous visit.

Above is a Liberal locomotive! Again, taken on a previous visit when I made my usual pilgrimage to the wonderful National Railway Museum.

Fly Tipping – The scurge of our countryside

Fly tipping is anti social behaviour and criminal but it is very hard to catch those who do it.

The lanes between Lunt Village and Thornton suffer particularly badly and that has been the case for some time now. I often see tipping and report it to the Council. I have found tyres, asbestos, white goods, furniture etc. and not just around Lunt Village. Recently I have reported glass bottle tipping in Spuriers Lane Melling, general tipping in Sandy Lane Melling, Huge amounts of commercial tipping in the car park by Handcock’s Canal Bridge in Aintree Village and only yesterday found a dumped sofa in Poverty Lane Maghull.

The tippers cost us all money as the Council has to pay to take away their rubbish that they can’t be bothered disposing of in the appropriate way. If you know anyone involved in fly tipping please let me know and I will get the Council to investigate their activities. If we can make an example of someone doing it a message will be sent others.

DIY – Doing it at home and whilst out delivering Focus newsletters

I am presently involved in some heavy DIY work but fitting it in around Council business and community campaigning means it will be a long task indeed. Don’t tell my good lady!

The other day I was out delivering Focus when I came across a retired lady of some years who was trying to climb a step ladder to get at something at the top of her open front door. It turned out that the high winds of recent times had damaged a stay that stops the door from opening too far. The next thing I knew I was up the steps trying to remove the bent stay for her. All went well and I removed the offending item from the door. We had a chat and parted company and then in the post a couple of days later came a note from that very same lady. It was an amusing draft of an advertising card for me to copy and deliver around the community advertising my DIY services with an additional note asking whether I knew anything about bleeding radiators.

The things that happen to you out in the community but better that I fell off the steps than the retired lady. I didn’t but they were very wobbly!