Maghull in Bloom – 2nd Update Posting

This second in my present series of Maghull in Bloom postings concerns that piece of land outside the Royal Mail Sorting Office in Liverpool Road North Maghull. Readers will know I have often commented on the need to get this most prominent of grot spots sorted out.

It looks as if further progress will soon be made as the Maghull in Bloom volunteers have been working on a plan to get the area properly landscaped. This was how it looked a few days ago; hardly attractive! Let’s hope the volunteer’s plans bring about that long required spruce up. I am sure it will as they usually succeed where council’s and other land owners have failed.

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Save our Green Belt – What will Maghull Council do under its new Leader?

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Maghull Town Council has a new (Interim) Labour Leader in the form of Sandra Williams; she is the third Leader of the Council in less than 2 years. But why do I mention this revolving door of Labour Leaders?

History teaches us many things and this time it comes from an edition of a former newspaper that used to cover the Maghull area called the Maghull and Aintree Advertiser, which was a part of the Ormskirk Advertiser Group. Its edition of 30th July 1998, which is reproduced above, was all about how the Town Council under its then Lib Dem rulers was fighting to save the Green Belt.

In those days there were just two members of the Council who were from the Labour Party and one of them was none other than our new Interim Council Leader Sandra Williams. Whilst I appreciate the above reproduction of the article is necessarily small the interesting part is the third paragraph of the main article and I quote:-

‘Maghull Town Council Leader Tony Robertson made the proposal and was backed by 12 councillors with only Labour’s Sandra Williams abstaining.’

So back in 1998 Sandra was reluctant to support Green Belt defence as shown by her abstention. But what will she lead the Town Council to do now as she has moved from opposition councillor to Leader of the Council? Will she follow fellow Maghull Town Councillor and Sefton Borough Council Leader Peter Dowd who has recently upset many Green Belt campaigners by openly talking about building on the Green Belt? Or will she back MP for Sefton Central, Bill Esterson, who says he opposes building on Green Belt?

During the last round of public consultation over the future of our Green Belt in 2011 Labour led Maghull Town Council stood out like a sore thumb due to its abject failure to make a submission to Sefton Council in defence of our precious Green Belt.

Interesting historical notes:-

* The other Labour member of Maghull TC back in 1998 was Glenys Jones who sadly passed away some years ago.

* Cllr. Andrew Beattie (second from right hand side of photo) sadly died in 1999.

* Cllr. John Sharman (left hand side of photo) can still be seen out and about in Maghull and he is heavily involved in Aughton & Maghull Rotary Club.

* Former Town Councillor Charles (Uncle Albert) Walker (second from left) is now a young 91 years old and still turns out to the weekly quizzes at Maghull Town Hall on a Wednesday evening.

* It seems I had dark hair back in 1998 (ugly one on right hand side of photo)!

Windfarm plan blows up a storm for Labour MP?

I was just a little taken aback to read this web site today.

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Assuming the allegations are true there are questions to be answered here. If they are not true I am sure the MP will tell us so.

Those with longish memories will recall that former Labour Minister James Purnell was caught doing precisely this some years ago. He apologised and the Labour Party gave assurances that this behaviour would not be repeated.

Time for Labour to issue a statement is it not?

Maghull in Bloom – 1st of three update postings.

Readers will know I am a big supporter of the Maghull in Bloom volunteers and I also have the privilege to chair the steering group that brings all the volunteers and organisations involved in this long-running project together on a monthly basis.

I thought I would run a few articles about some of the projects that Maghull in Bloom is presently involved with so here goes with the first of 3 initial postings.

The Leeds Liverpool Canal used to be a real mess but in recent years volunteers have been litter picking it on a weekly basis. What’s more local schools have also joined in and they helped in the past week to litter pick the canal tow path all the way from Aintree, through Melling, Maghull and Lydiate.

The regular volunteers do a great job and Maghull in Bloom has also provided some excellent planters (again maintained by volunteers) at prominent spots along the canal through Maghull.

Here are a couple of shots I took very recently. The first one let’s canal tow path users know that it is kept clean by volunteers. The second is at the Shop Lane swing bridge in Maghull.

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Maghull High School – Car parking on verges – Gainsborough Avenue

I have been liaising with one particular resident for quite some time now following concerns about cars destroying the verges very close to the School’s Gainsborough Avenue entrance.

Finally, we have been able to get Sefton Council do a small amount of work (installing posts and shrubs) to protect the worst affected verges bearing in mind the small budget available.

Frankly I would like to have extended the work further but accept that there is no more money available at present – maybe more can be done at later date should wider problems persist.

Here is a photo of the works:-

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Lower Alt Wind Farm Exhibition in Lydiate

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Sheila and I attended one of the exhibitions put on by the companies proposing to build the wind farm to the west of Lydiate yesterday. It was in Lydiate Village Hall (not to be confused with the new Lydiate Village Centre) and whilst we were there it was very well attended indeed.

Here are a couple of snaps I took of the event. Lydiate Parish Councillor Edie Pope was there as was Mrs Dixon and her daughter who are raising the petition against the wind farm which I mentioned in a posting a few days ago.

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Listening to conversations it was clear that the community clearly has understandable concerns and objections to the proposals. The before and after views of what the landscape would look like if the wind farm gets the go ahead (from West Lancs Borough Council) were particularly drawing attention and a few gasps. One view, I think it was the one from Carr House Lane (Ince Blundell) looking westwards, really brought home the extent to which the landscape would be changed.

My greatest concern is that all the land proposed for the wind farm is high grade agricultural land and that is what it all should continue to be used for as future generations will need it when importing food becomes too expensive due to fuel costs and environmental considerations.