Lydiate – Resident’s meeting regarding Saville Road development site

Rear of the Liverpool Road shops on Saville Road.

Independent Sefton Borough Councillor for Park Ward (which takes in all of Lydiate), Pat O’Hanlon, has asked me to help her publicise a residents meeting on Thursday 20th February at 7.00pm to be held in Maghull Methodist Church.

The meeting is being held with regard to the controversial development site at the rear of the Coronation Road Shops.

My apologies as I can’t be at the meeting.

Lydiate – Haigh Crescent post & shrubs cause controversy

I posted a few days ago about work commencing in Haigh Crescent to stop vehicles gaining access to the central green via Sefton Council installing posts and shrubs. My previous post (no pun intended) is accessible via this link:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2020/02/05/lydiate-haigh-crescent-posts-go-up-to-try-to-make-green-safer/

Well it seems that the project to try to protect the green is not one that commands widespread support at least that’s the view I am picking up. Here’s what I know about the issue.

Last June Independent Borough Councillor Pat O’Hanlon brought up concerns about vehicles accessing the green at a Lydiate Parish Council meeting – my recollection is that the worry was vehicles on the green when children were playing on it. The matter was subsequently raised at the July meeting when, if my understanding is correct, the Borough Councillors for Park Ward were looking to try to find a source of funding to enable them to address the problem. The next thing I knew I was cycling down Haigh Crescent and the work to install posts and shrubs had commenced a few days ago and I blogged about that work taking place.

Yesterday I had a conversation with a former Borough Councillor for Park Ward Robbie Fenton who has lived on Haigh Crescent for many years. She was clearly surprised by the works and was asking me what I knew of the project. Interestingly, she said that as far as she was aware there’d not been any consultation with the residents, at least not with the ones she’d spoken to since the works started. I can’t help but think that consultation should have taken place and wonder why it didn’t?

As Robbie said to me, in trying to solve one problem another has been created. With the carriageway being so narrow it’s often the case that passing vehicles have to mount the curb of the green to pass each other, but the posts and shrubs have narrowed that passing ability.

So there you have it and it will be interesting to see if things settle down/work out or whether there will have to be a rethink by Sefton Council.

Sefton Borough of Culture Light Show – But not in the East Parishes

St. Helen’s Church, Sefton Village, where the Borough gets its name from.

The Liverpool Echo has the story on its website – see link below:-

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/whats-on/arts-culture-news/unique-light-extravaganza-illuminate-sefton-17721699

This sounds great but as a resident of one of Sefton’s East Parishes (Maghull, Lydiate, Aintree Village, Sefton & Lunt Villages & Melling) I had to have a sigh as unsurprisingly, at least from my perspective, there’s no light show planned for our part of the Borough.

It takes me back to my time as a Sefton Borough Councillor when I always felt I had to fight to gain recognition for my part of Sefton as you could almost guarantee that whatever was being planned it would only encompass the coastal communities of the Borough.

And it’s not as if the most historic building in the Borough, from which Sefton gains its name, is in the Borough’s coastal communities – It’s Sefton Church in Sefton Village and what a back drop to a light show that would make.

Bootle – Controversial property speculation by Sefton Council takes £5m hit

Bootle New Strand shopping centre

I’ve blogged about the hugely controversial purchase of the Strand Shopping Centre in Bootle by Sefton Council in 2018 previously. I’ve also questioned the role of our local Borough Council dabbling in the oh so volatile property market. Click on the article below, from Hannah Gee, for more detail:-

Sadly my fears, based on the valuation mentioned above, make this highly questionable purchase look like the poor deal for council tax payers of the Borough that I thought it could well turn out to be.

Sefton Council’s BIG earners

Bootle Town Hall

The Liverpool Echo has the article on its website – see link below:-

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/six-members-staff-one-cash-17703787

How ever you look at it this situation is one where it’s an every which way but lose scenario for cash strapped Sefton Council and it’s Labour rulers.

Joe and Jane public will be horrified, especially as their ever increasing council tax bills will be landing on Sefton doorsteps very soon.

Cllr Leo Evans (Lib Dem) says that only his group of councillors voted against this at the last full council meeting.

Who’s got the Momentum within the Labour Party?

The Liverpool Echo has the story on its website – see link below:-

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/anger-momentum-accused-ignoring-locals-17700135

Well that was an odd read in a number of ways. Firstly, why should anyone be surprised that a political organistion is seeking to influence things within the Party whose Leader that very organistion was created to back up? Secondly, is this not yet just another example of Labour’s internal difficulties with its warring factions trying to gain the ascendancy? Thirdly, this is politics in Liverpool, it’s always been ‘lively’ to be polite about it so let’s not be so shocked that Liverpool’s Momentum faction is at odds with their London comrades.

Let’s be honest if Liverpool Labour were not kicking lumps out of each other we would think there was something wrong!:-)