Southport Model Railway Show

This year’s show was held over the weekend of the 8th/9th November at Birkdale High School and on the Sunday morning it was my job to help person the OPSTA (Ormskirk Preston & Southport Travellers Association) stall.

I took a few photos at this always excellent show and here are a few of them:-

This OO scale layout was superb and took in the Herculaneum area of Liverpool including the old Overhead Railway depicted here

This OO scale layout was superb and took in the Herculaneum area of Liverpool including the old Overhead Railway depicted here

A Mersey Docks & Harbour Board 'Pug' steam engine in OO scale.

A Mersey Docks & Harbour Board ‘Pug’ steam engine in OO scale.

At the other end of the scales so to speak - This is G Scale.

At the other end of the scales so to speak – This is G Scale.

There are more photos amongst my Flickr shots at:-
www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Sefton Council – ‘our draft Local Plan is therefore proposing that we need to release some greenbelt for development’

Well there’s a surprise – NOT.

Soon we will see what Labour-led Sefton Council proposes to do with our precious Green Belt and high grade agricultural land when they publish their Local Plan for subsequent approval.

Green Belt campaigners outside Maghull Town Hall.

Green Belt campaigners outside Maghull Town Hall.

Labour have made it very clear that they see building on the Green Belt and high grade agricultural land as a given, even though they started off the Local Plan process by saying that they were going to save the Green Belt from development!

Well save it they never tried to do; talk about saving it yes but actually that soon turned into let’s build on it. At one point Labour were literally running with the hare and the hounds by putting up posters that said:-

Labour poster displayed in Lydiate - October 2013

Labour poster displayed in Lydiate – October 2013

whilst at the same time producing a draft Local Plan that was aimed at building on the Green Belt!

We will see which way they spin this next.

Maghull – A First World War memorial with a difference

I often sing the praises of the Maghull in Bloom volunteers but stay with me as this is a different angle.

You see with 2014 being the 100th anniversary of the start of WW1 the volunteers ran a competition amongst local schools and young people to design new WW1 memorial posters to go on the planters in Maghull’s Central Square Shopping Centre.

There are quite a few to see but here are a couple that I took photo’s of recently and they fit nicely with the theme of this blog site in 2014. Well done to all the youngsters who took part:-

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Maghull Youth Coffee Bar – A farewell party for Nickie Smith

Last Monday I was invited to a party to celebrate the achievements of Nickie Smith who, for the reasons I posted about recently (see link below) has decided to call it day with her youth work, which she did on top of her full time job I would add.

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2014/11/03/maghull-youth-council-nickie-smith-a-big-thank-you-and-a-nagging-sadness/

Here are a couple of shots of Nickie and her friends at the party which was held at the Meadows Pub in Maghull.

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Click on the photos to enlarge them

Nickie deserves a break as she has been campaigning and working for youth facilities in Maghull since she was 14 and I am too careful about my own safety to tell you how old she is now!

Well done Nickie; you have contributed a huge amount to the youth of Maghull and District.

Liverpool saves its libraries, so why did Sefton close its libraries?

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-29985668

The BBC has the story – see link above

Having worked with campaigners across the Borough of Sefton who were trying to stop the closure of many branch libraries I am left scratching my head. Why can Labour-run Liverpool City Council save its libraries from closure whilst in neighbouring Sefton Borough not only did the Labour-run Council close more than half of its libraries but it also stopped volunteers from running closed libraries too.

Sadly this placard could also read 'NO' to volunteers taking over Aintree Library!

Sadly this placard could also read ‘NO’ to volunteers taking over Aintree Library!

I realise that Liverpool Labour Mayor Joe Anderson was put under a great deal of pressure in Liverpool, not least by Liverpool Lib Dems and Liverpool residents, to back-off from his closure plans but that sort of pressure was also put on Sefton Council’s Labour rulers.

We all know that Council’s are short of money these days but if you can keep a strong and vibrant library network in Liverpool you can surely keep one in next door Sefton.

And for joyful reactions to the saving of Liverpool’s libraries see this link to the Liverpool Echo site:-

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/pictures-liverpool-users-react-news-8086020

Liverpool – The Militant Era

www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29953611

The BBC has the story although it reads a bit rose tinted spectacles to me. Of course it ended up with both Militant and indeed the Labour Party losing control of Liverpool City Council to the Lib Dems for many years as Liverpool folk realised that this Militant era had done a huge amount of damage to the image and economy of Liverpool. Indeed, just the mention of Militant and most people across the UK and possibly beyond will sadly still think of Liverpool for all the wrong reasons.

It seems a long time ago now, but it is only 30 years. Liverpool has changed hugely since then with the 2008 Capital Culture year marking a complete break with its unfortunate and ill-conceived flirtation with Militant policies of the 1980’s.

Just now and again you still hear the odd Labour councillor/voice in Merseyside harking back to what they still think was a good time for Liverpool, but of course it was a desperate time that all but killed the City off.