Sefton Council Cabinet – No Dowd about it

With Council Leader Peter Dowd becoming MP for Bootle in the recent General Election he stepped down from the Leader’s role on Sefton Council and as a Cabinet member, although he remains a member of the Council .

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Would this be an end to Dowd family having a senior role in local government on Merseyside though? Well no it would not as another Dowd stepped up to the enlarged Cabinet in the form of Cllr. Marion Atkinson niece of Peter and daughter of former Merseytravel Chairman Mark, who is also a Sefton Councillor.

There’s no Dowd about it, Sefton remains a family affair.

Sefton now has 9 Cabinet members (all Labour), it had 7 before the elections on 7th May.

Southport – Lancashire V Derbyshire – A day at the cricket

It was hardy Sunny Southport yesterday morning indeed in was more like Shivering Southport! But the sun came out in the afternoon and a great day out was had despite the strong wind at Birkdale Cricket Ground.

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Lancashire's Glen Chappel training the next generation of the Red Rose.

Lancashire’s Glen Chappel training the next generation of the Red Rose.

Seeing Lancashire’s South African batsman Ashwell Prince get his double hundred was something I had not previously witnessed on a cricket ground and it was well deserved.

Derbyshire batsmen Chesney Hughes & Benjamin Slater meet in the middle to work out how to keep the Lancs bowlers out.

Derbyshire batsmen Chesney Hughes & Benjamin Slater meet in the middle to work out how to keep the Lancs bowlers out.

A lot of new faces in the Lancashire Team these days as they strive to get back into the 1st Division of the County Championship. Based on what I saw today they stand a good chance of doing it but I just hope it is not at the expense of my team Notts who seem to be doing all they can to get themselves relegated at present!

This score of 900 for Lancashire had the crowd laughing. The scorer had made a slight error it should have read 400.

This score of 900 for Lancashire had the crowd laughing. The scorer had made a slight error it should have read 400.

With Derbyshire 58 runs behind with 3 second innings wickets down the last day looks set up but unfortunately I can’t be there.

The last photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-
www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Lydiate Parish Council under Labour – Our way or no way?

The Aintree & Maghull Champion reported in its edition of 20th May on the election of a John Bailey as the new Chairman of Lydiate Parish Council.

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All well and good but prior to last night (26th May) I had never met the chap. Yes, I am a member of the Parish Council but according to the papers I had been sent the AGM, where a new Parish Council Chairperson would be elected, was advertised to be on Tuesday 26th May so how did the Champion report on his election 6 days before it actually happened?

My concern was that we could have been in one of those elections that are held in undemocratic states, who like to pretend they are democratic but the election results are always known before the ballot takes place, if you get my drift! Had the just Champion misreported the matter or had a meeting taken place which the paper had reported on but which the 3 Lib Dem members of Lydiate Parish Council knew nothing about?

So on to last night and clearly a number of us wanted answers. The explanation from the Chairman, who was indeed elected last night I might add, was that it was the Champion that had got it wrong and that journalistic license had crept into a Labour Party press release that had not claimed he had already been elected as Chairman.

So that’s alright then but I will return to the new rulers of Lydiate Parish Council soon.

Ormskirk/Preston Railway Line – ‘A lightly used rural line!’

A topic I have commented on often in the past but am drawn to again because I have been reading a report to the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority dated 16th April.

Agenda item 10, item 3.7 points out that low priority for electrification lines, such as Ormskirk Preston, are ‘lightly used rural lines’.

End of the line from Liverpool - Ormskirk Station. Beyond the buffers is the line from Ormskirk to Preston which is virtually designed to be a lightly used rural line!

End of the line from Liverpool – Ormskirk Station. Beyond the buffers is the line from Ormskirk to Preston which is designed to be a lightly used rural line!

Well yes, but that’s because it is a rubbish infrequent service with no Sunday trains at all. What’s more it is deliberately not connected to the Liverpool Ormskirk service meaning folk have to change trains at Ormskirk. It would be very different if it was a through Liverpool – Preston service. Do the powers that be never think outside the box? Give me strength!

It would have been nice to read that our local rulers were making it clear that they had ambitions to once again make it a through Liverpool – Preston service. Lack of vision? Lack of ambition? Too far away from Liverpool for anyone to be bothered?

New Mayor of Sefton – Cllr. Steve Kermode

www.southportvisiter.co.uk/news/southport-west-lancs/new-mayor-sefton-cllr-stephen-9303565

The Southport Vister newspaper has the story – see link above.

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Labour Councillor Steve Kermode is the new Mayor of Sefton and I wish him well. I have known Steve for 3 or 4 years now and he comes over as a decent and genuinely community minded chap. I would add that he also seems to break the mould of many in the Labour party who are wedded to tribal politics. Steve rises above such negative politics and I hope that he and his wife Gwen have a good year as ambassadors for the Borough of Sefton.

1958 Ordnance Survey Map – North Liverpool and Bootle

North Liverpool & Bootle

Click on map to enlarge it.

This is my last posting, at least for now, about the 1958 Ordnance Survey map of Liverpool (which I picked up for a song on Bewdley Railway Station not long ago) with particular reference to its lost railways.

The former line from Seaforth and the North Mersey Goods Yard past Linacre Road (closed April 1951), Ford (Closed April 1951) and Aintree Racecourse (closed March 1962) onto what is now the Liverpool Kirkby Merseyrail line is interesting. Most of it is just about still there; well at least the section from Aintree to the Liverpool – Southport line between the Strand and Seaforth & Litherland is. Indeed, there is still a single track here with trees and bushes growing through it. Merseytravel often used to talk of it being reopened but sadly this seems to be little more than vague speculation that gets repeated every 5 years or so.

Looking east in the direction of the former Ford Station from Hawthorne Road, Bootle in 2014.

Looking east in the direction of the former Ford Station from Hawthorne Road, Bootle in 2014.

On the former Cheshire Lines route around Liverpool Clubmoor station (closed November 1960) is there as is Warbreck Station (Closed November 1960) and Aintree Central (Closed November 1960) but used for race traffic until March 1963. The line closed in December 1964.

As with my last posting I recommend Rob Gell’s ‘An illustrated Survey of Liverpool’s Railway Stations 1830 – 1985 as a good point of reference.