Lydiate Village Centre – Going Green

Lydiate Village Centre (run by Lydiate Parish Council) has a large number of solar panels on its roof which generate electricity. Here is a read out of what has been generated so far in 3+ years. The top read out is on nil as it was dark outside when the shot was taken.


Click on the photo to enlarge it. Lydiate is a Lib Dem-run Parish Council.

Crosby – Burbo Bank Wind Farm

Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm – located five miles from Crosby beach – has been given the green light by the Department for Energy and Climate Change. See the Liverpool Echo story via the link above.

Here’s a shot I took (click on it to enlarge) with the turbines in the background as they were in March 2009:-


Out at sea these massive turbines can look quite majestic. Certainly a better place for them than Lower Alt Wind Farm between Lydiate and Ince Blundell!

The photo is on my Flickr site at:-

Confluence of River Alt & Dovers Brook – Maghull

I have commented before about the problems Dovers Brook causes when it can’t empty out into the River Alt at their confluence just to the north of Bridges Lane on the Maghull/Sefton Civil Parish Boundary.

I have now tracked down a clear photo which I took a while ago, that illustrates the problem well:-


Dovers Brook is to the left and the River Alt to the Right. Dovers Brook backs up when the River Alt has no more capacity to take additional water. The consequences were sadly felt by residents in Fouracres and Sefton Lane the last time this happened in September 2012.

The plan being developed by the Environment Agency will see fields flooded to the east of Lunt and Homer Green when such situations occur in the future I am told.

The photo above is amongst my Flickr shots at:-

Missing nameplate and road markings – Maghull (and Southport)

This posting come under the category of things which are not where they should be.

Firstly, the Green Lane nameplate was nicely installed where the road meets the Westway roundabout but recently it was uprooted and left lying on the grass banking. Now it has disappeared all together!

The photo below shows the site with where it once stood being identifiable:-

Where has the Green Lane nameplate gone?

Where has the Green Lane nameplate gone?

Secondly, and of more concern is the lack of road markings for two speed cushions at the Meadows roundabout where Liverpool Road South meets Hall Lane. All the other markings have been redone since the road was resurfaced a few weeks ago but these two speed cushions have oddly been left out.

My concern here is that they could be a accident waiting to happen if they not marked up quickly. The photo below shows them if you look very carefully:-

Maghull's secret sleeping policemen!

Maghull’s secret sleeping policemen!

Click on each photo to enlarge it.

Interestingly, at tonight’s Sefton Council meeting, of which more when I have time to write it up, Cllr. Richard Hands of Southport raised this very issue of road markings not being put back down weeks and weeks after roads have been resurfaced. The answer he got was about as much use as chocolate teapot. Looks like Sefton’s eye is sadly not on this ball.

I have asked Sefton Council to address these matters.

Liverpool Echo – Old Litherland social club could have collapsed after second fire in just over a month

The Echo has the story – see link above.

Whilst it looks nothing like as good as it would have done back in the day, it is sad to see an old building like this being destroyed by fire especially if the two recent fires were started deliberately. But what struck me was the building’s link to the Leeds Liverpool canal.

The Echo says – The three-storey Victorian house was previously occupied by the chief engineer of Leeds and Liverpool Canal Company.

The effect the the canal had on helping to develop the local economy in Bootle, Litherland, Ford, Netherton, Aintree Village, Melling, Maghull & Lydiate can never be underestimated.

Windows on a community – Maghull Station

I have often posted about Maghull Station and here is yet another angle on it.

Firstly, a pre-October 1909 shot of the windows in the former waiting room/station office on the Ormskirk bound platform. It’s small but close examination shows 3 of the 4 window openings but with them being partially blocked out/painted over:-

Windows on a community 2

Now look at the full set of 4 window openings which have had paintings inserted in them (by a local artist) as part of the work of Maghull Station Volunteers. The room is effectively out of use for railway purposes these days but the whole building still stands and is maintained very well.


The second photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-