What Labour & land owners/developers have planned for Sefton’s East Parishes – Green Belt building on a massive scale – Posting 1 Lydiate

If there is one really big hot topic in Sefton and particularly in it’s East Parishes Communities, it is the consequences of the Borough’s Local Plan. I have covered this matter many times before concentrating on Labour-run Sefton’s mad dash to build on massive swathes of Green Belt and high grade agricultural land.

The Local Plan is at draft stage at present and I thought it useful to look at the East Parishes area in detail because, by far, it is the part of the Borough where both the Labour Party and developers are hell bent on building on a huge number of fields that are presently growing our food.

Lets start with Lydiate – best to click on the map to enlarge it:-

This shot shows the north eastern part of Lydiate and 3 massive development sites

This photo shows the north eastern part of Lydiate and 3 massive development sites. The red line at the bottom of the map is the boundary between Lydiate and Maghull. At the top right of the map is Aughton Civil Parish in West Lancs. The thick grey line is the A59 – Northway.

The blue area is what land owners/developer wants to see built upon. For reference it encompasses the land used for the popular but controversial car boot sales to the east of Northway (A59). The site runs from Robins Island up to Kenyons Lane and then through the fields to the east of Northway.

The two beige coloured areas are what Sefton Council under its Labour rulers wants to see developed. The first site, known to some as the Tyson’s Triangle, runs along the A59 from Robins Island up towards Kenyons Lane on the western side of Northway with the backs of the properties in Kenyons Lane and Liverpool Road forming the other two sides of the triangle. The other much larger site is bounded by Liverpool Road, Lambshear Lane, Sandy Lane and Moss Lane and it also stretches almost from Robins Island right up to Lambshear Lane/Sandy Lane. These sites have already been penciled in by Labour councillors who have voted for them to be ‘reserve’ [building] sites in the draft Local Plan. Reserve to me means they will be developed but not necessarily as quickly as other sites.

Just about all of these areas, blue or beige, are presently farmed and are of high grade agricultural land quality as well as being Green Belt.

Lydiate Parish Council has objected to all 3 sites being developed.

A petition against building on Green Belt being presented to Cllr. Dave Russell Chairman of Lydiate Parish Council.

A petition against building on Green Belt being presented to Cllr. Dave Russell Chairman of Lydiate Parish Council. The land behind the campaigners is down for development under Labour’s draft Local Plan for Sefton.

This mad dash to build an urban extension onto Lydiate could vastly enlarge its population and destroy the semi-rural aspect of this popular place to live.

Don’t forget it’s Labour who are backing housing developments on 2 of these 3 sites and the Lib Dems who are fighting the environmental cause to stop them. Sefton Lib Dems are happy to share a common agenda with local independent and non-party political campaigners.

My next posting on this subject will look at other parts of Sefton’s East Parishes communities who, like Lydiate, are facing massive building plans from their Labour-run Council and developers.

World War 1 – Bootle has a 3 month Pop-Up Shop/Museum

And again continuing my First World War theme for 2014

This pop-up shop opened yesterday and I was pleased to be there. It’s well worth a visit if you are going to The Strand Shopping Centre in Bootle.

The recreation of a WW1 trench is very well done indeed and there is a lot of information on display. I understand that young people with disabilities helped to construct the recreated trench working with Sefton Council’s Rangers.

Here are a few shots I took at the opening event held at 11am yesterday:-

Sefton Mayor Kevin Cluskey opens the shop

Sefton Mayor Kevin Cluskey opens the shop

Cllr. Peter Dowd (Leader of Sefton) talking to Cllr. Fred Weavers (a former SBS serviceman). Looks like Fred has told Peter one of his bad jokes.

Cllr. Peter Dowd (Leader of Sefton) talking to Cllr. Fred Weavers from Southport who is a former SBS serviceman. Looks like Fred has told Peter one of his bad jokes.

A WW1 trench recreated

A WW1 trench recreated

Cllr. Weavers again this time with Cllr. Bruce Hubbard (of Maghull TC) who is one of the local historians who have been working on the project.

Cllr. Weavers again this time with Cllr. Bruce Hubbard of Maghull Town Council who is one of the local historians who have been working on the project.

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

Public urged to find neglected sites

A website launched recently by the Cabinet Office urges members of the public to find neglected government-owned buildings that could be sold. The site lists around 31,000 publicly owned assets and is intended to encourage individuals and organisations to challenge central and local government about underused property. Under a “right to contest” introduced in January, anyone can now force the government to explain why a building or plot is not being used fully and, if the department that owns it cannot justify its current use, it will be forced to release it for sale.

The site is reached via the link below and it is quite interesting to see what information is held on it if you put in a community name and search for Government owned land:-

www.gov.uk/find-government-property

The Guardian originally ran this story

With thanks to the LGiU for the lead to this posting

Pedestrian Crossing needed – Leighton Ave Maghull

Maghull’s shopping centre on the northern side of Westway is split in two by Leighton Avenue where it has a junction with Westway.

Trouble is that shoppers want to cross the top of Leighton Ave to access other shops but they have to run the gauntlet of traffic which, at times, can speed into Leighton Ave from Westway. The elderly and disabled find it particularly difficult to cross here. Indeed, one elderly gent told me that he does not even try to cross because he walks very slowly and fears being run over.

Only the other day I witnessed a lady who had clearly had a stroke being helped across the top of Leighton Avenue by a young man and they were having to keep a close eye on the traffic which was all around them. Sadly, some drivers just don’t seem to realise, or care, that pedestrians are the most important thing on our highways!

This is the spot, right next to Maghull's Costa Coffee Shop. Westway is just to the left out of the photo.

This is the spot, right next to Maghull’s Costa Coffee Shop. Westway is just to the left out of the photo.

With these thoughts in mind I have asked Sefton Council’s traffic engineers to look at this site for the potential installation of a pedestrian crossing and they have agreed to take it into their next assessment of where to put new crossings.

Chapel Street, Southport – running the gauntlet of the ‘chuggers’

birkdalefocus.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/chapel-street-chuggers-action-at-last.html

Cllr. Iain Brodie Brown covers this subject in his recent blog posting (see link above) and he is right to do so.

Shopping in Southport’s Chapel Street can be a pain at times because of the activities of the young paid charity collectors who are known as ‘chuggers’. I would not be surprised if shoppers are being put off from shopping in Chapel Street so Iain is right to raise the profile of a matter that Sefton Council seems to have turned a blind eye to.

And its not only Southport where ‘chuggers’ are a concern. An internet search pulled up this newspaper article in Gloucester:-

www.gloucestercitizen.co.uk/Calls-ban-chuggers-Gloucester-amid-claims/story-22728824-detail/story.html

Collecting for charities on our streets is a long standing tradition which we all support but ‘chugging’ is going too far. It has to be regulated in Southport.

Maghull Town Council – Flying the flags – Just a bit of fun

Take a close look at these two photos of flags flying outside Maghull Town Hall:-

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I think you are sent to the Tower of London for flying the Union flag upside down but what happens if you fly the Maghull ‘M’ logo flag upside down? I suppose you could just rename the Town Waghull.

In Maghull’s ‘M’ logo the yellow represents the flower of the Mayweed that once grew prolifically in the area, the grey a stone canal bridge and blue the Leeds Liverpool Canal. My previous posting also refers:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2011/03/05/the-m-logo-for-maghull-what-does-it-mean-and-who-designed-it/

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