What land owners/developers have planned for Sefton’s East Parishes – Green Belt building on a massive scale – Posting 5 southern Maghull

Posting 1 covered north eastern Lydiate, posting 2 western Maghull & Lydiate, posting 3 eastern Maghull (including Labour’s truly massive urban extension to Maghull) and posting 4 Melling and Aintree Village.

This posting is about land to the south of Maghull. Let’s have a look at a map. Click to enlarge it:-

The site is behind The Crescent and Fouracres and it is not actually in Maghull but in Sefton Civil Parish. The red line in this case is the boundary between Maghull & Sefton Civil Parishes.

The site is behind The Crescent and Fouracres and it is not actually in Maghull but in Sefton Civil Parish. The red line in this case is the boundary between Maghull & Sefton Civil Parishes.

The blue area is being promoted for building by a land owner/developer and worryingly parts of it are prone to flooding. Houses in Fouracres were under water in September 2012 due to Dovers Brook over-topping. Part of the site was once proposed to be a nature reserve which sounds a far more sensible use for this land.

The problem here is the River Alt which carries rainwater away from the whole district. Dovers Brook flows into it but when the River Alt is too high the brook can’t discharge its water and the over-topping, as happened in September 2012, can happen. Below is a shot of Dovers Brook when it was in full flood, where in goes under Sefton Lane, Maghull:-

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This can’t be a sensible site to develop for housing.

My last posting on this theme will draw all the Green Belt and high grade agricultural issues together in the East Parish part of Sefton Borough.

Pollution worse inside cars

Scientists have found that car and taxi users are being exposed to air pollution levels inside their vehicles several times higher than those found along the roads they are driving on. The findings emerged from a study in which researchers at King’s College London equipped five MPs, all members of the environmental audit committee, with devices to measure airborne pollution levels plus a GPS unit to show where they got the highest doses. “Travelling in vehicles gave the greatest average exposure,” said Ben Barratt, a senior air quality scientist at King’s who oversaw the research. “Among the worst was when the MPs got a taxi across London.”

The Sunday Times ran this story.

This is a matter that has always interested me and this article confirms my own thoughts about the exposure of car drivers to pollution. I have got into the habit of shutting down my car’s heater/air intake when I spot a diesel vehicle in front of me. Sometimes on Bootle’s Dunningsbridge Road, for example, you can be surrounded by diesel belching lorries in a fog of fumes.

What Labour & land owners/developers have planned for Sefton’s East Parishes – Green Belt building on a massive scale – Posting 4 Aintree & Melling

Posting 1 covered north eastern Lydiate, Posting 2 western Maghull & Lydiate and Posting 3 eastern Maghull.

This posting covers Melling and Aintree Village and the hugely controversial Peel proposal for a logistics facility on Melling’s green fields and Green Belt.

Let’s start again with a map so we can orientate ourselves. Click on the map to enlarge it:-

The top blue site is the one we will cover in posting %. The blue area to the north of the M57 Motorway is the Peel site. The blue areas on the south side of the M57 are other developers/landowners desired sites to build houses on. The 3 small orange areas are already in Labour's draft Local Plan for Sefton to be built upon.

The top blue site is the one we will cover in posting 5. The blue area to the north of the M57 Motorway is the Peel site. The blue areas on the south side of the M57 are other developers/landowners desired sites to build houses on. The 3 small orange areas are already in Labour’s draft Local Plan for Sefton to be built upon. Switch Island is on the left hand side of the map.

The huge Peel logistics site is one that has got local environmental campaigners on the campaign trail to try to block it. They are very well organised and having met them they are a formidable bunch indeed. The Peel site has changed since this map was produced by Sefton Council and it now requires a smaller footprint I understand. However, the issue remains that the land is high grade agricultural land used to grow food.

To look, as I have done, from Henry and Christine Glover’s Wood Hall Farm over the fields towards Aintree Village is a view worth remembering. To think that it could become a view of massive logistics warehouses is hugely depressing.

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For the life of me I can’t understand why any government of any colour has not stopped developments on high grade agricultural land. Did we learn nothing from the Second World War when we were kept alive by food that had to be imported. And we remain dependent on imported food now. This is not sustainable living and future generations will pay a heavy price for our mismanagement of quality agricultural land!

The land to the south of the M57 is a very useful buffer between landlocked Aintree Village and the motorway. To build on it now is hardly a sensible way forward is the view of Aintree Village Parish Council. I would add that, like Lydiate Parish Council, Aintree Village Parish Council has been leading the local campaign to save the Green Belt – so sad that Maghull Town Council (Labour run) just rolled over!

Next posting (number 5) will cover southern Maghull.

Fly-tippers tip-offs sought – A plan for Sefton?

Enfield Council is offering rewards of £500 to residents who help them trace fly-tippers.

This is an interesting way forward and I wonder whether it could work in Sefton where long-standing fly-tipping and rubbish dumping occurs on a very regular basis in places like Lunt, Ince Blundell and the rural parts of Melling.

Come on Sefton let’s look at an innovative solution; if it works great, if it does not well at least we tried.

My last posting on this matter was:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2014/02/28/lunt-fly-tipping-will-link-road-help-it-seems-not/

Beyton Parish Council – Defying the law? – Well it seems so

www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=maC0AlO-NXI

Have a look at this youtube link (above) which is a film of a parish council meeting where the parish councillors did not want to be filmed even though the law now says that such filming is perfectly legal.

Beyton is a village and civil parish in the Mid Suffolk district of Suffolk, England according to Wikipedia.

What Labour & land owners/developers have planned for Sefton’s East Parishes – Green Belt building on a massive scale – Posting 3 Eastern Maghull & Melling

Postings 1 covered north east Lydiate where Labour is promoting 2 sites and a developer 1 site for building on high grade agricultural land and Green Belt. Posting 2 covered western Maghull & Lydiate where land owners/developers are promoting a huge Green Belt site for building.

This posting covers the eastern part of Maghull where Labour’s vast urban extension to Maghull cuts into Melling Civil Parish as well.

First lets orientate ourselves. Here’s a map of the area in question. Click on it to enlarge:-

The large red area is where Labour want to build houses and industrial premises. The orange area is the Ashworth South site. The large blue area wraps around Ashworth Hospital and Kennet Prison. The small detached blue area is behind the Liverpool bound platform of Maghull Station

The large red area is where Labour want to build houses and industrial premises. The orange area is the Ashworth South site. The large blue area wraps around Ashworth Hospital and Kennet Prison. The small detached blue area is behind the Liverpool bound platform of Maghull Station. The red line is the boundary between Maghull and Melling Civil Parishes. The thick grey line is the M58 Motorway with the thin black line being the Liverpool – Ormskirk railway Line.

The large red area is the very same site that Maghull Lib Dems led a successful campaign to protect from development in 1998 when they ran Maghull Town Council. This time Labour, who now run the Town Council, just rolled over and, by default, agreed to it being developed seemingly on the orders of the all-powerful Bootle Labour Party. Labour then voted for this site to be developed in the draft Local Plan for Sefton.

The orange site is the one Labour are in a right old muddle over. Local environmental campaigners are backing the building of houses and a new Maghull North Railway Station on it but Labour are seemingly opposed to the housing. Why, no one seems to know. The site has been developed before (Moss Side Hospital was on it) so building on it now is a reasonable compromise to most folk. What’s more if the houses are not built the missing money to fund the new station will not be in the pot! Come on Labour you are promoting a huge building site on farm land just across School Lane surely you don’t want to scupper the new station because you can’t make your minds up about the Ashworth South site?

The large blue are is effectively split in two and the smaller part is similar to the Ashworth South site as it has been developed previously. The larger blue area is mainly agricultural land of high quality so of course it should remain in that use. A careful look at the map shows the words Ashworth Hospital (East). This is in fact out of date because that site is now Kennet Prison and not a part of Ashworth Hospital.

The white area which is effectively surrounded by the red, orange and blue areas is the Beechway estate in Melling.

The completely detached blue area next to Maghull Station is where the Maghull Group want to build a small number of properties.

The obvious question is what on earth do Labour think they are doing voting to build on the massive red site. Why would you ever build on high grade agricultural land that will be needed to feed future generations?

My next posting on this subject will cover Melling and Aintree Village.