Maghull/Lydiate Labour – made up stories & misinformation in their upside down world

Labour leaflets in the Maghull & Lydiate area in recent times have been little more than bizarre with oft repeated stories that are utterly ridiculous and untrue.

Maghull Town Hall Roof repairs/refurbishment – It cost £500,000 say Labour – In the words of the independent Clerk to Maghull Town Council ‘The actual cost was £206,816.79’. Labour also say they had to take out a loan to pay for the work. No they did not, they had the option to take out a loan and they chose to do that.

Closure of Deyes Lane Post Office – Labour say it closed because of the Lib Dems. Utter nonsense, it closed because the Post Master retired and no one wanted to take over the Post Office in the Deyes Lane row of Shops. The only offer that the Post Office had was for a new Post Office which has now opened at the Moss Lane/Dodds Lane junction about half a mile away. I have a letter from the Post Office confirming the reasons for the closure.

Green Bin Tax – Labour say they rejected the Lib Dem green bin tax. We never proposed a green bin tax for Sefton; it was Labour who proposed it! We fought against Labour’s green bin tax and they eventually backed off.

Top Lib Dem resigns? – This is a Labour headline in their recent leaflets but no one knows who they are taking about. No top Lib Dem has resigned in Maghull and Lydiate. Labour seem to play this odd card in relation to Cllr. Andrew Blackburn but he was sat there large as life at a Maghull Town Council meeting only last week, which is more than you can say for 8 Labour councillors who have resigned in recent times!

Green Belt – Labour say we Lib Dems are biggest threat to it yet we are the ones fighting Labour’s plan to build on the Green Belt around Maghull & Lydiate! Labour started off saying they were going to defend the Green Belt but then they did a ‘U’ turn and decided to back building on it!

Maghull Parks – Labour says they are planning improvements to Maghull parks yet it was Labour-run Maghull Town Council who took the money for such improvements out of the Council’s budget! We Lib Dems opposed the money being removed.

Maghull’s Neighbourhood Plan – Labour claim all sorts about this but it is simply cover for them to build on the Green Belt and high grade agricultural land whilst trying to look like they are doing something else.

Policing cuts – Labour blame the Lib Dems for this yet it was Labour, whilst in Government who so ruined the UK’s finances with their spend, spend, spend mentality, that helped put us all in the mess that we are all in now. What’s more the closure proposals for Maghull Police Station are being put forward by the Labour Crime and Policing Commissioner for Merseyside.

You begin to wonder whether they have begun to believe all their own ridiculous propaganda!

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.

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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.