Flooding – Southport Road Lydiate – Update report – Let’s hope it is sorted now

My recent posting refers:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2014/11/13/flooding-southport-road-lydiate/

A Sefton Council Highways Inspector visited the location on the 13.11.14 and identified 3 blocked road gullies and I am told that an instruction has been issued to the Council’s contractor to attend to them.

The next heavy rain fall will certainly let us know if the work has been a success!

Say ‘NO’ to Joe – Power to communities not politicians

Liverpool’s elected Mayor Joe Anderson says he wants to be Mayor for the whole of Liverpool City Region. Its time we said ‘NO’ to him and indeed anyone else who wants to run the affairs of communities outside of Liverpool from Liverpool.

Cllr_Joe_Anderson,_Leader,_Liverpool_City_Council.jpeg

No good will come from places like Prescot, Southport, Lydiate, Wallasey, St Helens, Maghull, Birkenhead or any other of the numerous communities that make up the Liverpool City Region being run from Liverpool Town Hall.

Neither will any good come from putting power into the hands of just one person to Lord it over so many diverse communities.

Whether it be the personal ambitions of Joe Anderson or anyone else the firm answer from our City Region communities has to be ‘NO’.

We want power devolved to communities so they can decide their own future not power concentrated in the hands of one person who will remotely decide the future of communities they may well never have set foot in.

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.