I will post details of our visit to the Friends of Williamson’s Tunnels tomorrow.
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 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:-
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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:-
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.