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.

Royal Mail Sorting Office Gardens – Maghull

My previous posting refers at:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2013/08/05/royal-mail-sorting-office-maghull-2/

Sadly things have slipped back at this Liverpool Road North site as the regular maintenance that was suppose to take place has not happened.

My understanding and indeed that of the Maghull in Bloom volunteers was that Kennet Prison had obtained a license from the Royal Mail to do the original work and to conduct regular maintenance with the work to be undertaken by Kennet Prison’s rehabilitating offenders.

I am trying to get to the bottom of this matter and will report back when I know more.

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/