Formby – National Trust plans for Lifeboat Road

A Red Squirrel – What could be more symbolic of Formby and Little Altcar

The Liverpool Echo has the article on its website – see link below:-

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/controversial-plans-formby-beach-set-17239274

Extract from Echo article – ‘Contentious plans to build toilets, pay and display machines and security fencing at one of Merseyside’s most beautiful spots are set to get the green light this week – but not everyone is happy about them.

Formby beach boasts sweeping sand dunes as well as picturesque pine forests and grasslands nearby and when the weather is nice, daytrippers come from near and far.’

Maghull – North Station fence and cycle path

Maghull North Station as it was nearing completion in 2018

I’ve blogged about Maghull new 2nd railway station many times, often with a little frustration about the design details which have been left hanging well after the station opened.

Now don’t get me wrong (a Jim Sharpe’ism – Jim is a journalist on our local Champion newspaper) having campaigned for the station to be built I’m happy that it has been, but for the life of me some of the issues with it should not still be issues now, well over a year since it was opened.

The good news is that a significant length of the old decaying wooden fence left over from the former Moss Side Hospital site has now been removed along the site’s School Lane boundary. I think that fellow environmental campaigner Frank Sharp (no relation to Jim) will have had a hand in this via his chivying of Merseytravel etc.

Now about that cycle/footpath which opened recently and connects the new station with both School Lane and Park Lane. It’s very welcome but at the School Lane end there’s still no dropped kerb for cyclists to access it and the new station via the level access. I lose count of the number of times I’ve pointed this out to Sefton Council and Merseytravel. This photo illustrates:-

whilst at the Park Lane end it does have a dropped kerb:-

At neither end does the path have any pedestrian barriers though and I would have thought that barriers erected in a chicane-type arrangement would make things safer in respect of children running out onto the road.

Small things of detail in many ways, and yes I’m sure there are much bigger matters to think about, but never the less you’d think such straight forward and cheap to fix issues would be all a part of the station building and it’s wider access environment planning.

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Great Altcar – Fracking Moratorium – What does it mean?

Many Lydiate folk attended one of the local Moss Alliance meetings held in September:-

That Government has brought in a moratorium on fracking is on one level welcome but does it mean that fracking has effectively gone away for good, bearing in mind mid Sefton Borough has a potential fracking site being developed yards away in Great Altcar?

Probably our first reaction is one of saying, hang on we are in an election period so with fracking being so unpopular this could well be just a political ruse to try to take it off the political agenda. My view is this is exactly how we should view the moratorium.

Letter to Lydiate Parish Council from The Moss Alliance

The letter copied above from The Moss Alliance, the independent community group who are fighting the planning application (which is before Lancs County Council) to frack in Great Altcar, sums up the situation far better than I could. The matter will be discussed at the next meeting of Lydiate Parish Council.

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Lydiate – Trying to move the changing rooms into a new era

I’ve blogged before about the plans by Lydiate Parish Council to upgrade the changing rooms at Sandy Lane Playing Field. The project took another step in the right direction yesterday when we met representatives from the Football association on site to talk about how they can assist us financially via a grant.

Here’s a couple of photos from the meet up:-

What kicked this all off (forgive the pun) is the wish of Lydiate Parish Council to accommodate women’s football.

We also want to secure a financial package to turn the present down at heel tennis courts into a MUGA (Multi Use Games Area) and to bring the two football pitches up to higher FA standards. So there’s still much to do and it will take a while for the whole package of improvements to come to fruition I guess.

And whilst on the subject of football I could not resist taking this shot of Lydiate’s own ‘Boot Room’ the title of which is clearly related to Anfield’s significantly more famous Boot Room:-

Melling’s M58 Motorway junction to Knowsley by bike – Coming soon

A while back I posted about proposed plan to build a safe cycle path/route from the M58 at Ashworth alongside Prescot Road and into Kirkby. Here’s the relevant post from May 2018:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2018/05/02/maghull-to-kirkby-via-melling-a-cycle-path-for-prescot-road-school-lane/

Well things are starting to move and the photos in this posting shows the scene on 27th October. The shot immediately above is looking back towards the M58 junction and you can see where the present highly dangerous end is to the cycle path around the junction. I say dangerous as it’s just past the end of the bend where someone thought it would be great place for cyclists to rejoin the road with them being unsighted of vehicles doing high speeds around the junction. Suffice to say that having tried to do the right thing a couple of times on my bike and seen how dangerous it was I have since continued along what is actually pavement a while longer before regaining the road. I would add that this is the only section of pavement I cycle on locally but it seems I won’t have to now.

My understanding is that the first section of new cycle path is being constructed by the contractor who is building the M58 slip roads. The remainder of the cycle route will be constructed in the next financial year (2020/21) once the legal agreements have been completed for the land transfers.

My thanks to Sefton Council highway engineers for the update.

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Town Green – That long empty shop unit I thought could be a perfect Costa

A while back I speculated on the future of the former Spar shop on Town Green Lane – here’s my posting from Sept 2018:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2018/09/14/aughton-empty-shop-unit-at-town-green-surely-a-coffee-shop-opportunity/

Well things move on and there’s what seems to be a controversial application before West Lancs Council for it to be a bar selling food – here’s a link to the item on West Lancs Council’s planning website:-

pa.westlancs.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=PXB8ATRHHYA00&activeTab=summary

There’s an alcohol license application too, I’ve noted.

I take an interest in this spot because it’s a regular stopping point for me on cycle rides to get a coffee and a bite to eat. But what I’ve noticed is that some pretty bad vehicle driving takes place here because Town Green Lane is in effect a single track road past the shops as one side is for parking vehicles to access the retail premises.

I’ve often thought that, apart from ridiculous parking stunts blocking the pavement on the Co-Op side (the Co-Op does have a large car park I might add), the main issue is vehicles approaching the area far to fast. A couple of significant speed humps would tackle this in my humble opinion.