England Coast Path – Coming to a Borough like Sefton soon

Hightown Beach

I have been aware of this project to create a coastal path along the whole of the English coast for some time but had not looked at it in any detail for a while. However, at a recent meeting of the Sefton Rights of Way Liaison Group the project came up and I decided to delve into it again.

I’m told by those in the know that the whole project is due to be completed by 2020, so that’s not long at all is it. I also understand that details of the proposed north west stretch of the path will be out for consultation very soon. Our section covers the coast from Cleveleys down to Liverpool Pier Head – See map linked below:-

www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/602831/cleveleys-pier-head-stretch-map.pdf

It will indeed be interesting to see what the proposals for the section of path through Sefton Borough will look like. Watch this space……

Here’s a link to the .gov.uk pages about the project:-

www.gov.uk/government/collections/england-coast-path-improving-public-access-to-the-coast

Liverpool – Looking up, up, up!

Liverpool Waterfront Panorama 2016

www.placenorthwest.co.uk/news/special-report-liverpool-aims-high-but-can-it-deliver/

I came across this piece recently and it is indeed very interesting. Liverpool and its property developers seem to be aiming very high and the landscape of the City is changing fast. Will this race to the sky really lead to the City’s World Heritage status being withdrawn as many seem to think/fear?

Click on the photo to enlarge it

Maghull – Powers that be start communicating with nearby residents over Maghull North Station build process

The construction site on 11th November

I have covered the planning and construction phases of the new Maghull North Station many times before on this blog site.

Sadly, within weeks of the construction starting there was conflict between the work the contractors were doing and the nearby residents living in Mersey Avenue. Noise, intrusive lighting, night working and the lack of consultation/communication with residents over the detail of the build process were the major issues.

Action was promised to residents and Independent Sefton Cllr. Matt Gannon who lives nearby himself and represents the residents. From this the 1st of a promised two weekly edition of newsletters has been delivered to residents living around the construction site. Here’s a scan of that 1st edition:-

Has the process that has now been put in place and the issues that have been addressed met resident concerns sufficiently? Time will tell.

Please click on the scanned newsletter above to be able to read it

Liverpool City Region Labour Mayor adopts much of Lib Dem Carl Cashman’s manifesto – Well that’s what it looks like

Yes I know, many of those Lib Dem manifesto pledges that Labour voters rejected in the Mersey Metro Mayor election of a few months ago seem to have been picked up as policy by the newly elected Labour Mayor of Liverpool City Region. Just look:-

Not exactly the same words but you could not read Carl’s manifesto without saying hang on a minute! And what will Labour voters think of it; they seemingly rejected Carl’s policy options only last May!

Politics is a funny old world at times but this made me smile because much of what Lib Dem candidate Carl Cashman stood for in the Metro Mayor is now seemingly official Labour policy on Merseyside. Carl should be pleased as imitation is the best form of flattery, or so they say.

But of course just picking up Carl’s ideas is one thing making them happen in a meaningful way is quite another! Maybe Steve Rotherham needs to appoint Carl as his special advisor for implementation of the Lib Dem manifesto:-)))

Picture Credit of lead photo – Charlie Green

Maghull – ‘Poppy Fields’ and Maghull North Station progress

I have been keeping an eye on the progress of these two adjacent developments off Maghull’s School Lane and here are are some photos of things as they were on 11th November.

Station platforms beginning to emerge

Almost completed houses on ‘Poppy Fields’, the former site of Moss Side Hospital and subsequently Ashworth South Hospital

Looking over the recently created rainwater collection pond (Sustainable Urban Drainage or SuD in drainage engineer’s speak). School Lane is behind the fence in the background.

Of course the Maghull North Station construction process has become hugely controversial with neighbouring residents in Mersey Avenue in recent weeks due to intrusive night time working, noise and flood lighting.

Merseytravel/Network Rail are promising a residents meeting we are informed in an attempt to find a way forward. There was no work taking place when the photo above was taken.

The housing development on Poppy Fields or the Moss Side Hospital/Ashworth South site (all are used to describe this site and its history) was not controversial when the wedge shaped piece of land was designated for housing in Sefton Council’s otherwise hugely controversial and recent Local Plan. But the site sits across the road (School Lane) from the most controversial of all the sites in that Local Plan – The Maghull East Urban Extension of around 1,600 houses plus a business park.

Poppy Fields in its former guise as a mental health treatment hospital site and before that, in World War 1, as a world leading center for the development of treatments for those suffering from ‘Shell Shock’ is of huge historical significance.

Lydiate – A visit to the recently reopened Weld Blundell Pub

The Wellie in November 2017

The Weld Blundell in 2008

Weld Blundell Pub – November 2016

We had our first visit to the recently reopened ‘Wellie’ yesterday and an enjoyable experience it was too. We were with our relatives from ‘up north’ in Preston, Jan and Ian, who know Mike Reeve the new landlord from a couple of pubs he runs in that part of the world.

The old pub has certainly undergone a huge change and is much larger than before the recent refurb’. The food was good and the staff were attentive and engaging.

Here’s a few shots of the pub as it is now: I like the use of old leaded windows for display on an internal wall:-

Here’s a link to the pub’s new web site:-

weldblundell.co.uk/

The Wellie certainly gets a thumbs up from this Lydiate resident.