Sheila and I went along to what turned out to be a packed out talk at Crosby Library this afternoon all about shipping wrecks along the coast of Sefton. The talk was given by Martyn Griffiths who has a web site about such matters which I have linked below:
The fact that there have been around 300 wrecks in the past 300 years is quite a surprising stat for those of us who are not well antiquated with the treacherous nature of the sand banks out in the Mersey estuary.
Martyn told us about just a handful of the many wrecks and one in particular The Bradda was illustrated by a beautiful model (belonging to Peter Kenrick) of the ship. Here’s some photos that I took of the model:-
An hour well spent gaining some knowledge of what is clearly a huge subject matter. The photo below shows one of the wrecks that can been seen on the Sefton Coast:-
Photo credit Sefton Libraries
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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
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
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.
I have blogged about the rebuild that is presently ongoing at this Merseyrail Station before. My last posting is accessible via the link below:-
I went back to have a look at progress last week and things on the Southport bound platform side are clearly radically changing as steelwork for the new station building is now up – see lead photo above.
The state of the old station buildings can be summed up with this photo:-
What you are looking at is the rear wall of the platform building on the Liverpool bound side of the station (facing Chesterfield Road), quite a mess indeed.
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A couple of days ago contractors working for Sefton Council turned up and the ‘dropped’ trenches across Southport Road adjacent Astor Court were finally filled in.
The trenches had been caused quite some time ago and probably at differing times as utility contractors had dug up the road surface. Trouble has been that the filled in trenches had dropped down and the noise and vibrations caused by vehicles hitting them was disturbing Southport Road residents.
My previous posting from August 2017 refers as Cllr. Edie Pope had been chasing this matter up:-