Leeds Liverpool canal in Maghull

Some nice shots here of a barge negotiating the pedestrian swing bridge at Shop Lane in Maghull on Thursday 19th September. Click on each photo to make it larger.

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There can be little doubt that the canal through Sefton is now seeing a much high volume of traffic than for many, many years. Just behind the bridge is the busy Liverpool Road North, a former Turnpike Road, and the contrast between its congested traffic and the tranquillity of the canal is all too obvious to me as a local resident.

Another probe into Merseytravel – This time its a £1.7m Beatles black hole

I am wondering what more there is pop out of the sad and scandalous situation that Merseytravel finds itself in. This Labour run Authority really needs to confess all its sins which have seemingly cost us the Council tax payer a great deal of money.

This time it’s a huge investment in Beatles memorabilia, a worthy local cause in many ways but is this where a transport authority should be spending its money? I thought their reason for existing was to run or promote and/or regulate bus and train services as a priority on Merseyside, but it seems they have had other objectives.

This latest ‘here’s another Merseytravel bizzare story’ is carried in the Liverpool Post which came out today. To quote an oft use phrase you really could not make this up! Read the Post’s story via the link below:-

http://www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/merseytravel-pay-2million-beatles-artefacts-6128705″>

How crazy would you have to be to put a concrete fencing panel across a major road?

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The pictures above show what I am referring to. I moved this panel from the middle of the northbound carriageway of Southport Road, Lydiate last Saturday morning following a very concerned call from a local resident who could not believe her eyes when she saw it there.

And no, it had not fallen off a lorry, it had been deliberately removed from the fencing of the adjacent electricity sub-station compound and put in the road! Goodness knows what would have happened had a motorbike struck it!

How could this have been done without the person or people doing it not realising they were setting a death trap? I despair!!!!!!

My insurance company almost got me where Labour-run Maghull Council have been trying to get me – arrested!

It’s a funny old world; there you are driving along Southport Road, Lydiate (last Saturday) when all of a sudden a Police car is behind you with flashing lights. I thought he wanted to get past me at first, but it turned out to be more than that. I stopped thinking I was not speeding; maybe I had a bust stop light or something like that.

Imagine my surprise when the policeman tells me my car is coming up as uninsured! Well, I had an insurance certificate and showed it to him. Much scratching of heads later, a short sit down inside his very flashy cop car and the penny drops with us both. My insurance company had incorrectly recorded by registration and a single letter was missing.

All ended well and I got to see how ANPR (Automated number plate recognition) works close up. A call to my insurance company soon sorted the matter out.

If only Labour had seen me as they would have thought I had been picked up for reasons that are still best known to them. You see back in 2012 they in effect asked Merseyside Police to look into just about everyone who had worked for or with Maghull Council. It went nowhere, of course, and I still don’t know who the suspected criminal was or indeed what they had done, despite my making a Freedom of Information request to the Council that is still to be properly answered.

Oh, and for the record, the policeman was very polite and the insurance company very apologetic!

John Pugh MP on Sefton’s mad rush to join the Merseyside Joint Authority

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“A cosy, closed club of Labour council leaders is no-one’s idea of a good formula for economic progress in the region but to leave out West Lancs just makes matter worse. Anyone who manages to drive from Southport to St Helens (both in the City Region) and avoids going through the heart of West Lancs is probably plain lost. If transport connections are supposed to be important for the City Region you can’t help thinking Labour city bosses have lost the plot too.”

What future West Lancashire?

As local government changes and merges together for good and for bad reasons our most significant local council neighbour to Sefton, with which we share a massive boundary, is in danger of becoming the area that has no partners and potentially an isolated future.

Sounds harsh I know but I have already posted on this site about my great concerns regarding the ‘merger’ of all 5 of the Merseyside local authorities plus Halton (Widnes and Runcorn) into what one could call a new Merseyside County Council. This has been all but a done deal (and a bad done deal for Sefton at that) with only Sefton’s Labour run Council yet to sign up until tonight when, with Tory support, Labour did so.

That deal is bad geographically because it does not include West Lancashire and places like Ellesmere Port and Neston and maybe even West Cheshire which are all in the travel to work area of Liverpool. Merseyside as it will be constructed is too small to be an effective sub-regional or city region area.

But take another angle on this because Preston City Council and South Ribble Council and Lancashire County Council have also signed up to a partnership deal.

What’s more the hugely effective grouping of Councils surrounding Manchester (including Wigan) has probably got the best partnership deal of all.

None of these deals includes West Lancashire which is now all but surrounded by groupings of councils that are closely working together. This has to put West Lancs at a disadvantage.

What future West Lancashire Borough Council………………………..