Brexit and Labour’s incoherent stance

The Independent has the opinion piece from Tom Brake MP on its web site – see link above

I must admit I have begun to laugh these days when JC attacks the incoherent TM for being in a right old muddle over Brexit because he too is in that very same muddle. Yes he attacks her but he keeps on voting with her in the H of C! OK Lab’s official position last night was to abstain but that kind of sums them up at present does it not?

This Tweet from Vince Cable of a couple of days ago also hits the Labour nail on their heads:-

‘Just suggested to @theresa_may in the chamber that she might as well have Labour leadership with her at the #Brexit negotiations, since they seem to agree with her on leaving Single Market and Customs Union, no matter how disastrous that may be.’

With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting

Maghull – Development sites and flooding risks – Questions still being asked!

Dovers Brook, Maghull in full flood looking north from Sefton Lane on Boxing Day 2015.

A subject I have covered many times before but then in a low-lying coastal Borough like Sefton flooding is always going to be a threat. And that is of course why it needs to be closely managed with no building agreed to in areas where to do so would increase the risk of it.

And the reason I return to this subject now, when no serious flooding events have taken place recently in the Town? Well it’s to keep track of ongoing issues in Maghull where land development continues to cause real worries for residents.

Those from the Maghull area may recall the hugely controversial plan to build on land off Damfield Lane going back only a few years ago. It was and indeed still is controversial with locals because of worries about flood risks potentially being increased. In fact the care development on that site is being constructed right now. The major objection to the planning application was all about flood risk and hours upon hours were spent in investigations into what building on this site could/would lead to in terms of flood risk.

River Alt looking south towards Switch Island from Bridges Lane in Sefton Village – It takes virtually all the surface water for miles around out to sea at Hightown

In simple terms surface water drains away from Maghull in a westerly direction using Whinney Brook, Maghull Brook, Dovers Brook etc. with them all draining into the River Alt. In turn the Alt empties out into the Mersey estuary at Hightown. The issue is therefore the capacity of these brooks and the river to be able to take the consequences of heavy prolonged rainfall away. Clearly at times that capacity will not be sufficient and the more we concrete over farmland, where rainwater can presently soak away, the greater we make flood risks.

A flooded Bridges Lane between Dovers Brook and the River Alt – when it all got too much in December 2015

Since the Damfield Lane site was given the green light for building however a far, far bigger site on the east of Maghull has also been allocated for around 1,600 houses and an industrial park by Sefton Council. It will go a long way to making Maghull 25% bigger than it is now – truly a huge urban extension and from a flood risk perspective (never mind the fact that the land presently grows our food) surely a big additional worry.

I recently posted about the SUD (Sustainable Urban Drainage) pond that has been dug on the Ashworth South/Poppy Fields site off School Lane. I’m also told that the pipe presently being laid across the fields on the other side of School Lane is to take water from the Poppy Fields site over to Whinney Brook. Here’s a shot of that SUD:-

Looking over the recently created rainwater collection pond. School Lane is behind the fence in the background.

So what is being done to manage flood risk in the Maghull area? The Lunt Meadows water catchment area is the big solution when the River Alt gets beyond its capacity. Here’s a link about it:-—Lunt-Meadows-Washland-c13.html

The big questions Maghullians have to face, in my view, are when will the next significant flood risk event take place (as surely it will do) and are the powers that be managing land development in a way that does not increase flood risk? On this latter question the answer must surely be that the jury is still out……

So what if Brexit does not actually happen?

MSN has the story on its web site – see link above

Now for those Brexiters who still read this anti-Brexit blog site I would guess that even the suggestion of Brexit not being followed through (at any cost – the more harm the better) will require them to take to the streets demanding that the UK self-destructs itself.

But in the real world we all know that May and Corbyn and are in a right old tangle about how to deliver Brexit without flushing the UK down the economic pan of history. May’s presently got to find the impossible solutions whilst Corbyn feels the need to both back her and attack her as he does not have to find the solutions.

Let’s face it, things are not going well in any way in Brexit Britain.

With thanks to Keith Page for the lead to this posting

Mobility Scooters and Northern’s aged train fleet sadly don’t mix

Mind the gap – It is often the height difference between a train door and station platform which causes difficulties for those with a disability.

The Liverpool Echo has the story on it s web site – see link above

How long has the Disabled Discrimination Act (DDA) been in place? Well it came into effect in 2005 and was then added to/superseded by the Equities Act of 2010 yet still people with disabilities are left at a disadvantage.

Frankly it is not good enough in my book.

The photo is amongst my flickr shots at:-

300 Arriva bus route – more timetable changes coming

An Arriva bus at the Meadows bus stop

I have blogged about changes to the 300 bus route previously. My last posting is available via the link below:-

However, it seems that more changes may well be on the way from 21st January although what those changes will be I am presently unsure.

A local resident e-mailed me about the potential changes and this is what they said:-

I note that Arriva intend to amend the timetable of the above, as per this notice:
Operating between Southport,Union Street and Liverpool City Centre given service number 300 / 300 effective from 21 January 2018. To amend Timetable.

As the deadline for objections is 20th December, I suspect no details as to what the amendments are will be available on line until after then. I trust it will be only minor adjustments and nothing too drastic!

Watch this space, I will pass on any further information I become aware of.

Thanks to Kevin for the lead to this posting