Lydiate – 310 bus stop on A59

Lydiate residents will most probably have seen the article in this weeks Aintree & Maghull Champion regarding requests for a bus shelter on the A59/Northway adjacent to the Kenyons Lane traffic lights.

I’ve also raised this with Merseytravel recently following a Lydiate resident asking for a shelter at this spot on the Lydiate & Neighbours FB Group in a thread that I posted about a bus shelter being removed in Moss Lane, Lydiate. The shelter being removed is one that served the old 311 route that provided a good service between Lydiate and Ormskirk.

Obviously the response as printed in the Champion is at best disappointing as there’s only one bus to Ormskirk from Lydiate these days i.e. the Arriva 310. What’s more it only skims the edge of Lydiate with just one stop on the A59/Northway.

I appreciate the difficulties of this A59 bus stop site but in reality, on such a busy road, you would expect not only a shelter but a bus lay-by too. However, I also appreciate it’s a cramped site and that Merseytravel have to prioritise their expenditure. Maybe a re-routing of the bus to travel through more of Lydiate would actually be the best solution. The most likely way to do this would be for the bus to cross Northway instead of turning onto the A59 so to serve the rest of Kenyons Lane, then Liverpool Road past the old windmill and back to the A59 at Robins Island. But this at face value simple change has its problems too as St Thomas’ School is on that short stretch of Kenyons Lane and I guess that at school coming and going times the bus would get caught up in traffic jams just like the 31/31A Lydiate circular bus does on Sandy Lane.

Arriva and Merseytravel can surely get their heads together here to try to find a way forward because this situation has come about mainly due to the former 311 bus being withdrawn by Arriva in August 2015. I covered the campaign to try to save that bus on this blog site – see link below:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2015/08/21/petition-to-try-to-save-the-311-liverpool-ormskirk-skem-bus/

Yes of course the 311 was a commercial service and the 310 is too so I realise that Merseytravel have no powers to make Arriva think again about the provision of buses between Lydiate and Ormskirk. However, there’s a Bus Alliance in operation across Merseyside which Merseytravel and Arriva are a part of so at the very least they should be around a table trying to sort issues like this out.

And lastly, for now anyway, the underlying issue here is the Deregulation of bus services outside of London that was brought in during the 1980’s. My own view is that we lost control of our bus services when that happened and it was bad legislation. I’m told that Merseytravel are slowly working towards re-regulation of buses but I fear that that bus is only just about creeping along.

Bootle & Litherland in times past

I came across this youtube video of old photographs of Bootle & Litherland recently and thought it was worth sharing:-

www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmvoYiILFQc

I spent my whole working life in Bootle so got to know parts of it well indeed. Here are a few of my own more recent photos of the area:-

Bootle’s North Park

Bootle Village Gateway

Bootle Golf Course at dawn

Balliol Road buildings

Bootle Townscape

Liverpool – Southport Merseyrail line in the snow just north of Bootle New Strand Station

St Monica’s Bootle

Wallart in former railway tunnell

Leeds Liverpool Canal in Bootle

Johnsons the Cleaners factory

Sefton Council provides FUN?

I came across this graphic recently and I must say that I scratched my head over the FUN one:-

In my day as a Sefton Councillor we didn’t have a Department for Fun. How times change, but hang on what Fun is the Council actually providing? Well the recent council tax bill is very far from being fun:-((

Also, how jolly is the Cabinet Member who has Fun in their portfolio? And what about how the council is assessed for the level of fun it provides? Are all wards in the Borough meeting the minimum Fun criteria?

It’s a funny old world…………….

Lydiate – Cars for sale on the public highway

I’ve covered the issue of cars for sale on the public highway many times before on this blog site – Green Lane in Maghull comes to mind and here’s a link back to one my postings about it:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2018/09/16/maghull-sefton-takes-action-at-green-lane-over-11-years-of-car-sales/

But today I was contacted by a local resident who had noticed a reaction to a parked car for sale in the entrance to Seafore Close, a regular site from which car sales take place. I went to have a look and this is what I found:-

As a consequence I’ve raised the matter with Sefton Highways again to see what their current take on the matter is. If you have read the story of Green Lane Maghull (linked above) you will know how the Council eventually resolved the issue on that site.

Quote from my previous posting – ‘What it seemed to come down to was that Sefton Highways were saying that a car sales company could sell up to 2 vehicles in one location on the public highway and no one could stop it, or words to that effect.’

I’ll post again when there’s further news…..

Liverpool – Alfred Waterhouse, the city’s very own world famous architect

North Western Hotel – Liverpool

I stumbled across Waterhouse almost by chance having photographed a couple of the buildings he had a hand in – Rochdale Town Hall and Nottingham’s Prudential building – little did I realise that this prolific and famed architect was a son of Aigburth, Liverpool. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about him:-

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_public_and_civic_buildings_by_Alfred_Waterhouse

And here are my shots of Rochdale Town Hall and Nottingham’s Prudential Building (warning the Nottingham shot includes the statue of a very unpopular man in Liverpool!) :-

Waterhouse designed the Tower after the original one was destroyed.

Prudential Building Nottingham designed by Waterhouse

The lead photo is, of course, Liverpool’s own North Western Hotel (now student accommodation) on Lime Street which Waterhouse designed – a quite magnificent building. And there are other buildings of his in Liverpool – The Royal Infirmary, Turner Memorial Home, Part of Newsham Park Hospital, The Prudential Assurance Building and The Victoria Building of Liverpool University.

Although he moved away from Liverpool at an early age I wonder why the City does not celebrate this most successful of architects who is probably best known as the designer in chief of the quite wonderful Natural History Museum in London. Indeed, I have only found one available book about his famous man and that’s with regard to his influences and work in the building the London Museum. Here’s a photo of the book:-

And one final thought. Is there a family connection between Alfred Waterhouse and the former Sykes Waterhouse Estate Agency based in Liverpool?

The lead photo is amongst my Flicker shots at:-

www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

The future of Sefton Focus blog site

I may be forced to stop posting via this blog site soon as changes to it, to fit in with revised/updated editing processes by Word Press, have made it very hard for me to edit any new posts and all but impossible for me to include anything other than text.

If the situation can’t be resolved (and things are sadly not looking good presently) then my blogging days may be curtailed at least for the foreseeable future. The problem? Everything is greyed out so I can’t used Word Press’s new ‘blocks’ despite hours of trying to find out how to resolve the problem.

My most recent postings have been ones I penned and saved before the changes took place I might add, but I only have a couple of those left for publication.

Subject to this situation not being resolved I will continue to post on social media using Twitter and Facebook.