North West Museum of Road Transport – St. Helens

8 buses and a milk float

No I had not heard of it either until quite recently but when an advert popped up on social media for an open day Lydiate photographer Keith Page and I decided to go and have a look.

A visiting Austin 8

It’s quite a big museum and on the day we went there was also a one-off display of visiting vintage cars and a large model railway too. But the regular collection of vintage buses, fire engines, trucks, cycles, cars etc. is quite extensive in its self.

Why are all fire engines called Dennis?

There’s restoration work being undertaken on some items, just look at the beautiful coachwork of this bus:-

The Museum is well worth visiting – here;’s a link to their web site:-

Note:- I’m doing a separate blog posting about an open top bus tour the Museum organised on the day we visited using a Southport Corporation vintage bus

The lead photo is also amongst my Flickr shots at:-

Maghull – News on Parkhaven Trust’s new dementia care home

Place North West has news about Maghull’s Parkhaven Trust and it’s soon to be built dementia care facility – see link above

The former Maghull Homes sites at both Liverpool Road South/Green Lane and Deyes Lane/Damfield Lane in Maghull have changed almost beyond recognition since I ceased working there 1994 and here is another change on the way. I have blogged about developments on these two sites previously but this particular change is likely to most welcome due to the sadly rising demand for dementia car facilities.

With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting

Ainsdale – Sinkhole warning for cyclists and walkers

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

Good job this was spotted and that Sefton Council is acting on the matter. Hope it’s now fixed; this cycle path is well used and you certainly do not want to encounter deep ruts/holes on a cycle path.

Solar panels – What on earth are we doing building new houses without them?

These are the solar panels on Maghull Town Hall roof.

The BBC has the article on its web site – see link above

I’m a big fan of solar energy and the fact that here in the UK we are still building new properties, be they houses or retail/commercial premises, without solar panels is utter madness. Are our politicians incapable of taking the need for clean renewable energy seriously despite global warming probably being the greatest environmental threat to future generations?

Brexiters – Why do they rage against everything British?

The Guardian has the opinion piece on its web site – see link above

It is indeed utterly bizarre that many of those who made sure the House of Lords could not be democratically reformed are now attacking that very same institution because it’s trying to save the UK from a Brexit so dangerous to our economy, to jobs, to the NHS etc. etc. whilst the House of Commons falls behind May and Corbyn whilst not speaking out.

We live in very dangerous times when the House of Commons is so weak that only the unelected House of Lords is prepared to stand up for everything British.

With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting

Maghull – Car parking ‘disagreement’ between Councils over Meadows Leisure Centre

I’m hearing that Maghull TC and Sefton MBC are tussling once again over the issue of car parking spaces around the Leisure Centre and Town Hall.

If this is indeed the case it is yet another chapter in a very long running saga as the success of the Leisure Centre has always meant that the car parking provision, as originally planned for back in 2010 when the Centre opened, is inadequate.

Maghull’s KGV Park and Meadows Leisure Centre

When I led the campaign for the Leisure Centre to be built I always had a feeling that it would take off but even I have been surprised by how many locals from the East Parishes part of Sefton Borough have been using it. The consequence of this success is the lack of car parking spaces.

Sefton allocated money a few years a back to enlarge the car park but at Maghull TC’s request this ‘offer’ was withdrawn. Now I hear that Sefton has once again put up money but that Maghull TC is still not supportive. As Maghull TC owns the land (KGV Park) then stalemate has been reached again.

The dilemma is of course green-space/parkland V car parking spaces. But if the matter is not successfully resolved then there are of course other consequences. Those consequences are:-

* Grid-lock in the car parks surrounding the Leisure Centre and Town Hall (I’ve been in one!)
* Parking in surrounding residential roads – L’pool Rd Sth, Northway Service Road
* Users of facilities at the Leisure Centre/Town Hall going elsewhere because of lack of car parking

There’s no easy answers but which Council will blink first in this battle of grass V cars?