Fracking – Coming to a field near you but do you know what it’s all about?

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

This is an interesting and informative piece from Adam Vaughan and well worth taking the time to read it.

I recently came across a clear map showing the boundaries of the Fracking area closest to our part of the world – The License is to Aurora Energy Resources and it’s number is PEDL 164. Here’s the map:-

As you can see the majority of the seismic survey area is within West Lancashire (the thick pale yellow line is the Sefton/West Lancs boundary) but the much wider license area boundary includes large parts of Sefton Borough. Parts of Formby and Lydiate Civil Parishes are clearly within seismic survey area.

My understanding is that Aurora must complete seismic surveys in the area by the 30/9/2020, submit a planning application for that area by 30/9/2021, and drill a well there by the 30/9/2023.

With thanks to Lydiate Parish Council, Frack Free Formby/The Moss Alliance and the Oil and Gas Authority for the map and much of the information contained in this posting. If I have anything wrong please shout and I will correct. Also thanks to Roy Connell for the link to the Guardian article.

Lydiate – That persistent flooding of Lambshear Lane

Well I’ve had a go at this one in the past (see previous postings going back ages ago) and so has my fellow Lydiate Parish Councillor Edie Pope but still a very significant flooding of the pavement and road surface takes place on Lambshear Lane after every heavy rain storm between Lydiate Village Centre and Oakhill Drive. The photo above was taken on 8th March.

Time to give Sefton Council Highways Dept. another nudge me thinks; surely they must know what the cause is by now and can fix it? More news when I have it.

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Racism – It has no place in our society, end of

The BBC has the article about racist chanting at Nottingham Trent University on its web site – see link above

As a Nottinghamshire lad this saddens and angers me. People are not born racists they are conditioned to be like that by what they learn from those around them; that this is still an issue in 2018 is utterly appalling to me.

I think we all now realise that one of the consequences of the EU Referendum has been that to some it has made intolerance towards those who are non-white and perceived to be non-British something that is socially acceptable again. Well it’s not and those who peddle racism are a threat to us all.

Over the past weeks I have been looking into what I consider to be some dark and frankly racist views that have been held by previous generations of my own family. This seems a sadly appropriate time to publish what I had written as a stand alone but yet to be published blog posting. My point being that my family are from Nottinghamshire:-

Why was my otherwise kindly Grandmother anti-Semitic?

This may seem a odd question to ask but sadly it’s an aspect of my otherwise kindly grandmother, on my father’s side of my family, that has always troubled me.

She lived in the small Nottinghamshire mining community of Kirkby-In-Ashfield, ran/worked in a corner shop, lived in a council house and was I suppose a typical grandmother of her generation. She died when I was a young man in the early 1980’s. But the thing about her that has always troubled me as I have got older is hearing her make anti-Semitic remarks. Sadly, my Dad seemed to hold similar prejudices. Politically I would say she was a working class Conservative.

So what was the source of this anti-Semitism? A check of the census returns for Kirkby-In-Ashfield shows virtually no Jewish people live there now or indeed have done so the past 100 years, so contact with Jewish folk seems highly unlikely as she lived in that town most of her adult life.

She was a religious person, a regular C of E church attender and if memory serves she also refused to go into Catholic Churches. On that basis she must surely have been anti-Catholic too.

Was this anti-Jewish and Catholic thing simply a consequence of tribal religious beliefs handed down from generation to generation?

From a wider perspective I found this Wikipedia article informative:-

Interestingly in discussion with my friend Andrew he pointed to the exodus of Jews from Russia in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries (covered in the Wikipedia article above) as being a possible contemporary event that could have influenced my grandmother’s views significantly.

Sadly, I have the feeling that the views of my grandmother, whilst troubling to me, were not unusual for her generation.

My unpublished blog posting (in italics above) about my Grandmother and the BBC article are obvious coincidental. I have no reason what so ever to think racism is a bigger problem in my former home town and indeed in Nottinghamshire generally than it is elsewhere in the UK but what it does show is that racism needs to be challenged wherever it raises its head as it’s been with us for a long time and it needs to become socially unacceptable again.

Merseyrail’s troubled Northern Line to Ormskirk

A Merseyrail Ormskirk to Liverpool train rushes past the construction site of the new Maghull North Station on 19th February. Seen from the Park Lane overbridge.

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

On this occasion (today) I understand that snow gathering above the collector shoe, which takes power from the 3rd rail, on the electric unit caused the failure and indeed the fireworks. Could the 507/508 electric trains not have been checked for such snow build up?

But electrical problems on this line, particularly north of Maghull in recent months have caused previous train cancellations due to power failures. Clearly these power failures were for Network Rail to resolve and we all hope that they have now cured the problem power supplies.

Travellers going north of the present Maghull Station in particular must be really cheesed off as their trains have been taken off due to the building of the new Maghull North Station and because of power supply issues in recent times on top of the strikes that have bedeviled the whole Merseyrail network of course.

Merseyrail – RMT Dispute over loss of Guards, strikes and Jeremy

Merseyrail’s new Stadler Trains, to be delivered in a couple of years time, are at the heart of the dispute about driver only operated trains.

The BBC has an article about the next round of strike action on its web site – see link above

Oh no you might say Robertson’s banging on about those interminable railway strikes again. Well yes he is but from Jeremy’s perspective! You see a couple of days ago I saw a tweet from JC which said this:-

‘This @RMTunion film shows why it is essential to keep guards on our trains. Please share and support this important campaign. #KeepTheGuardOnTheTrain’

Well no problem with the tweet in itself BUT just hang on a minute Jeremy, why did Labour-run Merseytravel order new trains for Merseyrail that are intended to be run without train guards then? The RMT are right about Keeping the guards, in my view, but Labour is complicit in the guards getting axed here on Merseyside.

May I suggest to Jeremy that he tells his comrades on Merseyside that the order for trains meant to run without guards needs to be revised so that they run with train guards, then his Merseyside chums will no longer be embarrassing him.

Maghull – That broken Merseytravel information board at Maghull Square

I’ve had an update on the sign/noticeboard/bus map display case at The Square from Merseytravel. This is what it says:-

Thank you for your comments regarding the local area information frames at Maghull Square.

Unfortunately, the repairs to these frames are not covered under the standard maintenance agreement. We are currently waiting for some external agencies to return quotes for this repair and we will action this as soon as possible. Once we have been informed that the repair has been completed we will print and display replacement notices as soon as possible.

Thank you for taking the time to contact us and I apologise for any inconvenience caused.