Greenpeace – Air pollution is responsible for cutting short 40,000 lives in the UK every year.

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Air pollution is responsible for cutting short 40,000 lives in the UK every year. It’s time for this government to take robust and steadfast action to address this national health emergency. Please create a bold action plan that cleans our air, reduces pollution and saves lives

I have raised concerns like this before on this very blog site in relation to HGV’s accessing the Port of Liverpool. Bootle in particular is a concern for air pollution locally but we are kidding ourselves if we think that it is not a problem for us all. The inside of own vehicles is often an air pollution hot spot as the air circulation systems suck pollutants in. You can help to reduce this problem by recirculating the air in your vehicle but you need to try to anticipate where and when to do this. I do it when I realise I am coming up behind a HGV or diesel taxi for instance.

Rimrose Valley – The road down the middle of it – The subject Labour has hoped would go away

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/public-meetings-over-proposed-200m-10842216

Rimrose Valley Country Park - Picture c/o the Liverpool Echo

Rimrose Valley Country Park – Picture c/o the Liverpool Echo

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above

I have posted about this many times before. My last posting is available below:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2015/12/23/south-sefton-rimrose-valley-country-park/

This has long been the subject that Labour-led Sefton Council has not wanted to discuss let alone vote upon. Their approach seems to have been one of the odd bit of hand wringing, the odd mutter along the lines of -don’t talk about i – and a hope that the Highways Agency (now Highways England) will cop the blame for it. If that passes for community leadership then I’m a Dutchman.

But with a couple of info-leaflets doing the rounds in recent times from Highways England and now some public events it will be interesting to see Labour councillors hopping from one foot to the other whilst trying not to commit themselves. Or am I being too cynical?

South Sefton – Rimrose Valley Country Park

This linear piece of green space which runs all the way from Thornton to Seaforth is under threat from a plan by Highways England (previously known as the Highways Agency) who want to build a road right down the middle of it to service the docks.

The busy A5036 thunders over the Leeds Liverpool Canal in Litherland but the oasis of Rimrose Valley Country Park sits the other side of this manic highway to Seaforth Docks.

The busy A5036 thunders over the Leeds Liverpool Canal in Litherland but the oasis of Rimrose Valley Country Park sits the other side of this manic highway to Seaforth Docks.

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A petition has been launched to try to save this unique green space from the bulldozers. Please see the link below:-

www.change.org/p/sefton-council-give-rimrose-valley-country-park-local-green-space-special-protection?tk=0vN7DiOjtzPyEa12iliks3igUafK6ihH3Vw6YHWMAUA&utm_source=supporter_signature_milestone_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=supporter_signatures_2500&utm_term=supporter_signature_milestone_email

Of course this relates back to numerous of my previous postings (see link below) associated with the expansion of Seaforth Docks and the lack of planning in that expansion to address how the increased freight traffic will get to and from the docks.

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2015/10/27/access-to-the-port-of-liverpool-looks-like-those-in-power-but-not-the-council-are-finally-talking-to-us/

Sefton Council likes keeping its head down about all this but my guess is that they want Highways England to take the flak, so keeping a low profile may well be in their interests? Trouble is we are talking pollution from increasing numbers of trucks accessing the docks and we all know that diesel fums are bad for all of us.

This should be an issue that Sefton Council is leading not one they are seemingly ducking!

The website of Rimrose Valley Friends is accessible via this link:-

www.rimrosevalleyfriends.org/

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

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

Used car salesmen – Now its new car manufacturers that are the new dodgy

All our lives we have been suspicious of used car salespersons with a generally not to trusted attitude from Joe and Jane public towards them, rightly or wrongly.

But it seems from the VW, Audi, Skoda, Seat dishonesty that we should have had a far more weather eye on those making the cars!

I have had a dozen Skoda’s on the trot although I bought a Seat last time because the deal was better and of course they are all VW’s in reality.

As an environmental campaigner as well as someone who has bought 13 of their cars I am doubly sad that the dishonesty has meant that these car makers have been lying about the environmental impact of their cars.

Where to next for car for me? I will be sad to leave the VW group as the cars I have had have all been great but unless they get their act together soon I will be looking elsewhere next time I go out to buy a car.

Access to the Port of Liverpool – Looks like those in power (but not the Council) are finally talking to us!

The present Seaforth Docks and hinterland

The present Seaforth Docks and hinterland

www.liverpoollep.org/core-sectors/superport/

I have commented on access to the Port of Liverpool at Seaforth numerous times and been very critical of the lack of communication about and the long-term planning for the virtually complete River Berth which will receive Post-Panamax size container ships.

Firstly, there’s a link at the top of this posting to Liverpool City Region/Liverpool Enterprise Partnership. Some of my most recent postings are also available below:-

JUNE 2015 – tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2015/06/26/access-to-the-port-of-liverpool-getting-there-slowly/

AUGUST 2015 – tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2015/08/04/lancashire-life-magazine-expansion-at-seaforth-dock/

SEPTEMBER 2015 – tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2015/09/23/seaforth-docks-river-berth-more-environmental-consequences/

But as well as the article on the City Region web site there is issue No.1 of a newsletter doing the rounds from Highways England. It can be accessed via the link below. Look particularly at the Publications tab:-

www.highways.gov.uk/roads/road-projects/a5036-port-of-liverpool-access

Seaforth Docks seen from the Mersey with work going on to construct the river berth for Post-Panamax ships in August 2015.

Seaforth Docks seen from the Mersey with work going on to construct the river berth for Post-Panamax ships in August 2015.

So things are starting to happen in terms of engaging the people of Bootle, Seaforth, Netherton and South Sefton generally and not before time! However, I still think that Sefton Council should have been leading this process rather than peering out at what’s going on from the long grass hoping
no one will realise they are involved in this vital transport/environmental matter.

ACL container ship Atlantic Compass at Seaforth Dock.

ACL container ship Atlantic Compass at Seaforth Dock.

Is it really such a bright idea to consider putting a new road right through the middle of Rimrose Valley Country Park?!

Also, nothing much at all about rail access (I continue to note) which could have a really beneficial contribution to make in terms of getting polluting diesel lorries off Seaforth, Bootle and Netherton roads/the A5036. What are Network Rail doing/planning? Indeed, what are Sefton Council doing – hoping all this will slip through without them needing to get their hands dirty?

The 3rd/last photo in this posting is also on my Flickr page at:-

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

With thanks to John H for the lead to this story.

Seaforth Docks River Berth – More environmental consequences?

I have posted a number of times about the consequences of the Mersey river berth that will allow Post Panamax ships of an enormous size to dock at Seaforth. Below is an example of the type and size of ship that will be using the river berth:-

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To date the issues I have raised have been about access to and from the port by rail and road for the increased level of freight that the port will generate, the lack of preparedness of Sefton Council, Highways England and Network Rail for this and the potential air pollution consequences. My last relevant posting can be read via the link below:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2015/08/04/lancashire-life-magazine-expansion-at-seaforth-dock/

But there is another issue which has been highlighted by former Lib Dem councillor and Mayor of Sefton Cliff Mainey. Cliff, like me, is an environmentalist at heart and his concern is the dredging of the Mersey to accommodate the river berth and the massive ships that will use it.

Cliff Mainey

Cliff Mainey

‘Where has the dredged silt been dumped now and where will it be dumped in the future’ asks Cliff ‘and what are the consequences of the dredging to our coastline?’

Seaforth Docks seen from the Mersey with work going on to construct the river berth for Post-Panamax ships.

Seaforth Docks seen from the Mersey in August 2015 with work going on to construct the river berth for Post-Panamax ships.

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These important questions should be a big issue for Sefton Council, the Environment Agency and any other authority that has an interest in protecting our coastline. It is clearly vital that the consequences of tampering with Mother Nature are fully understood but is this another issue associated with the river berth that those who represent our interests have not addressed with the vigor we would expect?