Clieves Hill – Beautiful views and huge potholes

Clieves Hill in Aughton provides wonderful views over West Lancashire and Sefton to the coast, views like this:-

But beware if you try to park your car in the viewing lay-by as there are some monster sized potholes in it:-

Note:- Lay-by potholes reported to Lancashire County Council 21 04 18

Click on the photos to enlarge them

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

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

The curse of scrambler bikes

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/catalogue-tragedy-shows-war-scrambler-14244568

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

I’m sure I saw one in Aughton’s Winifred Lane last Sunday and the Police helicopter was buzzing around above at the same time.

Maghull – Returning to the condition of Millbank Lane

I have posted previously about the state of the road surface in Millbank Lane. My last relevant posting is available via the link below:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2017/11/23/maghull-lydiate-last-nights-rain-storms/

Without rehearsing too much the history of this lane and how land owners have some significant responsibility for the maintenance of the road surface the situation seems to be like this. Because the lane is a public right of way Sefton Council does have some responsibility for the surface to be in reasonable condition for pedestrians. The responsibility for the lane being suitable for vehicles is definitely with the land owners of this unadopted road.

What has now happened is that Sefton Council has taken some action to try to repair the worst of the potholes where they affect pedestrian access. I understand that at the same time the relevant land owners have been reminded that it is their responsibility to provide a surface suitable for vehicles.

Sadly the stones that Sefton have put into the ruts seem to have been churned out by vehicles or at least that’s what I’m guessing has happened. The photo’s below were taken on 28th January:-

And the next photo is interesting! You can hardly read it as it’s buried in a hawthorn hedge just inside the Maghull/Sefton Borough boundary as you cross over Sudell Brook into the Town from Aughton/West Lancs. It says ‘Lancashire County Council – Private Road – Public Footpath Only’

The sign must therefore predate local government reorganisation in 1974 as it is in Sefton not Lancashire. The things you find when out and about.

Aughton – St. Mary’s RC Church – If not for the noticeboard onto Prescot Rd you may not realise that it’s a church

I posted a while back about what I understood to be the old St. Mary’s RC Primary School in Melling on the site of what subsequently became ‘The Chesterfield’ banqueting suite on Prescot Road and where a new house is presently being built. Here’s a link to that previous posting:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2017/11/24/melling-remember-the-chesterfield/

When I realised the connection with the RC church just up the road into Aughton (the school was in Melling) I wondered about this church that hardly looks like am ecclesiastical building. Without the crosses on the apexes of the main building and porch, some small religious statues amongst the trees and the notice board outside you could easily pass it by not realising it was a church at all and I wondered why this was the case.

An internet search seemed to provide the answer i.e. ‘Chapel and attached presbytery of the low-key type that prevailed between the passing of the Second Relief Act of 1791 and the Catholic Emancipation Act of 1829.’ The interesting link below, from which this text is taken, gives more details:-

taking-stock.org.uk/Home/Dioceses/Archdiocese-of-Liverpool/Aughton-St-Mary

Despite being an atheist church/ecclesiastical buildings have always fascinated me as they often represent the very best in architecture at the time of their construction. St Mary’s turns this view somewhat on its head though as it is quite deliberately understated.

As with my other local history blogs about subjects in Sefton and West Lancs, any additions, corrections and comments are much appreciated.

Maghull/ Lydiate – last night’s rain storms

That was some heavy rain we had last night and cycling around Maghull and Lydiate this morning I ran into the consequences of it. The first shot is of Millbank Lane, the unadopted road/public right of way that runs from the junction of Dodds Ln/Kenyons Ln/Park Ln to the boundary with Aughton. The surface has been breaking up in the latter 3rd of it for some time now (my previous posting refers – linked below) but today it was impassable for cyclists and pedestrians. I had to turn back and find an alternative route into Aughton.

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2017/08/20/maghull-millbank-lane-is-unadopted-says-sefton-council/

The second shot is of Pygons Hill Lane near to Jackson’s Bridge. Not too clear in this shot but it was running like a stream down the hill towards the canal bridge.

I noticed yesterday afternoon before the really heavy rain how high the River Alt was, where Bridges Ln crosses it between Maghull and Sefton Village. Reminds us all of how vulnerable to flooding we are when major rain storms hit low lying Sefton.

Aughton – The Cockbeck is now a Co Op

This is another in my occasional postings about the demise of local pubs.

This time its about the Cockbeck Pub next to Town Green Station in Aughton West Lancashire.

I recall going to the old Cockbeck Pub when I was in my teens and twenties but not since then – maybe I contributed to its demise?

It also had a short lived period being described as a ‘Gastropub’ only last year if memory serves but it is no more and a Co Op has been established in the building this past summer