Bootle – The interesting and unfortunate within yards of each other

I have always admired the modern gateway arch to a part of this community known as Bootle Village which was erected at the turn of the last century, indeed I assume it was a year 2000 centenary project.

Constructed in metal it is pleasing on the eye and can’t be missed if you are on Stanley Road between the Leeds Liverpool Canal Bridge and Bootle Library.

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Sadly and literally only a few yards away to left of this shot is the view below:-

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You can see pretty much the same buildings/house in the background of both shots. This second photo shows the build up of dumped rubbish on the embankment of the Leeds Liverpool Canal, which celebrates it’s Bicentenary later this year. This is on the opposite side to the tow path.

I suspect that the area is not easily accessed to clear up the junk but never the less it looks appalling and especially so close to the rather nice gateway arch.

Either the Canal and River Trust and/or Sefton Council need to take some action to clear this long-standing mess up as it does Bootle Town Centre no favours at all and the removal of the rubbish would contribute towards the Bicentenary celebrations in June 2016.

Here’s hoping the powers that be are onto this environmental black spot.

The first photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-

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

Idyllic scenes in urban Sefton

Here are 3 photos; do you have any idea where they were taken?

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The first two are of the same place, just differing angles – It’s The Dell in Maghull at the busy junction of Liverpool Road North and Westway across the road from the Hare and Hounds Pub. If you were there at this time of year, when the trees are in full leaf, it would only be the drone of the traffic that would give away the fact that this is not in the middle of the countryside.

Maghull in Bloom volunteers working with offenders from Melling’s Kennet Prison are presently undertaking long-term ecological work at The Dell.

The 3rd photo is off a section of the Leeds Liverpool Canal right in the heart of Bootle Village and next to the Strand Shopping Centre. The shot was taken from the bridge that takes Stanley Road over the canal where taxi’s and buses predominate.

It just goes to show that in urban town centres a little oasis of green can make all the difference.

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These photos are amongst my Flickr shots at:-
www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/