What happens to Merseyside’s rubbish that can’t be recycled?

All lined up – Merseyside’s waste packed into containers for a ride to the north east.

Well it’s sent to Kirkby (Knowsley Freight Terminal to be precise) where it’s loaded into containers, put on the 2 trains that leave each day and taken to the north east of England to be burned.

The destination is a power station called Wilton which uses the waste to generate electricity. Wikipedia has a page on the power station – look for ‘Wilton 11’ down the page for comment about Merseyside’s waste:-

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilton_power_stations

A double-headed (2 loco) train departs Knowsley Freight Terminal on its way to Wilton Power Station.

Waste-to-energy (WtE) or energy-from-waste (EfW) is the process of generating energy in the form of electricity and/or heat from the primary treatment of waste, or the processing of waste into a fuel source. WtE is a form of energy recovery. Most WtE processes generate electricity.

Landfill is now a very expensive and an environmentally dubious process although it is hugely more regulated than it used to be when rubbish was literally tipped into a hole in the ground with little if any thought as to the consequences of such tipping.

I recall as a child living in Maghull the tipping that was once done on Sefton Meadows during the 1960’s and 1970’s on land north and south of Sefton Lane/Bridges Lane. The southern tipping land is now forested and called Jubilee Woods and as a youngster at Ormonde High School cross country runs took you on a public footpath right through the tipping land – the smells were appalling. That same footpath is still there but walking it now you would never realise what’s under your feet.

Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority set up and negotiated the contract to send Merseyside’s non-recyclable waste to Wilton.

Class 66 diesel locomotives 66040 and 66145 leaving Knowsley Freight Terminal on 24th August 2018 with another trainload of Merseyside’s waste.

Click on any of the photos to enlarge them

The 2nd photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-

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

Scrambler bikes – The menace that is never far away

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/man-arrested-after-pedestrian-hit-14063772

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

And here we see the sad consequences of irresponsible scrambler bike riding.

It’s far from being a new problem though, indeed it goes back 25 years or more at least. In my years as a councillor one consistent complaint that has come my way, especially in the summer months, has been the menace of scrambler bikes on the Cheshire Line Path/Trans Pennine Trail, on The Leeds Liverpool Canal tow path and on Jubilee Woods between Maghull and Sefton Village.

But now they are all over our roads and one was even driven through Bootle Strand Shopping Centre not so long ago!

In my experience the Police are quick to react to information about where the bikes are being stored because seizing them at such places is far safer than trying to catch them when they are being driven at speed.

I recall one occasion when a sharp eyed resident spotted a van that regularly parked up near the River Alt on Bridges Lane and from which scrambler bikes were unloaded. The boy and girls in blue dealt with that one.

My advice is always tell the police when you see a scrambler bike being driven erratically as it helps them put together a picture of where they appearing. Even better if you know of where any of them are being stored, please ring Crime Stoppers.

It’s so sad that an innocent pedestrian has been run down by an irresponsible scrambler bike driver.

Sefton Rights of Way Liaison Group

Now here’s something that could have been utterly boring but was actually quite interesting.

I attended my first meeting of this group recently representing both Lydiate Parish Council (which I am a member of) and Maghull Town Council (which I am not a member of). The meeting was held in Ainsdale’s Discovery Centre near to Pontins.

Other Parish Councils in Sefton were represented on it together with Ramblers and horse riding groups.

I have always had a fascination with public footpaths and regularly walk them both locally and further afield with Sheila and old chum Keith.

Scramble motorbikes on the local footpath network are a constant menace so erecting barriers to make life difficult for them is desirable where it’s possible. The representative of Sefton Parish Council asked for a style to be considered for the start of the footpath to Netherton off Bridges Lane in Sefton Village. Presently there is just a gap that makes scramble bikes access rather too easy. Here’s a photo of the site:-

Footpath off Bridges Lane, Sefton Village 27 05 16

A worrying problem that could do with being addressed is the lack of safe crossing facilities across the Formby by-pass particularly for horse riders. As you can imagine this road, with a speed limit of 60mph and which will usually have vehicles travelling on it at over over 70mph, is not a safe one to cross. A solution could be costly but I hope one will be fully investigated as a consequence of our discussion today.

We also touched on the recent success of the Sustrans Merseyside North Volunteers who not so long ago won a large grant from Tesco to improve the environment around the Sefton Drive (Maghull) access footpath to the Cheshire Lines Footpath/Trans Pennine Trail. This is the area concerned. The photo is from 2013:-

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The tragic accidents where Fisherman’s Path crosses the Liverpool – Southport railway line in Formby also came up and we were assured that Sefton Council and Network Rail were still trying to find viable solutions following a number of pedestrian deaths in recent times. My previous blog posting from January this year refers to one of the tragic accidents – see link below:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2016/01/21/formby-another-death-at-fishermans-path-level-crossing/

So on the whole and interesting first meeting for me.

What is important though is that issues with the Sefton public footpath and bridleway network are reported so that they can be addressed. So if you come across issues such as broken styles, overgrown paths, fallen trees blocking paths, illegal blocking of paths by land owners etc. just let me know and I will pass the concerns on to Sefton Council in the hope that they can be addressed.