Thornton Parish Council – Probably one of the most successful Parish Councils in Sefton Borough and indeed beyond.

My connection with Thornton Parish Council goes back a number years to when they and the good people of Thornton decided enough was enough and they were going to re-launch the campaign to get a relief road built around their traffic congested community.

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The previous campaign (which eventually became known as the Blue Route) had stuttered to a halt because of environmental issues mainly and I think it fair to say that mainstream politicians were hardly keen to dip their toes in that water again! But Thornton Parish Council thought differently and they knew their community still needed a solution to the environmental nightmare they faced virtually every day of the week because the road system taking traffic out of Liverpool towards Formby and Southport had a missing link in it. It certainly did so clouds of pollution were being spewed out along Lydiate Lane and Green Lane as a consequence.

This is the presently being constructed junction with Brickwall Lane just to the west of Sefton Village and south of Thornton.

This is the presently being constructed junction with Brickwall Lane just to the west of Sefton Village and south of Thornton.

The initial campaigning led to a public march, which I took part in, to raise the profile of the issue once again and then things really took off. This time mainstream politicians took notice and I like to think that I helped build the cross-party consensus to get some action rather than yet more warm words.

So a movement was built and what was ultimately a successful campaign was launched. But it would not have happened had Thornton Parish Council and the people of Thornton not shown great determination. The new road will, I hope, help ease their traffic congestion in Thornton when it is complete and open soon.

So why did what I look upon as one of the most successful of Sefton Borough’s 10 parish councils (because they won this massive campaign) only have 4 people nominated to sit on the 7 member Parish Council in this May’s elections? It makes no sense, people usually like to be part of success even those who have done nothing to bring about the success. Whatever the reason/s it is sad to see the lack of nominations to this Parish Council which has achieved so much.

But let’s look at it another way the road is only being built because of the campaigning of Thornton people, without them it simply would not have happened. I think that simple fact indicates that Thornton Parish Council deserves a huge thank you for raising a dead project and forcing it onto Sefton Council’s agenda. Yes people like me picked the issue up and ran with it but that was what I was expected to do when Leader of Sefton Council.

I really like Parish Councils, they are so diverse and are capable of so much and I am determined to let Thornton Parish Council have its 15 minutes of fame whilst others, particularly in the Labour Party, try to claim credit for a project they have had precious little at all to do with.

Switch Island/Thornton Link Road – a walk along it for charity

When I was but a lad (June 1971) I walked through the new Mersey Tunnel just before it opened to traffic and this year I got the opportunity to walk along part of the new Switch Island to Thornton Link Road before it too opens for traffic.

The walk along Brooms Cross Road, for that is what it will be called, was in aid of and to raise money for St. Joseph’s Hospice (Jospice) in Thornton and Sheila and I had a great time walking the new road. Here are some photos of the event:-

People walking the new road

People walking the new road

This is the Switch Island end of the yet to be completed road

This is the Switch Island end of the yet to be completed road

This is the presently being constructed junction with Brickwall Lane just to the west of Sefton Village.

This is the presently being constructed junction with Brickwall Lane just to the west of Sefton Village.

I will soon post a tribute to Thornton Parish Council and the good folk of that Parish who were instrumental in getting the new road built.

There are a couple of additional photos taken from this walk on my Flickr page at:- www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Switch Island – Thornton Link Road Delayed

It certainly is well behind time now with a date in May being identified for opening this time.

Environmental campaigners that I work with seem unsurprised at the water logged land that the construction company have been bogged down in though.

Here are a few photo’s of the Thornton end of the new road as it looked a few of days ago:-

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I notice that Labour are still trying to claim credit for getting the road built when it was really the campaigning of the people and Parish Council of Thornton. And let’s not forget that despite 13 years in Government Labour never gave the road the green light. It took the Coalition Government to do that but the credit goes to the people and Parish Council in my book every time!

Switch Island – Thornton Link Road. How about this for a photo!

This photo was taken by the contractors working on the new link road from Switch Island to Thornton:-

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Maghull is visible in the top right with Netherton in the bottom left. Switch Island is just above mid way on the right with Thornton being in the distance to the mid left of the photo. You can see the course of the new road left to right.

The building of this new road comes down to the campaigning of Thornton residents and Thornton Parish Council.

Switch Island to Thornton Link Road – progress as junctions takes shape

This was the scene on Brickwall Lane just to the west of Sefton Village on Friday 30th January:-

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Street lamps are being erected and the junction with the new Broomscross Road is taking shape, all down to the campaigning of Thornton Parish Council and Thornton residents who were and are desperate for a by-pass around their congested community.

New Switch Island to Thornton Link Road – Brickwall Lane junction takes shape

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This was the scene on Brickwall Lane, Sefton Village last week as curb stones associated with the junction of the new Switch Island to Thornton Link Road (to be called Brooms Cross Road) were being laid in.