Maghull & Lydiate – The other serious knock-on effect of flooding

I’ve commented many times previously about the regular flooding of Sefton Lane/Bridges Lane due to the backing up of Dover’s Brook when it can’t empty out into the River Alt. This was the scene in December 2015 along Bridges Lane:-

A flooded Bridges Lane between Dovers Brook and the River Alt – when it all got too much in December 2015

Of course the flooding has happened a number of times since then, most recently within the last week. This is my most recent blog posting on the matter:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2019/09/29/river-alt-everything-drains-into-around-these-parts/

Cliff Mainey

But my reason for raising the matter again now, just after another really bad flooding event, is that I’ve been contacted by one Cliff Mainey. Cliff’s a former Maghull councillor and indeed former Mayor of Sefton Borough but it’s his experience as a local fireman which is relevant here. You see Cliff is of the view that an emergency call for Maghull/Lydiate answered from Buckley Hill Fire & Ambulance Station may have up to 6 extra minutes added to its journey if Bridges Lane/Sefton Lane is closed as it has been for a few days. If I’ve understood Cliff correctly this extra time will be caused by the emergency vehicle having to travel from Buckley Hill via Switch Island.

The point here is that this particular flooding site is far from new; I can recall floods there going back to the late 1960’s (when I moved into Maghull) although they were nowhere near as bad as they have been in recent years. So the question is why have the powers that be not been able to resolve the matter? And when you add in the angle which Cliff is now raising………………..

Cliff Mainey’s photo of Showrick Footbridge over the River Alt & flooded fields – Taken 26 01 21.

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Lydiate Ambulance Station closure – It seems they (North West Ambulance Trust) took no notice at all!

Lydiate Lib Dem Parish Councillor Robbie Fenton at Lydiate Ambulance Station. Strangely, the North West Ambulance Service call it Maghull Ambulance Station even though it is in Lydiate.

Lydiate Lib Dem Parish Councillor Robbie Fenton at Lydiate Ambulance Station. Strangely, the North West Ambulance Service call it Maghull Ambulance Station even though it is in Lydiate.

Below is a letter I received on 10th December via e-mail from Sefton Council, to whom it was addressed by the NW Ambulance Trust. In other words I got the letter 16 days after the trial mentioned in the letter below started. Indeed the letter was not even posted by the Trust until 3rd December.

MAGHULL STATION TRIAL
Further to previous correspondence and NWASs attendance at a meeting with your members in the summer regarding Maghull station, I am writing to advise you that the trial discussed commenced on 25 November. From this date, and for the following six months, the Maghull emergency ambulance will start and end its shifts at Buckley Hill, and will be supported in the area by an additional resource in the form of a rapid response vehicle (RRV).

During the trial, the Trust will closely monitor response times for incidents and we will make our final decision based on that data. Time trials are only accurate when they are conducted under usual conditions eg. driving using visual and audible warnings, at all times of the day and night – due to road legislation, we are only permitted to use these warnings when responding to or conveying a patient. Therefore, conducting the trial under normal driving conditions will not give us the accurate information needed to make a decision.

I would like to thank you for your co-operation in engaging with us on this subject and assure you that we will keep you informed on the progress of the trial.

*****

What makes me angry is that at the meeting in the summer that is referred to in the letter both I and Cllr. Andrew Blackburn gave the Trust an alternative to closing the Ambulance Station and moving the Lydiate ambulance to Buckley Hill Fire Station in Nertherton. It was an alternative that the Trust had clearly not thought of i.e. locating the ambulance at Maghull Police Station.

Subject to that Police Station having a sustainable future itself (which Merseyside’s Police Commissioner tells me it has ‘for the foreseeable future’) surely co-locating Police and Ambulance vehicles together would be a win, win scenario. But is there any mention of this in the letter from the NW Ambulance Trust? No not a word. Was the suggestion investigated at all? Were they even listening?

To rephrase the last sentence of the above letter as though I am writing it, how about this.

I would like to thank you for ignoring me and for the sham engagement on this subject and I assure you that I will remember what a waste of time it was speaking to the Trust.