Merseyside North Volunteers – Their Maghull project

I have mentioned this volunteer group previously on this blog site – they work as part of the environmental charity Sustrans who were instrumental in getting the Cheshire Lanes Path/Trans Pennine Trail constructed along the track-bed of the former Southport & Cheshire Lines Extension Railway.

A previous posting of mine is available via this link:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2016/04/06/maghull-sustrans-merseyside-north-volunteers-win-the-tesco-jackpot/

I shot I took quite a while back (before the volunteers started work) of the access path from Sefton Drive to the Cheshire Lines Path and the sadly dumped rubbish that the area often suffers from.

I shot I took quite a while back (before the volunteers started work) of the access path from Sefton Drive to the Cheshire Lines Path and the sadly dumped rubbish that the area often suffers from.

If you now have the background you will have probably realised that the work that the volunteers are doing is to the side of and behind the houses in Sefton Drive Maghull (they call the site The Meadow), an area that has sadly been bedeviled with dog fouling litter and fly-tipping for some years now.

Here’s the latest update on the project

The Meadow site is clear (thanks to a number of volunteers and rather large group of scouts from the area) and wildflower seeds have been scattered. Winter is assisting in keeping any weed growth away but unfortunately a small number of inconsiderate dog walkers have been about. Light fly-tipping and discarded litter has also taken place.

I’m keen to get things rolling again at the site and cleared up with the Meadow project due for completion. The near by recycling centre have said that they will assist so litter picking is high on the agenda of activities. I’ve ‘pencilled in’ the following activities for the coming months…

Sunday 29th Jan 2017. 10am-1pm Clearing vegetation around entrance areas to the site in preparation for planting. Path edging and litter picking.

Saturday 4th Feb 2017. 1pm-3.30pm Photography Walk. Grab your walking boots and that new camera you got for Christmas to join me in exploring the area around the Meadow. The aim is to capture images that can potentially
be incorporated into artwork and signage on the Meadow site. It’s also an opportunity to do a bit of litter picking whilst we’re out.

Sunday 12th Feb 2017 10am-onwards. Installing signage sleepers and benches.
Feb Half Term Week. Bug House Building and Bird House Installing. (Check website for dates and times)

Sunday 19th Feb 2017 10am-onwards. Installing signage sleepers and benches.

Sunday 26th Feb 2017 10am-1pm General site maintenance, litter picking, bird table installation.

Sunday 5th March 2017 10am-1pm Clearing weed growth, planting.

Sunday 12th March 2017 10am-1pm Clearing weed growth, planting and install signage.

Sunday 26th March 2017 10am- onwards. Edge path, wildflower reseed, Project completion celebration.

April Onwards… Activities and maintenance will progress beyond the Meadow site in particular up the Cheshire Lines.

Extra dates will be added as the site activity progresses. You should check this website [see link at end of this posting] for revised times, amendments and any further information. All activities start or take place on the Meadow site. Any children should be accompanied by an adult. We suggest you wear sturdy suitable footwear and clothing that you don’t mind getting a little muddy. Sefton Meadows Garden Centre cafe is close by but I will endeavour to provide some light refreshments on site. Any assistance that can be provided in the above activities is always welcome. If you are able to help on any of the above dates, could you email me jc@photoreal.co.uk or text 07713158716 to let me know. I can also keep you updated if anything changes.

If you have any questions, again please don’t hesitate to drop me an email. Below is a flyer with the above information.

Thanks for all you do and hope to see you all soon

John Callaghan
Merseyside North Volunteers

www.merseysidenorth.uk

www.merseysidenorth.uk/

Sustrans – Merseyside North Volunteers

Happy to help publicise another local environmental volunteering opportunity:-

Workday… Saturday 24th September 2016

John Callaghan writes:- Short notice, but if you’re available and have an hour or two to spare…

Next Saturday (24th September, 10am onwards) the Lydiate scouts are assisting us by taking part in a sponsored litter pick on the Maghull/Lydiate area of Trans Pennine Trail/NCN 62.

Whilst they are litter picking in the area, I am planning to continue to clear The Meadow site in preparation for wildflower seeding. The Meadow site is at the beginning of the Cheshire Lines in Maghull, just off Sefton Drive, next to Sefton Meadows Garden Centre and the recycling centre. If any of you are available, I could really do with some assistance in raking the cut vegetation and clearing the ground. If you have not visited the site, it would also be an opportunity for me to introduce and discuss the Meadow project. I can also explain the bigger plan with this project and its impact for our area and all areas of the Trail. If you are available, it would be great to see you there. I have limited tools at this point and if you are able to bring a rake, it would be a great help. I also suggest you wear appropriate clothing for this type of task as the majority of what is being cleared is brambles and nettles. Please provide your own refreshments… although there is a cafe available at the Sefton Meadows Garden Centre.

If you are able to assist could you let me know jc@photoreal.co.uk …If you are unable to assist, but just want to come and say hello, you are more than welcome.

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Maghull – Sustrans – Merseyside North Volunteers win the TESCO jackpot!

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Here’s some great environmental/green news for Maghull – see link above

I covered this story a while back – here’s the link back to that article:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2016/03/03/sustrans-the-cheshire-lines-path-merseyside-north-volunteers/

A shot I took a couple of years ago of the access path off Sefton Drive to the Cheshire Lines Path and the dumped rubbish that the area suffers from.

A shot I took a couple of years ago of the access path off Sefton Drive to the Cheshire Lines Path and the dumped rubbish that the area suffers from.

So congratulations are due to the intrepid Merseyside North Sustrans volunteers for winning the top prize. It will be interesting to see how their project develops as this access point to the Cheshire Lines/Trans Pennine Trail has long been a mess.

By the way I found this old photo amongst my collection. It is taken from the very spot that the volunteers are going to improve looking up at the old Cheshire Lines Sefton Lane railway bridge parapet. Of course that is now long gone with the bridge gap itself also filled in. All that’s left is a hump in Sefton Lane. The photo is from the early 1980’s and the people in it are Marie Borland, Andrew Beattie (sadly passed away) and Dave Roscoe. Marie and Andrew were both Maghull Town councillors at the time.

Marie Borland, Andrew Beattie & Dave Roscoe - Old Cheshire Lines Bridge Sefton Ln ,Maghull

Sustrans – The Cheshire Lines Path – Merseyside North Volunteers

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The other day at a Maghull in Bloom meeting Ed, a local volunteer, told us about another Maghull volunteering project that he is involved with and a great project it is too.

Ed’s other volunteering group is called Merseyside North Volunteers who support the work of the environmental footpath/cycle path charity Sustrans. Sustrans, of course, are responsible for the Cheshire Lines Path which runs from Southport to Maghull and onwards into Liverpool as part of the Trans Pennine Trail.

This is the old Sefton & Maghull Station just prior to demolition in the early 1960's. A factory now stands on the site.

This is the old Sefton & Maghull Station just prior to demolition in the early 1960’s. A factory now stands on the site.

The main access to the path in Maghull for those using it to travel northwards to Southport or indeed those coming into Maghull from the other direction is at Sefton Drive, only yards away from the former Sefton & Maghull railway station. Now frankly this gateway to the path is not all that it could be, often covered with rubbish and litter and dog fouling. I have covered this problematic area previously on this blog site and my last posting about it is accessible via the link below:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2015/01/28/maghull-sefton-drive-and-cheshire-lines-path-is-a-dumping-grownd/

What Ed had to tell us was that his group of volunteers and Sustrans are working on a small project to try to improve things and here’s a link to that project:-

www.merseysidenorth.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/the-meadow-we-need-your-votes-on-27th.html

If you shop at TESCO you can help by voting for the ‘Meadow Project’ until 6th March.

Let’s hope this volunteer initiative is a success.

Scrambler bikes destroying the peace of Sefton’s lovely countryside

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/scrambler-bikes-causing-misery-across-10692363

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/police-helicopter-follows-dangerous-scrambler-10700883

The Liverpool Echo has the stories – see links above

There is no doubt in my mind that Sefton Borough has long had a problem with anti-social people riding scrambler bikes in our beautiful places and now even in an indoor shopping centre! That’s not to say that Merseyside Police have been ignoring the problem because they have had a number of successes in tracking the dangerous riders down.

In the East Parishes part of the Borough the tow path of the Leeds Liverpool Canal, the Cheshire Lines Path and Jubilee Woods all suffer from scrambler bikes being ridden at speed and with no regard for the the safety of walkers.

Merseyside Police, despite their very limited resources are to be commended for trying to tackle this problem. Let’s hope they confiscate more bikes for the crusher!

Old Map of Southport – 1958 – Some of it’s former railways were still on the map

I mentioned a few days ago (see link below) that I had come across an old Ordnance Survey Map of Liverpool from 1958.

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2015/04/07/old-ordnance-survey-map-of-liverpool-in-1958-maghull-lydiate-the-cheshire-lines-railway/

The map also covers Southport so let’s have a look at that part of the map which I have scanned:-

Southport 1958

Click on the map to enlarge it.

The most noticeable thing is that the former West Lancashire Railway line from Southport to Preston is clearly still up and running. No way would that line have been closed now if it had only just survived the Beeching era. It was of course 3rd rail electrified from Southport to Crossens.

The trackbed of the former Southport and Cheshire Lines Extension Railway from Aintree is also just about visible along the coastline. It had been closed in July of 1952 and is now Southport’s Coastal Road from Ainsdale to near the old Lord Street Station. It also serves as the Cheshire Lines Long Distance Footpath which is part of the Trans Pennine Trail to Hull.

The former Liverpool, Southport & Preston Junction Railway (LS&PJR) line from Meols Cop/Blowick to Hillhouse Junction (on the Southport & Cheshire Lines Extension Railway) is still denoted as being in use as far as Shirdley Hill. Whilst the line closed in January 1952 it was retained as far as Shirdley Hill and used for the storage excursion carriages until 1964.

If readers want to no more about the West Lancashire Railway or indeed the LS&PJR there is an excellent book on it by J E Cotterall which was published by The Oakwood Press in 1982, that may be available in second hand book shops.

My 3rd posting based on this map will appear soon regarding railways around Ormskirk, Burscough and Skelmersdale.