9 member Lydiate Parish Council is now 6 Labour with 3 opposition Lib Dems from the declared results of yesterday.
No one could have been more surprised than me when I retained my seat on this Parish Council; it was certainly not expected. And I say that based on the fact that at the Borough election count for Park ward, which includes all of Lydiate Parish, (held last Friday) I was firmly removed from office as a Borough Councillor after my 16 years run. So you can imagine how surprised I was when the electors of Lydiate then put me back on the Parish Council. Indeed, 3 of the 4 Lib Dems who stood for Lydiate PC i.e. Edie Pope, Mark Courtney and I all won a seat.
But here’s the rub, a man who I think it is fair to call ‘Mr Lydiate’, Dave Russell, was that 4th Lib Dem candidate who sadly was not returned. In my view Dave has probably put more into Lydiate than any other local councillor that I can recall over the past 25 years or more. He must be hurting right now and I feel for him greatly. He did not deserve to be shown the door but such is the nature of being a local councillor; you never know when or often why the electors will say ‘thank you but that will be enough from you if you don’t mind’.
I do hope that it will be possible for we in opposition to be able to work reasonably and constructively with Lydiate’s new Labour rulers but that is a decision for them to take.
With news that Liverpool’s famous charity Santa dash is in serious doubt this year because Liverpool Council can’t afford to assist (due to spending money on £3,000 taps for the Cunard Building instead?), here is a Lydiate alternative.
Yes, it’s the crazy world of Church View Farm again and Edie Pope’s efforts. Her scarecrow festival of a few weeks ago has now morphed into Santa scarecrows!
Have a look below, although it could be seen as a little biased against Everton at the moment unless Edie is predicting a 3 – 1 victory for Liverpool in the next Derby match!
Mm, the link above to the Ormskirk Advertiser, says it was in West Lancs but Lydiate is firmly in Merseyside, however, the story makes for some good background to what has happened and why over the past weekend.
Edie Pope, a Lydiate Parish Councillor and well known local farm shop proprietor, certainly put on a show with many people, groups and schools bringing their own scarecrows for display with a Halloween theme. And it drew massive crowds throughout the weekend with cars having to be parked in the field next door to the display.
It was all in a good cause – Woodlands Hospice – and Edie had the support of Maghull’s Mayor Joan Deegan, a fellow fund raiser for Woodlands, who judged the scarecrow competition.
The photos above and some others from the festival are amongst my Flickr shots at:-
Click on the photos to enlarge them.
Following a long campaign by canal users, walkers, Lydiate Parish Council and even the odd nudge from me the Canal and River Trust has started the repair work to and around the Pilling Lane Canal Bridge in Lydiate.
The first two shots above show the road closed to vehicles but, subject to safety, the contractors are trying to keep it open for pedestrians as often as possible. Mersey Motor Boat Club is just off the pictures to the right i.e. on the Lancashire side of the works.
Lydiate Parish Cllrs. Dave Russell and Edie Pope discuss repair works with the construction manager.
Temporary dams are being built either side of the bridge. When complete the water will be pumped out to allow further repair work.
The works, I am told are likely to last for some months with the bridge being closed to road traffic until April. Boats are clearly unable to pass under the bridge so any on the Maghull/Liverpool side of it are stuck in it for quite a while.
Without the works the bridge would have become unsafe.
The HALT campaign group were presenting details of their fight against 24 Blackpool Tower sized wind turbines on land between Lydiate and Ince Blundell to Lydiate Parish Council last Tuesday.
Lydiate Parish Council has already made a financial contribution towards the group’s expenses. Here are a couple of photos from the presentation.
Maghull’s own Colin Reader speaking to the Council – Colin is also a prominent local Green Belt campaigner.
Left to right, Cllr. Dave Russell, Cllr. Tony Fenton, Kevin Sharpe of HALT, Colin Reader, Cllr. Edie Pope and all but cut out of the photo Cllr. Andrew Blackburn (sorry Andrew).
Cllr. Edie Pope invited Sheila, Jen and I to her bonfire party last night.
The weather was terrible but all was well as we watched the huge bonfire and firework display from inside one of the farm’s substantial barns. There must have been a couple of hundred people there and a great time was had by all.
Thanks Edie and family you are stars. Here are a few photo’s:-
Edie serving refreshments on the far left