Ainsdale – When is a Police Station/Hub not one?

Ainsdale Station during rebuilding – October 2017

I’ve posted before about the rebuilding of Ainsdale Station on the Liverpool – Southport Northern Line of Merseyrail. My most relevant blog about it is accessible via the link below:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2017/08/04/ainsdale-railway-station-its-going-to-have-a-police-station-on-its-platform-like-town-green-station/

And a quick reminder of the Southport Visitor newspaper story of 2nd August 2017:-

www.southportvisiter.co.uk/news/southport-west-lancs/ainsdale-getting-new-police-station-13422778?utm_source=sharebar&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=sharebar

Now if I told you that it seems the Police Hub is hardly, if at all, in use still in April 2019 you may be a little surprised based on on previous publicity. Who’s got the key? Is there any internet available? When will the girls and boys in blue be using it I wonder?

With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting

Ainsdale – Rebuilding of its ‘railway’ station

www.southportvisiter.co.uk/news/completion-date-ainsdale-train-station-14293061

The Southport Visiter has the story on its web site – it’s accessible via the link above

This is a really positive story of progress on Merseyrail which I have been ‘tracking’ (yes I know) for some time now.

Lynne Thompson on I on Ainsdale Station back in 2011.

I was Leader of Sefton Council when Lynne Thompson, now Cllr. Lynne Thompson, was campaigning for the rebuild, that was back in 2011.

Oh yes and have you noticed an ‘Americanism’ creeping into every day use – ‘Train Station’ is a term used in the USA, they have always been railway stations in the UK.

With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting

Ainsdale – Work progresses on it’s new station buildings

I have blogged about the rebuild that is presently ongoing at this Merseyrail Station before. My last posting is accessible via the link below:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2017/08/04/ainsdale-railway-station-its-going-to-have-a-police-station-on-its-platform-like-town-green-station/

I went back to have a look at progress last week and things on the Southport bound platform side are clearly radically changing as steelwork for the new station building is now up – see lead photo above.

The state of the old station buildings can be summed up with this photo:-

What you are looking at is the rear wall of the platform building on the Liverpool bound side of the station (facing Chesterfield Road), quite a mess indeed.

Click on the photos to enlarge them

Ainsdale Railway Station – It’s going to have a Police Station on its platform like Town Green Station

www.southportvisiter.co.uk/news/southport-west-lancs/ainsdale-getting-new-police-station-13422778

The Southport Visiter has the story on its web site – see link above

That Ainsdale Station is being upgraded is not new news but this aspect of it caught my eye not least because I had blogged about Town Green Station on the Liverpool – Ormskirk Line having Aughton Police Station on it only recently – 7th July. Here’s a link to that previous posting:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2017/07/07/emergency-services-austerity-causes-innovative-and-welcomeunwelcome-thinking/

Ainsdale Station has been in need of a refurb’ for a long time now and I recall Cllr. Lynne Thompson backing the campaign for the much needed works quite some time ago (2011). Indeed she did that before she was elected as a councillor for Sefton’s Ainsdale Ward. Looking back through my old photos I found this shot of Lynne and I on the station:-

My thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting

Ainsdale – Station upgrade gets £800,000 from Merseytravel

Merseytravel approves its contribution to Ainsdale Station re-build

Merseytravel’s contribution to the re-build of Ainsdale Station has been confirmed this week, with work on the project due to start later in the year.

Merseytravel directors approved the allocation of £800,000 to the £2.5m scheme for the Merseyrail station which is also being funded through the Government’s National Stations Improvement Programme (NSIP), and Network Rail.

The scheme, due for completion in summer 2017, will see the existing station building demolished to make way for a new booking hall and passenger waiting area with improved information facilities including Wi-Fi and USB charging points.

Platforms will be updated with improved information screens and poster provision, new canopies, increased seating and new waiting shelters on the Liverpool Platform.

There will also be a community Police drop-in facility, a revised park and ride layout to improve safety around the existing entrance, secure cycle parking and improved lighting and CCTV.

I found this photo of me with Lynne Thompson on Ainsdale Station back in 2011 when I was leader of Sefton Council and Lynne was fighting to get elected as a ward councillor for Ainsdale. In 2016 she won that battle I am pleased to say.

I found this photo of me with Lynne Thompson on Ainsdale Station back in 2011 when I was leader of Sefton Council and Lynne was fighting to get elected as a ward councillor for Ainsdale. In 2016 she won that battle I am pleased to say.

With thanks to Merseytravel Committee member and Southport Cllr. John Dodd for the lead to this story

Lib Dems take Southport by Storm and some other election reflections

Last night was a bad night for Labour on Sefton Council they lost 1 seat to the Tories and 3 to Independent Green Belt campaigners. But the Tories also lost a seat to the Lib Dems in Southport where all 7 Council seats that were up for grabs in the Southport Parliamentary Constituency were won by Lib Dem candidates. The last time Liberals won all 7 seat in Southport was 1856!

Lib Dems take all 7 Council seats up for election in Southport

Southport's victorious Lib Dem Team - Photo credit Jamie Lopez

Southport’s victorious Lib Dem Team – Photo credit Jamie Lopez

Congratulations to Lynne Thompson the Lib Dem candidate and now councillor in Ainsdale ward, whom I delivered leaflets for on a number of occasions, who took a seat from the Tories. Lynne had stood on a number of occasions previously in this ward each time just losing out but this time she stormed to victory. Both my wife and I used to work with Lynne when she was a civil servant so we are delighted for her.

Labour’s loss in Ravenmeols ward also had a personal connection with me as the losing Labour councillor, Tim Hale, was the very same chap I defeated in Molyneux ward when I first won a seat on Sefton Council in 1999. Indeed, Tim is an old friend of mine from our days as trade union officers in the civil service so as with my victory over him in 1999 I felt a little uncomfortable on a personal level to see Tim lose again. Of course on a political level I am delighted that Labour lost the seat as the independent Green Belt campaigner Bob McCann who took it is likely to be a real thorn in Labour’s side.

Labour vote in Sefton fell by 44%!

In my own part of the Borough (Lydiate and Maghull) the independent candidates won both wards (Park & Sudell). I know Pat O’Hanlon well as she lives just up Southport Road in Lydiate from me and we have shared information about our joint environmental campaigning against Labour. I wish Pat well and it should be remembered that she left Labour because they said they would defend the Green Belt but then voted to build on it. I look forward to getting to know Matt Gannon and hope they both do Maghull & Lydiate proud as they fight for the environment that Labour has abandoned.

Labour also came unstuck in Sudell ward because they ‘imported’ a candidate from Formby to stand there. In fact they lost the ward she had been a councillor for (Harrington – to the Tories) as well as Sudell ward.

The connection between the Independent and Lib Dem winners is that they all fought Labour’s Green Belt building plans so I am delighted that the Independents won as well as my own Lib Dems.

So an interesting night in Sefton whilst much of the rest of England did not see many changes. But, on a Liverpool note what on earth possessed the electorate in Liverpool to re-elect Mayor Joe Anderson? In my view he has been a drag on Liverpool moving forward. But on a wonderful Knowsley note my young mate Carl Cashman, together with older mates Mike Wynn and Ian Smith took 3 seats off Labour for the Lib Dems – well done Carl, Mike, Ian and Prescot Lib Dems.