Maghull – Moss Side Hospital/Shell Shock/Public Artwork

Readers of this blog site will recall how disappointed I was when the railway powers that be refused to acknowledge (in the name of the new Maghull North Station) the part the former Moss Side Hospital had played in the treatment of Shell Shock during and after WW1. Indeed, that disappointment was felt across a large number of campaigners as we wanted the station named ‘Maghull Moss Side’ because it sits on the site of the former hospital as does the new Poppy Fields housing estate.

View of platforms at Maghull North Station

My blog posting of December 2015 refers:- tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2015/12/07/maghull-name-new-station-maghull-moss-side/

We may have lost that particular battle but things have moved on in a far more positive way since and users of the new station will probably have seen the display boards that have been erected on the station’s platforms detailing the history we all wanted recognised. Here’s a photo of one of the boards:-

Now Maghull Town Council has stepped in and is to provide a piece of public artwork for display at the station. Details of the artwork can be found, via the link below, to the planning application documents recently submitted to Sefton Council (look at the Design & Access Statement):-

pa.sefton.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=PF34SBNWH4600

Local history is important in any community but in Maghull, which is world famous for 3 things, it is vital that the past is not forgotten. And the 3 things? This issue of course because of the pioneering medical work into trauma, the fact that Maghull had one of the first ever epileptic colonies (The Maghull Homes) and finally because it was the home of world famous toy maker Frank Hornby of Meccano, Dinky Toys and Hornby Model Railways fame. Who’d have thought that a town, which many think is just a post 2nd World War suburb of Liverpool, had such a history!

With thanks to Nigel for the lead to this posting.

Click on the photos to enlarge them

Carl Cashman for Mersey Metro Mayor

Carl Cashman

Cllr. Carl Cashman

Jen and I went to a campaign meeting for Lib Dem Mersey Metro Mayor candidate Carl Cashman last night in Liverpool’s Central Library.

This was the view from from Central Library of St. Georges Hall.

This was the view from from Central Library of St. Georges Hall.

What a venue, this modern recreation of the library is wonderful; what a great place to meet.

It was a good meeting with a great cross-section of Lib Dem supporters, particularly good to see young people there too. Really nice to meet up with Fred Weavers, Nigel Ashton, Ian Smith, Phil Gilchrist and many others again.

Hardly young (sorry Fred) but redoubtable environmental campaigner and Southport Lib Dem councillor Fed Weavers was there speaking passionately about all things green at the meeting.

Hardly young (sorry Fred) but redoubtable environmental campaigner and Southport Lib Dem councillor Fed Weavers was there speaking passionately about all things green at the meeting.

It’s already clear that Carl will be pressing home his advantage over Labour in a number of key areas. He’s firmly pro-EU and Merseyside voted to Remain. Of course Labour was Pro-EU but now it is backing Teresa May and UKIP’s Brexit! He is also big on green issues and Labour’s record on Merseyside of allowing Green Belt and the highest grade of agricultural land to be built on is terrible indeed.

Carl discussing the issues of the day as the meeting closed.

Carl discussing the issues of the day as the meeting closed.

There’s more to come from Carl, a young man who is fast building a core of support for his fresh approach to politics. Not surprisingly Carl is doing very well with young voters who are walking away from Labour because of its support for Brexit.

I have watched Carl grow myself and he’s quite a contrast to the tired old type of politicians who turn voters off. What’s more he is already Leader of the opposition on Knowsley Council. Watch this young man go places.

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Sefton Local Plan – Meols Lib Dem Councillors Submission

Sefton Local Plan Publication Draft 2015
Consultation response from the three Meols Ward councillors –
Cllr Nigel Ashton, Cllr John Dodd and Cllr Jo Barton

Cllr. Nigel Ashton - This photo was taken during the campaign to try to save the Library from closure.

Cllr. Nigel Ashton – This photo was taken during the campaign to try to save the Library from Sefton Labour’s closure plans.

General comments

1. We do not consider that the population estimates that underpin the Local Plan publication draft are sound. There are assumptions about sudden increases in inward migration that are simply not backed up by credible evidence. The figure of 615 houses a year seems to us to be a considerable over-estimate of the actual need.
2. Producing a Local Plan based on flawed assumptions means that Green Belt land, including high grade agricultural land, is being wrongly designated for housing.
3. Some of the actual need for housing can be met by measures such as reducing the number of empty properties to the national average, taking into account existing brownfield sites earmarked for development, and encouraging ‘flats over shops’ and ‘shared accommodation’.
Brownfield sites
4. We believe that there are existing brownfield sites that can be used for housing without impacting on the prospect for jobs in the future and we welcome the inclusion of the old Phillips site off Rufford Road, Southport for housing development (MN 2.3).
5. It is vital that development at MN2.3 includes ancillary developments such as a school, GP surgery, and shops. This development should also recognise, and be sympathetic to, the heritage of the site of the old Vulcan Motor works.

Specific objections

6. We have particular objections to the inclusion of two Green Belt sites in the north of Southport as housing allocation – site MN2.2 land off Bankfield Lane / Three Pools and site MN2.4 land off Moss Lane.
7. Our objections to both these sites (MN2.2 and MN2.4) are on three grounds:
• Flood risk – the area is in a flood zone. Sefton’s own flood risk prevention strategy warns against inappropriate development. Climate change will make things worse.
• Agriculture – the land is prime farming land. We need to grow more of our own food. There is a strategic national interest in preserving good farming land.
• Wildlife – the area is a recognised Local Wildlife Site.

Cllr Nigel Ashton
Cllr John Dodd
Cllr Jo Barton
25 March 2015

Southport – Campaign to save Botanic Gardens

With worrying pointers that Bootle Labour-run Sefton Council is looking to run down this unique facility in Southport opposition Lib Dem Councillors have swung into action to help save it from the axe.

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The two links below tell the story and lead you to a petition:-

www.southport.gb.com/southport/news_list/Councillors__Nigel_Ashton__John_Dodd_and_Jo_Barton__react_with_anger-53724843.htm

docs.google.com/forms/d/18zYrPNoAjZ4RiHvmoYA0OfBw5gl7ARiIk5fhgl5VuR4/viewform

Liverpool/Merseyside Combined Authority – ‘you couldn’t make this up!’

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/liverpool-mayor-joe-anderson-consult-6905085

The Liverpool Echo has the story.

Even I did not think things could get as bad as this despite my previous postings on the matter. The sad implication is that despite the disputes of past between Labour Leaders across Merseyside lessons have not been learned about why a united front to promote and back Greater Liverpool, or whatever you wish to call this sub-regional area, is vital. It’s as though because Greater Manchester is successful by being ‘united’ Merseyside refuses to united because it will look like we are copying the Mancs!

The 6 Labour Leaders should hang their heads in shame; they have not represented us they have shunted us into a siding.

As Cllr. Nigel Ashton said to me, ‘you couldn’t make this up’.