Birkdale – It’s tramway into Southport – An historic photo

Whilst at the Merseyside Transport Trust Open Day on 9th July I came across and purchased this photo of a horse drawn tram in Birkdale:-

Is this shot taken on Cemetery Road, Southport? Can it be dated by anyone?

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The photo is also amongst my Flickr photos at:-

Here are links to my previous postings about Southport’s long-gone trams:-

Sadly since my May 2014 posting about Southport’s Pier Tram it has also ceased to run and been disposed of. I understand this was said to be the result of it being too heavy for the aging pier.

BTW – Are the 3 chaps in the photo my old friends and Birkdale Ward Councillors, Richard Hands, Simon Shaw and Iain Brodie Brown?:-)))

Road markings in Sefton – or more to the point the lack of them

Not long ago I mentioned the missing road markings in Liverpool Road South in Maghull (at the Meadows mini roundabout) where a set of speed humps remains unmarked to this day, weeks and weeks after the road was resurfaced. I also mentioned that my Lib Dem councillor colleague from Southport’s Birkdale Ward – Richard Hands – had raised similar concerns at the last meeting of Sefton Council and that he had received a dismissive response.

Well whether our Labour rulers like it or not it seems to be a fact that road markings are taking many weeks to be be completed after a road has been resurfaced. This must create dangers for road users so why the long delays?

But, on a positive note, the Green Lane nameplate has been put back in its proper place

Missing nameplate and road markings – Maghull (and Southport)

This posting come under the category of things which are not where they should be.

Firstly, the Green Lane nameplate was nicely installed where the road meets the Westway roundabout but recently it was uprooted and left lying on the grass banking. Now it has disappeared all together!

The photo below shows the site with where it once stood being identifiable:-

Where has the Green Lane nameplate gone?

Where has the Green Lane nameplate gone?

Secondly, and of more concern is the lack of road markings for two speed cushions at the Meadows roundabout where Liverpool Road South meets Hall Lane. All the other markings have been redone since the road was resurfaced a few weeks ago but these two speed cushions have oddly been left out.

My concern here is that they could be a accident waiting to happen if they not marked up quickly. The photo below shows them if you look very carefully:-

Maghull's secret sleeping policemen!

Maghull’s secret sleeping policemen!

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Interestingly, at tonight’s Sefton Council meeting, of which more when I have time to write it up, Cllr. Richard Hands of Southport raised this very issue of road markings not being put back down weeks and weeks after roads have been resurfaced. The answer he got was about as much use as chocolate teapot. Looks like Sefton’s eye is sadly not on this ball.

I have asked Sefton Council to address these matters.

Save our Libraries – Birkdale Library

I think it fair to say and I think I said it myself when it first became apparent, some months ago, that Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) wanted to take over the Library, that I was at best uncomfortable with the idea.

Cllr. Iain Brodie-Browne

Cllr. Iain Brodie-Browne at Birkdale Library

You see I look upon Sefton CVS as being there to support volunteers yet in Birkdale they went over the heads of the volunteers who had come together to try to save the Library and put in a bid of their own. This is hardly supporting volunteers, more seeing an opportunity.

Sefton CVS is one of the biggest CVS’s across the Country and I know that in some quarters there is a fear that it has grown into too much of a business and not enough of being a volunteer organisation. And I must say that I have heard such concerns over a number of years.

Moving on, please take a look at Birkdale Focus the blog site of Cllr. Iain Brodie-Brown as the consequences of the CVS bid to take over Birkdale Library seem to quite profound indeed.