Maghull – News on Parkhaven Trust’s new dementia care home

www.placenorthwest.co.uk/news/robertson-chosen-for-maghull-care-home/

Place North West has news about Maghull’s Parkhaven Trust and it’s soon to be built dementia care facility – see link above

The former Maghull Homes sites at both Liverpool Road South/Green Lane and Deyes Lane/Damfield Lane in Maghull have changed almost beyond recognition since I ceased working there 1994 and here is another change on the way. I have blogged about developments on these two sites previously but this particular change is likely to most welcome due to the sadly rising demand for dementia car facilities.

With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting

Maghull – Where once there was farmland – Green Lane/South Meade

People who know me will realise how hard I have fought over the years to try to protect the character of the community around Maghull & Lydiate and indeed across wider Sefton Borough from what I see as inappropriate development.

Building on high grade agricultural land has long been an issue with me and it’s why I have opposed much of the land development that has recently been given the green light by Sefton Council.

The other day I drove past the building site off Green Lane/South Meade in Maghull where houses are presently being constructed. When I was a Sefton Councillor I voted against this site being developed. Sadly, I and my then fellow Maghull Councillor Andrew Blackburn were in a minority and permission was granted.

The land had until reasonably recent times been in agricultural use but that was not the only reason I was unhappy to see this particular site being concreted over. What Maghull has been losing over quite a number of years now has been the unique parkland landscape of the former Maghull Homes, now the Parkhaven Trust. This landscape once covered many, many acres over the two sites of the Maghull Homes off Deyes Lane/Damfield Lane and Sefton Lane/Green. I think it’s really sad that so little of it is left and for how much longer will what is left be there?

Yes I know that the Parkhaven Trust does all kinds of essential work (I worked for them myself in the 1980’s and early 1990’s) looking after the elderly and people with disabilities and I also realise that they have been selling off the land to develop that work, but the parkland type landscape has still been lost and two marvelous green lungs in the Maghull community are now much reduced.

Here’s how the Damfield Lane site is now looking as development takes place:-

Maybe it’s called progress but at what cost to the wider environment?

Stop Press – The recent announcement (In the Champion Newspaper) that building on site off Green Lane and adjacent to South Meade is to be extended further is a concern obviously, even though it is said to be for ‘affordable housing’. Of the many definitions of ‘affordable housing’ I wonder which it will be and how ‘affordable’ the houses will be?

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Maghull -Youths on bikes doing incredibly dangerous things – My exchange with Merseyside Police

I posted not so long ago (see link below) about my concerns regarding the activities of some local young men who are putting themselves and other road users at great risk during the hours of darkness. The last incident that I witnessed only yesterday evening was the last straw for me so I have had the following exchange with Merseyside Police. I e-mailed Inspector Phil Hatton but as he is presently away work the reply is from Gerda Gates his Sgt. Neighbourhood Dedicated:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2016/09/29/maghull-one-of-those-i-cant-quite-belive-what-i-have-just-seen-moments/

Dear Phil,

I realise that what I am about to say to you may not seem like a priority but I hope you will consider the matter.

Over the past month or so, almost each time I have been out in the evening after it has got dark I have encountered youths riding bikes all dressed in black and with no lights on them. What’s more each time they have been been riding either on the wrong side of the road or in packs across the whole road. It may well be the same group of course.

My first encounter was with a gang riding up the A59 in effect blocking the whole northbound carriageway trying to hold up the traffic. This was by Maghull TH.

I have also come across a group riding pretty much across the whole of Liverpool Road South near the junction with Larchwood Avenue.

Tonight I came across a couple of youths riding the wrong way up the one way Damfield Lane access road straight at me. I mean the section from Red Lion Bridge to the A59.

I have also seen incidents of a similar nature in Liverpool Road North and Southport Road and fear that it is only a question of time before a road traffic accident takes place as other drivers must be encountering them as well as me.

Would it be possible for your road traffic people to look out for this activity in the evenings after dark and to take some positive action if they come across it?

Best wishes

Cllr. Tony Robertson

Lydiate Parish Councillor

And the reply

Good Afternoon Councillor,

As Mr Hatton is currently on a couple of days break, thank you for your email.

We have noted a rise in calls from local Maghull residents regarding youths on pedal cycles, however what you have described takes issues to another level, especially now we are entering winter months.

I have forwarded your email onto all my staff members for their extra attention when they are on the late shift.

Over the weekend naturally with Bonfire night there will be extra resources in and around the Maghull Area.

I have also forwarded your email onto our colleagues in traffic, for their information and action.

In the meanwhile we will endeavour to identify these youths who obviously have no regard for the public or their own safety.

I would ask that if either you or any of your constituents experience any similar incidents, that they contact Merseyside Police in “real time” to report the matter, so a patrol can be deployed at the first available instance.

Kind regards
Gerda Gates
Sgt Neighbourhood Dedicated

Maghull – Accidents around Maricourt School

The letter below has been written by Maghull resident Malcolm Gore in response to an article in the Aintree and Maghull Champion newspaper regarding the dangerous (for pedestrians) nature of the junction of Hall Lane and Damfield Lane outside Maricourt RC High School in Maghull.

Dear Editor,

After reading the article on safety at Maricourt High School, ( Champ 8th June), I feel there is one major relevant point to be made. This has been a problem for years and my sympathies are with any family that has suffered due to an accident here.

Sefton’s huge planned urbanisation of Maghull will result in almost 2,000 houses being built in close proximity to Maricourt and not only will this greatly increase the number of pupils going there but will result in increased numbers of primary pupils being driven to St. Georges school down Hall Lane, greatly increasing the problem.

When this was explained to Sefton Traffic Dept they reported to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee that they saw no “tipping point” when traffic would be a problem and preferred to” Sort it out on an ongoing basis.” They were also quite happy for developers to do their own traffic survey.

The fact the Highways Dept are showing concern now leaves me speechless. As does the fact that local councillors are also showing concern when they are the very same councillors who have voted for the huge development in the first place and even failed to oppose it at Town Council level.

Far from sorting out the Maricourt problem, the Local Plan will make it far worse.

Malcolm Gore

Maghull resident.

Labour – What the comrades say is not what the comrades do – Not Sefton’s Green Belt this time but Post Offices.

I have posted before about the ‘say one thing do another’ that Labour in these parts gets up to. Three examples that immediately spring to mind are:-

* Voting to build on Green Belt land at Bells Lane, Lydiate then trying to pretend they did just the opposite.

* Claiming to be opposing development of Urban Greenspace land off Damfield Lane, Maghull then voting through the development of the very same land.

* Voting to consult the people of Sefton on their plan to build on the Green Belt then putting up posters saying Labour wants to save the Green Belt.

Now they are at it again but this time with that cherished British institution the Post Office. Remember when Labour were in power and they closed Post Offices across the UK by the hundreds?

233 in 1999, 382 in 2000, 547 in 2001 etc. etc.

This included, just in Maghull & Lydiate, 4 branch Post Offices being shut under a Labour Government:-

• Moss Lane Lydiate,
• Station Road Maghull
• Meadows (Liverpool Road South) Maghull
• Liverpool Road (Coronation Shops) Lydiate

Lib Dem campaigners fighting to save 4 Post Offices from Labour's axe some 10 years ago. No Labour protestors here; they stayed at home and let the closures happen!

Lib Dem campaigners fighting to save 4 Post Offices from Labour’s axe some 10 years ago. No Labour protestors here; they stayed at home and let the closures happen!

Thanks Labour, this left Lydiate with no Post Office what so ever!

But now Labour are all upset over the future of Post Offices and were recently pictured outside Maghull’s Deyes Lane Post Office. The Deyes Lane Post Office is moving to Moss Lane Maghull, (not to be confused with Moss Lane Lydiate mentioned above) because the people running the business that includes the Post Office are retiring.

The move of the Post Office to Moss Lane is unpopular and will certainly be inconvenient for many who have long used the Deyes Lane business, but who is to blame for this? No one really, it is a combination of circumstances whereby a sub-postmaster wants to retire, no one in the Deyes Lane parade of shops seemingly wants to pick up/take on the Post Office business but, some distance away at Moss Lane, someone does want to take on the Post Office business. In effect the business will move unless a shop owner at the Deyes Lane shops agrees to integrate a Post Office facility within their present business or indeed set up a new business there.

So why then is Labour circulating a leaflet implying that the Lib Dems are responsible for what is happening to the Deyes Lane Post Office? Apart from simply misrepresenting the facts they must be trying to cover up their own wretched and quite recent history of Post Office closures both locally and nationally!

Cheeky beggars must think we all have short memories.

Parish Councils and Planning applications

I was just a little taken aback when I picked up Private Eye edition 1346 to find Balcombe Parish Council in the sights of this respected investigative publication because it had not opposed the drilling associated with fracking when it had been asked to comment on the planning application by West Sussex Council, the planning authority.

An internet search for Balcombe PC brings up quite a few hits, which is hardly surprising based on the amount of national media attention this rural community has been getting recently.

It seems that Private Eye’s jab at Balcombe Parish Council is on the money because a BBC web site posting records the Parish Council apologising for their error of judgement.

This incident must be a wake up call for all Parish Councils not to be superficial or disinterested in planning applications that could have a significant or detrimental affect on their community.

I sit on two Parish Councils. One (Lydiate) has a list in front of it of every plan submitted in the Parish since the previous meeting of the Parish Council. The other (Maghull) hardly ever discusses planning applications at all these days. Indeed, whilst not on the scale of Balcombe, Maghull failed, or more accurately effectively seemingly refused, to discuss a hugely controversial planning application for a development on a piece of urban green space (Damfield Lane) in the Town not so long ago and this despite being asked to do so on 3 occasions by former Cllr. Cliff Mainey, present Cllr. Andrew Blackburn and me!

Planning applications, most of which will be of little consequence, have to be given serious consideration or surely a Parish Council can find itself being accused of failing in its duty to represent its community well.