Displayed information at Lydiate Village Centre event on 31st January
The Maghull area flooding pressure points
This event, which was being led by the Environment Agency, seemed to have had very little publicity for some odd reason. Certainly I do not recall reading much if anything about it in the local press.
It ran from 2pm until 7pm on 31st January and was in effect a drop-in style event where anyone could wander into the Village Centre on Lydiate’s Lambshear Lane to have a chat with the experts on hand and look at the display boards.
I pointed out to the Environment Agency staff whom I spoke to that the big issue to the west of Maghull is the confluence of the River Alt, St Helen’s Gutter and Dover’s Brook just north of Sefton Bridges Lane and Meadows Recycling Centre. See photo below for a shot of what happens when the River Alt can’t take the water from Dover’s Brook (because the water level in the Alt is too high) and the water in Brook ‘over tops’.
Not that we need reminding how bad flooding can be on the western side of Maghull – This is Bridges Lane and the truck is travelling east towards Dover’s Brook bridge having just crossed the bridge over the Alt
I hope I got the message over clearly!
Last night Sefton Council’s Planning Committee met and the big issue on the agenda was a report on the 2nd round public consultation held between July and September 2013.
Not surprisingly there are many areas of concern but the one that kept appearing over and over again from many differing sources was flooding.
The vast majority of Sefton Borough is low lying, some of it below sea level, so is there any wonder that this is the biggest concern in most of Sefton’s communities.
Even the Environment Agency has raised concerns in respect of Sefton’s proposed sites to build on because of flooding worries!
I will post further on this subject very soon.
No sooner had I had the site meeting (see last posting) in Lydiate than Radio Merseyside called me to ask my views on a new warning system that the Environment Agency is to put in place with regard to Dover’s Brook in Maghull.
This brook feeds into the River Alt but can ‘overtop’ its banks/bunds causing big flooding issues in Fouracres and to the small group of houses on Sefton Lane where it crosses the brook.
Dovers Brook behind Fouracres which over-topped September 2012
Affected cottages in Sefton Lane (September 2012) – Sadly flooding here has a long history; I recall it happening in the early 1970’s
This is the statement I gave to Radio Merseyside:-
Anything that helps people in Fouracres and on Sefton Lane to react to Dovers Brook overtopping is to be welcomed but news of a warning system is only part of the solution. The big issue is the capacity of the River Alt, which Dovers Brook flows into, to cope with very heavy rainfall such as happened in September 2012. We need to stop the overtopping happening.