Lydiate – The condition of Southport Road surface

The part of Southport Road in Lydiate from the junctions of Hickson Avenue to Highbanks is made up of concrete sections and just past Hickson Avenue and opposite Astor Court (more or less on the Maghull/Lydiate boundary) is a part of it that has been dug up a few times.

This digging of trenches, for utility works etc. over the years has ended up with the surface being uneven. What’s more concrete is not flexible like tarmac so when the filled in trenches settle and sink down the edges of the concrete do not ‘bend’. In turn this creates a lot of noise and vibrations for folks living close to these repaired sections.

Unsurprisingly the noise and vibrations have got too much for some residents and an approach was made to Lydiate Parish Councillor Edie Pope to see if she could assist. Edie had a site meeting and met with Sefton Council Highways to see what could be done.

After some consideration Sefton Council sent out a contractor to start to put matters right. Here’s a shot of them working on the road only a few days ago:-

Some work was clearly done but it was stopped; I understand this was because of the cost of it. Edie and indeed I thought that the solution would be to find a suitable way of filling in the ‘dropped’ trenches but it seems that either Sefton or their highway contractors thought the best way of doing it would be to to take out more of the concrete before filling it in.

So a small area has been completed but far more needs to be done. We hope that Sefton Council is simply trying to find a more cost effective way of finishing the job as opposed to just not doing any further work. Watch this space as Edie tries to get things moving again.