What happens to Merseyside’s rubbish that can’t be recycled?

All lined up – Merseyside’s waste packed into containers for a ride to the north east.

Well it’s sent to Kirkby (Knowsley Freight Terminal to be precise) where it’s loaded into containers, put on the 2 trains that leave each day and taken to the north east of England to be burned.

The destination is a power station called Wilton which uses the waste to generate electricity. Wikipedia has a page on the power station – look for ‘Wilton 11’ down the page for comment about Merseyside’s waste:-


A double-headed (2 loco) train departs Knowsley Freight Terminal on its way to Wilton Power Station.

Waste-to-energy (WtE) or energy-from-waste (EfW) is the process of generating energy in the form of electricity and/or heat from the primary treatment of waste, or the processing of waste into a fuel source. WtE is a form of energy recovery. Most WtE processes generate electricity.

Landfill is now a very expensive and an environmentally dubious process although it is hugely more regulated than it used to be when rubbish was literally tipped into a hole in the ground with little if any thought as to the consequences of such tipping.

I recall as a child living in Maghull the tipping that was once done on Sefton Meadows during the 1960’s and 1970’s on land north and south of Sefton Lane/Bridges Lane. The southern tipping land is now forested and called Jubilee Woods and as a youngster at Ormonde High School cross country runs took you on a public footpath right through the tipping land – the smells were appalling. That same footpath is still there but walking it now you would never realise what’s under your feet.

Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority set up and negotiated the contract to send Merseyside’s non-recyclable waste to Wilton.

Class 66 diesel locomotives 66040 and 66145 leaving Knowsley Freight Terminal on 24th August 2018 with another trainload of Merseyside’s waste.

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The 2nd photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-


Scrambler bikes – The menace that is never far away


The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site – see link above

And here we see the sad consequences of irresponsible scrambler bike riding.

It’s far from being a new problem though, indeed it goes back 25 years or more at least. In my years as a councillor one consistent complaint that has come my way, especially in the summer months, has been the menace of scrambler bikes on the Cheshire Line Path/Trans Pennine Trail, on The Leeds Liverpool Canal tow path and on Jubilee Woods between Maghull and Sefton Village.

But now they are all over our roads and one was even driven through Bootle Strand Shopping Centre not so long ago!

In my experience the Police are quick to react to information about where the bikes are being stored because seizing them at such places is far safer than trying to catch them when they are being driven at speed.

I recall one occasion when a sharp eyed resident spotted a van that regularly parked up near the River Alt on Bridges Lane and from which scrambler bikes were unloaded. The boy and girls in blue dealt with that one.

My advice is always tell the police when you see a scrambler bike being driven erratically as it helps them put together a picture of where they appearing. Even better if you know of where any of them are being stored, please ring Crime Stoppers.

It’s so sad that an innocent pedestrian has been run down by an irresponsible scrambler bike driver.

A boundary walk bewteen Maghull and Sefton Parishes

Dovers Brook, which I posted about a couple of days ago regarding its ‘overtopping’, is the boundary between the Civil Parishes of Maghull and Sefton, Sefton Parish giving its name to the Borough of Sefton created in 1974.

Sheila and I had another local walk recently and we started where Bridges Lane crosses Dovers Brook by Sefton Meadows Waste Recycling Centre. There is an unmarked path right at the side of the brook on the opposite side of Bridges Lane from Jubilee Woods which I posted about recently.

The path follows the brook on the Sefton side of the boundary for a short while before crossing the brook onto the Maghull side where you follow the boundary fence of the Recycling Centre. Sadly some idiots have chucked rubbish and litter around the path here but as you move further northwards the path opens up to a wide expanse of land and you eventually reach a very substantial bridge that crosses Dovers Brook and the River Alt at their confluence. Access to more woodland and footpaths from here can take you deeper into Sefton Parish and on towards Lunt Village etc.

Here are a few shots I took as autumn light was fading.

Footpath bridge across Dovers Brook

Footpath bridge across Dovers Brook

Looking back towards Bridges Lane and Sefton Church from the confluence of Dovers Brook and the River Alt

Looking back towards Bridges Lane and Sefton Church from the confluence of Dovers Brook and the River Alt. The little indentation on the right of the River Alt is where St Helens Gutter also joins the confluence.

A late afternoon shot of St Helens Church Sefton looking towards Crosby from the River Alt

A late afternoon shot of St Helens Church Sefton looking towards Crosby from the River Alt

Jubilee Woods – Sefton Village

Sheila and I visited Maghull’s local and extensive woodland recently and the photos below reflect that visit.

It is now well established and full of wildlife. We saw a quite magnificent fox run across our path only a few yards in front of us. I don’t know who was more surprised us or the fox!

It’s a popular place for dog walkers as well. However, sadly it was also popular with anti-social motorcycle riders whilst we were there. More on that subject in a forthcoming posting.

The last 4 photo’s are all of the huge carved stone owl on the site – note that the NWDA is now no longer; it bit the dust because of austerity a couple of years ago.







No shooting (a challenging sign for South Sefton!) and no motorcycles sign


Thanks to Keith Page for this shot of a warning sign in one of the forestry areas to the west of Maghull.

You just know that a sign saying no shooting is going to be shot at but taking into account Maghull and district’s gun crime wave of March this year and the fact that the sign was photographed well before then clearly it was not just the sign that was being shot at!

By the way I hear that we have a problem with birds being shot in an around the canal area through Sefton. Is there no limit to the cruel activities of some folk.