St. Lukes Church (the bombed out church) – Liverpool

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/seven-things-you-probably-dont-13028821

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

There’s been a lot of talk in recent times about how to give this iconic symbol of Liverpool in the Blitz a sustainable future. On a personal level though I can’t escape the story of what happened on the night the incendiary bomb hit St. Lukes and the fact that I had the privilege to talk with a person who was fire watching that night and saw it happen. My previous posting from 2010 refers:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2010/11/16/uncle-albert-he-saw-the-bombing-of-liverpool-from-a-birds-eye-view-point/

Sadly ‘Uncle Albert’ died earlier this year but whenever I see St. Lukes or hear of it I think of that brave young chap (who became one of my best mates in his mid 70’s until he passed away aged 95) standing atop George Henry Lees fire watching as Liverpool was being destroyed all around him

Anthony Walker – 12th anniversary but racism still stalks our streets

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/anthony-walker-murder-twelfth-anniversary-13404822

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

Goodness me is it really 12 years since this appalling crime? Sadly racist crimes are still around and in recent times have been showing a worrying increase. Do some people learn nothing? Hate crime has no place in a civilised society.

Bootle – The things folks will do to find out what’s going on in Sefton Council’s bunker

Bootle Town Hall

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/boy-14-taken-hospital-after-13329753

What an odd story (see link to the Liverpool Echo’s web site above), with clearly more to come.

Bootle Town Hall is a really nice building although sadly having been bombed during WWII it not as grand as it once was because of a 1960’s refurbishment.

A previous posting of mine from 2014 about this significant building can be accessed via the link below:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2014/06/07/bootle-town-hallrochdale-town-hall-buildings-of-victorian-civic-pride/

The beauty of Liverpool’s former Martins Bank Building

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/first-look-inside-derelict-martins-13266301

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

Quote from the article – ‘The giant Water Street landmark was built by Liverpool-based Martins Bank to become an iconic headquarters. It is one of the greatest buildings of its era surviving in Britain.’

This is a magnificent building and we must hope that a sensitive process of turning from a bank into a hotel will make the building once more accessible and of use in the present day.

I recall that when I first came to live in Maghull’s Sefton Lane in 1968 our next door neighbours (who lived at No.29) were an elderly couple called Jones and Ernest had been an employee of Martins Bank. I was only about 10 at the time but recollect that on a couple of occasions the sadly housebound Ernest, who died within a couple of years, would talk to me about his working life with Martins Bank. I wonder if any other Maghullians knew him?

Formby, Maghull, Bootle, Netherton & Sefton Borough generally – Gun Crime Concerns

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/fears-liverpool-city-gun-crime-13300452

The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site as written from the perspective of Formby’s Independent Councillor Maria Bennett – see link above.

I lose track of how many times I have blogged about gun crime in Sefton Borough and indeed across Merseyside and yes it does seem to be a worsening problem that is before us on an almost daily basis.

I recall only too well how Maghull found itself in the middle of an outbreak of gun crime in 2013 which led to Merseyside’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Jane Kennedy, being brought in to speak directly to concerned locals at a meeting held in Lydiate Primary School. To be honest she spoke well in trying to calm local fears and thankfully the spate of Maghull shootings has not been repeated. However, shootings and gun crime are an almost every day event in some Merseyside communities and I think it fair to say that many folks will feel, with some considerable justification, that the situation looks to be almost out of anyone’s control.

Maria Bennett is right to raise this issue once again because gun crime is an issue that will one day be an every day event in virtually every community if ways to effectively combat it are not found soon. And quite obviously a fully resourced Merseyside Police Force is required to lead that fight.

My thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting

Bootle – Tower Blocks Cladding Removed

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

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/watch-cladding-removed-bootle-towers-13236838

I happened to have taken a shot of the Bootle tower blocks quite recently but before the appalling tragedy at Grenfell Tower in London:-

So it seemed to be appropriate to take an after the cladding was removed shot:-

Nice to see that One Vision Housing, who own the tower blocks, acted so quickly. Their swift response, to what is turning out to be a national tower blocks crisis, has brought them widespread praise.

The second photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-

www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

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