Lydiate – 310 bus stop on A59

Lydiate residents will most probably have seen the article in this weeks Aintree & Maghull Champion regarding requests for a bus shelter on the A59/Northway adjacent to the Kenyons Lane traffic lights.

I’ve also raised this with Merseytravel recently following a Lydiate resident asking for a shelter at this spot on the Lydiate & Neighbours FB Group in a thread that I posted about a bus shelter being removed in Moss Lane, Lydiate. The shelter being removed is one that served the old 311 route that provided a good service between Lydiate and Ormskirk.

Obviously the response as printed in the Champion is at best disappointing as there’s only one bus to Ormskirk from Lydiate these days i.e. the Arriva 310. What’s more it only skims the edge of Lydiate with just one stop on the A59/Northway.

I appreciate the difficulties of this A59 bus stop site but in reality, on such a busy road, you would expect not only a shelter but a bus lay-by too. However, I also appreciate it’s a cramped site and that Merseytravel have to prioritise their expenditure. Maybe a re-routing of the bus to travel through more of Lydiate would actually be the best solution. The most likely way to do this would be for the bus to cross Northway instead of turning onto the A59 so to serve the rest of Kenyons Lane, then Liverpool Road past the old windmill and back to the A59 at Robins Island. But this at face value simple change has its problems too as St Thomas’ School is on that short stretch of Kenyons Lane and I guess that at school coming and going times the bus would get caught up in traffic jams just like the 31/31A Lydiate circular bus does on Sandy Lane.

Arriva and Merseytravel can surely get their heads together here to try to find a way forward because this situation has come about mainly due to the former 311 bus being withdrawn by Arriva in August 2015. I covered the campaign to try to save that bus on this blog site – see link below:-

Yes of course the 311 was a commercial service and the 310 is too so I realise that Merseytravel have no powers to make Arriva think again about the provision of buses between Lydiate and Ormskirk. However, there’s a Bus Alliance in operation across Merseyside which Merseytravel and Arriva are a part of so at the very least they should be around a table trying to sort issues like this out.

And lastly, for now anyway, the underlying issue here is the Deregulation of bus services outside of London that was brought in during the 1980’s. My own view is that we lost control of our bus services when that happened and it was bad legislation. I’m told that Merseytravel are slowly working towards re-regulation of buses but I fear that that bus is only just about creeping along.

Lydiate – Residents protest against 3 storey block of flats for Saville Road

A large number of residents attended the public session of Lydiate Parish Council’s meeting last night in Lydiate Village Centre. They were there to raise concerns and objections to a recent planning application to build a 3 storey block of flats on the site of derelict garages off Saville Road to the rear of the row of shops on Liverpool Road.

Rear of the Liverpool Road shops on Saville Road. The proposed flats would be adjacent to them if Sefton gives planning permission.

The site is surrounded on 3 sides by bungalows and 2 storey houses so the fact that the application is for a 3 storey building means that overlooking of the neighbouring properties is a big concern.

Another concern is lack of adequate car parking facilities for the development in an area where on-road parking is hard to find at times due to the shops and commercial premises on Liverpool Road.

I must admit when I first became aware of the plan a few days ago my first thought was along the lines of you surely can’t shoehorn that many flats into that small space and anyway a 3 storey building is inappropriate for the site. My 2nd thought was I wonder if the applicant is applying for a 3 storey block thinking they are likely to be knocked back to 2 storeys via the planning process by Sefton Council Planners?

The Parish Council decided to recommend refusal of the application to Sefton Council’s Planning Committee. However, the Parish Council does NOT have the final say; that is in the hands of Sefton’s Planning Committee, so anyone wanting to raise concerns about the application needs to write into Sefton Council ASAP.

Here’s a link to the planning application on Sefton Council’s website:-

Lydiate – Armed Robbery

The Southport Visiter has the story on its web site – see link above

Only days after my most recent blog posting about gun crime (18th September) on Merseyside and in particular in Sefton Borough – see link below –

this happens in Lydiate!

As an observer of public life across Merseyside I am becoming increasingly concerned about the number of shootings and gun crime incidents that seem to be taking place. It was not so long ago that Merseyside Police were giving the impression that they were getting on top of shootings/gun crime but it seems that view is now looking far too optimistic with the benefit of hindsight. A link back that more optimistic time (some 6 months ago) is below:-

Without doubt gun crime is a big issue on Merseyside and we are all looking to Merseyside Police to get on top of it as soon as possible.

Lydiate – Sefton Council thought Oakhill Park had been privatised?

Now this is another odd story. You see at the March meeting of Lydiate Parish Council we had a report from Sefton Borough Council about their assessment of the quantity and quality of sports pitches in Lydiate that formed part of a Borough-wide assessment that is done every few years. The assessment covers schools and private sports grounds I would add, not just Council owned/managed facilities.

Oakhill Park bowls pavilion and greens

Oakhill Park bowls pavilion and greens

When it came to Lydiate’s Oakhill Park on Liverpool Road, Sefton Council had renamed it Oakhill Cottage Lane (name of the narrow lane running down one side of the park) and they had its management down as ‘Private’!

What’s surprising about this is that there is a notice on the bowls pavilion (there are two bowling greens on this park) which makes it very clear who owns/runs the park:-


As to Sefton’s assessment of the park they say ‘Two crown greens assessed as good quality, likely to be able to accommodate additional members’. Well that seems about right, but what on earth made them think it was a private facility/park?