Maghull – So what’s the Bryant House story?

Byant House, at the junction of Shop Lane and Liverpool Road North, used to be leased to Sefton Council who had an outpost of its Social Services Dept. in there and some other municipal functions. However, the Council moved out some years ago. Since then it’s really not had any occupancy at all although it has been touted for use as a children’s nursery and even a Wetherspoons Pub. The latter caused a real stir in the nearby community back in 2011 but of course, it never came to fruition.

The photo above was taken a few days ago and the building has looked like this for quite a while now with little if any sign of it being occupied – so what’s the back story? Answers on a postcard………..

Oh and by the way, when I came to live in Maghull back in 1968 this site was derelict and the ruins of the former Wadworths Butchers’ Shop were still clear to see. John Rowlands in his 1986 book Lydiate & Maghull in Times Past says of this site – ‘In about 1890 William Wadsworth moved from Northampton to take over the butcher’s business’ – ‘The building at the back was the slaughterhouse. Mr Wadsworth owned the field on the left of Shop Lane to graze sheep and cattle. The open area at the front faced the largest of the Maghull [canal] wharves know as Wadsworth’s Wharf’ – ‘Following her husband’s death in 1925 Mrs Wadsworth sold the business to Ernie Cobham’. I’m not sure when the butcher’s business closed down.

What goes around comes around with the site seemingly having no purpose again – unless you know better that is………….

Lydiate/Maghull – Pavement parking and people with disabilities don’t mix

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

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/disabled-man-shames-pavement-parkers-15096662

Often vehicle drivers can be very selfish as they don’t think about or in some cases even care about the consequences of where and how they park cars and vans. But sometimes it will be unthinking and the motorist will be horrified when they realise they have made the life of someone with a disability even worse.

But how anyone can abuse a person with a disability who has had to point out that a vehicle is ether blocking their driveway or stopping them getting along a pavement is beyond belief to me. And anyway, why on earth would any driver block any driveway (other than their own); surely that can only be done as a deliberate act can’t it?

The same day that the Echo article was pointed out to me I had walked along Liverpool Road North in Maghull and noticed two problems where vehicles and other obstacles had been placed on the pavement. Firstly I saw 2 ‘A’ type-boards and a car across the very wide pavement opposite the Coach and Horses Pub – I could negotiate them but what would a wheelchair user or blind person do? And then just a bit further down the same road I came across a very narrow section of pavement where a couple of cars had been parked on it. It would have been a very right squeeze for a wheelchair user but oddly the road is very wide at this point so for the life of me I could not even work out why the drivers had felt the need to bump up the pavement.

A know three active local people with disabilities, one in a wheelchair and two who are partially sighted and they must come up against things placed on the pavement each and every day. All I and indeed they ask for is a little thought for those who are less fortunate; please keep pavements clear of obstacles whether they be cars, ‘A’ boards or anything else.

With thanks to Keith Page for the lead to this posting

PS. It’s also worth noting that people with prams and pushchairs will also encounter difficulties with items abandoned on pavements.

Maghull RBS – Here to help 2 days per week

The demise of our traditional high street bank branches is writ large in this notice recently placed outside Maghull’s RBS in Liverpool Road North.

Following the loss of Barclays, HSBC and Nat West from the Town how long will the RBS survive now its down to opening just 2 days per week?

Maghull – Weeds festooned around new Home Bargains Site

So we know that Home Bargains is going to occupy the new store on the old Maghull Library/former Stafford Moreton Youth Centre site but have you seen the weeds that are growing in the ‘landscaped’ parts of the site!

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Who is the land owner I wonder and when will their grounds maintenance regime kick in?

As a Maghull in Bloom volunteer my view is that we need the owner to step up and make the landscaped parts of the site a credit to Maghull and the sooner the better please.

Maghull – Strange Graffiti/Street Art

Seen on a BT junction box in Green Lane Maghull (and on another on a similar box in Liverpool Road North) but what on earth is it all about? A Google search brought a fellow blogger up and an explanation:-

thiswayupzine.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/strange-liverpool-graffiti.html

Seems BT could be making a charge here to me for advertising on their junction boxes so our telephone bills could come down:-)))

Maghull – That rather awkward junction of Dodds Lane and Liverpool Road North


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I nearly came a cropper at this junction earlier today; about 6.45am to be precise. But this junction has in fact long troubled me.

Going back a few years, when I was a Maghull councillor, I asked the traffic engineers at Sefton Council to try to address the difficulties which pedestrians faced when they tried to cross the end of Dodds Lane particularly when walking towards High Pastures GP Surgery. A pedestrian refuge was placed in the middle of the wide throated junction which clearly helps but pedestrians still can’t see what’s coming at them from along Dodds Lane because of the curvature of the Lane. So things are still far from ideal but this posting is about another problem i.e. the one that I encountered this morning.

What tends to happen throughout the day is that drivers of vehicles tend to stop within the junction to run into the GP surgery with a repeat prescription or such like. On the odd occasion I have seen a vehicle left there for quite some time. Trouble is vehicles turning into Dodds Lane from the Lydiate direction do not know there’s a car parked there until they have turned the corner and are more or less right on top of it. Bring the pedestrian refuge with its illuminated bollard into play as well and getting past such a parked car car be difficult at times.

Today the driver was in the parked car and opened the drivers door as I was trying to squeeze past. It could have been a car with only 3 doors had I not hit the brakes hard!

But I wonder what others think about this junction and the issues I have raised both previously and indeed today? Would it help for more resrictions to be placed outside the GP surgery on the corner for example?