Litter around these shops is a problem; a problem caused by those who drop it probably from items they have purchased in the shops.
A suspect that the Council could brush it up twice as often as they do now (if they could afford to do so) and some folks would still treat the pavement as a litter bin.
When you think of all the great work done by volunteers to spruce up Maghull (Maghull in Bloom Volunteers and Maghull Station Volunteers spring to mind) why do some residents volunteer to assist with creating a litter problem.
It reminds me of Bill Bryson’s quote about Liverpool when he wrote his book Notes from a Small Island and he visited the City in its darker days of the 1980’s. He said:-
I took a train to Liverpool. They were having a festival of litter when I arrived. Citizens had taken time off from their busy activities to add crisp packets, empty cigarette boxes and carrier-bags to the otherwise bland and neglected landscape. They fluttered gaily in the bushes and brought colour and texture to pavements and gutters. And to think that elsewhere we stick these objects in rubbish bags.
Wikipedia has a useful page on this – see link below:-
I recently found a photo that I took back in 2008 and then on a recent visit to Merseyside Police HQ I saw their Superlambanana in the reception area which certainly catches the eye even though it is unlikely to catch any criminals.
Outside Liverpool Lime Street railway Station in 2008
In Merseyside Police HQ
The two photos above are amongst my Flickr shots at:-
Anyone visiting Liverpool should take a look around this part of the City, it really is inspiring.
But I often look at it and say to myself, there is something missing. Something that made the docks such a busy and bustling place – the dock railways.
Yes, there is a short piece of track outside the front entrance to the Maritime Museum (see photos) but what a difference could be made if that track was in use.
I recall that when the NML’s (National Museums Liverpool) transport collection was on display in what is now Liverpool’s World Museum, in William Brown Street, that a small green Mersey Docks & Harbour Board ‘Pug’ type steam loco was on static show there. Sadly, it did not find its way into the new Museum of Liverpool.
This is a black and white image of the green pug I make reference to above. The image and notes come from a book called Merseyside on Wheels by Loraine Knowles, Michael Stammers & J D Storer published in 1998.
Much of Liverpool’s history is associated with the docks and the railways that served them and I wonder whether some thought should be given to representing the once truly expansive dock railway system within the Albert Dock Quarter of Liverpool?
If this all sounds critical, it is not meant to be as what we have got is wonderful, it’s just that to my eye there is a significant historical part of the area that is missing and an opportunity to be realised at some point in the future.
Additional photos on this theme are amongst my Flickr shots at:-
Sheila, Jen and I took the opportunity last Sunday to visit the Paddington Tunnels being excavated by the Friends of Williamson’s Tunnels. This site is not normally open to the public and is both separate from and run by a different group to the one which is a regularly open and ‘brown’ signposted in Liverpool.
Their web site is at:-
A guided tour of around 45 minutes took us three levels down below ground level into brick vaulted tunnels. The work of the volunteers is impressive and extensive as all the tunnels had been back-filled with builders rubble and ash.
Quite a number of artifacts have been unearthed during the excavations.
No one really knows why Joseph Williams paid men to build the tunnels but they span a significant part of the City of Liverpool with the full extent of them still being unknown.
Here are a few shots I took on the day:-
Jen examines artifacts in hard hat an hi-vis jacket
Claire our guide. Behind her are the steps down to the tunnels and at the side a skip full of ash excavated by volunteers.
Down in the depths, visitors get the grand tour.
The Times newspaper carried this article today:-
Less than half of the houses made available in Liverpool City Council’s “Homes for a Pound” scheme have been sold. The scheme set up in April last year as part of plans to help regenerate the Granby and Picton areas, released 20 neglected terraced houses, each in need of between £30,000 and £40,000 of work. The council said that initially more than 4,000 people signed up for the scheme, but 16 months later contracts had been signed for only five homes, with a further three expected to go through in the next few weeks. A similar scheme launched last year in Stoke-on-Trent has almost sold out, with just one of 33 properties left.
With thanks to the LGiU for the lead to this story.
I was asked about the size of the crowds at this 4 day event in the Capital of Culture (2008) held over last weekend.
Well they were massive and I found a couple of shots that nicely illustrate the numbers of folk who streamed into Liverpool on the Saturday. It was wall to wall humanity:-
Both photos are amongst my Flickr shots at:-