Lunt Meadows – A walk in our local meadow and woodland

Lunt Meadows Intrepretation Board

Sheila and I went for a walk around this vast area of meadow and woodland that sits to the east of Lunt Village and north of Sefton Village.

Here’s three links to web pages which detail the site far better than I can explain it:-

www.lancswt.org.uk/reserves/lunt-meadows

www.facebook.com/Lunt-Meadows-wetlands-Nature-Reserve-1508795192738663/

www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/mol/archaeology/projects/lunt-meadows/

Showicks Bridge is on the eastern boundary of the site and it crosses the River Alt

Showicks Bridge is on the eastern boundary of the site and it crosses the River Alt

If memory serves Showicks Bridge had to be replaced in the 1990’s and I think it took quite a while for Sefton and West Lancashire Councils to agree who would be paying what towards the cost of this significant wooden bridge.

Whilst we were there a couple of chaps were carefully uncovering the part of the meadows where the ancient archaeology is buried.

Archaeology dig at Lunt Meadows

The dig site is within yards of Showicks Bridge.

If you want to visit the site you can either walk to it from a footpath off Bells Lane in Lydiate or there is car park that is accessible on the right down a short track just as you have passed through Lunt Village heading towards Homer Green/Ince Blundell.

The site is vast so we will have to go back there to discover more of it.

Click on any of the photos to enlarge them

Scrambler bikes – Merseyside Police score some big hits

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/four-more-arrests-part-merseyside-8965461

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above.

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This has to be good news. The Leeds Liverpool Canal tow path through Melling, Aintree, Maghull and Lydiate suffers from this menace as does the Cheshire Lines Path, Jubilee Wood and the other woodland areas around Lunt and Sefton Villages. I know the residents of Lunt Village are dreading another summer of these bikes being used around where they live. The noise and danger to pedestrians is obvious so great news that Merseyside Police are hitting those responsible hard.

Litter, fly-tipping and dumping – Lunt Village residents could not agree more!

England’s rubbish challenge

Littering has become “endemic” in England, according to a report from the Department of Communities & Local Government (DCLG).

This was the sight to meet residents in Lunt Village -  this morning 20th March 2015 - Don't you wish you knew who put it here so you could chuck it in their front garden to see how they would like it!

This was the sight to meet residents in Lunt Village – this morning 20th March 2015 – Don’t you wish you knew who put it here so you could chuck it in their front garden to see how they would like it!

It recommends tougher littering fines and a national strategy to be put in place before local councils become overwhelmed. Fly-tipping and fast-food litter have both jumped by 20% in the past year. “The failure to make a noticeable improvement in litter levels in the last 12 years points to a lack of vigour, if not complacency, within Government over the past decade,” the report stated. Jeremy Paxman told the Independent the country was in a “disgusting state”. He added: “If we don’t do something now …. We’ll be handing on the country to our children and grandchildren and inviting them to live in basically a rubbish tip.”

The Independent, The Times & The Daily Telegraph covered this story

This was me in Lunt a while back checking out the dumping. Sadly, the powers that be are still not effectively tackling it.

This was me in Lunt a while back checking out the dumping. Sadly, the powers that be are still not effectively tackling it.

Sefton Council tells me the amount of fly-tipping around Lunt Village is not enough to consider measures such as bringing in the Environment Agency. The Environment Agency tells me it’s up to Sefton Council to sort out the fly-tipping. But the dumping and fly-tipping continues day after day, week after week, month after month and year after year. We go around in circles and no one in authority will take responsibility to seriously identify and tackle those who deliberately trash our local environment. Yes, this makes me angry but is anything actually going to be done following this report from DCLG to change this cycle of environmental destruction?

With thanks to the LGiU for the lead to this story

Stop Trashing Lunt Village!

If there is one thing that gets me really angry it is those lazy beggars who dump rubbish wherever they please. Don’t you just wish the Council had the power to take what they have dumped and put it their front gardens to see how they would like it? Trouble is their neighbours would have to see it too.

Just look at these latest photos from around lovely rural Lunt Village which is regularly trashed by idiots who care nothing for our environment:-

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In fact I took these photo’s today having been contacted by a resident of the Village. This happens time and time again and it is vital that we identify who is doing it. Some of it this time is household dumping whist some is clearly contractors rubble from work on a property.

Residents of Lunt do not deserve this fly-tipping (and I include the Leader of Sefton Council here) but some people must hate our environment so much that all they want to do is to trash it!

Lunt – Fly Tipping – Will Link Road help? – It seems not.

This is Longdale in Lunt Village that leads into Back Lane - Fly tipping has long been a problem here.

This is Longdale in Lunt Village that leads into Back Lane – Fly tipping has long been a problem here.

The photo above shows that further ahead (where Back Lane runs into Holgate, Thornton) the road has been blocked off. This has happened due to the Thornton – Switch Island Link Road being built.

These back lanes have long been a problem for fly-tipping and previous postings on this site have detailed this. However, with the access from Thornton now being closed does it mean that the tipping areas will be less accessible for the criminals who are doing it?

Sadly, no it does not as I have seen more tipping myself and have been contacted by Lunt residents about the problem again. In turn I have alerted Sefton Council’s Environment Dept.

Dumping in the lanes between Lunt and Thornton

Dumping in the lanes between Lunt and Thornton

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Sefton Village – Demolished ‘Please Drive Carefully’ sign!

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This sign, on the way into Sefton Village from Lunt, has certainly been in the wars!

The road here is often the scene of accidents due to speeding and I wonder whether speed contributed to this recently demolished sign? Frankly, I would hardly be surprised if speeding was involved.

Getting it fixed is now on my agenda as a ward councillor for these two rural villages.