Lydiate – Cloud Burst Today

Lydiate and I suspect many other local communities had a real cloud burst this afternoon. Here are a few shots of it across Lydiate:-

Cars negotiating floods on Southport Road

Cars negotiating floods on Southport Road

Seafore Close becomes a lake.

Seafore Close becomes a lake.

Topping up the Leeds Liverpool Canal.

Topping up the Leeds Liverpool Canal.

Sefton Local Plan – Labour has concerns about it? Really, then why do they keep supporting it!

The letter below was written in response to the lead article in the Aintree & Maghull Champion on 13th January entitled ‘Concerns at Local Plan put to Inquiry’

Dear Sir,

I read with mounting disbelief the representations made to the Planning Inspector by Maghull’s Labour councillors as reported in the Champion on 13th January.

Yes they were making all the right noises but hang on a minute it is Labour run Sefton Council that is trying to impose its appalling Local Plan on the Borough. What’s more when I was a member of Maghull Town Council Labour members would not vote to reject the Local Plan! Now all of sudden Labour has concerns.

Frankly, this say one thing and then say just about the opposite when Labour thinks folks will have forgotten about their original stance on a matter as important as this is appalling.

Having fought Sefton’s Local Plan, which proposes thousands of houses to be built on high grade agricultural land, areas that flood and Green Belt with Labour councillors supporting for the Plan I find Labour’s concern now very hollow indeed.

Let’s see Labour run Maghull Town Council propose that the Local Plan be completely rejected and for Labour run Sefton Council to do the same then Labour will have clearly done a welcome U turn. Warm words now giving the impression of concerns about the Plan mean nothing unless they actually reject it/withdraw it.

Yours sincerely

Cllr. Tony Robertson

This letter was significantly edited and published in the Champion on 27th January 2016

Lydiate – Lambshear Lane Flooding – An update

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When I reported the flooding in Lambshear Lane over the weekend I was not aware that Cllr. Edie Pope was already on the case. This is the latest as I understand it from Sefton Council:-

Thank-you for your enquiry regarding highway flooding at Lambshear Lane. I can confirm that our contractor attended site to draw off the flood water and have identified that further work is required on the highway drain to resolve the problem. The contractor has advised that they are going back to Lambshear Lane on Monday (today), to carry out the work when the school is closed for the Christmas break, as they need to work in relatively close proximity to the school.