Lydiate – Its volunteer litter pickers – An update – And is a 3rd local litter picking group about to be formed in Maghull?

Below is the text of a report/update e-mail sent to Lydiate Parish Council recently on behalf of Lydiate’s volunteer litter picking group.

Subject: Litter picking 28/11/16 – Lydiate.

Sorry to not have given feedback sooner… truth the above date was not
particularly effective, particularly as we faced a new challenge – it was an
icy day and it’s hard to pick litter frozen off the ground!!

That said, Southport Road and Lambshear Lane had been done the previous
week. We did manage Liverpool Road, Moss Lane, Sandy Lane and I am told,
Virginia Avenue.

The Parish Council [Lydiate] have given us litter sticks and these are great – thank you.

I think it is fair to say that this year we have collected in the region of
300 bags of litter. A huge achievement and frankly not the most onerous task
in the world. We have deep-cleaned areas where rubbish has clearly lain for
years. It means it is a lot easier to keep the momentum going now.

It seems a little unfair to cite the next litter pick on Saturday 31st
December and perhaps we deserve a little time off during the winter season.

May I propose the next date as Saturday 28 January 2017.

Thank you all so much for your dedication and hard work in trying to keep
Lydiate litter free.

A Maghull canal scene between the Green Lane and Westway road bridges.  A stretch of canal tow path regularly litter picked by Maghull in Bloom volunteers.

A Maghull canal scene between the Green Lane and Westway road bridges. A stretch of canal tow path regularly litter picked by Maghull in Bloom volunteers.

I am sure I will see some of you over the festive period, but those I do not
I wish you and your families a relaxing and festive Christmas and New Year.

Thank you again,

There is of course another group of volunteer litter pickers who work under the banner of Maghull in Bloom – they keep the Leeds Liverpool Canal tow path clear of litter through Maghull and up to Bells Lane in Lydiate.

I also heard the other day that there may well be steps being taken towards a new volunteer litter group being set up in Maghull. If and when I hear more about this I will post some information.

Note:- Just to be clear I am not a part of the Lydiate volunteer litter picking group and whilst I am a Maghull in Bloom volunteer I am not a part of the canal litter picking group.

Lydiate – Volunteer litter pickers update

Here’s an update on Lydiate’s very own volunteer litter pickers and their activities:-

Dear all,

Firstly a thank you all for the stalwart work done to date. We have
collected near to 200 bags of rubbish around Lydiate this year. Personally I
can physically see the difference when I walk/cycle around.

Please don’t feel that because I am emailing you I am expecting you to turn
up on Saturday, I think it is good manners to keep anyone who has shown an
interest in keeping Lydiate green and pleasant, to update them as to

So, next Saturday is that time of the month again. May I suggest meeting
again at 11.00 at Lydiate Village Hall [he means Lydiate Village Centre], Lambshear Lane. Barbara at LPC [Lydiate Parish Council], please would you be so kind as to post it on the new bulletins.

As I have said before there are people who like to do their own areas and
there are other areas which are ‘open game’ and a constant litter blight.
These are;

Southport Road – the full length
Liverpool Road
Moss Lane
Bells Lane returning up to Punells Lane.
Northway (I know George likes to do this one) …any footpaths are also a
lovely walk.

For my part, I aim to get to the Scotch Piper for about 1.30 p.m. So as to
not make it too long a day.

I am running short of litter sticks. I have one for a couple of volunteers, but if anyone can bring their own sticks and gloves it would be great. I don’t mind supplying the plastic bags and a smile….

By the way, we are not alone. I notice in the recent Champion paper there is
a similar group set up in Aintree and in Bootle. It is almost becoming a
ground swell of protest about abandoned litter. Mathew Gannon and his wife
are also doing Maghull bits.

May I finally add that I think it is fantastic that the primary schools in
the area are taking an interest in this project. If it is inculcated in
young people’s minds at an early age then the seed is planted for all their

Talking of young ones, young Jack from the Scotch is clearly getting the
bug. He told me he has taken to clearing up by Iceland on Northway. He’ll be
chasing drive-off offenders down the road next!!

See those of you who want to play at 11.00 on Saturday.

Lydiate – Volunteer litter pickers

Good news – A group has recently been established to try to help Lydiate deal with dropped litter and volunteers are now meeting on the last Saturday of each month to litter pick roads in Lydiate. They meet at Lydiate Village Centre on Lambshear Lane.


This builds on the longer established volunteer group (part of Maghull in Bloom) that has been litter picking the tow path of the Leeds Liverpool Canal for a number of years now.

I understand that this new group of volunteers want to expand into Maghull as well but clearly that depends on volunteers coming forward.

If you want to know more/feel you can help please contact Lydiate Parish Council for info :-

Tel 0151 527 2662

Some may see the need to do this as a consequence of austerity and the inability of Sefton Council to keep our streets clean. There is clearly some truth in this, but volunteering in your own community is worthwhile in itself and many of us do it in many differing ways. You also make new friendships and it helps reconnect folk with their own community. Please consider helping if you can spare some time.

I am especially keen to support local environmental volunteering as this is an important issue to me; its why Sheila and I volunteer with Maghull in Bloom.