Cycling – Nothing for Sefton’s East Parishes again

Me in my cycling gear looking grumpy over the lack of investment in Sefton’s cycling infrastructure.

Being a regular cyclist I often talk about the deficiencies in the cycling network in Sefton Borough’s East Parishes – Aintree Village, Melling, Lydiate, Maghull & Sefton/Lunt Villages – so when I came across the article linked below my eyes light up, if only just a little. And by just a little I mean that’s related to the the small amount of money on the table – £2m will fund very little in terms of safe cycling. Have a look at the article:-

lbndaily.co.uk/work-begins-mersey-pop-walking-cycling-routes/

Yes you’ve probably picked up on the very same issue that I did i.e. nothing for the East Parishes part of Sefton Borough what so ever! To save you going back to the article this is what it says will be done in Sefton Borough:-

Sefton: Cycle route through Southport town centre, segregated cycle route from Bootle town centre to Liverpool city centre.

And you know just relatively small investments in the cycling network in the East Parishes would bring some benefits. I blogged about a few of these not so long ago in the Maghull, Melling & Lydiate area:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2020/05/03/maghull-lydiate-melling-simple-cycling-fixes-for-sefton-council-to-undertake/

When will Sefton Council invest in the Cycling infrastructure of the East Parishes to sort out the simple missing links that are already sat there never mind getting down to serious cycle facility investment in the forgotten part of our Borough? Yes I know a new cycle path is being built from the M58 ‘Ashworth’ junction in Melling to Kirkby and there’s also been a recent ‘half hearted’ attempt to bring a cycle path into Maghull along the A59 from Switch Island but that’s about it for the East Parishes of the Borough.

Glad I got that off my chest…….

Fracking – Has the threat of fracking on Altcar Moss really gone away?

Whilst at face value the announcement of Aurora Energy Resources that they are withdrawing their application (too Lancashire County Council) to be allowed to commence fracking in Great Altcar is excellent news, my feeling is that it would be premature to put out the bunting and celebrate victory.

The link below to drillordrop is very informative:-

drillordrop.com/2020/07/27/aurora-drops-altcar-moss-fracking-plans/

My understanding (please correct me if I’m wrong) is that Aurora have also indicated they may well be take legal action against the government’s fracking ban. That must surely mean that if they follow through with such legal action and are successful then they could well be back. Of course government could also relax it’s present ‘ban’ on fracking which has never looked to be a permanent policy position.

So yes another battle has been won by The Moss Alliance and other environmental campaign groups but I think it would be foolish to say that the war has been won.

My thanks to The Moss Alliance for all their hard work, work which Lydiate Parish Council was willing to back with financial assistance for legal advice and challenges.

Lydiate – Coppull Rd – Southport Rd Footpath

This one does the rounds each year and has been doing so for as long as I can remember because Sefton Council only seems to cut back the overgrown foliage when a complaint is made about it.

Well Sefton gave it a haircut yesterday after a complaint was made by me (possibly by others too?) via Borough Councillor Pat O’Hanlon. I don’t have a before shot but I can assure you it was approaching the time when a machete would be needed to walk through it! Here’s the short back and sides ‘after’ view:-

Top photo looks towards Southport Road – Bottom one towards Coppull Road.

I’ve got no excuse now so I’ll litter pick it…….

Litter pick along path now done. Good news in that I only got one full bag of litter this time and the usual collection of Jack Daniels bottles was not to be seen. However, dog poo bags seem to be getting dumped there. I guess the dog walkers responsible for dumping them there must pick up where they can be seen and then dump where they can’t be seen?

Lydiate – Coppull Road innovations – Books & dog fouling

Well these additions to the street scene are interesting:-

Both can be found in Lydiate’s Coppull Road, a road I cycle down regularly but I had not spotted them. However, local resident Jan Page did spy them and tipped me off.

The shot of the book swap ‘little library’ is a pleasure to look at especially for me as someone who spent many hours trying to save (sadly unsuccessfully) 7 of Sefton’s branch libraries from closure not so long ago.

The ‘bag it – bin it’ anti-dog fouling facility is also great to see, although at the same time you realise the frustration that leads to this course of action having to be taken. If only all dog owners cleared up after their animals!

With thanks to Jan Page for the lead to this posting

Lydiate – Play areas reopening

Kenyons Park – Lydiate

We had a Lydiate Parish Council meeting on Monday evening (via Zoom) and decided to reopen our 3 play areas as soon as all safety checks have been completed. I anticipate that the reopening will be tomorrow Wednesday 15th July.

Below there’s a scan of the posters/notices which are displayed at each play area –

To clarify, Lydiate Parish Council maintains 3 children’s play areas at:-

* Sandy Lane Playing Field
* Kenyon’s Park
* Ridgeway Park

Click on the photos to enlarge them

Downholland – Eagar Lane/Greens Lane resurfacing outside Lavender Barns

Back in August 2019 I called on Lancashire County Council to resurface the stretch of Eagar Lane/Greens Lane outside Lavender Barns just yards into Lancashire from Lydiate, and I blogged about the state of the lane – see link below:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2019/08/15/greens-lane-downholland/

If I recall correctly that prompted more patch repairs but the message must have got home to LCC (maybe others raised the matter with them too?) as a couple of days ago they did a significant resurfacing job:-

Editor’s note – ‘Thanks for that LCC, much appreciated, but sadly there’s another very poor stretch of Greens Lane which has deteriorated significantly of recent months. It’s around the entrance to the 2nd fishery, past Green’s House and near to the row of houses further into Downholland Civil Parish. I’ll pop a note on your website about it.’