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…..in 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.

Maghull in Bloom launches on Facebook

Maghull in Bloom News on Facebook

Maghull in Bloom was launched 9 years ago by a handful of volunteers who wanted to green-up/tidy up Maghull and its public places.

The long view of 2016 winter planting down Westway looking from the Leighton Ave junction towards the A59 Northway.

The long view of 2016 winter planting down Westway looking from the Leighton Ave junction towards the A59 Northway.

They have tackled many environmental projects since then working with various other official, business and voluntary organisations.

Taking a break - Volunteers in the courtyard of Meadows Leisure Centre which they help to maintain.

Taking a break – Volunteers in the courtyard of Meadows Leisure Centre which they help to maintain.

Now they are moving into social media to get their message across, to keep the community informed and to aid the recruitment of new generations of volunteers.

Beautiful award winning flower displays at Maghull Station by Maghull Station Volunteers.

Beautiful award winning flower displays at Maghull Station by Maghull Station Volunteers.

Their new Facebook Group can be found by searching for:-

Maghull in Bloom News

Maghull – Lydiate boundary planter gets a winter makeover

I think I have mentioned before that Sheila and I maintain the boundary planter on the Maghull/Lydiate border in Southport Road.

Winter planting in Southport Road.

Winter planting in Southport Road.

Well it got to the time of year when the summer marigolds had to come out to be replaced by primulas. The job is now done and some bulbs (not sure of the type – we will know when they come up!) went in as well.

Maghull – In Bloom volunteers strike gold again at awards ceremony

Maghull was awarded another Gold at the North West in Bloom awards ceremony, held recently in Southport which was attended by hundreds of volunteers from all over the North West.

The award winning work of the Maghull Station Volunteers on display at Maghull Station.

The award winning work of the Maghull Station Volunteers on display at Maghull Station.

This is the fourth time in 6 years that the town has received a prestigious gold award in the large town category.

While this award recognises the efforts of both Maghull in Bloom and the Station Volunteers, it also takes account of the work of other organisations and groups that help brighten up the town with colourful displays.

Flowering barrier planters at Maghull Square help smarten up the down at heel shopping centre.

Flowering barrier planters at Maghull Square help smarten up the down at heel shopping centre.

The Maghull in Bloom Volunteers also won 5 Neighbourhood Awards

Station Road – Level 5 Outstanding – This included the displays at the Station and Mogul pub as well as Tree View Court

Central Square – Level 4 Thriving

Maghull Leisure Centre Car Park and Courtyard – Level 4 Thriving

Maghull Fruit Meadow – Level 4 Thriving

Canal Litterpickers – Level 4 Thriving

Beautiful award winning flower displays at Maghull Station

Beautiful award winning flower displays at Maghull Station

The Station Volunteers also won Best Station in the region again as well as an outstanding Neighbourhood Award.

A circular prize winning flower planter on Maghull's Westway.

A circular prize winning flower planter on Maghull’s Westway.

Congratulations to all those who have helped out over the past year and lets hope that we can repeat this success next year.

Maghull – Work actually starting to revamp Square shopping centre!

This is Maghull Square in the 1970's but the buildings are still as was in 2016. It was built in the 1960's. Photographer unknown.

This is Maghull Square in the 1970’s but the buildings are still as was in 2016. It was built in the 1960’s. Photographer unknown.

I suppose shock is the first word that comes to mind after years and years of promises, planning applications and false dawns it seems the latest owners of the Square are starting work on it. My last posting on this subject dated 7th September this year refers:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2016/09/07/maghull-big-changes-at-the-square-shopping-centre/

Work has indeed already started and a shop unit is opening this week, I am told, to promote the work that is planned. It looks like the works will take until next April.

How it will impact on shoppers, businesses and the car parks I don’t yet know.

Maghull Square in more recent times

Goodness me I hope this is going to be a big impact job as Maghull’s down at heel shopping centre desperately needs it. It looks the same now as when it was built in the 1960’s! It’s only been the efforts of the Maghull in Bloom volunteers that have kept it looking almost decent in recent years.

Contractor's machinery at the rear of the Square 31st October.

Contractor’s machinery at the rear of the Square 31st October.

I wonder if the new owners have twigged how cheesed off locals are with their declining shopping centre? But if they monitor Facebook they must know that expectations are high and patience is getting very low indeed. Let’s hope for some positive outcomes!

Maghull in Bloom – Barrier planters get winter flowers

The close up view of the winter planting.

The close up view of the winter planting.

Maghull in Bloom volunteers have replanted the barrier planters that sit on the pedestrian barriers all along Maghull’s Westway which cuts through the Town’s shopping centre.

The long view down Westway looking from the Leighton Ave junction towards the A59 Northway.

The long view down Westway looking from the Leighton Ave junction towards the A59 Northway.

Sheila and I were not able to assist on this occasion so our thanks to the volunteers who did such a splendid job.