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 – Why has the Town Council not been cutting its hedges and a littering of other sins

The lack of hedge cutting around Maghull’s parks has of course been raised before on this blog site. My previous post refers at:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2015/08/23/maghull-hedges-has-anyone-at-the-council-noticed-how-desperately-they-need-cutting/

But look at this, an advert for hiring out the Town Council’s Grounds Maintenance staff, seen on the Town Hall internal notice board on 22nd October:-

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When Labour took control of the Town Council in 2011 they said they were reducing what they called the ‘Rolls Royce’ standard of maintenance that the Lib Dems had promoted for Maghull’s parks, gardens and playing fields. Little did we know that they were seemingly moving towards a ‘Trabant’ standard as the alternative!

There have been complaints of hedges not being cut this year at Whinney Brook Field and Glenn Park along both sides of Eastway and at KGV Park along the A59/Northway. Also, concerns about litter piling up at Dodds and KGV Parks has come to our attention this summer and autumn via Facebook and the latest edition (28th October) of the Aintree & Maghull Champion newspaper. The lack of hedge cutting refers back to my previous posting about the blind chap walking into and getting a face full of Hawthorne from the uncut hedges on Eastway.

Would it be too much of a leap to wonder if the lack of maintenance of the parks and gardens in Maghull is due, at least in part, to the Grounds Maintenance staff seemingly being out for hire on private contracts?

It was also interesting to note that the Champion article whilst being critical of the Council, via the comments of a local resident, carried a response from a ‘Council spokesperson’. It seems Maghull’s Labour rulers were not too keen on being seen to be a part of an article like this. Surprising really as they would normally be all smiles for the media’s camera at the opening of a packet of crisps but not it seems at the litter caused by discarded packets of crisps etc.

Of course the Council is as much the victim of the litters and rubbish dumpers as the wider community. However, experience tells us that if litter and rubbish is not cleared away quickly it, by default, gives the impression that the community/Council do not care for the area and more littering and dumping takes place.

Will Maghull Town Council address these maintenance issues or not?