Missing nameplate and road markings – Maghull (and Southport)

This posting come under the category of things which are not where they should be.

Firstly, the Green Lane nameplate was nicely installed where the road meets the Westway roundabout but recently it was uprooted and left lying on the grass banking. Now it has disappeared all together!

The photo below shows the site with where it once stood being identifiable:-

Where has the Green Lane nameplate gone?

Where has the Green Lane nameplate gone?

Secondly, and of more concern is the lack of road markings for two speed cushions at the Meadows roundabout where Liverpool Road South meets Hall Lane. All the other markings have been redone since the road was resurfaced a few weeks ago but these two speed cushions have oddly been left out.

My concern here is that they could be a accident waiting to happen if they not marked up quickly. The photo below shows them if you look very carefully:-

Maghull's secret sleeping policemen!

Maghull’s secret sleeping policemen!

Click on each photo to enlarge it.

Interestingly, at tonight’s Sefton Council meeting, of which more when I have time to write it up, Cllr. Richard Hands of Southport raised this very issue of road markings not being put back down weeks and weeks after roads have been resurfaced. The answer he got was about as much use as chocolate teapot. Looks like Sefton’s eye is sadly not on this ball.

I have asked Sefton Council to address these matters.

Japanese Knotweed – Foxhouse Lane, Maghull

This troublesome plant has been causing problems in Foxhouse Lane, Maghull for some time; at least 15 to 18 years to my knowledge. The plant is on Network Rail land which forms the embankment of the Liverpool – Ormskirk railway line just north of Maghull Station.

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Click on the photo to enlarge it

My old chum and former Maghull Town Councillor Charles Walker (see photo above) was tackling it over 15 years ago and he got what was then Railtrack to take action to try to eradicate it. I recall Charles, now a young 93, reminding Railtrack for some years to continue the treatment because I am told it can take 5 or more years to eradicate it. Sadly, the work did not see its demise and it is now getting out of control again and growing under the pavement in Foxhouse Lane causing Sefton Council to try to address the problem as well.

The redoubtable Maghull In Bloom Volunteers are also on the case.

The link below to a wikipedia page gives more information about this invasive plant.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fallopia_japonica

Maghull Town Council – Flying the flags – Just a bit of fun

Take a close look at these two photos of flags flying outside Maghull Town Hall:-

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I think you are sent to the Tower of London for flying the Union flag upside down but what happens if you fly the Maghull ‘M’ logo flag upside down? I suppose you could just rename the Town Waghull.

In Maghull’s ‘M’ logo the yellow represents the flower of the Mayweed that once grew prolifically in the area, the grey a stone canal bridge and blue the Leeds Liverpool Canal. My previous posting also refers:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2011/03/05/the-m-logo-for-maghull-what-does-it-mean-and-who-designed-it/

The photos are amongst my Flickr shots at:-
www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Maghull Station as it used to be

Maghull Station, on Merseyrail’s Northern Line, is now a modern and very well used facility. Indeed, it is so busy that the addition of a new Maghull North Station (to be built between the School Lane and Park Lane railway bridges) is now almost a certainty since the Coalition Government put up £6.2m towards the presently estimated cost of £7m.

Yes, I know, I also heard that Maghull Labour councillors were celebrating the massive grant from the Coalition; money the last Labour Government did not come even close to stumping up! Funny old world is it not. Reminds me of them also celebrating the Coalition putting up the money to build the Thornton – Switch Island Link Road which Labour never got around to funding when running the Country either. Funny old world again is it not!

But I digress, the purpose of this posting is to publish a couple of old photos of Maghull Station, from the days when Maghull was very much a rural community. The first one is undated but looks to be Edwardian era. I purchased it recently:-

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The second is not very good quality as it is reproduced from a photo sent in to the former Liverpool Daily Post Newspaper, which sadly closed down a few months ago. I have tried, so far unsuccessfully, to track down the original photo which was sent in to the Paper from an Aughton household. I am informed that the photo dates from 1940 and it looks to have been quite a cold and wintery spell indeed:-

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Maghull Station was originally a Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway outpost and those with longish memories will recall the Scottish expresses running through it at speed until the late 1960’s when some fools decided to break the rails at Ormskirk to stop through trains to Preston and beyond.

The photos are amongst my Flickr shots at:-
www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Ambulance delay – Maghull

Following my posting of yesterday about an significant ambulance delay arriving at a house in Lydiate I have been contacted about a similar situation at a house in Maghull. I have taken this second concern up with the North West Ambulance Service as well as the first one.

To give some context to these cases they both seem to involve delays of around 2 hours which is very worrying indeed!