Sustrans – Merseyside North Volunteers

Happy to help publicise another local environmental volunteering opportunity:-

Workday… Saturday 24th September 2016

John Callaghan writes:- Short notice, but if you’re available and have an hour or two to spare…

Next Saturday (24th September, 10am onwards) the Lydiate scouts are assisting us by taking part in a sponsored litter pick on the Maghull/Lydiate area of Trans Pennine Trail/NCN 62.

Whilst they are litter picking in the area, I am planning to continue to clear The Meadow site in preparation for wildflower seeding. The Meadow site is at the beginning of the Cheshire Lines in Maghull, just off Sefton Drive, next to Sefton Meadows Garden Centre and the recycling centre. If any of you are available, I could really do with some assistance in raking the cut vegetation and clearing the ground. If you have not visited the site, it would also be an opportunity for me to introduce and discuss the Meadow project. I can also explain the bigger plan with this project and its impact for our area and all areas of the Trail. If you are available, it would be great to see you there. I have limited tools at this point and if you are able to bring a rake, it would be a great help. I also suggest you wear appropriate clothing for this type of task as the majority of what is being cleared is brambles and nettles. Please provide your own refreshments… although there is a cafe available at the Sefton Meadows Garden Centre.

If you are able to assist could you let me know jc@photoreal.co.uk …If you are unable to assist, but just want to come and say hello, you are more than welcome.

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Sefton Rights of Way Liaison Group

Now here’s something that could have been utterly boring but was actually quite interesting.

I attended my first meeting of this group recently representing both Lydiate Parish Council (which I am a member of) and Maghull Town Council (which I am not a member of). The meeting was held in Ainsdale’s Discovery Centre near to Pontins.

Other Parish Councils in Sefton were represented on it together with Ramblers and horse riding groups.

I have always had a fascination with public footpaths and regularly walk them both locally and further afield with Sheila and old chum Keith.

Scramble motorbikes on the local footpath network are a constant menace so erecting barriers to make life difficult for them is desirable where it’s possible. The representative of Sefton Parish Council asked for a style to be considered for the start of the footpath to Netherton off Bridges Lane in Sefton Village. Presently there is just a gap that makes scramble bikes access rather too easy. Here’s a photo of the site:-

Footpath off Bridges Lane, Sefton Village 27 05 16

A worrying problem that could do with being addressed is the lack of safe crossing facilities across the Formby by-pass particularly for horse riders. As you can imagine this road, with a speed limit of 60mph and which will usually have vehicles travelling on it at over over 70mph, is not a safe one to cross. A solution could be costly but I hope one will be fully investigated as a consequence of our discussion today.

We also touched on the recent success of the Sustrans Merseyside North Volunteers who not so long ago won a large grant from Tesco to improve the environment around the Sefton Drive (Maghull) access footpath to the Cheshire Lines Footpath/Trans Pennine Trail. This is the area concerned. The photo is from 2013:-

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The tragic accidents where Fisherman’s Path crosses the Liverpool – Southport railway line in Formby also came up and we were assured that Sefton Council and Network Rail were still trying to find viable solutions following a number of pedestrian deaths in recent times. My previous blog posting from January this year refers to one of the tragic accidents – see link below:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2016/01/21/formby-another-death-at-fishermans-path-level-crossing/

So on the whole and interesting first meeting for me.

What is important though is that issues with the Sefton public footpath and bridleway network are reported so that they can be addressed. So if you come across issues such as broken styles, overgrown paths, fallen trees blocking paths, illegal blocking of paths by land owners etc. just let me know and I will pass the concerns on to Sefton Council in the hope that they can be addressed.

Maghull – Sustrans – Merseyside North Volunteers win the TESCO jackpot!

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Here’s some great environmental/green news for Maghull – see link above

I covered this story a while back – here’s the link back to that article:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2016/03/03/sustrans-the-cheshire-lines-path-merseyside-north-volunteers/

A shot I took a couple of years ago of the access path off Sefton Drive to the Cheshire Lines Path and the dumped rubbish that the area suffers from.

A shot I took a couple of years ago of the access path off Sefton Drive to the Cheshire Lines Path and the dumped rubbish that the area suffers from.

So congratulations are due to the intrepid Merseyside North Sustrans volunteers for winning the top prize. It will be interesting to see how their project develops as this access point to the Cheshire Lines/Trans Pennine Trail has long been a mess.

By the way I found this old photo amongst my collection. It is taken from the very spot that the volunteers are going to improve looking up at the old Cheshire Lines Sefton Lane railway bridge parapet. Of course that is now long gone with the bridge gap itself also filled in. All that’s left is a hump in Sefton Lane. The photo is from the early 1980’s and the people in it are Marie Borland, Andrew Beattie (sadly passed away) and Dave Roscoe. Marie and Andrew were both Maghull Town councillors at the time.

Marie Borland, Andrew Beattie & Dave Roscoe - Old Cheshire Lines Bridge Sefton Ln ,Maghull

Sustrans – The Cheshire Lines Path – Merseyside North Volunteers

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The other day at a Maghull in Bloom meeting Ed, a local volunteer, told us about another Maghull volunteering project that he is involved with and a great project it is too.

Ed’s other volunteering group is called Merseyside North Volunteers who support the work of the environmental footpath/cycle path charity Sustrans. Sustrans, of course, are responsible for the Cheshire Lines Path which runs from Southport to Maghull and onwards into Liverpool as part of the Trans Pennine Trail.

This is the old Sefton & Maghull Station just prior to demolition in the early 1960's. A factory now stands on the site.

This is the old Sefton & Maghull Station just prior to demolition in the early 1960’s. A factory now stands on the site.

The main access to the path in Maghull for those using it to travel northwards to Southport or indeed those coming into Maghull from the other direction is at Sefton Drive, only yards away from the former Sefton & Maghull railway station. Now frankly this gateway to the path is not all that it could be, often covered with rubbish and litter and dog fouling. I have covered this problematic area previously on this blog site and my last posting about it is accessible via the link below:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2015/01/28/maghull-sefton-drive-and-cheshire-lines-path-is-a-dumping-grownd/

What Ed had to tell us was that his group of volunteers and Sustrans are working on a small project to try to improve things and here’s a link to that project:-

www.merseysidenorth.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/the-meadow-we-need-your-votes-on-27th.html

If you shop at TESCO you can help by voting for the ‘Meadow Project’ until 6th March.

Let’s hope this volunteer initiative is a success.