Whilst searching for the of the term origin of ‘Yort’ a while back (see my posting of 23 07 19 ‘Formby – What is a Yort?’) I happened upon this fascinating document by the Museum of Liverpool & English Heritage on the internet:-
Sefton Historic Settlement Study – Merseyside Historic Characterisation Project from 2011
Here’s the introduction to the 84 page document:-
Introduction to Historic Settlement Study
The aim of the historic settlement study was to produce a consistent pro-forma template of information on settlements identified across all the historical townships in all 5 districts of Merseyside as based on the relevant paper First Edition Ordnance Survey 6” to 1 mile maps for Lancashire (published 1848 -1851) and Cheshire (1881 – 1882) . The purpose was to help provide background information for the data capture of character area polygons and also bring together some information on known or highlight other historic settlements, many of which have been lost or disguised by urban development. It was also thought that information would be useful for alerting to areas of possible archaeological interest to support the development management advice given by Merseyside Archaeological Advisory Service to the five districts. Historic urban settlement character is one of the key priority areas for research within Merseyside and one for which there is currently least documented archaeological evidence.
What a useful historic database this is for those wanting to know more about the origins of their own Sefton community. Go on find where you lived and get to know more about it………
If you have ever used the signposted section of the TransPennine Trail from the Cheshire Lines Path in Maghull (just south of the access at Meadway) towards Chapel Lane in Netherton and the new Brooms Cross Road you will know what poor condition the surface is in through Jubilee Woods and across the River Alt. Here’s some photos:-
This path/cyclepath is Numbered 62 on the National Cycle Network and I have taken the poor condition of it up with Sefton Council who are responsible for the Trail throughout its journey through the Borough. At this stage I’m not sure what remedial work they are able to do but if I hear more I will post it on this blog site.
The Southport Visiter has the story on its web site – see link above
First over £30m for Bootle Strand shopping center a few months back now this purchase, I wonder where the money is coming from?
Now don’t get me wrong this seems, at face value, to potentially be a positive story which should enable elderly care provision to be continued on this site but bearing in mind how short of money Sefton Council is where does it get the money from to buy a property like this? We know it borrowed a huge amount of money to buy the Strand Shopping Centre not so long ago, so is this purchase also on borrowed money?
And one other thought, another big investment in Bootle by the Bootle based Council. Mm, when are the big investments going to happen in the rest of the Borough?
With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting
Liverpool 2’s massive new container cranes
The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above
With all the objections to the Highways England ‘let’s build a new road through the Rimrose Valley Country Park’ preferred solution to try to solve the expanding Port of Liverpool’s access difficulties these old tunnels under the City may well be a far better and more environmentally sustainable solution.
For goodness sake expanding the rail access to the Port is the solution and the tunnels are already there. What’s more the present rail link to the Port is underused.
With thanks to Mike Penn for the lead to this posting
Rimrose Valley Country Park map.
Truly horrifying news for the environment – see link above to the Rimrose Valley Friends web site which has the story as it looks today.
Idyllic view of Rimrose Valley Country Park
Time for Sefton Council to come out from behind its sofa and fight this plan. For too long Sefton has acted as though it was all but disinterested in the matter. Apart from jumping on a band wagon to suggest the new road be put in a tunnel as an alternative to wrecking the Rimrose Valley Country Park, what else has Sefton done?
And here’s a petition to sign if you would be so kind:-
Idyllic view of Rimrose Valley Country Park
With the potential threat of a road being driven straight through this country park I thought it was time to have a really good look at it. I had been previously but not for any length of time. I was not to be disappointed.
I set off on my cycle from our Lydiate home last Saturday morning quite early on a bright and sunny day. Joining the foot and cycle paths that lead into the County Park at Edge Lane I found my way via this footpath network through into what is a linear open space. It is in fact surrounded by the built up areas of Crosby, Netherton, Thornton and Litherland and ends in Seaforth half a mile from the Container Terminal.
Rimrose in the foreground and its threat in the background
You can see why Highways England have been eyeing up the land to get a new road through to the docks but what on earth will it do to this lovely oasis if they get the go ahead? I remain very much opposed to that plan but we will find out very soon what is going to happen.
What I found early on a Saturday morning was friendly dog walkers, fellow cyclists and a lovely ride through urban countryside. What’s more a very tame squirrel joined me for 30 yards or more running alongside my bike. I assume he was wondering if I had some food.
The Seaforth end of the Country Park which joins the A5036 Princess Way
Surely there can be little, if any, doubt that a road driven through the Rimrose Valley can only have negative consequences for our environment.