Lydiate and its Great War 1914 – 1918 – A lovely remembrance booklet

I think I mentioned a while back that Lydiate Parish Council had put some money towards this booklet which was produced to look at the impact of WW1 on the farming village of Lydiate, and how children today are remembering the young men from their community who gave their lives.

Local author and historian Pam Russell was the guiding light together with Kath Coyle – WW1 Lydiate project coordinator.

24 young Lydiate men died while serving in WW1

24 young men from Lydiate (or with strong links to it) died while serving in WW1 and the booklet celebrates the life of each one with individual write-ups. I was interested to have confirmed something which another well known local historian (Bruce Hubbard) had told me some time ago i.e. that one of Lydiate’s fallen is not on either war memorial in the community – Herbert Finch who was killed on 19th October 1917. It seems he lived near the Lydiate/Maghull boundary so may have unfortunately been overlooked by both villages. He is however commemorated at Tyne Cot memorial in Belgium. Wouldn’t it be fitting for his name to added now to either the memorial at Our Lady’s Catholic Church or the one at St. Thomas’ CofE Church?

There’s also a brief history of Lydiate through the ages and of Lydiate life in 1914 within the booklet.

As well as the booklet there’s a website about the project at which you can access via this link:-

I think many primary school children from Lydiate’s 3 schools may have a copy of the booklet and you just might be lucky in tracking a copy down if you call in at Lydiate Village Center on Lambshear Lane.

A great tribute to the fallen, congratulations to all involved.

Lydiate – That outdoor sporting/leisure site proposal & its relationship to a designated Conservation Area

One thing that slipped my mind when I put together my report on the presentation to Lydiate Parish Council about this proposed development (my immediately preceding blog posting refers) off Hall Lane/Southport Road is the relationship of the site to Lydiate’s Conservation Area.

The matter was raised at the meeting but as I say this aspect slipped through the net when I was writing the posting up. Having been reminded of it now I have been onto Sefton Council’s web site (see link below) where the boundaries of the Conservation Area are defined:-

As you can see the site is right up against it where Hall Lane joins Southport Road by Our Ladies RC Church. On that basis this close association with the conservation area will surely be a restricting factor in how the site can be developed other than for agricultural use.

Lydiate – RC Church parking restriction compromise seems to win the day

My previous posting of a few days ago refers at:-

The latest news is that Sefton Council’s proposed new double yellow lines will are likely to be shortened to the minimum required to help make the junction of Hall Lane and Southport Road safe for drivers exiting Hall Lane.

This seems to be a sensible compromise in the circumstances commensurate with road safety considerations.

Lydiate – Parking restrictions proposal outside RC Church cause controversy

Sefton Council is proposing to bring in parking restrictions on Southport Road and Hall Lane in Lydiate, outside Our Ladies Church, but questions are being raised locally about whether they are really necessary.

Representations were made to Lydiate Parish Council at its meeting last Tuesday by the Chairman of neighbouring Down Holland Parish Council who happens to attend the church himself.

An extract from a Sefton Council report on the matter says:-

1.1 A request has been received from a local resident, for ‘No Waiting at Any Time’ restrictions to be introduced at the junction of Southport Road and Hall Lane, Lydiate.

1.2 It is alleged that when masses take place at Our Lady’s RC Church, on-street parking takes place in close proximity to the junction.

To be fair Sefton Council have conducted traffic surveys on a Sunday when the church is busy and they have found there to be some issues that need addressing to aid road safety.

I had a chat with fellow Lydiate Parish Councillor Edie Pope about this recently and she was surprised by the proposals (she lives close to the church) as she was not aware of any accidents caused by church-goers vehicles.

On occasions I do use Hall Lane and I must say turning right out of it is a bit of a challenge but that is more associated with the speed of vehicles on Southport Road which must be doing well over 50 mph most of the time despite the speed limit being 40 mph.

Lets hope a mutually satisfactory solution can be found because ironically the church had recently tried to gain permission to create a car park on its own land but they had been refused by Sefton Council on the grounds that the area is Green Belt and a Conservation Area. So clearly the church’s prayers were not answered in the affirmative by the Council and this is obviously a difficult matter to resolve.