Lydiate – Dropped kerbs help folk get around

Dropped kerbs are really important because they allow people with disabilities, the elderly, folks pushing prams etc. to travel around a community without facing the trip points and obstacles which pavement kerbs can present.

Over the past 25 years or more Sefton Council has (like other councils) been installing dropped kerbs particularly at junctions to make things easier for pedestrians but I’ve recently been made aware of a location where dropped kerbs could do with being installed – see photo below:-.

This site is on the eastern side of Northway/The A59 roughly half way between the Kenyons Lane junction and Robins Island and as you can see the kerbs are quite high where this farm access point comes off the A59.

I’ve raised the matter with Sefton Council Highways asking them to consider installing dropped kerbs at this location. I’ve also queried whether the path can be officially designated as ‘shared space’ (for pedestrians & Cyclists) as there’s no separate cycle path/safe cycling route along this section of Northway.

Readers of this blog site will recall I’ve been calling for a safe cycling route to be created north to south alongside the A59 (through Maghull/Lydiate) for a long time now. Yes, I realise money is tight and achieving that aim will take a while but there seems to be an opportunity here to get the process going.

Lydiate – That Coppull Road pavement or the lack of it

I blogged about the rather strange lack of a pavement on a part of Coppull Road in Lydiate not so long back. It’s opposite the junction with Barnes Drive and its been like this ever since the estate was built. My concern is pedestrian safety and you can access my original blog posting via this link:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2018/05/07/lydiate-why-this-short-stretch-of-coppull-road-with-no-pavement/

The response from Sefton Council’s Highways Dept. was that due to financial cut-backs they no long have a budget to undertake such remedial works to address this short section of missing pavement. An unsurprising response which is very much of our austerity times sadly. I do have sympathy with the Council here by the way, as I realise how short of money they are.

Well at least I’ve put it on Sefton Council’s radar and lets hope that there’s no accident at this location before the money does become available to right a long-term pedestrian wrong.