Osborne/Anderson – is this some form of political love in?

From the Liverpool Echo web site – Mr Osborne also declared his “door was open” to Joe Anderson over proposals for a Merseyside Mayor, providing it is the wish of voters in the area.

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Well here’s a odd story. A Tory Chancellor seemingly trying to do Liverpool’s Labour Mayor a favour in his ambitions to run all our lives across Merseyside/The Liverpool City Region.

But is it odd? Well not if you look back at the history of the Tories backing Labour on Merseytravel/Merseyside Passenger Transport Authority. Or what about the short lived Tory/Labour joint administration on Sefton Council in 2008.

These old and supposedly very opposed political enemies are closer than most voters would realise or care for. No one other then the Labour Party will thank George Osborne for giving Joe the power to run Southport, St Helens, Runcorn, Formby, Birkenhead, Maghull, Prescot or anywhere else outside of his present Liverpool boundaries.

No Mr. Osborne we don’t wish for this scenario thank you very much!

Prescot (Clock) Museum, Merseyside

This is one of those places I had been meaning to visit for years but somehow not got around to.

www.prescotmuseum.org.uk/

My attention was drawn back to it because of of a controversial move of the Museum from its historic Georgian building into a shopping centre! You can see why it was controversial.

This is the old and seemingly now unused Georgian building:-

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It really is quite a nice building and very much one that would befit a museum. So why the change? Obviously, local government funding issues were at the heart of the move but whilst having sympathy with Knowsley Borough Council for its financial dilemma I am told by Prescot locals that the Borough Council does not have the best of records in its governance of historic Prescot. I know that Cllrs. such as Ian Smith, and more recently Carl Cashman, have been fighting battles with Knowsley Borough for years to try to preserve the traditions and history of Prescot but the Kirkby/Huyton power-bases of the Borough always have had the bigger say for the socialist Borough.

The dead hand of local government can be a poor defender of traditions and local communities with its ‘Big Brother knows best’ approach to sensitive and very local issues. Here the solution is at best a halfway house because the old building is left empty and the setting of the new museum is at best odd. The comments on Trip Advisor give a flavour of what people think although not all are negative, I would add.

www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g1096785-d215456-Reviews-Prescot_Clock_Museum-Prescot_Knowsley_Merseyside_England.html

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

Railway Electrification – between Liverpool & Manchester – A look at Prescot

Works are continuing to electrify the lines in the Liverpool and Manchester area. I went along to Prescot Station the other day to have a look at how the project is progressing there.

Here are few shots I took:-

Cantenary on the way up

Cantenary on the way up

Looking north from Prescot Station

Looking north from Prescot Station

Another view northwards along the line

Another view northwards along the line

A Class 150 DMU on a Liverpool bound service with a 142 DMU in front of it.

A Class 150 DMU on a Liverpool bound service with a 142 DMU in front of it.

Whilst the electrification will be completed in the not too distant future many of the trains will still be diesel hauled because Northern Rail does not have enough electric multiple units (EMU’s) to run on the lines that are being electrified in the north of England. As ever Northern Rail’s rolling stock issues are the biggest concern here as they are across the whole of their franchise.

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