Ramblers – A meeting to chat about Sefton’s Local Plan and its effect on public footpaths

Had a good meeting this morning with a representative of the Ramblers Assn. The meeting was to talk through any negative implications on the Maghull and district footpath network of Sefton Council’s decision to build on areas of Green Belt.

The conclusion we came to was that the huge ‘New Town’ site to the east of Maghull will throw up the biggest challenge as a public footpath crosses it which is clearly an historic track. I say historic as it is named on the Ordnance Survey Map as ‘Moss Nook Lane’. The path runs from School Lane to the M58 Motorway and over it to Moss Nook Farm. A second path skirts this development site running alongside the M58 Motorway starting in Poverty Lane and joining Moss Nook Lane by the Motorway.

The large red area is the 'New Town' site to the east of Maghull.

The large red area is the ‘New Town’ site to the east of Maghull.

Public footpaths are important and many have been saved by the campaigning of the Ramblers Assn and others over the years. Clearly our local Ramblers have an eye to keep up such campaigning and I for one will be with them in their efforts.

So sad that we had to have this discussion at all though as the site should not be developed under any circumstances in my book due to it being high grade agricultural land and Green Belt. But despite climate change and supposedly everyone now wanting to put the environment first the economy trumps such concerns every time it seems. Subsequent generations will learn to hate us I fear for what we doing now to land on which they could have grown their food.