Alt-Crossens flood consultation – Lydiate event

Displayed information at Lydiate Village Centre event on 31st January

Displayed information at Lydiate Village Centre event on 31st January

The Maghull area flooding pressure points

The Maghull area flooding pressure points

www.altcrossens.org/

This event, which was being led by the Environment Agency, seemed to have had very little publicity for some odd reason. Certainly I do not recall reading much if anything about it in the local press.

It ran from 2pm until 7pm on 31st January and was in effect a drop-in style event where anyone could wander into the Village Centre on Lydiate’s Lambshear Lane to have a chat with the experts on hand and look at the display boards.

I pointed out to the Environment Agency staff whom I spoke to that the big issue to the west of Maghull is the confluence of the River Alt, St Helen’s Gutter and Dover’s Brook just north of Sefton Bridges Lane and Meadows Recycling Centre. See photo below for a shot of what happens when the River Alt can’t take the water from Dover’s Brook (because the water level in the Alt is too high) and the water in Brook ‘over tops’.

Not that we need reminding how bad flooding can be on the western side of Maghull - This is Bridges Lane

Not that we need reminding how bad flooding can be on the western side of Maghull – This is Bridges Lane and the truck is travelling east towards Dover’s Brook bridge having just crossed the bridge over the Alt

I hope I got the message over clearly!

Sefton Local Plan – many concerns not least flooding

Last night Sefton Council’s Planning Committee met and the big issue on the agenda was a report on the 2nd round public consultation held between July and September 2013.

Not surprisingly there are many areas of concern but the one that kept appearing over and over again from many differing sources was flooding.

The vast majority of Sefton Borough is low lying, some of it below sea level, so is there any wonder that this is the biggest concern in most of Sefton’s communities.

Even the Environment Agency has raised concerns in respect of Sefton’s proposed sites to build on because of flooding worries!

I will post further on this subject very soon.

A boundary walk bewteen Maghull and Sefton Parishes

Dovers Brook, which I posted about a couple of days ago regarding its ‘overtopping’, is the boundary between the Civil Parishes of Maghull and Sefton, Sefton Parish giving its name to the Borough of Sefton created in 1974.

Sheila and I had another local walk recently and we started where Bridges Lane crosses Dovers Brook by Sefton Meadows Waste Recycling Centre. There is an unmarked path right at the side of the brook on the opposite side of Bridges Lane from Jubilee Woods which I posted about recently.

The path follows the brook on the Sefton side of the boundary for a short while before crossing the brook onto the Maghull side where you follow the boundary fence of the Recycling Centre. Sadly some idiots have chucked rubbish and litter around the path here but as you move further northwards the path opens up to a wide expanse of land and you eventually reach a very substantial bridge that crosses Dovers Brook and the River Alt at their confluence. Access to more woodland and footpaths from here can take you deeper into Sefton Parish and on towards Lunt Village etc.

Here are a few shots I took as autumn light was fading.

Footpath bridge across Dovers Brook

Footpath bridge across Dovers Brook

Looking back towards Bridges Lane and Sefton Church from the confluence of Dovers Brook and the River Alt

Looking back towards Bridges Lane and Sefton Church from the confluence of Dovers Brook and the River Alt. The little indentation on the right of the River Alt is where St Helens Gutter also joins the confluence.

A late afternoon shot of St Helens Church Sefton looking towards Crosby from the River Alt

A late afternoon shot of St Helens Church Sefton looking towards Crosby from the River Alt

Flooding – Dovers Brook , Maghull – Environment Agency to issue warnings of ‘overtopping’.

No sooner had I had the site meeting (see last posting) in Lydiate than Radio Merseyside called me to ask my views on a new warning system that the Environment Agency is to put in place with regard to Dover’s Brook in Maghull.

This brook feeds into the River Alt but can ‘overtop’ its banks/bunds causing big flooding issues in Fouracres and to the small group of houses on Sefton Lane where it crosses the brook.

Dovers Brook behind Fouracres which over-topped September 2012

Dovers Brook behind Fouracres which over-topped September 2012

Affected cottages in Sefton Lane (September 2012) - Sadly flooding here has a long history; I recall it happening in the early 1970's

Affected cottages in Sefton Lane (September 2012) – Sadly flooding here has a long history; I recall it happening in the early 1970’s

This is the statement I gave to Radio Merseyside:-

Anything that helps people in Fouracres and on Sefton Lane to react to Dovers Brook overtopping is to be welcomed but news of a warning system is only part of the solution. The big issue is the capacity of the River Alt, which Dovers Brook flows into, to cope with very heavy rainfall such as happened in September 2012. We need to stop the overtopping happening.