Lydiate – Sandy Lane Park Tennis Courts – To resurface or close and landscape?

This is the present condition of the Sandy Lane Park tennis courts surface.

This is the present condition of the Sandy Lane Park tennis courts surface.

We had a discussion at the September Parish Council meeting about how or even if we should to take forward the long talked about project to upgrade the rather down at heel tennis courts at Lydiate’s Sandy Lane Park.

I have blogged about this matter before and the link to that posting is here:-

The issue is the cost of the surfacing – it is in the many thousands of Pounds.

Personally, I still favour getting on with the job but accept that opinion is clearly divided amongst my fellow Parish Councillors. It is a rock and hard place type decision without doubt.

I think the issue is, are the tennis courts not used much at present because they are in poor condition and would they be used far more if they are resurfaced to a high standard?

The answer to this conundrum will not be known until the work is done of course and there’s the rub. If they get well used it will be a good investment, if they don’t the Parish Council will feel that maybe they should have invested the money elsewhere.

If any Lydiate residents have a view on this project please respond to this posting via the comment facility.

More detailed costings will come before the Parish Council at its next meeting in late October.


Lydiate – Sandy Lane Playing Field facilities to be improved

We had a good discussion about potential improvements to the tennis courts and changing pavilion on this park at the March Parish Council meeting.

Yes, I know I mentioned these tennis courts a few days ago but that was in relation to Labour claims that they had got the fencing around them renewed, despite the fact that opposition Lib Dems on the Council supported the work being undertaken. However, the new fencing is one thing but the fact is that the surface of the courts is poor and I suggested at the Council meeting that it is potentially now dangerous to users. Indeed, Sefton Council’s assessment of the courts is ‘Three courts assessed as poor quality’.

This is the present condition of the Sandy Lane Park tennis courts surface. The new fencing is visible in the background.

This is the present condition of the Sandy Lane Park tennis courts surface. The new fencing is visible in the background.

The consensus of opinion after the debate at the Parish Council meeting was that we need to turn the 3 courts into a multi-use sports facility so that say tennis, five-a-side football and basket ball can all be played on them. Of course this would need a brand new safe surface marked out for all the possible sporting uses. Personally, I consider this to be a project that needs to pursued without delay so that any potential danger to users can be minimised. I hope that details and funding streams will be identified soon.

Sandy Lane Park changing pavilion

Sandy Lane Park changing pavilion

Separately we discussed the refurbishment or rebuilding of the sports changing rooms on this park. There are no separate female changing facilities/toilets and the building is not much different to its original state. Again, a project needs working up here and potential funding streams found.

I am sure we will hear more about these projects over the coming months.

Lydiate ditch works – they could well help with the flooding at Sandy Lane Park



The two photos above show very recent works to deepen, widen and clear a ditch that runs at the side of Lydiate Parish Council’s Sandy Lane Park. The work has been done by a private land owner but it may well help flooding that has caused problems on Sandy Lane Park for a number of years. This work connects to my posting of 14th December 2013 about the road closure in Sandy Lane, Lydiate.

Parking problems around St Gregory’s RC Primary School, Lydiate

And before anyone says what’s odd about that as there are parking problems outside virtually every primary school, everywhere because very few children walk to school anymore, this is not about issues of that nature at school times.

No the problem here is when the School rents out its football pitches at the weekend as this brings with it many cars associated with the families of participating youngsters.

I have been getting concerns from residents about this for some time now and posted about the grass verge in Lambshear Lane (which runs down one side of the site) being churned up by the vehicles of parents etc. when weekend football games are on. Check out my posting of 29th January 2013.

The Lambshear Lane problem has to a large extent been resolved via the School agreeing not to open its access gate onto Lambshear Lane when such matches are on but the related problems in Sandy lane are a real road safety worry.

What happens is that cars get parked all the way along Sandy lane from its junction with Lambshear Lane right up to the zig zag lines at the Schools main entrance and this is a long run. The road has a bend (which leads to poor driver visibility) and it is too narrow for vehicles to pass each other without one having to put two wheels on the pavement on the opposite side of Sandy Lane where there are houses.

The whole situation is an accident waiting to happen because it can only be a matter of time before a pedestrian gets knocked over who steps out of a driveway onto the pavement only to find a vehicle there running along the pavement at speed! I watched the problem manifest itself with Cllrs. Andrew Blackburn and Wyn Maher only last Sunday morning. The photo below helps illustrate the issues.


I have again raised concerns and hope that the School and Council Highways Officers can find solutions. My understanding is that the School does not want to allow the cars onto their car park due to potential security risks to the School but this unfortunately puts the problem onto the Sandy Lane which has brought resident safety complaints.

This is proving to be an intractable problem but I hope there is a solution out there.