Lydiate – Notes from a Small Parish

Yes I know, I could not help but pinch the title of Bill Byrson’s excellent book but it felt appropriate to me anyway.

I’ve not updated on the activities of the Parish Council for a while but as we have just had our October meeting here goes with a few notes:-

* We donated £73 to the WW1 Lydiate Project to help them produce 100 additional printed booklets on their work. Here’s a link to this primary schools based project:-

madcos.org.uk/project/ww1-lydiate/

By the way have you seen/read ‘Great War Britain – Liverpool – Remembering 1914-18’ by Lydiate historian Pam Russell? May well be worth tracking a copy down – it was published this year. The copy below was for sale in Liverpool Central Library:-

* After the Brexit carry on it will hardly be surprising if Lydiate folk look upon another referendum with a skeptical eye but there is going to another very local one early next year. It will just be for Lydiate voters and it will be regarding whether the community accepts the Neighbourhood Plan which the Parish Council has put together. I’ve blogged about these plans many times before – watch out for a polling card popping through your letter box.

* We have put £500 to one side, in effect pledged it, to the Moss Alliance to help pay for their legal costs against fracking. My previous posting on this matter is available via this link:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/tag/the-moss-alliance/

Sandy Lane Changing Rooms building

* The Parish Council continues to look for ways to improve the changing room facilities and indeed the old tennis courts at Sandy Lane Playing Field. I’ve mentioned this a number of times previously. Suffice to say that the project may now take the form of a small extension to the present building but with a far more substantial project to provide modern changing rooms and a multi use games area (MUGA) to follow. It all depends on funding and grants and it could take a while to bring this project forward.

* It looks like funding to help with the lighting of the Christmas Tree (actually its a holly tree) on the Village Green will no longer be provided by Sefton Council after Christmas 2019. There’s a challenge for Christmas 2020 and beyond….

Lydiate – Progress with Multi Sports area and changing rooms at Sandy Lane Park

Sandy Lane Changing Rooms building in March 2016

I’ve not come back to this subject in a while as I’ve had little to report but things are moving again I’m happy to say. To recap my last posting from January this year said this:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2018/01/13/lydiate-the-long-haul-to-try-to-address-sporting-deficiencies-at-sandy-lane-playing-field/

Last week The Parish Clerk, Parish Chairman and I met again with a representative of Liverpool County FA to take forward our discussions and seek their support for our project.

At present our two potential major funding partners are likely to be the Football Association and Sport England and we will be progressing applications to them over the coming weeks. The advice and assistance of Sefton Council’s Planning Dept. is also being taken up, so we hope to have a bigger picture of the project over the coming weeks and months.

This is the run-down condition of the Sandy Lane Park tennis courts surface. Could they be rebuilt as a multi-use games area – MUGA?

In simple terms we want to upgrade and enlarge the changing rooms so that they are accessible and suitable for women’s football as well as for men. The sad fact is that Sandy Lane’s changing facilities are inadequate to say the least, being very much from a previous era. We also want to upgrade the football pitches to deal with drainage problems and to turn what are presently run down tennis courts into a multi-sports area.

This continues to be a very big project and I’m sure the Parish Council will have to overcome all kinds of hurdles as it tries to bring it to fruition.

More news as I get it.

Formby – Can an artificial pitch be dangerous to health?

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/new-3g-football-pitch-divides-14553067

The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site – see link above.

This story jumped out at me because I had never even considered that artificial pitches could be dangerous in this way. Having said that the School and Formby Parish Council seem happy to put the money in and get on with the construction subject to planning permission.

Maybe an angle to take into consideration and investigate further though as Lydiate Parish Council develops plans for a multi use games area (MUGA) project for its Sandy Lane Playing Field.

Lydiate – The long haul to try to address sporting deficiencies at Sandy Lane Playing Field

The Clerk of Lydiate Parish Council, her staff and I met with a representative of Liverpool County FA on 11th January to try to move forward the process of identifying how the Parish Council can upgrade facilities at this playing field.

I have mentioned before the poor state of the tennis courts and the need for them to be brought up to the standard of a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA). My previous postings refer and within the one below is a report on the matter from the November ’17 Parish Council meeting:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2017/12/03/lydiate-news-from-the-november-parish-council-meeting/

The meeting on the 11th was to see whether the Football Foundation, via the local FA, would be willing to support a project that could also see, if the funding can be put in place, the present changing room building fully refurbished and probably extended. The present building is pretty much as built in the 1970’s and with the growth of women’s football and the need for disability access it is hardly suitable for purpose these days.

Sandy Lane Changing Rooms building in March 2016

Coupled with the MUGA plan and a big changing room upgrade the football pitches will probably need some further work doing to them to counter flooding problems.

So this was the huge agenda we discussed to see how things could be moved forward. It’s probably the case that other grant giving bodies such as Sport England and the National Lottery will need to be approached too particularly with regard to funding for the MUGA as this is not something that the Football Foundation will support.

More news when I get it.

Lydiate – News from the November Parish Council meeting

A few highlights from last Tuesday’s Parish Council meeting

* Parish Council to spend £500 buying boundary planter troughs to go on Lydiate boundary signs for the Lydiate in Flower volunteer group. They will look similar to this Maghull one:-

* A £803 grant bid by Lydiate PC to the Lydiate-only John Gore Trust has been successful. It will help run community events at Lydiate Village Centre.

* Lydiate PC will continue to pay the Living Wage to its staff as opposed to the lower Minimum Wage. Music to the ears of this old trade unionist who helped bring in the LW to the Parish Council some years ago.

* A bid is being made to the Tesco Bags of Help grant fund to raise funds to set up a community garden, working with Lydiate in Flower volunteer group, on the Lambshear lane field where Lydiate Village Centre sits.

* Harking back to my previous postings about the potential for a multi-use sports area on Sandy Lane Park an initial expression of interest type bid is being made to a Football Foundation/Lottery for what would be a massive project to rebuild the present football changing rooms and progress the multi-use sports area idea.

This is the run-down condition of the Sandy Lane Park tennis courts surface. Could they be rebuilt as a multi-use games area – MUGA?

Far too early to raise expectations about what will clearly be a hugely expensive, but most welcome project, if the Parish Council can once again be a successful grant bidder – It raised £0.5m from the National Lottery when the Village Centre was being constructed and which opened its doors in 2010.