Lydiate – Cars for sale on the public highway

I’ve covered the issue of cars for sale on the public highway many times before on this blog site – Green Lane in Maghull comes to mind and here’s a link back to one my postings about it:-

But today I was contacted by a local resident who had noticed a reaction to a parked car for sale in the entrance to Seafore Close, a regular site from which car sales take place. I went to have a look and this is what I found:-

As a consequence I’ve raised the matter with Sefton Highways again to see what their current take on the matter is. If you have read the story of Green Lane Maghull (linked above) you will know how the Council eventually resolved the issue on that site.

Quote from my previous posting – ‘What it seemed to come down to was that Sefton Highways were saying that a car sales company could sell up to 2 vehicles in one location on the public highway and no one could stop it, or words to that effect.’

I’ll post again when there’s further news…..

Lydiate – The 1965 award winning houses in Seafore Close

Lydiate’s 1965 Civic Trust Award winning Seafore Close

There is at least one other local Civic Trust Award winning development/building in Sefton Borough – Formby Swimming Pool (see 1st photo below) – but if there are others they are not presently not known to me. If you wish to let me know of others I would be pleased to hear from you.

Civic Trust Award Winning Formby Swimming Pool

The concrete plinth with the Civic Trust Award plaque affixed to it. You can see it as you enter Seafore Close from Southport Road Lydiate.

And here’s a closer look at the Award plaque:-

The houses are clearly of a unique design and I like them but the fact that they won a nationally prestigious award is what makes them an important part of Lydiate’s history.

I Googled the Civic Trust Award looking for details of the award but their web site does not seem to cover awards given so far back – 52 years! I realise that the timber and asbestos (wrong – see update below) construction will be what makes them unique but am looking for more detailed background to the award.

Here’s a link to the Civic Trust Award web site:-

Civic Trust Awards started in 1959 but the Seafore Close, Lydiate award details are seemingly not presently accessible from the web site. On that basis I have twice recently sent enquiries to the web site for the details, but so far no one has come back to me as the site indicates will happen when enquiries are made.

I hope, therefore, to be able to update this posting when I do manage to track down the full award details. Of course, it could well be that folks out there, particularly people who may have lived in the properties, hold the award details and if so I would be delighted to hear from them.

Click on any of the photos to enlarge them

Update from Seafore Close resident Wendy Greener – They are not asbestos but made of a strong composite called, I think. Swedes board. They are a Swedish fabrication and this shows mostly in the drainage all being internal, no external guttering or pipes unless added later. This was designed for Sweden’s cold winters to prevent pipes freezing. The houses are surprisingly spacious, lots of light and very warm and soundproof. We have a B rating EPC. We also have a sunny garden down to the canal and wonderful views. I love my home.

Maghull, Southport & Lydiate – cars for sale (by dealers) on the public highway

I have blogged about this a number of times in the past. The issue is car dealers selling car on the public highway which some residents oppose (I appreciate that some residents don’t oppose the activity I would add) and have complained about.

This is the Green Lane, Maghull site where cars are regularly for sale.

This is the Green Lane, Maghull site where cars are regularly for sale.

In Maghull the problem/issue manifests itself in the turning circle/dead end of the Green Lane Service Road where it faces Liverpool Road South.

In Lydiate it is on Southport Road at the Maghull/Lydiate boundary and in the entrance to Seafore Close just off Southport Road.

I understand that some roads in Southport are also affected by this issue.

My last relevant posting on this matter is available via the link below:-

By way of an update I have been back in touch with Sefton Council to see what progress has been made and they have told me that they now have Merseyside Police on board with the enforcement of cars for sale on the public highway. I understand though that Sefton Council will continue to inspect roads where this activity leads to residents raising concerns about it.

Also, to give him his due credit Maghull & Lydiate Sefton Councillor John Sayers has been chasing this matter up as well and I appreciate his efforts. Not sure where John has had complaints from but I have been contacted over the years by residents of Liverpool Road South, Maghull (this goes back to when represented Maghull on the Council) and Southport Road, Lydiate.

I would now like to think that effective action will be taken, accepting of course that some residents may not want such action to stop commercial car sales on the public highway. However, based on the fact that I have been chasing this matter around for 9 years I am still not holding my breath. Certainly the past few days have shown that the situation remains unchanged in that cars are still for sale at least at two of the locations mentioned above.

PS. This issue has nothing to do with residents making private vehicle sales.