Flooding issues western side of Maghull

I got a call last week from the Champion newspaper asking me what I thought about about news that the Environment Agency (I assume) would be investing money to try to help with this problem.

This is the River Alt as it flows under the A59 (Northway) on Maghull's southern boundary. In the background is the old Cheshire Lines Extension Railway bridge over the Alt which is now used as a footpath.

This is the River Alt as it flows under the A59 (Northway) on Maghull’s southern boundary. In the background is the old Cheshire Lines Extension Railway bridge over the Alt which is now used as a footpath.

It seems that investment in Hey Cop Pumping Station, Lower Carr Lane, Great Altcar is to take place and a small sum is also to be invested in some additional work to assist around the Fouracres area of Maghull where very bad flooding hit the community in 2012.

Below is a shot of Whinney Brook where it flows under Ormonde Drive in Maghull:-

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Whinney brook flows east to west across Maghull and joins Dovers Brook close to Fouracres. This shot was taken on 9th February 2014 after days to rain had hit Maghull and district.

In turn Dovers Brook (flowing northwards) joins the river Alt north of Bridges Lane. See photo below:-

A very high Dovers Brook in 2012 next to cottages at Bridges Lane/Sefton Lane Maghull. The brook is the boundary between Maghull and Sefton Civil Parishes.

A very high Dovers Brook in 2012 next to cottages at Bridges Lane/Sefton Lane Maghull. The brook is the boundary between Maghull and Sefton Civil Parishes.

The confluence of Dovers Brook with the River Alt (and indeed another stream called St Helen’s Gutter) is about half a mile north of this point:-

This shot, with Sefton Church in the background, is looking south down the River Alt (it flows north) towards Bridges Lane. Dovers Brook joins at this point on the left of the photo. St Helen's Gutter joins on the right but you can hardly see it due to the tall bunds.

This shot, with Sefton Church in the background, is looking south down the River Alt (it flows north) towards Bridges Lane. Dovers Brook joins at this point on the left of the photo. St Helen’s Gutter joins on the right but you can’t see it due to tall bunds.

Any investment is of course welcome in our local drainage system. However, I still worry that when we encounter the amount of rainfall that we had in 2012 or what the Somerset Levels and western/southern areas of England and Wales are presently suffering from then our flood defences would not be adequate.

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