Maghull – New cycle track from Switch Island towards Maghull on A59

I have commented before about the narrow and completely inadequate cycle/footpath out of Maghull towards Switch Island and it seems someone has been listening as construction work on a much wider path has been taking place in recent weeks from Switch Island up to the pedestrian/cycle crossing just before the Maghull boundary.

I do hope that the highway powers that be Highways England and Sefton Council are going to keep the new path construction going to the junction with Liverpool Road South as there’s no point in stopping at the cycle/pedestrian crossing. This is view from the crossing towards the Liverpool Road South junction – still a very narrow path at present but I will have more news soon on it:-

Of course what Maghull and Lydiate really needs alongside the A59 Northway is a safe cycle route from Switch Island through to Robins Island and Lydiate Parish Council has acknowledge this need in its draft Neighbourhood Plan.

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Lydiate – More on the regular flooding problem in Lambshear Lane

I’ve blogged about this problematic flooding issue previously and both Edie Pope and myself have tried to get Sefton Council to take some effective action.

The latest news is that the Council will assess the situation after the next heavy rainfall and will carry out a ‘level survey’.

More news when I have it.

Lydiate – Sefton Council introduces new traffic calming measures using hedges! :-)

This looks like an April 1st posting but its not. The photo below is real and was taken on Lydiate’s Bells Lane on 4th April:-

It looks like an innovative new method by Sefton Council to calm traffic speeds at first glance using hedging! In fact the sign has been spun around 90 degrees by the recent high winds making it side on to the road.

Sefton Council were informed and it is now pointing the right way.

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The photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-

https://www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Sefton Council – Resurfacing roads around parked cars – I suspect it happens more often than we may think

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/council-attempts-explain-incredible-road-14536801

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

The article was brought to my attention but oddly and only very recently I actually saw another example of resurfacing around a parked car in Maghull’s Granville Avenue.

It’s a road I walk and cycle quite regularly and I saw the warning signs go up at either end of the road saying when the resurfacing was going to take place. The job was done but clearly one car owner did not know as the car was not moved and like the Albany Road Southport situation, in the Liverpool Echo article, the car was worked around by the tarmacadam contractors.

With thanks to Keith Page for the lead to this posting

Port of Liverpool Access – Rimrose Valley Friends meet Peel Ports

www.rimrosevalleyfriends.org/news/whose-road-is-it-anyway-our-meeting-with-peel-ports/

There is an interesting report of the meeting on Rimrose Valley Friends web site – see link above

Having covered this issue numerous times on this blog site I have to say that in my humble opinion this matter started to go wrong many, many years ago when it was first mooted that the Peel were thinking of expanding at Seaforth.

What should have happened back then was a detailed access study (involving residents from the potentially affected communities) to look at all the implications – positive and negative – of such an expansion. I also think that study should have been commissioned by Sefton Council, working with what was then the Highways Agency and Network Rail or its forerunner Railtrack. But such a move was not made – Why?

The issue came up during my time as a Sefton Councillor but my very clear recollection is of being told that Bootle’s councillors were not keen on leading the issue. If I understood what I was told correctly they seemed to look upon the Port as a troublesome neighbour. My take on this is that without the Council taking the lead the the Highways Agency and Network Rail were never going to look at holistic transport/access solutions on their own and they didn’t.

The matter was not helped by the planning application for the works to the Port being dealt with by Government rather than the local authority as it kept the issue under local radars. Yes I know that Sefton Planning Dept. will have had a hand in the planning process to some extent and that they will have reported to appropriate councillors but at the end of the day if the application had been dealt with locally the implications of access to the port would have been dragged to the surface much sooner.

However we got here the cart (building the enlarged Part) got before the horse (access to the enlarged Port) and if that does not show how poor and muddled headed UK Planning processes are I don’t know what does. Sadly, however, we are where we are and the ‘solution’ put before us is driving a new road through a Country Park! You really could not make this up, could you?

Lydiate – Busted street lamp and a fence

Firstly, thanks to Sefton Council for fixing the broken street lamp on the footpath that runs from Southport Road through to Coppull Road, it was really dark down there at night with only one of the two lamps working.

Now One Vision Housing need to have a look at their fence which separates the same footpath from the backs of the bungalows in Haven Walk. My photo illustrates the problem:-

I have alerted OVH to this matter.