Sefton Borough Council – Fly-tipping costs us all a fortune

The Liverpool Echo has a story about it on its website – see link below:-

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/shameful-photos-show-disgusting-piles-15929007

I’ve had a good rant about this on many previous occasions and the problem is rampant across the country of course, so Sefton is sadly not in any way unique.

But what really gets me is that between Councils and the Environment Agency there’s far too little mobile covert CCTV coverage of sites where regular fly-tipping problems are the greatest. And I admit that in my time as a Sefton Councillor I failed to push the powers that be into more intelligent reactions to this ever seemingly worsening situation.

Regular convictions of fly-tippers in the local press would work wonders because it would deter others from following them. What makes the situation all the more ridiculous is that because of my cycling around Sefton and West Lancs I see what has been dumped and very often it is stuff that could easily be disposed of at local Recycling Centre at no cost at all! Yes I know there are those businesses tipping tyres, asbestos and indeed even the by-products to cannabis farms but much of what I see on my travels is ordinary household rubbish, furniture and building rubble and it strikes me that the dumpers are just too idle to take it to a Recycling Centre.

I realise that it would cost money to set up a mobile covert CCTV unit but surely the Councils across say Merseyside, working with the Environment Agency could put something in place which would eventually pay for itself by far less fly-tipped rubbish having to be removed from back alleys and country lanes. This is not rocket science surely, is it?

Rant over, for now……..

Rimrose Valley – Sadly it’s under threat but here’s a lovely tribute to it

Rimrose Valley Country Park map.

Some years back Sefton Council’s then Technical Services Traffic Services Unit produced, in conjunction with The Countryside Commission, a quite beautiful set of walking booklets* which are pieces of artwork in their own right.

I blogged about another of the walks (No.7 in the series – The Maghull Trail) not so long ago – here’s a link to it:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2019/02/06/whats-the-connection-between-mellings-waddicar-lane-and-maghulls-woodend-avenue/

But back to the Rimrose Valley, which I cycle through regularly. The threat is of course a new road to the Port of Liverpool that Highways England says it is going to build down through the County Park despite almost total opposition across the community and political spectrum locally to the project. But this posting is not another of my rants against the ruining of this lovely countryside oasis but a celebration of this green lung in the densely populated southern part of Sefton Borough.

Here’s the cover of the walking booklet:-

And two pages which to me are a lovely tribute to Rimrose Valley Country Park:-

The Rimrose Valley Friends are a volunteer group who promote the Valley and who lead the campaigning against the new road, here’s a link to their work:-

www.rimrosevalleyfriends.org/

Click on the map and the scanned pages of the walking booklet to enlarge them for reading.

An idyllic view of Rimrose Valley Country Park

* Sadly the booklets are out of print now

Southport – Bid for funds to bring back former glory of it’s famous shopping street

The Liverpool Echo has the article on its website – see link below:-

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/part-merseyside-could-look-completely-15794699

This has to be good news for our local seaside Town, assuming of course that the Council’s bid is successful. My good friend Sefton Councillor Nigel Ashton from Southport’s Meols Ward puts it well when he says – ‘We’ve been calling for something like this for years’.

A link back to my recent posting and in particular the postcard depicting Lord Street in its heyday seems appropriate:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2019/02/02/southport-for-mild-winters/

What’s the connection between Melling’s Waddicar Lane and Maghull’s Woodend Avenue?

Or more to the point what’s the connection between the area of Melling Civil Parish known as Waddicar and the area of Maghull known as Woodend?

For clarity, we are talking about the built-up part of Melling on either side of Waddicar Lane and the part of Maghull between the Meadows and Alt estate either side of Liverpool Road South.

The connection?

‘At the time of the Domesday Survey, Godiva, the widow of Leofrie, the Earl of Mercia owned Melling which was surrounded by a huge forest that stretched from Waddicar (Wood Acre) to Wood End in Maghull’

This is according to The Maghull Trail walking booklet published by Sefton Council a few years back and now out of print. The booklet is one of a series of such walking publications and they are beautiful pieces of artwork in their own right being watercolour illustrated throughout. The cover of the one I’m referring to is shown below:-

Sefton Council – Chief Exec’ Carney to retire

The Liverpool Echo has the article on its web site – see link below

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/sefton-councils-chief-executive-margaret-15767682

Goodness me is it really 10 years since I sat on the recruitment panel which selected Margaret Carney as the new Chief Executive of Sefton Council to replace Graham Haywood? My recollection is that Margaret was head and shoulders above all the other applicants for the job and that it was a unanimous decision to appoint her.

If memory serves Margaret started out at Knowsley Council in an ordinary clerical role and through hard graft worked herself up to an Executive position at Rochdale Council from where she came to Sefton Council.

Straight forward, incredibly hard-working and a pleasure to work with is how I’d describe her from my former position as Leader of the Council and then Cabinet member perspective. I wish her well and hope she enjoys life after Sefton Council.

Lydiate – So what about dogs running free on local parks?

Lydiate residents may recall recent newspaper headlines whereby a dog walker with a dog off its lead in a Lydiate park was given a ticket for a fine under a Public Space Protection Order.

That fine was subsequently rescinded following an appeal but the problem is still there because Sefton Council regulates dogs locally not Lydiate Parish Council.

After Parish Council discussion with Lydiate dog walkers, some of whom attended the Parish Council meeting last Tuesday, it’s been agreed that a part of Sandy Lane Playing Field will be fenced off where dog walkers can let their dogs off their leads. The work is to be carried out by the Parish Council in the near future.

Be careful where you let your dog off its lead on public parks as you could end up with a ticket. Best to consult Sefton Council’s website on the matter even if the park you are using is run by one of the Parish Councils in the Borough. Here’s a link that may help dog walkers:-

www.sefton.gov.uk/thegooddogcode