Waste, fly-tipping & The Cheshire Lines Path in Maghull

Right on the western edge of Maghull, there’s an industrial estate on one side of Sefton Lane and a waste disposal/recycling centre together with a garden centre and a few houses on the other. Leaving Maghull you go over a significant mound which is the remains of a railway bridge taking Sefton Lane over the former Southport & Cheshire Lines Extension Railway, now the Cheshire Lines Path/Trans Pennine Trail. You then pass by the industrial estate (on your left) and recycling centre & garden centre (on your right) before a small bridge takes you over Dovers Brook, which is the boundary between Maghull and Sefton Civil Parishes.

The area has two significant problems, flooding at times of heavy rain being the most obvious and well known one which I’ve blogged about many times. The other problem is less obvious unless you walk around the perimeter of the waste recycling centre which backs onto Dovers Brook and open countryside. The problem? Rubbish, waste, litter strewn around. Here’s a couple of photos I’ve taken recently:-

View of rear fence of Sefton Meadows Recycling Centre

Rubbish stewn along the eastern bank of Dovers Brook.

When you see the rubbish your first thought (or at least my first thought) is how did it get here? You see where it has been dumped is not close to Sefton Lane so it surely can’t be casual fly-tipping. Having visited the area, twice now, with other concerned local residents and an environmental officer of Sefton Council there’s a possibility that the waste is coming from within the recycling centre. Yes, I know at face value that may seem odd but one theory is that scavengers operating within the recycling centre, out of hours, may be dragging stuff out of the centre and sorting through it on the other side of the fence, taking what they find to be of value whilst leaving everything else.

The problem could do with getting to the bottom of with Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA) and their site operator Veolia. If the waste is being brought from inside the recycling centre compound then shouldn’t MWDA/Veolia take action to collect it up on a regular basis? Again, if it is coming via the route suggested does this not mean a beefing up of security is required?

It will be interesting to see how the Sefton Council environmental officer gets on with her piece of detective work. She seemed keen to get to the bottom of the growing environmental mess around this area.

And then just yards away you can walk over to the Cheshire Line Path/Trans Penning Trail which is maintained by the Merseyside North Volunteers and you see the other and very much positive side of our local environment:-

Maghull – What a strange address for a council candidate.

More on that strange situation whereby Nina Killen a Labour councillor from Formby is crossing the Borough of Sefton to trying to get re-elected in Maghull’s Sudell ward that I posted about a few days ago.

I have also separately made mention of Labour’s new candidate for Park ward, which nieghbours Sudell ward. You see both Labour’s candidates have written to their local electors but there is one very significant difference between the two letters.

The Park ward letter clearly gives the address of Labour’s candidate for that ward as the address at which he lives. The Sudell ward letter gives an address on Sefton Lane Industrial Estate in Maghull which I am betting is not where Nina Killen lives!

Maghull – ‘biggest ever’ canabis farm

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/liverpools-biggest-ever-cannabis-farm-6446886

The Liverpool Echo has the story about this Christmas find on Maghull’s Sefton Lane Industrial Estate.

Of course it was only last March that Maghull was the gun fighting capital of the North West for a few mad weeks as drug related shootings took place across this normally quiet Merseyside commuter belt Town.