Lunt Meadows – A walk in our local meadow and woodland

Lunt Meadows Intrepretation Board

Sheila and I went for a walk around this vast area of meadow and woodland that sits to the east of Lunt Village and north of Sefton Village.

Here’s three links to web pages which detail the site far better than I can explain it:-

www.lancswt.org.uk/reserves/lunt-meadows

www.facebook.com/Lunt-Meadows-wetlands-Nature-Reserve-1508795192738663/

www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/mol/archaeology/projects/lunt-meadows/

Showicks Bridge is on the eastern boundary of the site and it crosses the River Alt

Showicks Bridge is on the eastern boundary of the site and it crosses the River Alt

If memory serves Showicks Bridge had to be replaced in the 1990’s and I think it took quite a while for Sefton and West Lancashire Councils to agree who would be paying what towards the cost of this significant wooden bridge.

Whilst we were there a couple of chaps were carefully uncovering the part of the meadows where the ancient archaeology is buried.

Archaeology dig at Lunt Meadows

The dig site is within yards of Showicks Bridge.

If you want to visit the site you can either walk to it from a footpath off Bells Lane in Lydiate or there is car park that is accessible on the right down a short track just as you have passed through Lunt Village heading towards Homer Green/Ince Blundell.

The site is vast so we will have to go back there to discover more of it.

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Sefton Mill – A further update

My previous posting from the 10th of June refers:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2016/06/10/sefton-village-conservation-area-that-odd-business-with-the-remains-of-sefton-mill-posting-no-2/

A few days ago, in response to my recent postings on this subject, I received a message (via this blog site) to the effect that works were happening on the site of the old Mill and did I know what the works were related to. I had no idea as I had not visited the site for a month or more but went to have a look. This is what I saw:-

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I had a chat with the men doing the work and my understanding is that the lines of the walls of the historic Mill will be shown at surface level via the stone pathways that they are presently building. Soft landscaping will be reinstated in the other parts. I assume that an interpretation board will also be placed on the site.

A further visit today revealed how things had moved on:-

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Please shout if I have anything wrong here.

Remains of the historic Sefton Mill – What has gone there?

I understand that the historic remains of Sefton Mill in Sefton Village were expected to be conserved and made available for the public to access when the new housing development (Mill Wear Gardens) was built next to St. Helens Church. The area concerned is in fact a Conservation Area.

The remains of Sefton Mill and Mill Wear Gardens are behind the church viewed from this direction.

The remains of Sefton Mill and Mill Wear Gardens are behind the church viewed from this direction.

Roy Connell, a former local councillor and member of Sefton Council’s Planning Committee, has been trying to get to the bottom of what has gone on and this what he says:-

My recollection of this issue is related to the Planning application, there was a lot of remediation work that had to be carried out and in the process the Sefton Mill was exposed , we saw this at a Planning Visiting Panel meeting.

I asked for the Mill Site to be left exposed and for a fence to be put around it so that it could be seen by visitors to St Helens Church, as far as I can recall that was agreed.

I recently spoke to a chap who lives in the new houses who agrees with my view and who said that he understood that before he bought the house he now lives in.

He also told me that the contractors who ever they were filled the Mill remains in with sand and then covered it over with grass. He also recalls some of the old mill equipment being taken away, but is not sure by whom.

Think the question I would be asking Sefton Planning Department is what do they have on record of what was agreed to by the Planning Committee with regard to this application. Was there any legal agreement made or conditions added to the application?

Appropriate representations have now been made to Sefton Council’s Planning Department and we await a substantive response having had a holding reply. More news when I have it but if you know more please get in touch with me.

The photo above of St Helen’s Church is amongst my Flickr shots at:-

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

Maghull to Netherton – So many speed limits!

There’s a road that starts in Maghull and effectively runs all the way to the Edge Lane traffic lights by Bootle and Netherton Fire Station. It has various names along it’s relatively short length and even more speed limits.

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Starting with Sefton Lane at the junction with Liverpool Road South in Maghull it is 30mph. Just after it becomes Bridges Lane the limit rises to 40mph. When it becomes Brickwall Lane its back down to 30mph through Sefton Village, coming out of the Village it rises to 40mph and then across the junction with the new Brooms Cross Road it rises again to 50mph. Finally in drops to 40mph from there along Buckley Hill Lane to the Fire Station. This road is only 2 miles long in total!

Talk about confusing the motorist although you try sticking to 30mph through Sefton Village and see how many try to overtake you – it happens to me virtually every day.

Switch Island to Thornton Link Road – progress as junctions takes shape

This was the scene on Brickwall Lane just to the west of Sefton Village on Friday 30th January:-

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Street lamps are being erected and the junction with the new Broomscross Road is taking shape, all down to the campaigning of Thornton Parish Council and Thornton residents who were and are desperate for a by-pass around their congested community.

Sefton Borough – It’s named after an historic village with an historic church

In a break in the bitterly cold weather of recent days I went back to St.Helen’s Church in Sefton Village to have a look at the ancient church where, and please don’t tell anyone, this old atheist was once a choir boy!

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Helen%27s_Church,_Sefton
It really is a beautiful building and I love to take photos of it:-

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The photos are amongst my Flickr shots at:-
www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/