Lydiate – Southport Road trenches finally filled in

A couple of days ago contractors working for Sefton Council turned up and the ‘dropped’ trenches across Southport Road adjacent Astor Court were finally filled in.

The trenches had been caused quite some time ago and probably at differing times as utility contractors had dug up the road surface. Trouble has been that the filled in trenches had dropped down and the noise and vibrations caused by vehicles hitting them was disturbing Southport Road residents.

My previous posting from August 2017 refers as Cllr. Edie Pope had been chasing this matter up:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2017/08/28/lydiate-the-condition-of-southport-road-surface/

Lydiate/Maghull – Their former Cheshire Lines railway stations

A close up of Lydiate Signal Box

I have blogged about the isolated former Lydiate railway station before but to recap it was not even in Lydiate Civil Parish but just over the border in Altcar Civil Parish off Carr Lane*. It closed on 7th January 1952 and all trace of it has effectively gone. Interestingly though Lydiate does have a Station Road which joins Southport Road adjacent to the Scotch Piper Pub and does eventually lead to the former station.

Lydiate Station sat on the Southport & Cheshire Lines Extension Railway and the tracks were lifted after June 1960. The station site is still accessible though as it is on the Trans Pennine Trail/Cheshire Lines Path and the station site is one of the access/parking points on the footpath/cycle path. Here are a couple of signs that have been placed on the station site:-

I bet there are folks still around who can recall getting the train from Lydiate Station to Southport or indeed Liverpool. Indeed, when I moved into Sefton Lane, Maghull in 1968 an elderly couple next door would tell me of their travelling by train from the former Sefton and Maghull Station on the same line. That station has also gone now although the platforms were still there in 1968 – it’s all now part of Sefton Lane Industrial Estate. Then around 1970 I met a chap called Jack Petty who taught at Ormonde Drive Secondary Modern School (now Maghull High); he was my form teacher. He told stories of using the railway after the war to get from his Southport home to work in Maghull and how he was often the only person on the train and the station staff at Sefton & Maghull made him a brew each morning when he got off the train.

Memories…….

*Altcar Civil Parish was split as a consequence of local government reorganisation in 1974 and the part in West Lancashire is now called Great Altcar Civil Parish – The part in Sefton Borough is called Little Altcar Civil Parish and its the most southernmost part of what most folks will think of as Formby.

Lydiate RC Church – Parking restrictions now in place

Double yellow lines now in place at Hall Lane/Southport Road junction to aid road safety.

The saga of the the type of parking restrictions outside Our Ladies Church in Southport Road Lydiate has been covered before on the is blog site and previous postings are available via the link below:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2016/10/16/lydiate-rc-church-parking-restriction-compromise-seems-to-win-the-day/

The agreed solution is now in place which will hopefully improve road safety (driver views along Southport Road when exiting Hall Lane) whilst not compromising the activities of the church.

Maghull & Lydiate – Cars for sale on local roads – An Update

I covered this matter not so long ago but realise that I missed out an issue that may well come into play as Sefton Council try to control commercial car sales on the public highway.

I hear that one potential solution could be along the lines of the rather unique and controversial one devised about 7 or 8 years ago to stop commuters parking in the residential roads around Maghull Station.

There a parking restriction was brought in to stop all day parking by having just one set hour when parking was banned in the middle of the normal working day. Of course this had the immediate effect of the cars not being left there any more as the drivers would get a parking ticket for that one hour restriction. The restriction was approved by the residents of each road near Maghull Station, where it was brought in, via a ballot.

I am sure you get my drift now as I hear that the powers that be (Sefton Borough Council) are looking at this type of solution to see if it would help to combat commercial car sales on roads in Maghull, Lydiate and Southport.

Watch this space, although as the problem of cars for sale on the highway has been grumbled about for 8 years I suspect this will continue to grind on. I will update when I hear more…….

Maghull & Lydiate – Cars for sale on the public highway

This is a matter I have covered before over a number of years. My previous relevant postings are available below:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2011/03/26/the-strange-story-of-the-green-lane-car-sales/

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2011/04/19/an-update-on-the-car-sales-at-green-lane-maghull/

This is the Green Lane, Maghull site where cars are regularly for sale.

This is the Green Lane, Maghull site where cars are regularly for sale.

The first posting above is dated 26th March 2011 and when I had a further chat about the matter with a Sefton Council Highways Office this morning he told me that I had first raised it in 2008!

The issue has been raised with me a number of times by residents who feel that commercial car sales should not be taking place on the public highway. Most recently I have been contacted by a Southport Road Lydiate resident who asked me to take the matter up once again. It was this request that led me to have a chat with a Sefton Highways Officer this morning.

Firstly it seems there are roads in Southport where the same issue manifests itself.

I am told that the legislation that Sefton currently uses entails an 8 day notice being given to remove a car from the place of sale on the highway and that 99% of the time this happens. However, I understand there is presently a case where a commercial car sale vehicle was left at Green Lane in Maghull for longer than 8 days after a removal notice had been served so legal action could now follow.

I also understand that Sefton Council is looking to see whether there are any other avenues open to them to pursue, within current legislation, to control such matters. Their legal people are looking at this now, I have been told.

I have also been asked about the road tax situation with regard to cars for sale commercially on the public highway. I don’t know the answer to this and it is not a matter within the powers of Sefton Council so Merseyside Police have been asked to look into it.

Note:- By the way the anti-social behavior route mentioned in the 2nd link above did not prove to be a runner as far as Sefton Council’s Highways Dept. was concerned.

PS. This is an issue about second hand cars being sold by businesses on the public highway it has nothing to do with private car sales by residents.

Lydiate – Yet another bad crash at accident black spot

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/miracle-escape-driver-after-car-12190129

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above

How many more serious accidents do there have to be at the junction of Mairscough Lane, Southport Road and Church Lane (by St. Thomas’ Church and just down the road from Church View Farm) in Lydiate before Sefton Council takes some action?

This latest one (on Wednesday evening) was an amazing escape for the car driver in particular but it could well have been so much worse. Indeed, there have been deaths at this infamous accident black spot and the crunches of car metal keep on coming.

Lydiate Parish Councillor Edie Pope outside her farm shop on Lydiate's Southport Road. The blind narrow bend where all the accidents happen is in the background.

Lydiate Parish Councillor Edie Pope outside her farm shop on Lydiate’s Southport Road. The blind narrow bend where all the accidents happen is in the background.

My good friend and fellow Lydiate Parish Councillor Edie Pope has long fought for improved safety here and she is back on the safety war path again following this latest accident.

My previous posting about the accident black spot of 9th May this year refers:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2016/05/09/lydiate-southport-roadmairscough-lane-too-many-road-accidents/