Lydiate – The condition of Southport Road surface

The part of Southport Road in Lydiate from the junctions of Hickson Avenue to Highbanks is made up of concrete sections and just past Hickson Avenue and opposite Astor Court (more or less on the Maghull/Lydiate boundary) is a part of it that has been dug up a few times.

This digging of trenches, for utility works etc. over the years has ended up with the surface being uneven. What’s more concrete is not flexible like tarmac so when the filled in trenches settle and sink down the edges of the concrete do not ‘bend’. In turn this creates a lot of noise and vibrations for folks living close to these repaired sections.

Unsurprisingly the noise and vibrations have got too much for some residents and an approach was made to Lydiate Parish Councillor Edie Pope to see if she could assist. Edie had a site meeting and met with Sefton Council Highways to see what could be done.

After some consideration Sefton Council sent out a contractor to start to put matters right. Here’s a shot of them working on the road only a few days ago:-

Some work was clearly done but it was stopped; I understand this was because of the cost of it. Edie and indeed I thought that the solution would be to find a suitable way of filling in the ‘dropped’ trenches but it seems that either Sefton or their highway contractors thought the best way of doing it would be to to take out more of the concrete before filling it in.

So a small area has been completed but far more needs to be done. We hope that Sefton Council is simply trying to find a more cost effective way of finishing the job as opposed to just not doing any further work. Watch this space as Edie tries to get things moving again.

Lydiate – RC Church parking restriction compromise seems to win the day

My previous posting of a few days ago refers at:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2016/10/11/lydiate-parking-restrictions-proposal-outside-rc-church-cause-controversy/

The latest news is that Sefton Council’s proposed new double yellow lines will are likely to be shortened to the minimum required to help make the junction of Hall Lane and Southport Road safe for drivers exiting Hall Lane.

This seems to be a sensible compromise in the circumstances commensurate with road safety considerations.

Lydiate – Cloud Burst Today

Lydiate and I suspect many other local communities had a real cloud burst this afternoon. Here are a few shots of it across Lydiate:-

Cars negotiating floods on Southport Road

Cars negotiating floods on Southport Road

Seafore Close becomes a lake.

Seafore Close becomes a lake.

Topping up the Leeds Liverpool Canal.

Topping up the Leeds Liverpool Canal.

Lydiate – Sub-Station eyesore tidied up

Nice to see that the electricity powers that be have finally tidied up the sub-station on the Maghull/Lydiate boundary on Southport Road which had been a right old eyesore for far too long.

So credit were it’s due (wherever that might be within the electricity company) on a job well done.

Here’s a photo of the job done, I did have a before one but it is lost somewhere on my PC.

Electricy Sub-Station - Southport Rd Lydiate 10 15