And Sefton Council is short of a few bob

www.southportvisiter.co.uk/news/southport-west-lancs/sefton-council-announces-purchase-netherton-14295770

The Southport Visiter has the story on its web site – see link above

First over £30m for Bootle Strand shopping center a few months back now this purchase, I wonder where the money is coming from?

Now don’t get me wrong this seems, at face value, to potentially be a positive story which should enable elderly care provision to be continued on this site but bearing in mind how short of money Sefton Council is where does it get the money from to buy a property like this? We know it borrowed a huge amount of money to buy the Strand Shopping Centre not so long ago, so is this purchase also on borrowed money?

And one other thought, another big investment in Bootle by the Bootle based Council. Mm, when are the big investments going to happen in the rest of the Borough?

With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting

Ainsdale – Rebuilding of its ‘railway’ station

www.southportvisiter.co.uk/news/completion-date-ainsdale-train-station-14293061

The Southport Visiter has the story on its web site – it’s accessible via the link above

This is a really positive story of progress on Merseyrail which I have been ‘tracking’ (yes I know) for some time now.

Lynne Thompson on I on Ainsdale Station back in 2011.

I was Leader of Sefton Council when Lynne Thompson, now Cllr. Lynne Thompson, was campaigning for the rebuild, that was back in 2011.

Oh yes and have you noticed an ‘Americanism’ creeping into every day use – ‘Train Station’ is a term used in the USA, they have always been railway stations in the UK.

With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting

Southport – That fascinating round house

I took the photo above back in September 2014 and the round house can be seen on the left of the shot.

Recently the Southport Visiter newspaper ran a series of 3 excellent articles plotting the history of the house. The links below take you to those fascinating articles:-

www.southportvisiter.co.uk/news/history/southport-landmark-round-house-fascinating-14062108

www.southportvisiter.co.uk/news/history/gallery/southport-landmark-the-round-house-14062976

www.southportvisiter.co.uk/news/history/southports-round-house-concluding-chapter-14111082

My thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting.

Ormskirk – From Wordsworth to the workhouse – Local history posting

Coat of Arms of Ormskirk’s 1779 Town Hall

www.southportvisiter.co.uk/news/history/wordsworth-workhouse-nostalgia-looks-educational-14141153

The Southport Visiter has a fascinating local history article on its web site with regard to Ormskirk – You can access it via the link above

The 1779 Ormskirk Town Hall

With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting

Merseyside Policing – Dig deep as you’re being asked to pay more

Seen In Merseyside Police HQ

www.southportvisiter.co.uk/news/southport-west-lancs/police-boss-ask-residents-more-14168914

The Southport Visiter has the story on its web site – see link above

Whilst this plea for Merseyside Council tax payers to cough up more to counter the lack of government funds for our local Bobbies is hardly going to go down well, as our Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy obviously knows, there are some other interesting issues to look into.

I covered this issue not so long ago and my previous posting is available via this link:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2017/12/20/policing-more-cash-but-theres-a-catch-your-council-tax-is-going-up/

But one aspect of the Commissioner’s press release, as quoted by the Southport Visiter, caught my attention – her reference to the cost of the increased policing on Council tax bills at band ‘A’, which she tells us is the most common Council tax band on Merseyside.

That Band A is the most common highlights a big problem that many urban local authorities have who raise money via Council tax. You can’t raise much money when many of the properties in your area are only contributing at Band A. Just think how much easier it is for those local authorities where the majority of households are in band D and above. Another example of how unfair Council tax is – we need a local tax that works and is fair, a local income tax based on the ability to pay not the value of your property.

Oh and by the way the other point about Jane Kennedy quoting tax at band ‘A’ is that in my experience the illustrative band used over many years has been at band ‘D’. Why did she choose to illustrate the additional cost at band ‘A’ other than for the reason she has stated of course?

With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting

Southport – School House on Talbot Street

I came across this lovely building dating from 1864 recently whilst walking around Southport town center with old chum Roy Connell and thought it must have an interesting history. Internet searches commenced:-

I soon found an article on the Southport Visiter newspaper web site (originally from 2008) which gives an insight into this unique building and its history. Here’s the article:-

www.southportvisiter.co.uk/news/nostalgia/southport-writers-book-explores-old-6627027

A quote from the Visiter article says:- ‘John Ruskin, the esteemed Victorian essayist, once described Trinity Chapel [which stood next to the School House] as “the most beautiful church in Methodism”.’ Well certainly the surviving School House must be one of the most beautiful houses in Southport or anywhere else for that matter.

The photo is amongst my Flickr photos at:-

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