It’s Comrade Crabtree if you please

Well how much worse can it get for Southport Conservatives as another councillor walks over to join the Socialist Republic of Bootle for that is what Sefton Labour Party really is.

Quite how someone can be a capitalist one day and a socialist the next I have never got my head around but Cllr. Tony Crabtree of Southport’s Cambridge Ward is the second Southport Tory councillor to make the journey from Tory to Labour in recent times.

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The plight of Southport Tories reflects the problems of Maghull Labour who, like the Tories, can’t keep hold of councillors who have been elected under their flag.

In Southport 2 former Tory Leaders on Sefton Council have fallen out with their Party. One went independent the other to Labour; now Cllr. Crabtree has jumped the Southport Tory ship. In Maghull Labour have lost 8, yes 8, of their elected councillors to resignations in the past two and half years.

The best Labour could muster in the recent elections in Southport was 19% of the vote and that in only a couple of wards so it is likely that Cllr. Crabtree will sink without trace if he stands again there. Has he been promised a safe Labour seat down in the Socialist Republic of Bootle?

Will the last Conservative in Southport please turn out the lights in their Bath Street Southport HQ.

Southport Model railway Village – take a look at this video

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5uQvab3Kk4

Sunny Southport was buzzing today in glorious sunshine.

I found this very recent video of Southport Model Railway Village on youtube. If you are visiting Southport the Model Village is well worth a visit.

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

Meols Cop Station – Southport – Wigan/Manchester Line

I said not long ago that I would post about this station, so here goes. By the way a previous posting of mine from 29th July 2013 is worth referring back to:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2013/07/29/meols-cop-station-vandalism-destroys-the-work-of-volunteers/

Meols Cop is the first station reached when a Southport – Wigan/Manchester train leaves Southport’s Chapel Street Station indeed it is well within Southport.

A visit there immediately draws attention to the challenges of this station. Firstly, it has no car park or seemingly any land close by that could become a car park. This is a major disadvantage as it is used by folk who live in Southport but who often work in Manchester. It’s second major problem is that whilst the station is firmly within Merseyside it is not a Merseytravel run station. There is no ticket office, it does not have station staff and the facilities are no more than a couple of shelters.

The fact that Merseytravel have not adopted it and brought it up to the usual standard of a station across Merseyside is a long standing bone of contention with Southport folk.

The good news is that the Station has an active volunteer group which I made mention of in my posting of July 2013 and what a great job they do.

It was time for me to go have a proper look at Meols Cop and here are some photo’s I took on my visit.

Taken from the Station platform looking towards Southport.

Taken from the Station platform looking towards Southport.

Sadly Meols Cops is not a disabled friendly Station. The steps down to the platform.

Sadly Meols Cops is not a disabled friendly Station. The steps down to the platform.

How many stations can you find with a lawn? It looks great.

How many stations can you find with a lawn? It looks great.

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

Planted out by volunteers

Planted out by volunteers

What Southport really needs is a station that provides extensive free car parking for commuters on this line. It is achievable by building a new station right by the Kew Park and Ride site on the edge of Southport. This is a challenge for the future but for now let’s thank the Meols Cop Volunteers for the work they do in helping to keep Merseytravel’s forgotten station going and looking good.

PS. David Sumner (mentioned in my previous posting) is no longer a Sefton Councillor having decided to retire at the last local elections following years of dedicated service to the Southport (Norwood Ward) community. Happy retirement David and keep up the good work at Meols Cop.

Exposing UKIP to the light of day

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Click to enlarge the letter.

This is a real letter delivered in Sefton Borough!

About the only things that I can agree with are the bits about Labour’s illegal Iraq War, which the Tories supported, (but the writer does not seem to realise that we Lib Dems opposed that war every inch of the way) and Labour’s disastrous deregulation (light touch) of the banks. The rest of this UKIP letter is quite, well, off the wall in my view.

How come we Lib Dems are the only ones willing to take on UKIP? What spooks Labour and Tories about UKIP?

Kings Gardens Southport – The improvements are looking good

The huge project to refurbish Kings Gardens on Southport’s front next to the Marine Lake are showing signs of the area being returned to if not its former glory then a modern interpretation of it.

I went to have a good look at the work recently and took a number of photo’s. Here are some of them with a brief commentary on each one:-

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The old cast iron and glass shelters were a sorry state but have now been given a new lease of life

The old cast iron and glass shelters were a sorry state but have now been given a new lease of life

This shows some of the detailed refurbishment of the shelters.

This shows some of the detailed refurbishment of the shelters.

New uncovered seating is in the same style as the original and nicely done too.

New uncovered seating is in the same style as the original and nicely done too.

The pedestrian bridge over Marine Lake is undergoing significant works.

The pedestrian bridge over Marine Lake is undergoing significant works.

The last photo is also amongst my Flickr shots at:-
www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Southport Model Railway Village

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www.southportmodelrailwayvillage.co.uk/

Let’s face it if you are male of any age you probably like trains, even those of you who are not prepared to admit it! And railways are not always a male preserve as I know women who are interested in trains.

Here, at Southport Model Railway Village, you have just about the largest size of model railway that can be bought. The tracks are 45mm apart and it is called G Scale; much bigger than Hornby’s OO and even larger than O scale. What’s more G Scale trains are made for running outside hence this large outdoor model railway village is worth a visit.

If you go to the Village web site you can click on ‘Gallery’ and watch the videos of trains running at a fast model speed.

Here are a few shots I have taken on previous visits there:-

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Some of these photos are also amongst my Flickr shots at:-
www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/