My good friend John Pugh MP has decided after many years serving the good folk of Southport that the June General Election is the time for him to step down.
I know John has been an excellent MP not least because opposition party members have told me such. And I don’t mean in tribute after hearing he is standing down but before that whilst he has been Southport’s MP.
Dr. John Pugh Lib Dem MP for Southport
John is independently minded but then again that is the test of a good Liberal. Show me a politician who is prepared to be whipped time and time again to vote for things they really can’t abide and I will likely show you someone who is not a Liberal. Remember John stood out against Nick Clegg’s dropping the the Lib Dem pledge to oppose an increase in Tuition Fees, which were originally brought in by Labour when they were in Government. John was right.
On a subject close to my heart, John has been up front in his support for the revitalistion of rail services into and out of Southport to the east and north of the Town. That is an ongoing campaign that has a long way to run and his successor will have to show the same determination to support and promote that cause because the economic future of Southport is very much bound up in such campaigning.
I can’t say that I always agree with John but hey I’m a Liberal too and hope I have a reasonably independent mind too. What I do know is that John is a deep thinker who analyses every matter before him and you can bet that if you challenge him over an issue he can demonstrate a clear thought process that took him to the view that he holds.
I think Southport has had a really exceptional MP in John and they will be big boots indeed for his successor to fill.
Happy retirement from Westminster John but not from the local political scene.
The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site – see link above
Coincidentally I was out and about in Ainsdale only recently and took a few shots of ‘New Pontins’ from the surrounding sand dunes. Here they are:-
Holiday camps like this do seem to be from a very different era, indeed I recall going to Prestatyn Holiday Camp is a youngster with my Mum and Dad in the mid 1960’s. I found an old video on youtube from 1958. It’s a promotional film for Prestatyn Holiday Camp seemingly aimed at the more middle class holiday maker. A blast from the past indeed. Here it is via the link below:-
The first photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-
I have blogged about this a number of times in the past. The issue is car dealers selling car on the public highway which some residents oppose (I appreciate that some residents don’t oppose the activity I would add) and have complained about.
This is the Green Lane, Maghull site where cars are regularly for sale.
In Maghull the problem/issue manifests itself in the turning circle/dead end of the Green Lane Service Road where it faces Liverpool Road South.
In Lydiate it is on Southport Road at the Maghull/Lydiate boundary and in the entrance to Seafore Close just off Southport Road.
I understand that some roads in Southport are also affected by this issue.
My last relevant posting on this matter is available via the link below:-
By way of an update I have been back in touch with Sefton Council to see what progress has been made and they have told me that they now have Merseyside Police on board with the enforcement of cars for sale on the public highway. I understand though that Sefton Council will continue to inspect roads where this activity leads to residents raising concerns about it.
Also, to give him his due credit Maghull & Lydiate Sefton Councillor John Sayers has been chasing this matter up as well and I appreciate his efforts. Not sure where John has had complaints from but I have been contacted over the years by residents of Liverpool Road South, Maghull (this goes back to when represented Maghull on the Council) and Southport Road, Lydiate.
I would now like to think that effective action will be taken, accepting of course that some residents may not want such action to stop commercial car sales on the public highway. However, based on the fact that I have been chasing this matter around for 9 years I am still not holding my breath. Certainly the past few days have shown that the situation remains unchanged in that cars are still for sale at least at two of the locations mentioned above.
PS. This issue has nothing to do with residents making private vehicle sales.
Wow, this just does not stop happening. Southport FC never keep a manager very long at all these days. My September 2016 posting refers – see link above.
And here we go again – a link to the BBC web site dated 30th January:-
Who’s next for another short term job?
And to think at the start of the season, like all teams, Southport were hoping to do well rather than struggle. This drone footage of their Haigh Avenue Stadium is worth a look:-
The Southport Visiter has the story on its web site – see link above
‘Volunteers at Queenscourt Hospice have been left devastated after vandals made off with Christmas tree lights from outside their BoxTree Kitchen.’
What on earth possessed folk to steal from a hospice? Appalling, utterly appalling and in the season of good will as well.
My good friend Roy Connell spotted this so sad story.
The Liverpool Echo has the story about the snap closure of Sunningdale Nursing Home – see link above and quote below
‘Sue McGuire, Lib Dem councillor for Cambridge Ward, said that she was ‘absolutely appalled’ by the closure and is demanding answers over how long bosses knew about the plan and how much notice residents were given.’
How on earth can a situation like this come about? Surely the planning for closure of a facility like this would/should be over a long period of months not days?
In my view elderly and vulnerable residents need time to adjust to such a life changing situation and their relatives also need time to help find alternative suitable accommodation for them.
So sad and troubling.