Thornton to Switch Island Link Road – Progress seems slow now but Labour’s claims are fast and loose.

I went to Chapel Lane Netherton last Friday to check up on the progress of the new Link Road. Here are a couple shots I took:-

Looking south towards Switch Island from Chapel Lane

Looking south towards Switch Island from Chapel Lane

Looking north from Chapel Lane towards Thornton.

Looking north from Chapel Lane towards Thornton.

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Not sure how long it will be before Broomscross Road (for that is what it is to be called) will be open but it seems some time off from the present state of the works.

Interestingly, Labour are still squirming on this hook as they try to find a way to claim credit for the new road. A Labour leaflet presently doing the rounds says that Labour fought for the road and that Labour-run Sefton Council has made a contribution ‘to ensure the scheme would get the green light’. Of course the truth is somewhat different as I have said before – The credit goes to the people and Parish Council of Thornton, without their steadfast campaigning this road would not be being built now. And Labour never gave the road the green light when in government; it was given by the Coalition Government. Oh, and just for the record the contribution from Sefton Council was a condition of the project from day one and it was agreed by all-parties on what was then a ‘balanced’ Sefton Council. The comrades are trying to re-write history yet again.

Broomscross Road or Switch Island – Thornton Link Road

Going back to the early planning stages of this Link Road, which is presently being built, I made a plea for the historic Brickwall Lane wall to be sensitively taken down and properly rebuilt.

A small matter you may say but that wall is a part of the heritage of historic Sefton Village and its a wall I have had to badger Sefton Council to maintain in the past.

But my pleas, which I worried had not been heard, have been acted upon and the wall is being rebuilt at an angle where the new road will have a junction with Brickwall Lane. As you can guess the Lane was named after the rather unique wall with its triangular stone cappings. This is a rebuilt part of the wall and its looking great:-

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This next shot shows how the wall is being angled to form a feature on the southern side of the junction that is yet to be constructed:-

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It seems a long time ago that, in my then capacity as Leader of Sefton Council, I met the Roads Minister Mike Penning (at Switch Island) after he had announced that the Coalition was going to put up the Government’s share of the money to build the road following years of the previous Labour Government not stumping up the cash. In fact it was less than 4 years ago. Here’s a photo taken at the time:-

27th October 2010 - having just agreed the deal to build the Link Road with Coalition Roads Minister Mike Penning MP.

27th October 2010 – having just agreed the deal to build the Link Road with Coalition Roads Minister Mike Penning MP.

Sefton Village Tractor Fest

Saturday 26th April saw all kinds of huge earth moving equipment, diggers and tractors being displayed along Brickwall Lane in Sefton Village.

For those of you whose hobby is following such vehicles it must have been quite a tractor fest!

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Of course, they were all part of the building of the new Brooms Cross Road from Switch Island to Thornton.

Lunt – Fly Tipping – Will Link Road help? – It seems not.

This is Longdale in Lunt Village that leads into Back Lane - Fly tipping has long been a problem here.

This is Longdale in Lunt Village that leads into Back Lane – Fly tipping has long been a problem here.

The photo above shows that further ahead (where Back Lane runs into Holgate, Thornton) the road has been blocked off. This has happened due to the Thornton – Switch Island Link Road being built.

These back lanes have long been a problem for fly-tipping and previous postings on this site have detailed this. However, with the access from Thornton now being closed does it mean that the tipping areas will be less accessible for the criminals who are doing it?

Sadly, no it does not as I have seen more tipping myself and have been contacted by Lunt residents about the problem again. In turn I have alerted Sefton Council’s Environment Dept.

Dumping in the lanes between Lunt and Thornton

Dumping in the lanes between Lunt and Thornton

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Switch Island – Thornton Relief Road

It seems a while back that I met Coalition Minister Mike Penning MP to shake hands on the deal to build this most needed of roads. In fact it was back in October 2010:-

27th October 2010 - Here I am, during my time as Leader of Sefton Council, having just agreed the deal to build the Link Road with Coalition Roads Minister Mike Penning MP.

27th October 2010 – Here I am, during my time as Leader of Sefton Council, having just agreed the deal to build the Link Road with Coalition Roads Minister Mike Penning MP.

Since then there have been all sorts of daft suggestions that the road was not going to be built or that there were major problems with the project. They all came from the Labour Party who singularly failed to give the road the green light during their 13 years in Government despite spending money like water on just about everything else. By the way in between saying it was a doomed project they also found time to try to claim credit for it being built!

But construction has now started and the evidence is clear to see from Brickwall Lane in Sefton Parish where a contractors compound has popped up and earth works are taking place.

13th January 2014 - the work gets going after years of campaigning.

13th January 2014 – the work gets going after years of campaigning.

Thinking back to marching with Thornton residents demanding action to get the road built back around 1999ish, we have come a long way since then.