Lydiate – Wrong person identified over pavement parking

I covered a story that first saw the light of day in the Liverpool Echo recently about the problems that parking vehicles on pavements causes for those with disabilities etc. The matter was also covered in the Aintree & Maghull Champion. Here’s a link my blog on the matter:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2018/09/01/lydiate-maghull-pavement-parking-and-people-with-disabilities-dont-mix/

Since all this publicity and the fact that the person who originally raised the issue was said to live in Lydiate folks have seemingly jumped to the wrong conclusion i.e. they have assumed it was raised by former Lydiate Parish Councillor Tony Fenton who’s a well know local wheelchair user – IT WAS NOT. And before anyone asks who then?, I have absolutely no idea.

Lydiate – A new youth club? Well let’s hope so and that it’s a success

I was pleased to read, via the Maghull Community Facebook Page, recently that some folks are getting together to try to launch a new youth club at Lydiate Village Centre on Lambshear Lane.

Here’ a scan of the publicity leaflet which I picked up at the Village Centre last Thursday:-

But apart from doing my bit to give this excellent youth initiative a plug, there’s a bit of local history in all this too. You see the site where Lydiate Village Centre sits was once the site of Lydiate Voluntary Youth Club.

The old youth club was based in a large wooden building which if memory serves was donated by the Ford Factory. It was set up by parents who probably had similar aspirations for their local youngsters back in the 1960’s. My old mate Phil Davidson was one those involved in LVYC. Here’s a photo of the old building with former Parish Councillors Pat Foster and Tony Fenton outside it:-

Former Lydiate Parish Councilors Tony Fenton and Pat Foster outside the old Lydiate Voluntary Youth Club

Sadly the building was burnt to the ground, but that unfortunate incident also kindled a desire amongst Lydiate Parish Councillors of the day to erect a more substantial building for the use of all ages and sections of society. From that idea Lydiate Village Centre rose from the ashes some 15 years later with a big National Lottery grant to help the project on the way. Former Lydiate councillors Dave Russell, Andrew Blackburn together with the then Parish Clerk Brian Beaven were the driving force behind the Village Centre.

So what goes around comes around and let’s hope that the new youth club initiative will be a great success.

Lydiate Nostalgia – Youth Club to Village Centre

Do you remember the old Lydiate Voluntary Youth Club in Lambshear Lane? My old chum Phil Davidson was involved in running it back in the day, if I recall correctly. Also, I seem to recall the old club being brought up on Facebook a while ago. Anyway, a trawl through some old photos by my old mate Andrew Blackburn brought this shot to light:-

Former Lydiate Parish Councilors Tony Fenton and Pat Foster outside the old Lydiate Voluntary Youth Club

Former Lydiate Parish Councilors Tony Fenton and Pat Foster outside the old Lydiate Voluntary Youth Club

Pat Foster left Lydiate a few years ago to live in Wales but Tony F can often been seen around Lydiate and Maghull pushing himself in his wheelchair.

Sadly the old timber building pictured above was burnt down.

The site then remained derelict for quite a number of years as Lydiate Parish Council tried to negotiate with Sefton Council (the land owners) to get Lydiate Village Centre built. Sefton could hardly be said to be positive about the rebuild project at the time and that’s being polite about it!

This is the cleared site before work stared on the Village Centre.

This is the cleared site before work stared on the Village Centre.

Pictured above are former Cllrs. Jim Byrne and Sylvia Mainey. Sadly Sylvia passed away in 2014.

Lydiate Village Centre - Opened in 2010

Lydiate Village Centre – Opened in 2010

The the story came full circle in 2010 when Lydiate Parish Council opened the new community hall with the help of a £500,000 Lottery Grant.