Lydiate – That Flooding is back on Lambshear Lane AGAIN!

Well this has been quite a saga and it’s still yet to be resolved. I first blogged about this flooding after heavy rain back in December 2015, here’s a link to that posting:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2015/12/20/lydiate-flooding-in-lambshear-lane/

Subsequently I’ve blogged and chased up Sefton Council about it a number of times and my Parish Councillor colleague Edie Pope has also been on the case. Back in June of 2018 we reported (on this blog site) the latest position to be like this:-

Cllr. Edie Pope and I have recently heard from Sefton Council’s drainage engineers to the effect that United Utilities have seemingly taken/accepted responsibility for fixing the problem and they are commissioning some works to try to resolve the flooding.

Fingers crossed……….

Well whatever has happened since June of last year it hasn’t fixed the problem which adversely affects road users, pedestrians, householders and Lydiate’s Lambshear Ln/Village Center site. On that basis the flooding has been photoed again and sent off to Sefton Council asking them or indeed United Utilities to try to get the matter fixed; it’s been getting on for 4 years now!

Lydiate – More news on Lambshear Lane flooding problem

The latest news on this long running issue (it first manifested itself at least as far back as 2015) of carriageway, pavement and garden flooding after prolonged rainfall is that drainage engineers may (I hope) be about to get on top of it.

Cllr. Edie Pope outside Lydiate Village Centre

Cllr. Edie Pope and I have recently heard from Sefton Council’s drainage engineers to the effect that United Utilities have seemingly taken/accepted responsibility for fixing the problem and they are commissioning some works to try to resolve the flooding.

Fingers crossed……….

Lydiate – Those new wind turbines visible from it but over in Great Altcar

Yes I saw them pop up out of nowhere too in the past couple of weeks and also wondered about them.

A cycle along the Cheshire Lines Path as far as United Utilities’ Sewage Treatment Works (actually officially called – Hillhouse Waste Water Treatment Works) in Wood Lane, Great Altcar gave me the answer; they are both within the confines of the works so must have been erected to help power it.

Clearly they were still to be commissioned when I went for a closer look on 30th March and took these photographs:-

Maghull – Development sites and flooding risks – Questions still being asked!

Dovers Brook, Maghull in full flood looking north from Sefton Lane on Boxing Day 2015.

A subject I have covered many times before but then in a low-lying coastal Borough like Sefton flooding is always going to be a threat. And that is of course why it needs to be closely managed with no building agreed to in areas where to do so would increase the risk of it.

And the reason I return to this subject now, when no serious flooding events have taken place recently in the Town? Well it’s to keep track of ongoing issues in Maghull where land development continues to cause real worries for residents.

Those from the Maghull area may recall the hugely controversial plan to build on land off Damfield Lane going back only a few years ago. It was and indeed still is controversial with locals because of worries about flood risks potentially being increased. In fact the care development on that site is being constructed right now. The major objection to the planning application was all about flood risk and hours upon hours were spent in investigations into what building on this site could/would lead to in terms of flood risk.

River Alt looking south towards Switch Island from Bridges Lane in Sefton Village – It takes virtually all the surface water for miles around out to sea at Hightown

In simple terms surface water drains away from Maghull in a westerly direction using Whinney Brook, Maghull Brook, Dovers Brook etc. with them all draining into the River Alt. In turn the Alt empties out into the Mersey estuary at Hightown. The issue is therefore the capacity of these brooks and the river to be able to take the consequences of heavy prolonged rainfall away. Clearly at times that capacity will not be sufficient and the more we concrete over farmland, where rainwater can presently soak away, the greater we make flood risks.

A flooded Bridges Lane between Dovers Brook and the River Alt – when it all got too much in December 2015

Since the Damfield Lane site was given the green light for building however a far, far bigger site on the east of Maghull has also been allocated for around 1,600 houses and an industrial park by Sefton Council. It will go a long way to making Maghull 25% bigger than it is now – truly a huge urban extension and from a flood risk perspective (never mind the fact that the land presently grows our food) surely a big additional worry.

I recently posted about the SUD (Sustainable Urban Drainage) pond that has been dug on the Ashworth South/Poppy Fields site off School Lane. I’m also told that the pipe presently being laid across the fields on the other side of School Lane is to take water from the Poppy Fields site over to Whinney Brook. Here’s a shot of that SUD:-

Looking over the recently created rainwater collection pond. School Lane is behind the fence in the background.

So what is being done to manage flood risk in the Maghull area? The Lunt Meadows water catchment area is the big solution when the River Alt gets beyond its capacity. Here’s a link about it:-

www.floodready.co.uk/pageinfo.asp?Sefton—Lunt-Meadows-Washland-c13.html

The big questions Maghullians have to face, in my view, are when will the next significant flood risk event take place (as surely it will do) and are the powers that be managing land development in a way that does not increase flood risk? On this latter question the answer must surely be that the jury is still out……

Aughton – Beware the presently closed footpaths

Folk walking around Aughton enjoying the local footpath network need to be aware that a number of public footpaths in Aughton Civil Parish are presently closed due to major works that are being undertaken there by United Utilities contractors who are laying a new pipeline.

This is a long ongoing project affecting a huge area. Here’s an example of a notice from Lancashire County Council about part of the closed footpath network:-

The notice was at the beginning of a footpath in Brookfield Lane, Aughton which goes across the fields, over the the Liverpool – Ormskirk railway line (via Bowkers Green Pedestrian Level Crossing)and on to Mickering Lane.