Village Greens – You don’t get many of them in modern communities

What an odd thing to ponder on you may say yet England’s rural communities were often built around greens. By greens, I don’t mean churned up former large grass verges or houses built around play areas but I do mean grassed areas that are reasonably maintained as local green lung and/or community space with houses surrounding them.

What got me thinking were two areas of Maghull, Hinchley Green off South Meade and Parkbourn Square. The former I have blogged about before associated with United Utilities recently trying to install a monster control box taller than my 6ft – see photos below. Fortunately it ended well after a bit of Lib Dem campaigning alongside local residents.

This was the supersized one which had to go!

This was the supersized one which had to go!

The latest UU green box, quite an improvement on the monster sized one they put in earlier this year

The latest UU green box, quite an improvement on the monster sized one they put in earlier this year

The later is now a quite picturesque green on the far eastern side of Maghull right next to Ashworth Hospital. Indeed, the houses were built for the NHS many years ago but now are mostly privately owned with a few belonging to Riverside Housing Association. Frankly, the Square never looked its best when the NHS owned it but now it looks really smart, just look at the photo below.

Parkbourn Square

Parkbourn Square

But are there any other greens in Maghull, a mostly post IIWW town that long ago lost its 1930’s rural feel? Well there is the oft mentioned Kennessee Green near Maghull Station and yes Kennessee Close does have a small green at its heart. Then there are the modern greens that the houses off Deyes End are built around. And now I think about it East Meade has a large green and Church Road has a couple of greens. I am sure I have forgot one or two though despite being nearly a local now, having moved to Maghull in 1968.

South Meade/Hinchley Green, Maghull – Problem UU box gets sorted at last

The latest UU green box, quite an improvement on the monster sized one they put in earlier this year

The latest UU green box, quite an improvement on the monster sized one they put in earlier this year

This was the supersized one which had to go!

This was the supersized one which had to go!

I must admit to getting a little confused over this matter – my postings of 02/02/13 & 05/03/13 give the background.

My confusion was due to a planning application that is presently going through Sefton Council’s system which I had spotted. Ah, I thought, I will need to keep an eye on this as residents were up in arms over this matter earlier in the year for the reasons I posted about on the dates above.

But it turns out all is OK because United Utilities have already backed down, taken out the offending 6ft tall box and replaced it with a much smaller one that is far more in keeping with the ‘village green’ environment and the two smaller boxes that had been there previously. I had not realised that the offending box had gone since I was last in South Meade 3 to 4 weeks ago.

All sorted now and I think all will be happy with the solution.