Posts By: Pat Regan

Mystery sea creature at Southport – identity finally confirmed!

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The Coast Guard was recently called out to what many initially  suspected to be a beached whale at Ainsdale. Some people also thought that the unidentified dead animal was a porpoise. Is it a bird…. is it a plane…. no it’s a dead whale! However, the unfortunate sea creature turned out to be a Risso’s… Read more »

Councillors calling for costly funding to plant Southport trees need to look closer to home to save us all a fortune

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In these days of austerity we are supposed to be saving money. Therefore, the following eco-proposal can (and will) do just that and give us all a much greener town as well! In Ainsdale the Brookdale end of the council-owned Woodvale woods is chock full of countless young trees species that could benefit the whole… Read more »

Council start unnecessary tree butchery in Ainsdale

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Following this OTS News release (see link below) Sefton Council today started work on the tree in Bowness Ave/Liverpool Road passageway. Council threatening mature Ainsdale tree with felling, for no good reason! Enough is enough! Local author, Pat Regan, once worked for the council tree department (for almost 10 years) during the years of Dutch… Read more »

Strange case of the runaway kites

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Strange case of the runaway kites A young man contacted OTS News with a set of photos he’s taken asking if anyone had seen lost kites flying across Ainsdale beach, which were not under any control. He stated. “I have been to Ainsdale beach this morning and seen something very strange. A number of kites… Read more »

The Royal farce – what is it costing?

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The classic obscenity of traditional royal indulgence Duchess of Cambridge. leading the way or…? Starving homeless on our streets this Xmas but the cost of the Duchess’s 2016 wardrobe this year came to £174,000; four times as much as last year’s spend, which came to around £43,000. Kate’s father-in-law, Prince Charles, will meet the cost… Read more »

Storm Barbara hits Southport

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Storm Barbara arrived in Southport today, bringing with it some spectacular skies as the evening rolled in. The Met Office released a yellow weather warning for Merseyside on Friday, December 23. Wet and windy weather has been building across the North West since Wednesday with driving rain and gusts of wind expected to reach 60… Read more »

Yuletide, Xmas, Christmas and the Winter Solstice: so what’s behind it all?

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Yuletide/Midwinter Solstice is a vital part of our indigenous, Pagan spiritual heritage. It resides so deeply within us that we cannot possibly resist it. Charles Dickens inadvertently marked it extremely well in his classic novella, ‘A Christmas Carol’, which oddly enough was published on the same day in mid-December that I find myself writing this… Read more »

Ainsdale Yuletide Roadworks – now cleared

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Temporary traffic lights set up at the Meadow Lane end of Sandbrook Road in Woodvale earlier this morning have now been cleared. Some delays were experienced as roadworks continued with traffic seeking to approach the Health and Wellbeing Centre and Brookdale Daycare Centre in the area. Well done to the road workers for their swift… Read more »

Speed humps costing lives and increasing pollution says health watchdog

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In a report that examined how to make our air cleaner, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice), said that measures which help motorists stay at a constant speed, rather than accelerating and decelerating, were preferable to humps. This latest news follows a study earlier this year by Imperial College, which found that… Read more »

Salmon Conference

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Scarthwaite Country House Hotel Crook O’Lune, Lancaster, LA2 9HR Tea and Coffee served from 10.30am meeting begins 11.00am and finishes 3.00pm Buffet Lunch will also be served The agenda will concentrate on actions to improve salmon stocks. Speakers will include: · Judy Proctor, Environment Agency Manager for Salmon Five Point Approach · Mark Lloyd, Chief… Read more »

Woodvale’s Liverpool Road Bottleneck – when will it be sorted out?

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When are councillors and the authorities going to address the issue of traffic coming into Southport off the Formby Bypass at Woodvale? For years, north travelling motorists have struggled for position when entering the bottleneck that forms on Liverpool Road, opposite Woodvale Road. Cars in the left hand lane are frequently bullied by more reckless… Read more »

Another Coastal Road Crash in Ainsdale

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Another Coastal Road Crash in Ainsdale A collision between two cars occurred this morning near to Pontins, Thursday 8 December 2016. The accident occurred between an Isuzu and a Ford during heavy commuter traffic this morning. Ambulance crews were called to the scene but it is not yet known the degree of any injuries suffered… Read more »

Southport Xmas Parade is back as the trucks roll on – updated

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Southport’s Xmas parade returned to the resort this year. Local resident Adam Brown was behind this fun-filled festive event. The celebration is being used to deliver toys for disabled children at Ainsdale’s Springbrook centre. Several hundred toy donations came from generous businesses and others. Springbrook House currently provides respite facilities for children with a range… Read more »

Beloved Ainsdale wildlife sanctuary facing One Vision Housing/Sefton Council – based extinction, but the fight goes on

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This week a test drilling/survey for proposed housing developments started in George Drive, Ainsdale. Residents that utilise the woodlands for recreational family purposes with their children have been fighting hard to save this lovely little green area. One passionate local campaigner stated: “It was 16 metres down before they hit clay at the North end… Read more »

Spookport comes to life

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It’s not quite Halloween yet, but tonight (28th October) Southport became ‘Spookport’. Crowds lined the town as Lord Street was treated to a Halloween ‘Spooktacular’ parade. Thankfully the night stayed dry, as the rain held off and the cameras were out clicking away. Ghosts and ghouls everywhere and even the odd drunken pirate … Our… Read more »

Circumzenithal arc witnessed over Lancashire this afternoon

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A circumzenithal arc appeared high over Hesketh Bank farmlands this afternoon. The Circumzenithal arc is also know as the ‘Upside down Rainbow’, for obvious reasons. This attractive phenomenon forms when sunlight refracts through horizontal ice crystals at such an angle that the light enters the crystal through its flat top face and exits through a… Read more »

Huge dock fire still blazing away tonight

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Fire control teams have been busy trying to quell a huge fire at Seaforth Docks that started last night. The sky over Liverpool docks seen from Hightown/Crosby sand dunes – full of thick billowing smoke. NB. The photos were taken with a super-zoom camera, @ max 50 x  zoom from tall sand dunes between Hightown… Read more »

Xmas Fundraising event 2016 for Ormskirk Neonatal Unit

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Fundraiser Emma Graham stated: “We are hoping to raise £500 from this final event of the year. We are holding a Family Christmas Shopping Evening on Friday 25th November at St Jeromes Parish Club, Greenloons Drive, Formby, 5.30pm-9.30pm. We have got local businesses attending with their Christmas gifts and ideas- a few examples are Shelley’s… Read more »

Fight to Save Woods at Ainsdale’s George Drive continues

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The Sovini Group have now applied to Sefton Council for permission to build 17 dwellings plus 4 self-contained apartments and car parking space adjacent to  George Drive and Elizabeth Drive. Residents and other campaigners have already set up an action group and Facebook page to challenge what they see as the proposed wanton destruction of… Read more »

Fracking: doing the best thing or raping earth for commercial profit?

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Ecological threat to Southport, Liverpool, Blackpool and Cumbrian populations from Fat- Cat Hydrofracking Operation? On 1 April 2011 an earthquake hit Blackpool. Around about that time a few notes were made, as follows… Blackpool has also previously suffered a 5.2 magnitude earthquake and subsequent to this, one happened in 2009 that registered 3.7 on the… Read more »

Lost Dog at Halsall, Lancashire, on canal tow path

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Lost Dog at Halsall, Lancashire, on canal tow path Have you lost a dog ‘similar’ to this one this afternoon on the Leeds and Liverpool canal, at Halsall? Please note that this dog pictured is ONLY for illustration purposes as no picture of the lost dog is available. It appears to be a Mastiff or… Read more »

Is Sefton Council set to waste more of our cash on new speed bumps?

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Is Sefton Council set to waste more of our cash on new speed bumps? Celebrations surrounding the removal of hated speed bumps in Ainsdale’s Orchard Lane may be short-lived, as the council may be planing to construct ‘new’ bumps. Images taken this week revealed that white speed bump shaped markings have been placed on the… Read more »

Southport Air Show 2016 – Second day, 11th September 2016

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Once again, the rain stayed away and the pilots put on an amazing display at the Southport Air Show 2016. The incredible Typhoon appeared again, making many spectators wish they had brought ear plugs. Jason with a new friend. Security was paramount at the Air Show with great staff on hand to keep an eye… Read more »

Southport Air Show 2016

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The weather was kinder than many expected and the intrepid pilots all put on an amazing show. Anyway, pictures often speak more than words so here we go… The show seemed a little quieter than last year, yet all in all it was successfully performed. Pat Regan © http://pat-regan.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/southport-air-show-2016.html Submit News Contact us with your community,… Read more »

Sarinah calls in at RAF Woodvale

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A B-25 Mitchell medium bomber (Sarinah) was seen today at RAF Woodvale. The RAF received almost 900 Mitchells, using them to replace Douglas Bostons, Lockheed Venturas and Vickers Wellington bombers. The Mitchell entered active RAF service on 22 January 1943. Initially, it was used to bomb targets in occupied Europe. Following the Normandy invasion, the… Read more »

Southport food caddies bringing in maggot infestations

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Sefton’s food caddie collection extended timing is bringing in maggots and potentially placing public health at risk, according to residents and councillors. In June, the press reported that in Sefton the collection of food waste would move from weekly to every fortnight. This controversial move has created difficulty for some residents, via maggot infestations and… Read more »

Speed Bumps – gone in Orchard Lane Ainsdale – updated!

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Unpopular and dangerous speed bumps were removed this week in Ainsdale’s Orchard Lane. Damage to the bumps, from car exhausts etc grinding, was previous marked as on ongoing problem. Unsightly and dangerous speed bumps, seen here before the Orchard Lane work started. The ugly speed bumps are intrusive, creating noise and vibration in many areas… Read more »

‘Woodvale Stop the Rot’ petition presented to Sefton Council and clean-up work is underway

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‘Woodvale Stop the Rot’ petition presented to Sefton Council and clean-up work is underway Ainsdale’s Cllr Lynne Thompson has now presented the ‘Woodvale Stop the Rot’ petition to Sefton’s CEO Margaret Carney. Cllrs Thompson and Haydn Preece have also had several meetings with Planning and Regeneration officers and a number of possibilities are being explored…. Read more »

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