Posts By: Pat Regan

George Drive: Impact on residents and loss of all trees ‘acceptable’ says Council

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Once we get past the typical authoritarian spin and the lame attempts to appease eco-campaigners and local residents the mists of doubt begin to clear.   Concerned parties were initially informed that the majority of trees in the lovely little woodland at George Drive would be saved. However, the Council’s latest conclusion admits that the… Read more »

Fly Tipping end of Meadow Lane, Ainsdale

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Total disrespect for the environment and local community  is again evident, as more fly-tipping is discovered on land behind Meadow Lane. Furniture has been dumped at this location. Graffiti and more waste dumping is also an ongoing problem at the end of Meadow Lane. Don’t be lazy – take your rubbish to the tip or… Read more »

Marina Lake Southport – crumbling walls and graffiti

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Dilapidated broken walls and corroded metal railings greet visitors to the classic resort, opposite Morrison’s store. Southport’s Marine Lake has been a popular attraction since Victorian times. However, it is still crying out for more attention due to relentless graffiti and crumbling walls, etc. Recent graffiti around the Marine Lake. Surely, the authorities can do… Read more »

Accident in Formby, Duke Street

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Several vehicles were involved in an accident this morning at the bottom of Formby Bridge and Duke Street. The road was cordoned off and traffic redirected by helpful people at the scene of the smash. Substantial damage occurred to several vehicles. Police eventually arrived with traffic cones. Pat Regan © http://pat-regan.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/accident-in-formby-duke-street.html Submit News Contact us… Read more »

Masked shoppers in ASDA create public alarm

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This morning shoppers in Southport’s ASDA supermarket were somewhat alarmed to see a large group of young people rushing around the store wearing what appeared to be surgical masks. One ASDA patron, Mr Igor Grindeanu, who regularly visits the shop said. “I have never seen anything like this before. I immediately thought that this was some… Read more »

Battle to save George Drive woods from Council/OVH eco-destruction continues

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Ainsdale’s lovely little woodland in George Drive is still under serious ecologically-destructive threat, from Liverpool – based One Vision Housing (OVH) and Sefton’s Council. Bluebell rich pathways due to flower soon. A shy Long tailed tit in George Drive woods today. Sefton Council have written again to residents and campaigners with a letter dated 10… Read more »

Pine Pixies Pre-School’s Forest School Trip

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Pine Pixies Pre-School children recently went on a Forest School trip to the local woods behind St Luke’s Church in Formby. St Luke’s School staff and parents joined us for a walk in the woods to see what we could find. We had a short break for snack… …. remembering to clean our hands after… Read more »

Pine Pixies Pre-School, Formby Library trip

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Pine Pixies Pre-School children recently went on a trip to Formby Library. Some liked to read. While some just felt like ‘chilling out’… The librarian very kindly did some activities with us, we sang songs and had a story. While some played in the garden others decided to draw before going home. Pine Pixies Pre-School… Read more »

Southport’s Midweek Visiter criticised for encouraging unscrupulous back-street kitten breeding

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A controversial ‘kitten-selling’ advertisement has appeared several times in this week’s edition of the Midweek Visiter. This irresponsible advert is believed to potentially encourage unscrupulous back-street breeding of unneutered cats. Why has the Visiter permitted this to be included? One could perhaps imagine that this unwise inclusion was simply a ‘solitary’ editorial mistake. However, the… Read more »

Southport: how safe is it today?

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Graffiti is again a problem at Southport’s Marine Lake. Additional damage to older lakeside buildings and more low-grade graffiti has also been exposed following clearance work around the lake. OTS News has also revealed today that the latest Marine Lake disturbance is being treated as attempted murder. VIDEO: Southport Man charged with attempted murder following… Read more »

Flooding hits Formby

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Heavy rainfall created some flooding in Formby today. Deep pools of flood water, outside the Gild Hall in Church Road, made walking difficult for pedestrians. http://pat-regan.blogspot.co.uk/  Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07581350321 Email ots@otsnews.co.uk Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Otsnews-Southport-1575528676012039/ Twitter  www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Breaking local news as it happens, searchable archives with photographs, the ability to instantly comment on… Read more »

Speaking about George Drive’s most sacred little Ainsdale woodland…

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The elms of George Drive wood and their amazing resistance to disease has been an issue that I have mentioned before and one that was recently highlighted on the Save our Woods Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1716095181991040/ Above: elms and other species are abundant in George Drive woods. I believe that genetic engineering has been tried to… Read more »

Petition goes in to help save Ainsdale woods from Sefton Council and One Vision Housing destruction

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The Petition to help save Ainsdale woodland from Sefton Council and One Vision Housing destruction, has been presented to working Ainsdale councillors. Cllr Lynne Thompson stated: “Pleased to say this petition is now with Planning and site visit called in last year still stands.” https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-ainsdale-s-george-drive-woodland/ The Petition has been signed by 424 (jumped to 426… Read more »

Threat to Ainsdale’s George Drive Woods – Sefton response- UPDATE 2

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Residents and campaigners received a letter (unsigned) today off Sefton Council’s Planning Services regarding the ongoing threat to George Drive’s lovely woodlands. Written comments challenging the proposal to destroy this thriving Ainsdale woodland (via unpopular and problematic congestion-creating developments) are being requested. If you have any objection to our British countryside being destroyed then kindly… Read more »

George Drive Ainsdale: more reasons not to destroy the native woodland

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The last OTS article, about One Vision Housing’s (OVH) controversial plans to destroy wildlife habitat/native woodland in George Drive Ainsdale for housing, has created a lot of attention. Sefton Council’s eco-hypocrisy highlighted regarding the needless destruction of Ainsdale woodland One source (that currently wishes to remain anonymous) contacted me with the following claims that OVH/Sefton… Read more »

Sefton Council’s eco-hypocrisy highlighted regarding the needless destruction of Ainsdale woodland

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Despite lip-service meetings between concerned residents and officials One Vision Housing (OVH), along with a development supportive Sefton Council is mobilising to destroy native woodlands in Ainsdale’s George Drive. There are already enough urban sites in towns and cities for addition housing and destruction of natural habitats (and our wildlife) is totally necessary. This fact… Read more »

Repair work on Woodvale’s eyesore continues

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Workers today carried on with operations to patch up the Brook eyesore on the corner of Sandbrook Road/Way. The troubled Woodvale site has been a focus of various problems and local embarrassment for many years. Ainsdale’s Cllr Haydn Preece stated: “After years of requests for repairs and repeatedly stating my views that the structure is… Read more »

Southport Hospital A&E Unit under threat – updated!

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The masterminds at the top want to close our Southport Hospital’s A&E Unit. Some years ago they closed our children’s A&E and Maternity services and now adults are in their firing line for closure. This was the scene back in 2003 when an angry Southport took to the streets. Above: Beleaguered hospital chiefs getting to… Read more »

Official: Extensive immigration is killing our countryside and chocking up our towns – and it’s going to get worse!

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Massive UK housing needs – basically to accommodate more immigrants. UK bleeding to death as the politicians look on. Shallow-minded politicians with NO concern for Britain’s countryside and its native population continue to shout “WE NEED MORE HOUSES.” and our lovely UK green spaces vanish faster each day. Why is it that they shout so… Read more »

New Ainsdale trees welcome – updated

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Following the regrettable and highly controversial felling of a large mature tree in Bowness Ave passageway, two new trees have been planted as promised by the Council. This is good news, yet additional protection for these specimens will certainly ensure a better chance of survival. Consequently, at the behest of residents Cllr Haydn Preece has… Read more »

Gareth & Rachel’s Sponsored Abseil for Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre

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Caring animal lovers, Rachael Langdon and Gareth Herbert, are all set to abseil down Liverpool Cathedral to raise desperately needed funds for Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre. A special page has been set for anyone who wishes to donate to this worthy cause and support the dynamic duo in their  daring endeavour. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Gareth-HERBERT Gareth explained: “We are… Read more »

Sandbrook Way planters scheme moving ahead

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Above: Local improvements campaigner Cath Regan (left) with Cllr Lynne Thompson, discussing positions for the new planters. People Power paying off!  Following long-standing pressure for improvements from residents and Cllr Haydn Preece in 2014 the Sandbrook Way improvements commenced. Today, residents met with Cllr Lynne Thompson and Council officers to suggest a suitable position for… Read more »

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 »

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