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Sunday, 19 February 2017

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

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.

One source (that currently wishes to remain anonymous) contacted me with the following claims that OVH/Sefton Council may possibly be 'legally prohibited' from destroying the woodland for the following reasons.

Our source stated:

“I believe that there can be no building , by way of structure or obstacles such as fencing within 8 metres of the boundary between Sefton and West Lancashire. This was brought to my attention by the Environment Agency when I rented a piece of land from Sefton Council and which bounded up to the Sandy Brook and the boundary with West Lancashire District Council.”

The source continued:

“Another avenue to be examined could be the flood restrictions which are taking place on the new development at Town Lane, if you care to look at the height that these new properties are being built at you can see they are significantly higher than the properties built by Brosley Development in the 1970's/80's, (how they ever got planning permission there is a mystery but that's another story). Apparently this is to do with any prospect of future flooding, so if it applies there (at Town Lane) then surely it must apply at the proposed development at George Drive.”

The Southport development at Kew is indeed one thorny issue that has also created controversy over the years. I highlighted the situation in 2012. 

Potential legal claims if OVH bulldoze ahead? 

The distinct possibility of development works creating expensive damage to existing properties has also been emphasised before. OVH may face costly legal battles should they rush into such unwise developments and later incur the calls for damage compensation for local homeowners. Naturally, Sefton Council could face similar legal claims should they continue to sit on the fence over the ongoing problems. 

Residents that have for years enjoyed a free view of the morning sun may also be considering that their basic quality of life will be affected by foolish OVH plans. Moreover, there is also the related threat to a devaluation of their properties subsequent to greater congestion and gridlock that comes with additional housing congestion. 

Nevertheless, these interesting points regarding the current threat to George Drive woodland will hopefully be taken into serious consideration by all parties (campaigners, politicians and developers etc) involved.

The ecologically-valuable woodland at George Drive must not be destroyed. OVH and the Council cannot just devastate our UK countryside at will. They must be held accountable for their actions.

The primary reasons of why NOT to wreck the area George Drive with congestion-creating development will ‘officially’ come down to the following…

Negative impact on the area / environment;

These are leading aspects that campaigners have of course highlighted before, but must continue to accentuate in order to save the woods.  

Native British woodlands like this one cannot just be flattened by cold-hearted authorities as they are vital to wildlife and beloved by local people who have cared deeply for such wild places since childhood. We are all stake-holders in the preservation of our wonderful British countryside. 

Pat Regan © 

Petition - will you sign to help the woodlands? 

Saturday, 18 February 2017

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

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 is supported by several Southport councillors too, yet some have not expressed themselves strongly enough. 

Draft plans for woodland destruction have already been drawn up and worried local people are getting very little help in challenging the growing spectre of wholesale ecological vandalism right on their doorstep.

No need whatsoever to build on our green belt land says Southport politician. 

One Southport Libdem councillor (Tony Dawson, who posted a comment about housing on another OTS News thread) indicated that  wanton destruction of our green spaces is unnecessary anyway.


How many more Southport councillors will have the courage to speak up for the green areas under threat, before it's too late? Perhaps our Southport MP can add his weight to this worthy fight as well? 

Nevertheless, will this terminally apathetic council (and OVH) actually start to listen to their own councillors about the local environment, or simply bulldoze ahead? Do these cold-hearted official bodies have no concern for nature (and the opinions of residents) at all? Do they not realise that the countryside is as essential to man as it is to wildlife?

The little George Drive woodland is home to many species of birds, amphibians and mammals (some protected species) along with various plants. Nevertheless, the insatiable authoritarian quest to build more and more houses and destroy our countryside continues. Profits of course count more to them than our countryside and the grey suits in their ivory towers  demand their fat - cat salaries and golden hand-shake pensions in due course. 


Another point worth mentioning is that shrewd, land-hungry, developers frequently flatten countryside because one wild spot may not be 'officially designated' as green belt. The wildlife that utilises a lush green area (previously earmarked by the grey suits for development) have no understanding about what man may call it, to them it's simply 'home'.

Almost as a secondary insult, Sefton Council proudly call for nominations regarding its Eco-Champion Awards in the community.


However, the reality is that such duplicity is evident when we consider the callous fashion in which they are now prepared to sit back, whilst OVH destroy our fragile Southport woodlands.

See also: Green belt myths - what you need to know  

Many people have already signed the petition to save the woods from OVH and Sefton Council – will you?

It's time to stop messing about and support the people who are fighting so hard against the land-wreckers to save our precious countryside. Our lovely woodlands, hillsides and green meadows are vanishing fast and it's all so  totally unnecessary.  

The public need to hear much more grit in the voices of our political representatives, because our threatened countryside needs urgent help right now. 

Speak up for it NOW or see it gone forever! The land is us and we are the land, it must be protected from this type of wanton eco-vandalism for future generations to come!

Sefton Council and One Vision Housing back off now and start to finally act with adult sensitivity and proper ecological responsibility today! You are FULLY ACCOUNTABLE for your actions, which shall be logged and reported for all to see! 

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Repair work on Woodvale's eyesore continues

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 dangerous with loose cladding and fabric it is good at last to see some attention being given to this eyesore that is within four miles of where the world will focus their attention this summer with the Open Championship. What a contrast!"

Cllr Preece added: "I am pleased that this structure is now on the list of priorities for restructuring/rebuilding with Sefton Council. That has taken me seven years to achieve. Constant lobbying from myself and colleague Cllr Lynne Thompson have so far achieved flagging up this dilapidated building and making it a high priority for future exciting development."

Previously in Woodvale ...

Many residents and politicians have called for the demolition of the eyesore and believe that pressure must be maintained at this site.

Pat Regan © 

Now on OTS News

Southport Hospital A&E Unit under threat – updated!

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 grips with the significant amount of petitions presented, following the big Southport CARES march in 2003.

Dozens of accident and emergency units are facing closure or being downgraded in a far-reaching overhaul of urgent care which senior doctors warn would have “disastrous” consequences for the NHS. An analysis of documents drawn up to remodel the health service in England shows that 24 casualty units from Durham to Somerset have been marked for potential closure despite record demand for A&Es and serious overcrowding across the country as the NHS goes through its most severe winter crisis since records began. Last month produced the worst performance for A&E waits in 13 years. 

Full report of the ongoing threat to our hospital.

Above: CARES challenging Children's and Maternity hospital closures some years ago. 

Previously CARES  received 18,532 names on petitions which were presented to bosses from the NHS following a massive protest march (Sunday 17th August 2003) at Southport Hospital.

An estimated four thousand protesters took part in this historical march to show the Trust just how strong public disgust was against these highly unpopular and autocratic changes.

These petitions were presented to number 10 Downing Street by CARES on Thursday 19th February 2004.

Since 2003 CARES have arranged and attended many meeting and protests.

Cath Regan, CARES Co- Chair, said:

“If they close the Hospital's A&E then all the local hotels in the resort may as well close down. Southport will not be a safe place to be. This is especially so for the young and the elderly.  This appalling proposal would be a major nail in the coffin for Southport. We have not even got enough ambulances to cover what is currently available today and in emergencies time saves lives” 

This latest threat may be the final straw for Southport's back. Our political representatives must do more and press much harder against this authoritarian insanity now!

Please sign the 'Southport Says' Petition

Sunday, 12 February 2017

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

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 loud about needing more housing? Who actually needs it?

Escalation of immigration means that Britain will need to accommodate as many as 243,000 new households each year for the next 22 years, according to the Department for Communities and Local Government. It has been projected that an extra 5.3 million new properties could be needed to meet the growth in population, and an extra 2.4 million of the new homes will be needed for migrants alone.

Migration Watch (an independent and non-political UK think tank) has claimed that the current forecasts are lower than actual net migration numbers, meaning housing demand from migrants has actually been understated. It was also discovered that new immigration controls will have to be phased in after Brexit takes place, raising fears that it may take years for the number of new arrivals to fall.

England is already highly overcrowded. This is a hard fact that should concern us all. 

Migration Watch says:  

‘If net migration continues at recent levels the UK will become ever more crowded. Projections of future population growth have to make assumptions about net migration, birth rates and mortality but, in the UK, net migration at recent levels is the largest driver of population growth.’

‘If net migration continues at around recent levels, (net migration has averaged 250,000 in the last ten years) then the population is projected to rise by 500,000 a year and so reach 73 million in the next 15 years.’ 

Estimates indicate that net migration plus births to foreign-born parents has accounted for 85% of population growth between 2000 and 2014.

Clearly, the alleged need for more and more housing with its affiliated loss of our UK countryside (due to excessive housing development) has been due to extreme migration figures and not native influences. Consequently, our politicians (if they ever wish to be taken seriously) must look to the future and protect the native population, because this insanity cannot carry on unchallenged!

The short-sighted authorities and their supportive politicians that we are supposed to trust are destroying our woodlands, meadows and wild spaces. Their seriously misguided (politically correct) actions are also cramming the land beyond its capacity with additional houses for frequently poorly understood alien entities.

Dangers of fundamentalism creeping in by the back door

Many immigrants today are deeply indoctrinated with fundamentalist dogmatism and harsh principles that will undoubtedly surface when fate permits. Many people have expressed deep concerns about extremist aspects of this situation before. Dark Age religious laws (like Sharia)  that most UK citizens would find outrageous come over with the mindset of countless immigrants.

For example, ritual slaughter methods (ripping open an animal's throat whilst it's still alive) that are even opposed by the RSPSA are demanded as a 'human/religious right' by the newcomers. Some of us may however ask:  'What about the rights of the animals themselves to be treated with respect and more compassion?'

Eager to pull in any and all votes, David Cameron previously invited ritual animal slaughter into the UK when he stated:

“Let me make it absolutely clear, that while I am Prime Minister of this country, halal is safe in Britain.” 

There is always grave danger for the rest of us when the more stupid politicians in our midst open doors to things they cannot fully control. Animal rights, women's rights etc - many issues are relevant. Other more timid politicians however remain  too scared to challenge such issues for fear of being labelled fascist! Some, in their ignorance, actually take the Cameron stance and welcome rampant fundamentalism into our communities with open arms.

This absurd mega-housing explosion will ultimately work 'against' the best interests of the native UK population.  It will certainly not help our wildlife and the natural environment, as more profit-grabbing development inevitably equates with more wildlife species loss.

Nevertheless, the migrant crisis will be music to the ears of greedy councils and profit-hungry developers with eager eyes to transform our green countryside into metal, glass and concrete structures!

If net migration is not reduced to a controllable and workable level an enormous house building agenda will have to remain in place indefinitely, along with all the costs and loss of amenities involved. This avoidable madness helps no one and is totally illogical.

It’s not rocket science to realise why we are in such a mess.

Since the millennium the population of the UK has increased at a quicker rate than any time in the previous 90 years. Unlike preceding periods of development, the foremost reason for this surge has been the high level of immigration. The key problem (massive scale immigration), has serious consequences for our UK population and for our over-stretched public services sectors that have to deal with it.

Rampant uncontrolled immigration = too many houses, loss of rural spaces/wildlife habitat, overstretched utility services, increased bills for all, overpopulation, more pollution, gridlock and less space for the native people. 

The country is bleeding to death and the apathetic politicians are allowing it to happen, right under our noses!

If you have a cup and keep pouring water into it, eventually it will overflow. At this point chaos will begin and the original good water that you originally had will spill out with the new water. The result will be total loss for everyone.

The next time they wave the condescending finger and shout… "We need more houses”, tell them that the real cause of this crisis is their collective political apathy in letting this outrageous situation run out of control in the first place for so long!

Our people and our amazing native countryside deserve much better than this!

Now on OTS News 


Advisory Council of Migration Watch

Quite a lot of independent experts are on the Advisory Council of Migration Watch, including the following persons. Claims by typical bullies with hidden agendas that this group are ‘racist’ in some way just because they present uncomfortable facts on excessive migration instead of politically correct hype, appear to be not only far-fetched but absurd in the extreme…

Dr Ahmed Ibrahim Mukhtar DL FRCP.

Retired consultant paediatrician and former Medical Director of an NHS trust in Northamptonshire. Member of the governing council of the University of Northampton. Associate of the General Medical Council. Member of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal. Born in the Sudan and educated Khartoum and Edinburgh Universities. Resident in the UK since 1972.

Mrs Kiran Bali MBE JP

A social entrepreneur and community leader, Kiran has been instrumental in pioneering interfaith initiatives. Kiran works around the world to train communities in interfaith co-operation and peace building techniques.

Mr Alp Mehmet MVO.

Arrived from Cyprus 1956 aged 8. Educated at Parmiter's Grammar School in London's East end and Bristol Polytechnic. Immigration Officer (1970-79); Entry Clearance Officer Lagos (1979-83); Diplomatic Service (1983-2008), serving in Romania, Germany and Iceland (twice). Ambassador to Iceland (2004-2008).

Mr Hazhir Teimourian

A writer on Middle Eastern history and politics. He was born in 1940 in the Kurdish region of western Iran and came to the UK in 1959 for his higher education. He stayed on and has spent the last 35 years in journalism, mainly with the BBC World Service and The Times newspaper. He believes strongly that if societies are to remain functional, they must stay culturally and emotionally cohesive. Large-scale immigration is likely to disrupt that and lead to political upheaval.

Migration Watch is regularly quoted as an expert source by the National Press. 


Friday, 3 February 2017

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

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.

Gareth explained: 

“We are raising money for Freshfields Animal Rescue. I am a volunteer dog walker and see the amazing work that all the staff and volunteers do and all the animals deserve as much support as they can get. I'm doing this because having been a volunteer dog walker at Freshfields for some time now, I have met many wonderful people who do an amazing job taking care of the dogs that need the help. This has inspired me to do what I can to help out and the abseil is a great opportunity to spread the word! “

Gareth added:

“Donating through ‘JustGiving’ is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving - they'll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they'll send your money directly to the charity. So it's the most efficient way to donate - saving time and cutting costs for the charity.”

A plea for urgently needed help!

Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre is absolutely desperate because they currently have to shut their doors to new admissions, due to lack of funding. Do please help in any way you can. More information on this following link about Freshfields Animal Rescue.

Pat Regan © 

Sunday, 29 January 2017

New Ainsdale trees welcome - updated

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 written to the Council's Tree Department requesting tree guards.

Cllr Preece stated... 

"Those trees can flourish for the next 100 years if we look after them now. It's our legacy."

It sincerely makes a refreshing change to hear a councillor putting the environment and nature first! 

Well said Haydn!

Update - February 2017 

Thankfully, the new trees have now received wire guards, as requested, so this is additional protection and more good news.

See previous article:

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Sandbrook Way planters scheme moving ahead

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 the long – awaited mobile planters.

Above: Local improvements campaigner Cath Regan (left) with Cllr Lynne Thompson, discussing positions for the new planters.  

See also:

Cllr Thompson stated:

"Local Ward Councillors, Haydn Preece and Lynne Thompson, are delighted to confirm that following a large Council clean up in the area, 2 mobile planters will shortly be installed in Sandbrook Way ready for planting. Action has also been taken to ensure essential repair work is completed on the empty building on the corner of Sandbrook Way/Sandbrook Road, which has been a constant eyesore for far too long. While positive discussions are currently taking place regarding the long term regeneration of Sandbrook Way any short term measures, which improve and lift the area are welcome. Since August 2016 residents, councillors, local community groups and landlords have been holding regular monthly meetings in an effort to drive forward the improvements required.”

Cllr Preece added:

"I am delighted to see the precinct area enhanced with the new planters. We are looking to enhance the area in all ways fundamentally possible and this is a very positive step that we have striven for. Caring local residents requested the planters and it is great to deliver a positive result."

We look forward to seeing the planters erected, which are apparently going to consist of  two containers of about 8 x 4 feet in size. 

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Mystery sea creature at Southport - identity finally confirmed!

The Coast Guard was recently called out to what many suspected to be a beached whale at Ainsdale. Some people also thought that the unidentified dead animal was a porpoise.

However, the unfortunate sea creature turned out to be a Risso’s Dolphin.

Dr Peter GH Evans, Director of the Sea Watch Foundation, stated…

“They are fairly uncommon but regularly come into the northern Irish Sea around North Wales in the late summer and autumn (August - November) and can also be seen frequently off the Isle of Man (usually in summer but there was a sighting also last December). They feed upon small squid, cuttlefish and octopus.”

Thanks to Dr Evans for this expert clarification. 

Dissimilar to many other dolphins, Risso’s dolphins lack a beak, and the rounded head rises nearly vertically from the upper jaw and blunted snout. They are also known as the grey dolphin or grey grampus. Because of their fondness for deep, oceanic waters this species is not that well studied.

See also, Risso’s dolphins in North Wales

Friday, 13 January 2017

High tide at Southport - so what about Fred’s tidal lagoon?

I was talking a few photos of the high tide at Southport today when a gentleman inadvertently approached and asked me to take snaps of him by the pier.

Always happy to oblige, I took some on his mobile phone and the ones in this article on my camera. He went on to mention that the media had recently covered a story about a proposed tidal lagoon. It turned out that the man was Southport’s Cllr Fred Weavers who had, I believe, previously come up with the idea of a tidal lagoon at Southport.

I noted too that the Champion mentioned the issue recently when reporter Ollie Cowan stated….

‘In one exchange, Cllr Fred Weavers was forced to move on from his idea of bringing a tidal lagoon to the town when environmentally conscious locals chastised him for making the suggestion, which they deemed to be a waste of time.’

Many questions of course arise from such a proposal. Will Southport be a suitable area for a tidal lagoon? Will it have any negative impact on the species of birdlife that frequent the local estuaries? What will it cost and who will pay?

What do others think?

Paul Harrison is an ex-coast guard officer and the Director at Seavoice training

Paul gave this expert insight…

“The sand off Southport’s Marshside area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). How would such a lagoon affect the local wild life and the inshore fisheries? Over the last 50 years that I know of the Ribble estuary has been silting up, consequently a tidal lagoon would cause further silting of the local area. Moreover, who is going to pay for such a large protect?”

Paul asked. “Would it not be better building a toll bridge across from Banks /Hesketh bank area across to Warton?”

So, is Fred’s tidal lagoon idea a good one or not? 

You decide. 


I am rather surprised at the Southport Visiter as it is customary to give fair credit to the photographer (me on this occasion) regardless of what device the shot is taken on.