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If you have any interest in: Ufology, Paranormal, Angling, Paganism, the Eco-system and general controversy then this may just be the place for you. I am a published author of books concerning these particular topics...


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Saturday, 22 April 2017

Nesting birds time but OVH to Axe George Drive Woods next week



George Drive residents have received notice that One Vision Housing (OVH) are to start destroying trees next week.





This appalling news has devastated residents and campaigners. Work was only believed to be set to have started in August, when most of the bird nesting had diminished.

The lovely woods here are now full of nesting birds yet this seems to count for NOTHING with the outrageous housing authority.

















Basic protection

All birds, their nests and eggs are protected by law and it is thus an offence, with certain exceptions to: 


  • intentionally kill, injure or take any wild bird 

  • intentionally take, damage or destroy the nest of any wild bird whilst it is in use or being built 

  • intentionally take or destroy the egg of any wild bird 

  • have in one's possession or control any wild bird, dead or alive, or any part of a wild bird, which has been taken in contravention of the Act or the Protection of Birds Act 1954 

  • have in one's possession or control any egg or part of an egg which has been taken in contravention of the Act or the Protection of Birds Act 1954 

  • use traps or similar items to kill, injure or take wild birds

  • have in one's possession or control any bird of a species occurring on Schedule 4 of the Act unless registered, and in most cases ringed, in accordance with the Secretary of State's regulations (see Schedules) 

  • intentionally or recklessly disturb any wild bird listed on Schedule 1 while it is nest building, or at a nest containing eggs or young, or disturb the dependent young of such a bird.  




Fines

The maximum penalty that can be imposed for an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act - in respect of a single bird, nest or egg - is a fine of up to £5,000, and/or six months' imprisonment.

Next week this wildlife haven will start to vanish as the Bootle-based OVH begin their outrageous CRIME AGAINST NATURE...























Have you seen a crime against a wild bird?
Reporting a wildlife crime, such as bird's nest being disturbed or destroyed by reckless cowboy workers or vandals...















http://www.otsnews.co.uk/george-drive-wood-officials-think-one-vision-housings-incoming-axe-job-is-a-huge-joke/

Where are Southport's councillors - where is the big  protest? 

Come of Southport wake up - it's our countryside and it's being destroyed right under our noses! 

When it's gone it's gone forever! 
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Thursday, 20 April 2017

After John Pugh's extensive political reign, what next?



Southport Tories, desperately seeking a candidate!

With Southport’s prestigious political seat up for grabs, the local Tories are reported to be doing the Headless chicken act, via thinking about  'what' they are actually supposed to do next!

So, who will stand for the Conservative seat in the, jolly old, classic seaside resort?

As we all know, the hugely talented and educated Southport Conservatives have been highly active and popular workers in their respective wards over the last year. 





















Will Duke’s Ward, Cllr Pat Ball, blind us with her great political know-how and resilience to take the prize?

Perhaps it will be previous Tory boss - Ainsdale's one and only, Cllr Terry Jones, who unfortunately had some slightly disappointing political misfortune in the past?




Or will the Southport Tories reprocess some older, defunct, political material (in the guise of 'Flyaway home' boys - Duckett and Hartill) in order to take the seat off the successful LibDems?



Will Anthony White return and go on to wrestle back into position to be our next MP?



Maybe it will be that jolly little campaigner from the Lancashire Superstore, Damien Moore?


Then again, will the bubbly (yet persistently unlucky) Jamie Halsall pop up, like the proverbial political 'Jack in the Box' to hit the target? 


Southport Tories and their proven track record never ceases to amaze us and it's well worth examining...


Yes, it's all to play for folks  and clearly time to get the popcorn out, as we watch the political fun and games  this summer in Southport.

Over to you... 














Friday, 14 April 2017

George Drive Wood: Officials think One Vision Housing’s incoming axe job is a huge joke.























As the Southport community hears more about One Vision Housing’s (OVH, the Bootle-based registered social landlord) disgusting plan to axe George Drive Woods, news arrived to indicate that officials see residential concerns as a huge joke.

The current representational system is rotten to its core. In good faith, we elect the political ones to serve us, but this arrangement is just a lip-service ruse by the corrupt established order to lock us in our place and keep the real power resolutely in their hands alone. The People must be given a stronger voice in order for it to be true democracy.

How can it be all fine and dandy for a tiny group of ‘out-of-touch’ fools in a Bootle committee meeting to totally dismiss the valid opinions of an entire Southport community? 



















Above: just a few species under threat in Ainsdale, from OVH's ecologically-destructive housing plan. 


These (again) are just a few reasons why not to build on this old woodland that the Bootle committee totally dismissed, without rhyme or reason. Unwelcome development may potentially…

Destroy valuable wildlife habitat of birds, mammals, amphibians, etc, many of which are legally-protected;
Destroy native species of mature trees vital to human and wildlife good health;
Create additional gridlock and congestion;
Reduce current parking spaces for locals;
Deprive children of a natural woodland play area that’s been enjoyed by generations;
Deprive residents of a quality of living standards, enjoyed for decades;
Bring the Council and OVH's reputation into serious disrepute, regarding blatant lack of concern for fragile biodiversity and residents' needs:
Disrupt local families via reduction of privacy etc;
Increase risk of accidents via increased traffic in such a small roadway;
Devalue current properties to the financial detriment of local homeowners;
Create additional structural subsidence of existing properties;
Create drainage problems;
Create potential pollution issues (i.e. outflows and tipping into local watercourse);
Increase strain on already overburdened utilities and services;
Lead to costly potential legal compensation claims against the Council and One Vision Housing (OVH), for various reasons of objection. 

The Bootle Junta has also ignored a petition of over 420 names in opposition to their absurd build plans. Although the petition was handed into the Council by Cllr Lynne Thompson it was ignored by the committee. In fact it was never closed and is still rolling along with 463 names currently on it.

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-ainsdale-s-george-drive-woodland/

So who exactly are the leading OVH movers  behind the planned destruction of George Drive's lovely woodlands? Accountability to the community is essential. 




























http://ovh.org.uk/about-us/what-we-believe/ 

OVH promise tenants 'thriving inclusive communities' and at the same time dismiss all valid points raised by many worried people in the community. Perhaps they need to rewrite these absurd pledges to honestly say... 

We will pay customary lip-service (a few amicable local meetings) to your tedious little concerns and then wreak havoc on your community and wildlife habitat - because we own it and of course we have the power to do so! 


Sefton Council and OVH have totally disregarded all of this. It's not that hard to see why our UK countryside is vanishing so fast is it?

The good folks who live in the affected Ainsdale area and under the cosh of these ‘out-of-town’ councillors MUST be given priority. Examples of ongoing official indifference have been coming in thick and fast and were expressed recently down George Drive.

Several George Drive.residents had noticed that a rather vocal group of white-collared officials had been seen outside their properties. They appeared to be studying the woodlands. One man (perhaps a councillor) had joked with his amused colleagues to “Mind you don’t step on the water voles”.



Other residents have stated that OVH’s crass attitude has been to say in meetings, between residents and the housing authority, “It’s our land and we can do whatever we want with it”.

Reading between the lines, the clandestine message is that officials/councillors are now actually boasting about the destruction of legally-protected species and also mocking the Ainsdale community. 

They apparently think that the imminent obliteration of George Drive’s woodlands is a huge joke and that they, as self-righteous overlords, can say and do whatever they please without challenge. They have no care whatsoever for the beleaguered community or nature and the lethargic Council behind them is exactly the same.

This is not any form of democracy. It's a classic example of ECO-FASCISM AT ITS WORST and it’s happening in Southport today?




















Above: Southport, every day losing the essential right to speak up for our own residents. 

So we ask once again;  where are our Southport councillors (of any political allegiance), our leading officials,  our so-called VIPs and the well-respected eco-bodies that are always so pleased to take our charitable donations for preserving the land/nature? 

Big grins snapped at official events and subsequently pictured in bland newspapers will not cut the mustard over George Drive woods. Action, real action, is needed today!



Above: Young Jason here, once awarded a prestigious eco-award by the Mayor of Sefton now disgusted at the callous Council and OVH. 

Inner city land held back to keep housing prices high

One Southport councillor has already stated that there is no need to build on our green spaces and that housing land, available in ‘towns and cities’, is being ‘deliberately’ held back in order to keep inflating house prices. Nevertheless, where is the real fighting spirit support behind this solitary opinion from any other Southport councillors?  

Again, the cheesy grins to impress the newspapers will not be enough. Our poor old town is being hammered into ongoing compliance by an immoral, elitist, external regime and Southport residents are paying a high price. 

George Drive is just one example of how Southport is losing its voice to the big city bullies, In fact it's just the tip of the iceberg!

The time to act is now! It seems that this council and OVH will not be happy until we have big-city steel and concrete everywhere and no green spaces left.

Sandgrounders are watching; many people are very angry and this issue will run and run and that is ‘no’ joke!

More: 


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Easter, Good Friday and the bits they would rather not tell you




















So what of Easter, Good Friday etc and the history behind the institution of Easter as a chief festival within the Church? 

The Judeo-Christian Passover became merged with earlier heathen fertility veneration to generate a new festival celebrating the resurrection of Christ. For the Church fathers this of course was a valuable theocratical hammer to convert the native Pagan populace away from their indigenous spring fertility festivities.

This was observed at a different time from the Passover. Known as the Quartodeciman controversy, the dispute over when this celebration concerning Christ should be observed reverberated across the Empire through the second, third and fourth centuries. Eventually it was established by the Council of Nicea in A.D. 325 and reinforced at the Synod of Antioch in A.D. 341. 

With its iron-fist stranglehold on the masses the Synod called for the ‘excommunication’ of anyone who dared to resist the new-fangled, man made Easter observance. Those who opposed it were forced to move outside the reach of the Empire. 

Emperor Constantine was a driving force behind this action. This man carried out numerous atrocities including the murdered his son and wife. Nonetheless, the self-seeking bishops gladly accepted the anti-Semitic Constantine as an authority on godly Christian matters and he reputedly stated by letter: 

"It seemed to every one a most unworthy thing that we should follow the custom of the Jews in the celebration of this most holy solemnity, who polluted wretches! Having stained their hands with a nefarious crime, are justly blinded in their minds. It is fit, therefore, that, rejecting the practice of this people, we should perpetuate to all future ages the celebration of this rite, in a more legitimate order, which we have kept from the first day of our Lord's passion even to the present times. Let us have nothing in common with the most hostile rabble of the Jews. We have received another method from the Saviour"

Thus, the Christian celebration of Easter (which is incidentally named after a Saxon goddess of spring, etc) obviously stems from incredibly intolerant origins. It is nothing but a clandestine gala of theocratical lies, deceit, subversion and suppression of other smaller faiths. 

Easter stands as a shining example of Christian fundamentalist totalitarianism in action. 



Christians celebrating the Easter/Resurrection feast at this time of year are merely recreating the ancient earth-orientated Pagan festivities associated with earlier gods such as Attis, Adonis etc. All were lamented and glorified as part of the seasonal cycle of life by millions of adherents throughout many countries.

This primeval natural celebration occurred long before the Christ Myth was first dreamt up by ecclesiastical forces intent on monotheistic world domination, via evangelical/missionary means.

Pat Regan © 





Sunday, 9 April 2017

Endangered Red Squirrels: ‘So what’, says the Council, ‘just rip the Ainsdale trees down’
























Sefton Council’s charade of care for the ecosystem is clearly displayed in their revealing George Drive Report. 

Sefton Council’s recent outrageous decision to DESTROY GEORGE DRIVE WOODS has shocked many good people everywhere. Liverpool Labour councillors, en masse, and one leading Tory are believed to be behind this appalling decision to wreck wildlife habitat in Ainsdale.



Numerous valid (and lawful) reasons have been given by residents and campaigners why this potentially illegal development must NOT go ahead. One example resides in text from a recent council report.
















Lancashire Wildlife Trust (LWT) have highlighted red squirrels that have been sighted in the Ainsdale vicinity. Apparently this protected species was not even mentioned within the ‘Extended Phase One Habitat Survey’ – why? 

LWT have also spoken in this report of the need to replace any trees lost with tree species that would benefit red squirrels. Sadly, LWT appear to be wholly unaware that Sefton Council have already admitted within the conclusion of this report that one way or another all trees will be lost to this One Vision Housing development outrage.

Sefton Council’s ongoing hypocrisy over the red squirrel conservation issue is blatantly displayed in one of their own documents…

Decision - Red Squirrel Conservation


Council text reads and I quote (without any correction)…

‘ (1) Sefton Councils continued commitment to supporting the Lancashire Wildlife Trust in its work to conserve the Red Squirrel be confirmed;’

http://modgov.sefton.gov.uk/moderngov/ieDecisionDetails.aspx?ID=9953

Also see…

‘to confirm Sefton Councils continued commitment to supporting the Lancashire Wildlife Trust in its work to conserve the Red Squirrel and establish a process to allow the annual grant for Grey Squirrel control to be claimed by the Council and forwarded to the Lancashire Wildlife Trust’ 

Lead member: Cllr John Fairclough, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member - Locality Services. Deputy Leader of Labour Group john.fairclough@councillors.sefton.gov.uk

http://modgov.sefton.gov.uk/moderngov/mgIssueHistoryHome.aspx?IId=43858&Opt=0























Sefton Council is a partner in conserving the Red Squirrel in Sefton. This is something they like to highlight a lot on their propaganda sheets.

Nevertheless, the George Drive fiasco reveals another, more sinister, side to this authority, which indicates development and cash are placed by them 'before' endangered, legally-protected species.

The ‘real’ conclusion then would perhaps indicate that Sefton Council are being rather economical with the level of communication that they are presenting to outside bodies like LWT.

And the law says...

'The red squirrel is a protected species in the UK and is included in Schedules 5 and 6 of the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 (WCA) (amended by the Countryside & Rights of Way Act 2000). It is an offence to intentionally kill or injure a red squirrel or intentionally or recklessly damage or destroy any structure or place a red squirrel uses for shelter or protection, or disturb a red squirrel while it occupies such a place.'



Even the Tree Officer opposed the proposal as being legally questionable and considered it contrary to Local Plan policy EQ9. This policy expressly makes provision, stating that developments must NOT result in ‘unacceptable loss of or damage to, existing trees or woodland.

Are the reckless councillors who voted in Bootle to destroy this valuable Ainsdale wild habitat either conveniently starved of correct information, or so lacking in intellect that they failed to grasp the sheer magnitude of waving away this innocent part of the British countryside?

Councillor Lynne Thompson: concerns about houses being too close together. 














Ainsdale's Councillor Lynne Thompson (above) was unable to attend the highly significant Planning Committee meeting, regarding the dire threat to the woodlands. She however asked the Planning Committee to take account of her following comments: 

"Amendments made to the original proposal has resulted in houses being closer than the minimum standard of 21 metres. This will harm the privacy of existing residents. On balance residents feel if the Planning Committee take these issues into account the building of a mere 18 homes on such and unsuitable piece of land cannot be justified."

NB. Councillor Thompson had, for many months, been spearheading residential concerns and holding meetings between irate residents and One Vision Housing. 

Supplementary Agenda 29th-Mar-2017 18.30 Planning Committee


Clear evidence in the following document may be seen of the scant concern that Sefton Council gave to the multitude of reasons why this countryside - destroying development was a bad idea.. 



































Anyone left with the guts to say - NO? 

When exactly can we expect to see REAL protests about this disgusting fiasco from any caring Sefton politicians and environmental groups? Sefton Council cannot be permitted to dismiss their legal responsibilities to the local community or the natural habitat. 

Will any Southport councillor have the courage to come forth and even simply 'criticise' the larger Liverpool lobby of land -wrecking politicians, who are currently destroying our countryside at will?

This folks is 'our' precious Southport countryside being lost forever! We are not talking about some idyllic Constable - type painting with the beloved, pastoral, image of the old days. We are talking about what these uncaring big city councillors are actually doing to OUR vanishing greenscapes TODAY, in 21st century UK.  

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Thursday, 6 April 2017

Southport Theatre grot - spot: definitely seen better days




















Behind the main road appearance, things are not quite so wonderful. 

 Crumbling plaster and brickwork greet passers-by. 





















Rotting columns at the Lakeside Entrance, well past their prime

























Outside the Theatre, rows of rusty and deeply corroded litter bins insult onlookers.




















Next door, the Ramada feels almost like it's awaiting a similar fate to the Theatre with its 'To Let' sign and silent empty rooms.


















The birds feeding around the lake don't seem to mind one iota though...



Pat Regan © 















Sunday, 2 April 2017

George Drive woods threat: Sefton Eco - Champion's disgust


As many people in Southport now know, Ainsdale's lovely little George Drive woodland is under serious threat of destruction.

Over the past 12 months or so many articles have appeared on OTS News concerning this disgusting situation. The last one explained how councillors in Bootle Town Hall  recently voted for total woodland destruction, regardless of many vital reasons why the woods should not be axed.


Sefton's confusing message to young people

Back in 2013, Jason Regan, along with his sister, gained the prestigious Eco- Champion Award off Sefton Council. The pair had spent 9 tough months as volunteers working in another woodland behind Sandbrook Road. 

Above: planting many new trees in 2013 on Council land in all weathers...

Above: the pair receiving the Sefton Eco - Award from the Mayor in 2013. 


Like many Ainsdale youngsters, Jason is now unable to understand why Sefton  Council can pretend to promote eco-awareness, whilst also dismissing a wildlife haven like George Drive woodlands so readily.


This heartless council are allowing  woodlands to be axed for a handful of 'crammed in' properties that they have admitted will only  provide a 'modest contribution' to housing needs in a totally unsuitable area.

The Council even ignored opposition from their own Tree Department regarding this plan. They have also dismissed a petition of over 400 names against the plan. 

The woods are full of wildlife with hedgehogs, foxes, water voles and bats etc, yet One Vision housing are eagerly awaiting to send in the chain saws after being granted permission from this harsh council. 
For wildlife this will be wholesale destruction and a significant CRIME AGAINST NATURE! 

How many UK wildlife laws will this unnecessary ecological destruction breach? 

Residents are fuming and when we took a short impromptu video clip, people came out of their houses in support and to express utter disgust at One Vision Housing and the Council! 

One man defiantly waved and shouted to us ...."Save our woods"! 

Calls have been made for leading environmental groups to get on board.  

We may all regret animal cruelty abroad and loss in the Amazonian rain forests but where exactly are the larger eco-campaigning organisations today, when it comes to our native UK countryside under threat? 

Countless Southport people are devastated by this appalling news. 

The dismissive Sefton authority has made a potentially illegal and outrageous decision, which will affect the lives of a whole community. One way or another the Council seriously needs to pull out a U-Turn. 

Pat Regan © 

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Thanks also to Steve for this article...