Maghull Town Council News

Leeds to Liverpool Canal - August 2019

In light of recent issues with the dam at Whaley Bridge in Derbyshire the Canal and River Trust have provided the following update about inspections along the Maghull section of the Leeds to Liverpool Canal:

"The Trust has a robust and defined Asset Inspection and maintenance programme, with routine inspections along the canal bank, towpath and all Trust assets.
With regards to concerns regarding the Dam flooding, the section of canal that runs through Maghull is regularly monitored, both visually and by the Trust’s SCADA system (automated monitoring with alarm trigger points) with the water levels managed on a daily basis taking into account weather conditions and the amount of boat traffic on any given day. Water levels within the canal can also be lowered at several points in the area if required".

Essential Park Maintenance - July 2019
Maghull Town Council can confirm that essential works to fell trees in council owned parks & open spaces will commence on 8th July 2019.

In 2018, Knowsley Council was commissioned to undertake a survey of all trees to assess their health and determine what remedial works should be completed. Council officials then undertook a robust tendering process to appoint a qualified arboriculturalist.

Following a number of site visits with our appointed arboriculturalist during which method statements and risk assessments have been agreed, we are at a stage where works to fell trees posing a danger to health & safety can commence. A total of 34 trees will be felled town-wide by our sub-contractor, with a further 17 trees to be felled by our own Grounds Maintenance Operatives.

Officers and our sub-contractor are aware that these works will take place during the bird nesting season. However, we have sought advice from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and Natural England about required inspections, licences and environmental impact assessments which must be completed before works commence, and officers can categorically state that these measures will be followed each day and will be applied to each tree.

Trees are recognised as important public amenity, so it is our intention (where appropriate) to plant trees of a suitable species, to replace those which are felled. To this end, officers have already met with representatives of Mersey Forest to discuss options for receiving free trees under two schemes currently run by Mersey Forest. In addition, as opposed to simply removing felled trees from site, where appropriate, we will utilise trunks and branches to create “natural play areas” to enhance the offer within our parks and open spaces.

Works are anticipated to be completed by the end of September 2019.

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Mayor of Maghull's Blog - June 2019

Indoor Bowls 2018/19

The indoor bowls season at Maghull Town Hall runs from Tuesday 1 October 2019 until 31 March 2020 from 12.30pm on Monday's Tuesday's and Thursday's. £26 for a season ticket.