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Maghull's MP and the town's Labour councillors have welcomed news that Central Square is in the hands of new owners.

It has emerged that 'the Square' has been sold by the Maghull Group to London & Cambridge.
 
Bill Esterson MP and local Labour councillors have been calling for the long awaited redevelopment of Central Square.
 
They now hope that the new owners will kick-start regeneration work.
 
Maghull Town Council Labour leader and Sudell Ward Labour councillor, Patrick McKinley, said: "I welcome the news that the Square has new owners as it may offer the long-awaited redevelopment of our main shopping area, which is after all also the centre of the town and the wider community.
 
"I will be pushing for a meeting with the new owners as soon as possible.
 
"This development is timely from the town council's view as we are in the process of formulating our neighbourhood plan and we have recently established a group to look at town centre development and retail.
 
"We hope the new owners share our vision for a town centre that we can all be proud of and will want to visit. We are committed to shopping local and will do all we can to support initiatives to encourage this.
 
"We want to help to ensure that the Maghull pound is spent in Maghull as much as is possible, so we hope the new owners will attract new shops as well as protecting our local independent retailers."
 
Bill Esterson MP said Central Square had a lot of potential which should attract businesses into the town.
 
Bill said: "There is so much potential in Central Square that I am sure major retailers will want to come in. As well as the overall regeneration of Central Square, we really need a mix of businesses which serve the wider interests of this community and which brings shoppers in to support the good businesses that we already have there.
 
"Central Square needs to be the vibrant hub of this community that we know it can and should be.
 
"I will be working with my Labour colleagues on the borough and town council to lobby London & Cambridge to ensure that that is what we get."
 
 
 

Maghull Central Square sell-off sparks hopes of regeneration from town's Labour MP and councillors

  Maghull's MP and the town's Labour councillors have welcomed news that Central Square is in the hands of new owners.

 Crosby Area Foodbank volunteers, Jean Gamble, Jenny Stanistreet, Lily Spiers and Jan Matthews, with Bill Esterson MP during the collection at Formby Tesco.

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson saw for himself generous shoppers queuing to donate bags of items to the foodbank collection in Tesco Formby at the weekend - with one man handing over a £100 trolley full of items.

Crosby Area Foodbank volunteers were in the busy store last week collecting items from generous shoppers.
 
For all the items collected in the store, Tesco tops up the collection by another 30%.
 
Crosby Area Foodbank project manager Jan Matthews said she was overwhelmed by people's generosity.
 
Jan said: "This is the sixth time we have held we have collected here at Formby Tesco, and as usual customers and staff have been extremely generous and helpful.
 
"People recognise there is a real need now and they want to help in any way they can.
 
"Because of the time of year, we are particularly trying to help families over the rapidly approaching summer holiday period, particularly those families who are on benefits and rely on free school meals to feed the children. Because the schools are closed over the summer and therefore no school meals, many families will be struggling to feed their children, day in and day out.
 
"The people who are coming to the foodbank for help are now from throughout Sefton including all parts of Sefton Central.
 
"The demand for help is high, but as we've seen over the two days collecting in Formby Tesco, there is a real want to help."
 
Bill said he was pleased, but not surprised to see the level of generosity by customers at the store.
 
Bill said: "I've met with the foodbanks throughout my constituency on a number of occasions now, I've been to their collection centre and their distribution centre. What is clear is that people here want to help those less fortunate than themselves.
 
"It is appalling that people here need to turn to foodbanks to help put food on the table, but there is no escaping the fact that people do. Too many people can't make ends meet. Too many families with young mouths to feed.
 
"But while that is heartbreaking, what is encouraging is that people want to help and are generous enough to donate food.
 
"The work foodbanks do in our communities is tremendous. Very often the people who are forced to rely on foodbanks are the most vulnerable.
 
"I am only too pleased to give our fabulous foodbanks my wholehearted support.
 
"In this day and age people shouldn't have to rely on foodbanks to make ends meet, but too many people are forced to rely on them.
 
"If it wasn't for the support that these great community initiatives provide to people in need, then lots of people would be going hungry.
 
"I'd like to thank Jan Matthews and the Crosby Area Foodbank volunteers for the fabulous work they do. I'd like to thank Gary Landry and Formby Tesco for supporting them. And I'd particularly like to thank all of the Formby shoppers who generously gave to the foodbank during this recent collection and at previous collections.
 
"Your generosity will be helping people in need right here in our community."
 
For further information about Crosby Area Foodbank, call 07580 156 311,emailinfo@crosbyarea.foodbank.org.uk or visit www.crosbyarea.foodbank.org.uk
 
 
Volunteers Jean Gamble and Carl Gamble loaded up the van of goods collected for the Crosby Area Foodbank at Formby Tesco, with Bill Esterson MP.
 
Crosby Area Foodbank volunteers, Jean Gamble, Jenny Stanistreet, Lily Spiers and Jan Matthews, with Bill Esterson MP during the collection at Formby Tesco.

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson sees generosity of Formby Tesco shoppers at Crosby Area Foodbank collection

  Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson saw for himself generous shoppers queuing to donate bags of items to the foodbank collection in Tesco Formby at the weekend - with...

Lydiate Parish Council chairman Cllr John Bailey and vice chairman Cllr Andy Wilson.

Labour-run Lydiate Parish Council is investigating whether Lydiate Village Centre can be used as a polling station to save Lydiate Primary School from the disruption of election days.

Lydiate Primary School is the usual polling station for voters in the Lambshear Lane area.
 
This means that the school faces disruption for one day every year there is either a local or a general election.
 
Labour parish councillors are now enquiring if that is necessary given the fact that Lydiate Village Centre is a tailor-made community facility that could act as a polling station.
  
Lydiate Parish Council vice chairman, Labour's Cllr Andy Wilson, said: "One of the first things my Labour colleagues and I have started to do since taking control of Lydiate Parish Council is to fully review the usage of Lydiate Village Centre. Is it being used enough? If not, why not? What else can it be used for?
 
"We raised those questions a couple of weeks back and one of the early responses we received was from a resident of Lydiate who asked why the centre isn't used as a polling station? It is an excellent point.
 
"Why not use the community centre to save having to disrupt the school and the education of the pupils? It must also be cheaper to use a community centre rather than have to close an entire school for the day.
 
"So I have asked Sefton's electoral services what steps need to be taken to start using the centre as a polling station."
 
Cllr Wilson said the parish council has also received expressions of interests from other interested parties who want to use the centre.
 
Cllr Wilson said: "We all agree that Lydiate Village Centre is a great facility. But it is a facility that is owned by the community and the community need to be able to use it.
 
"When we announced that we wanted to hear from community groups and individuals, we heard from a number of people with some very interesting ideas.
 
"One in particular called for more activities for younger people in Lydiate and another suggested holding local band nights.
 
"Some very interesting ideas that I think could work.
 
"We are currently looking into all of the suggestions and seeing what we can do to make them a reality."

Labour-run Lydiate Parish Council investigate public suggestions on how Village Centre can be used more – including using it as a polling station

Labour-run Lydiate Parish Council is investigating whether Lydiate Village Centre can be used as a polling station to save Lydiate Primary School from the disruption of election days.

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