Maghull Town Council invites Central Square developers in for an

Caroline Esterson


Maghull Town Council's ruling Labour Group has invited the developers behind plans to regenerate Maghull's Central Square to give a presentation and update on the scheme.

Labour Group and town council leader, Cllr Caroline Esterson, has asked Square owners, The Maghull Group, to attend a Maghull Town Council meeting to give councillors a briefing on the plans.

Maghull Group bought Central Square Shopping Centre from Mars Pension Fund in 2006 and last year secured detailed planning approval for various improvement works which include the redevelopment of the rear section of shops within the square to provide 26,000sq ft of new build retail space which will be configured in five new retail units. it is hoped the new units will attract quality national retailers into the square.  

The planning consent granted also provides for the reconfiguration of the main front car park accessed from Westway to provide improved vehicle circulation around the car park as well as an additional 30 car parking spaces, including disabled and mother and child spaces.

An additional 39 new car parking spaces within the area of scrub wasteland adjacent to the HSBC bank at the junction of Westway and Liverpool Road will also be created. Work has recently begun on the site.

 

Cllr Esterson said: "As a business, The Maghull Group obviously want to make Central Square work for the businesses based there and in Westway.

 

"That means they need to attract more of us into the shopping centre to use the businesses and services there.

 

"The Labour Group on Maghull Town Council wants to hear an update on the project and hear The Maghull Group's latest plans for the Square."

 

Maghull Group are also planning to introduce parking charges in the Square. Free parking will be restricted until a maximum of 30 minutes.

 

But Cllr Esterson and the Labour Group on the town council are calling on the Maghull Group to call on them to extend free parking to 60 minutes.

 

Cllr Esterson said: "The Maghull Group's rationale behind the introduction of parking charges is to keep a steady flow of customers coming in and out of the Square so the traders and businesses benefit.

 

"But the Labour Group on the town council believe that one-hour's free parking would better serve the shops and shoppers as people will be free to browse through all of the shops and enjoy the services without incurring a parking charge.

 

"This will be the argument we will be putting to the Maghull Group."

 

Cllr Esterson is also inviting members of the Support Our Shops campaign to attend the meeting.