Bill Esterson MP and the Maghull and Lydiate Labour Action Teams work with Police and Crime Commissioner to bring a community police station to Maghull

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson with Labour councillors John Sayers, Lynn Gatherer and Patrick McKinley.

Maghull and Lydiate Labour Action Teams are working with the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner to bring a community police station to Maghull and Lydiate.

Labour councillors for the area, together with Labour MP Bill Esterson, have been working with Commissioner Jane Kennedy to get the new police facility located within the district.

Drastic Tory-Lib Dem Government cuts has led to stations being closed across Merseyside, including the enquiry office in Maghull.

But Commissioner Kennedy unveiled a major shake-up of the forces estate, which includes stations throughout the county. Her plan will see the creation of community police station in communities throughout Merseyside.

Labour councillors in Maghull and Lydiate, with MP Bill Esterson, have been working with the Commissioner to bring get new station to serve Maghull and Lydiate.

MP Bill Esterson has had a number of meetings with Commissioner Kennedy and this week a delegation of Labour councillors for Maghull and Lydiate, including Cllr Patrick McKinley, Cllr John Sayers, Cllr Lynn Gatherer and Cllr June Burns, met with Merseyside Police's Estates Team on a site visit to see two established community police stations in St Helens.

Maghull Town Council Labour leader and Sudell Ward Labour councillor, Patrick McKinley said: "We were very impressed by the amount of interaction there was between the police, partnership agencies and the public at the new community stations we visited in St Helens. That is something we would like to see here in Maghull.

"As savage Tory-Lib Dem Government cuts continue to seriously impact the police budget, Maghull Town Council is keen to work with the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Chief Constable to ensure policing in Maghull is enhanced and not diminished."

Cllr John Sayers, who is a former Merseyside Police Commander, said community police stations were the future for policing in Merseyside.

Cllr Sayers said: "It is clear that large police stations are rapidly becoming a thing of the past, and new community police stations are the future.

"My Labour colleagues in Maghull and Lydiate and I are determined to see that this area gets the best deal available from limited resources. We are working with Commissioner Kennedy to ensure we get an enhanced police presence in our neighbourhoods."

Bill Esterson said he was working with the Police and Crime Commissioner and Maghull Town Council to minimise the impact of the Tory-Lib Dem Government's cuts.

Bill Esterson said: "Merseyside Police has suffered huge cuts at the hands of this Tory-Lib Dem Government. They have lost 41% of their budget. As Jane Kennedy describes it, it is like saying to a football team that they can only have seven players instead of 11.

"Here in Maghull, the public enquiry desks were closed as they were the first victims of the Tory-Lib Dem cuts, so it can only be good news that as part of Commissioner Kennedy's plans, new stations will be based at the heart of our communities and accessible to the public.

"We'll have neighbourhood community officers still based directly within our communities. This is good news for the people of Sefton Central and I applaud the Police and Crime Commissioner for coming up with a plan that puts our communities first, despite having to deal with such swingeing cuts.

"I will continue to work with both the Police and Crime Commissioner and Maghull Town Council to get the best possible service for my constituents." 

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson with Labour councillors John Sayers, Lynn Gatherer and Patrick McKinley.