Co-op announce they will refurbish rear of Deyes Lane store after Maghull Labour councillors raise concerns about it looking like a ‘warzone grotspot’

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Maghull Labour Action Team have welcomed an announcement from Co-op that they will make improvements to the back of their Deyes Lane store which has been compared with a warzone grotspot.

Labour Action Team member Cllr John Sayers contacted Co-op with concerns about the condition of the rear of the Maghull store.

The former Merseyside Police Superintendent said the store which backs on to Windermere Drive is an eye-sore with innefective security measures such as razor wire and barred bricked up windows that would be more fitting to a warzone than a quiet residential area.

Cllr Sayers and Maghull Town Council Labour leader and Sudell Ward councillor Patrick McKinley raised the issue with the company and the store manager.

After listening to the Labour councillors' concerns, Co-op have this week announced a major refurbishment of the store which will see improvements to the rear of the building.

The company said the work will start in the spring.

Cllr Sayers welcomed the company's announcement.

Cllr Sayers said: "I raised the issue with Co-op a few months back and Cllr Patrick McKinley and I recently met with one of the company's regional managers.

"He immediately took a look at the condition of the back of the store and agreed with us that improvements had to be made.

"They have now confirmed that they will be making considerable improvements to the rear exterior of the store which will see the razor wire replaced with a more aesthetic and effective alternative and the bars on the already bricked up windows replaced. They are also looking into what they can do to make the rear look better in general which is exactly what we wanted.

"The current condition of the store which backs onto Windermere Drive simply is not acceptable. Residents on Windermere Drive and in the surrounding area really must be fed up with the state of the store as it is.

"I live near to this store. This is a lovely area, but that eyesore really doesn't do anyone, or the community, any favours at all.

"But I would like to thank Co-op for taking swift action after the Labour Action Team raised the issue. I look forward to seeing the work begin and the improvement works progress in the new year."

Cllr Patrick McKinley said this was great news for the whole community.

Cllr McKinley said: "The state of the back of this store has slowly deteriorated over a period of years, so what we are left with now really is a carbuncle at the heart of a lovely community.

"Blocked up windows; barred bricked up windows; rolls of barbed wire and a seven foot-high security gate. The place looks less like a convenience store in a residential community and more like Fort Knox. But as Cllr Sayers says, these are very old fashioned and aesthetically unappealing methods of protecting the store which can be replaced with more discrete and more effective measures.

"Co-op has listened and they have taken on board Cllr Sayers' expert advice and I am delighted to say they are acting on it."

 

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