Labour Action Team meets with Crosby Village businesses to discu

Bill Esterson and Veronica Bennett with the Crosby Village businesses

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson and Blundellsands & Crosby Labour Action Team leader Veronica Bennett met with Crosby Village businesses this week to discuss their concerns about the future for the shopping centre.

Bill and Veronica met with shopkeepers and bar owners to hear their concerns about a drop in footfall in the Village.

Bill and Veronica are now calling on people in Crosby to 'support our shops'.

Bill said: "Our local high streets are really finding things difficult at the moment. Many are seeing fewer people come through their doors because people generally have less money to spend.

"We need to do all we can to save our local shopping centres. Where possible, people should shop locally and support our local businesses who do a vital job in keeping our town centres alive.

"Crosby Village as a shopping centre has suffered even more than most because of the ongoing uncertainty about the redevelopment of the Village, but we are lucky in the fact that we do still have some fantastic local shops which employ local people.

"These shops deserve our support and we should try to shop locally.

"Throughout my various meetings with Sainsbury's, I have always put the points raised to me by the local businesses and local residents and urged them to take into account the wants and needs of the community before putting together their revised plans for their Crosby store.

"I will continue pushing for the interests of the local community and will continue to do all I can to promote our fantastic local businesses."

Blundellsands & Crosby Labour Action Team leader Veronica Bennett said people should back local retailers by shopping locally.

Veronica said: "I know how convenient out of town superstores can be, but we are lucky in Crosby that we do have some excellent shops and services right here in the centre of our community.

"Because of the tough time people are having at the moment, our local shops need the support of all of us here in Crosby. That's why it is more crucial than ever for us to support our local shops.

"Shopping in the Village can be even more convenient that going out of town. We have almost everything you need and with the rocketing price of petrol, it can even save you money."

Crosby Labour Action Team's John Kelly said the shopkeepers had made some excellent suggestions on how to regenerate the shopping centre.

John said: "Crosby Village was once the hub of the Crosby community. We would all like to see it regain that status.

"While our MP Bill Esterson and the Labour Action Teams continue to fight to get the best deal for Crosby Village, the community needs to support the existing local businesses."

Bill Esterson is now planning to meet with Sainsbury's to discuss the local businesses concerns.

Bill said: "The local business people made some very valid points specifically about the Sainsbury's development, including positioning the car park in a way that will increase footfall in other parts of the Village.

"The Labour Action Teams and I will talk with both Sainsbury’s and the planning department about getting an agreement on how the supermarket giant will accommodate these priorities, hopefully finalising agreements before they submit their plans.

"If any other local businesses or local residents would like to let me know their views about how we can get the best for Crosby Village, please email the Labour Action Team at"

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