Labour Councillor Maurice Byrne campaigns to get Central Square

Maghull Town Council Labour Councillor Maurice Byrne with copies of Merseytravel timetables in Maghull Central Square.


Maghull Town Council Labour Councillor Maurice Byrne is campaigning to get Central Square identified by Merseytravel as a main shopping district.

Merseytravel's timetables identify main shopping districts with a shopping basket – indicating that passengers can disembark and spend some time in the local shops.

But next to Maghull's Central Square, there is no shopping basket.

Now Labour Councillor, Maurice Byrne, is lobbying Merseytravel to ensure that Central Square is identified as a shopping centre.

Cllr Byrne said: "Central Square is our main shopping centre in Maghull. People used to travel far and wide to go to Maghull Square. My Labour colleagues and I are working with local businesses and within the Maghull Town Team to return Central Square to its former glory - and even make it better still!

"We have seen Costa Coffee set up within the shopping parade just off Central Square, which just shows that the larger companies are beginning to recognise the potential for the square.

"They can see that we are on the right track for attracting shoppers back into the Square and along Westway.

"But our transport authority needs to recognise that. Bus passengers need to see that Central Square is a place they can visit to do their shopping, and even enjoy a coffee."

Cllr Byrne has written to Merseytravel to get Central Square recognised as a shopping centre.

Cllr Byrne said: "I fully understand that Central Square may have been accidentally overlooked because it is not one of the main retail parks. But our town centre high streets need to be given the recognition they deserve.

"We should be promoting our high streets to encourage people to go there, to use our local businesses and our local services.

"The success of our small local businesses is crucial to the success of our local economy. Small businesses provide employment for local people. That's why last week Labour pledged to cut business rates for small business. We know how valuable small businesses are.

"Central Square is the main high street for Maghull. This is the natural shopping centre for this community.

"We want it to thrive and be the home of successful small businesses. The way to do that is by increasing footfall by attracting shoppers.

"Merseytravel could massively help our cause by simply indicating that Maghull's Central Square is a place to do your shopping.

"I am sure they will agree with us and make the alteration for the next run of timetables."

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