Sefton Liberal Democrats have undermined plans for a NHS Health Centre in Maghull.
Sefton Labour Leader and Maghull Town Council's Cllr Peter Dowd has slammed the Lib Dems who have threatened the future of a project which could have seen the Health Centre installed at Westway Health Centre.
Cllr Dowd said the Lib Dems had been reckless in their "rush to grab the headlines".
Cllr Dowd said: "The Liberal Democrat's were not only premature in the announcement of the Health Centre in Maghull, but they are now in danger of undermining the sensitive negotiations with the PCT and with Morrisons.
"The current position of this scheme is that negotiations are continuing between the parties, including the PCT and Morrisons, in order to reach a conclusion that results in an economically viable re-development package. However, at present, we still have a long way to go as there is a funding 'gap'. If we are able to bridge this gap, then the parties will sign up to the deal, via legal agreements, subject to satisfactory negotiations.
"Any proposal has to meet Sefton Planning Department's requirements and at present, no formal legal agreement is in place or likely in my view to be before May or June at the very earliest.
"However, by trying to jump the gun and claim credit for a project which is still a long way from being finalised, the foolish actions of the Liberal Democrats have
undermined this scheme.
"Their premature announcement may have threatened the potential of all the parties reaching agreement. It wouldn’t surprise me if the PCT are somewhat put out by these premature claims."
Cllr Dowd said he and his Labour colleagues would continue to do all they can to ensure the Health Centre happens.
Cllr Dowd said: "It is Labour's priority to continue to do all we can to make this project happen.
"I will be working with all parties involved in this scheme, including the PCT, to ensure that we get the project back on track.
"We all know that the Liberal Democrats in Sefton will do anything to claim credit for projects they have had little involvement in. Even by their standards, this is below the belt.
"I hope for the sake of the people of Maghull that we can make this scheme work and we get the funding required to make this Health Centre a reality."