Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson and Sudell Ward Labour Councillor Patrick McKinley met with Central Square owners the Maghull Group to discuss the Support Our Shops campaign's ambitions for the town centre.
Bill Esterson and Councillor McKinley met with Maghull Group Chief Executive Mike Hanlon, Managing Director Sean McGurren and Projects Director Mark Parker.
Maghull Group bought Central Square Shopping Centre from Mars Pension Fund in 2006 and last year secured detailed planning approval for various improvement works which include the redevelopment of the rear section of shops within the square to provide 26,000sq ft of new build retail space which will be configured in five new retail units. it is hoped the new units will attract quality national retailers into the square.
The planning consent granted also provides for the reconfiguration of the main front car park accessed from Westway to provide improved vehicle circulation around the car park as well as an additional 30 car parking spaces, including disabled and mother and child spaces.
An additional 39 new car parking spaces within the area of scrub wasteland adjacent to the HSBC bank at the junction of Westway and Liverpool Road will also be created. Work has recently begun on the site.
Mark Parker, Projects Director for Maghull Group said: "The better quality mature trees will be retained and new trees will also be planted in accordance with what has already been agreed with Sefton Council so that the new car park spaces will be protected behind a green buffer zone to the prominent junction.
“These improvement works will also provide a new area of public realm to include a new outdoor sitting area with robust benches and litter bins. These initial phase one works will be completed in approximately four weeks' time and will be the first stage of a rolling programme of improvement works to be undertaken by Maghull."
Maghull Group Chief Executive Mike Hanlon said: “Maghull is an aspirational town with a busy thriving town centre and our aim is to improve the quality of the retail offering while providing an improved shopping environment. We remain committed to improving the Central Square shops for the benefit of the retailers, the customers who shop there and also the local residents.
"Our redevelopment and refurbishment proposals have been delayed due to wider economic circumstances, however we have now started the first phase of improvement works which will provide much needed additional car parking spaces at Central Square.”
Magull Labour Councillor Patrick McKinley said he was delighted Projects Director Mark Parker confirmed that the Maghull Group would be actively involved in their campaign and will support good ideas like this which ultimately improve the town centre retail environment.
Cllr McKinley said: "Mike Hanlon and his team have given their commitment to improving the condition of the square.
"As a business they recognise that it is in their interests to help the businesses in the square and Westway succeed.
"They were eager to get involved in the campaign and supported the ambitious objectives which the shopkeepers and the Labour Action Team have for the shopping centre.
"I look forward to working with them on this scheme to make Central Square and Westway once again the hub of our thriving community."
Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson said he welcomed Maghull Group's support.
He said: "There is no denying that Central Square needs a revamp and there have been calls for improvements for years.
"Cllr McKinley and I had a very constructive meeting with the Maghull Group who clearly have ambitions for the square which include a major revamp which they hope will attract more retailers.
"We all know that businesses are suffering a tough time at the moment, but this type of investment, could help create jobs and enhance our community in Maghull.
"I am pleased the Maghull Group has given his full backing to the Support Our Shops campaign, which is good news for all of the shopkeepers who are working hard to make the square and the shopping centre a success.
"By us all continuing to work together, it will undoubtedly benefit the Maghull economy and the wider interests of the community."