Labour MP and Maghull Town Councillors work with shopkeepers for

Maghull Central Square Support Our Shops Campaign

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson is hoping to help rejuvenate the local economy by backing a bid to get Maghull identified as a Town Team area.

Bill joined forces with local businesses and shopkeepers, as well as Maghull Labour b Councillors, to draw up a bid to get funding to help stimulate business and trade in Central Square.

The idea started with Mary Portas, who has become known as the Queen of Shops after lending her expertise to a string of struggling high streets across the country.

Bill Esterson said he wanted to help the local Maghull businesses learn from the shops guru to get the best for the local community.

Bill said: "The shopkeepers and businesses in Central Square worked very hard earlier this year with the Maghull Labour Councillors to draw up a bid to be named as a Portas Pilot area. While that bid wasn't successful, the ideas the team generated were fantastic.

"I hope that by bidding for this Town Team funding, it will give the team the chance to put some of their ideas into practice to help the local businesses, the local economy and the wider community."

One of the ideas the team want to work on is to get Maghull on the airwaves.

Time Team bid leader Lewis Franks from Hallmark's in Central Square said: "The local community, the owners of the shopping area, local business and town council have established a steering group to lead this bid.

"If successful, we will use the funding to contribute toward the establishment of a local community and business radio station, Maghull Radio. Maghull Town Council have agreed to provide a space that can be develop as a radio production base.

"There are several objectives for this initiative. To bring local businesses and community together, to attract wider attention on Maghull by capitalising on the Frank Hornby brand and to provide training for young people to get a toe-hold in the media industry.

"We intend to establish a social enterprise to run our radio station and training programmes, as well as a board to manage the social enterprise.

"If we are successful in this bid, this will be the start of a wider drive to promote Maghull and improve things here to benefit local business and the local community."

Maghull Labour Councillor Patrick McKinley, who is also part of the bid team, said the Town Team initiative is the latest in the ongoing partnership between business, the community and the local Labour MP and Councillors.

Cllr McKinley said: "Since we worked on the Portas bid, we have formed a fantastic partnership here in Maghull. The Town Team is the latest incarnation of that partnership.

"What we are all working towards is to rejuvenate Central Square, to get the best for the community and the local businesses. We want a town centre we can be proud of. By continuing to work together, that is just what we aim to achieve."

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