Labour organised meeting gives residents chance to air concerns

Sudell Ward Labour Councillor Patrick McKinley with Parkbourn residents at the meeting at Ashworth Hospital.

Maghull residents put their concerns about plans to build 300 houses in their Parkbourn community directly to the estates manager when they attended a meeting organised by Sudell Ward's Labour councillor this week.

Cllr Patrick McKinley organised the meeting for representatives of the Parkbourn community and Merseycare estates manager Steve Lloyd to discuss the residents' concerns about the plans which could see 300 houses built on the site off Park Lane.

The meeting followed a Maghull Labour Action Team organised public meeting at Northway Primary in July in which nearly 100 people attended.

Cllr McKinley said he was delighted Monday night's meeting gave residents the chance to speak directly to Mr Lloyd.

Cllr McKinley said: "It was a really constructive meeting between represenatives of some of the Parkbourn residents and Mr Lloyd from Merseycare.

"Mr Lloyd listened to some of the concerns and said he was going to take on board the thoughts and wishes of the residents about the plans. He is going to feed these back to the project planners.

"He was particularly helpful in relation to keeping the gated fenceway between Parkbourn and the planned development, which many of the residents were concerned would end up becoming a rat run and a hotspot for anti social behaviour."

Cllr McKinley thanked residents for attending and Mr Lloyd for hosting the meeting.

Cllr McKinley said: "The sensible approach taken by Merseycare in this development so far shows that solutions can be found to make developments within our community work for both sides. We are seeing the plans being drawn up for a large scale development not with existing residents in isolation, but in consultation with residents who are being given an input.

"Likewise, the residents are getting involved in the process, attending the meetings and having their say on what they want for their community.

"Of course this is still only the early stages of this process and we have a long way to go, but I will keep working on behalf of the residents to ensure they get what they want for their community.

"I'd like to thank Mr Lloyd for taking on board the concerns and the residents for proactively getting involved in the consultations."

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