Labour-organised public meetings give residents chance to air th

Patrick McKinley and Lynn Gatherer at the Wetherspoons meeting at Maghull Town Hall


National pub chain Wetherspoons is taking into consideration residents concerns about plans for the Everest Pub, after meeting locals at a series of meeting organised by Maghull Labour Action Team.

Wetherspoons' area manager Ged Murphy was among a delegation from the national company to attend the meetings with the residents to discuss the future of the pub which is set to be renamed 'The Frank Hornby'.

Sudell Ward Labour Councillor Patrick McKinley, Lynn Gatherer from the Maghull Labour Action Team and Maghull Town Councillor Steve Kermode have attended each of the meetings to ensure that Wetherspoons hear the residents' concerns.

Lynn Gatherer said the meetings with the pub have been constructive but the Labour Action Team would continue to ensure that Wetherspoons tackled the concerns.

Lynn said: "Meetings that the Maghull Labour Action Team has attended, including the two we have held when we invited Wetherspoons, have been very constructive.

"Residents have had the chance to sit around the table with the decision makers of Wetherspoons and put their concerns directly to them. In return, Mr Murphy and his colleagues appear to be making the right noises about each of the concerns and inform us that they are going to take action.

"The issues which have been highlighted by residents are issues which I am already fully aware of. Not only do I live very close to the pub, I have also spoken to many people about their concerns.

"These include opening times, parking and deliveries. Following the meeting with our MP Bill Esterson, when these concerns were flagged up to the company,  Wetherspoons confirmed they would increase the number of parking spaces from seven to 19, which is very good news and they would look at reducing the opening hours.

"We will continue to monitor this application and continue to fight for the residents of Maghull."

Steve Kermode said the residents had effectively put their arguments to Wetherspoons.

Steve said: "We've had a number of meeting now to discuss the Wetherspoons issue and each time the residents have effectively and succinctly put this points and concerns.

"On the occasions that the Labour Action Team has organised meetings with Wetherspoons and the residents, the delegation from Wetherspoons have gone away clear about the main community issues and with assurances that they would tackle those concerns.

"From the start, the Labour Action Team has ensured that residents have a say and that Wetherspoons have been made aware of the concerns. We will continue to ensure that is the case."

Sudell Ward Labour Councillor Patrick McKinley chaired the public meeting at Maghull Town Hall.

Cllr McKinley said: "We had a very constructive public meeting with Wetherspoons in which we got assurances from the company that they were tackling the concerns head on, this includes increasing the number of parking spaces, reassessing the opening hours and amending the delivery arrangements.

"We are making great strides in making sure that the community concerns are being addressed by Wetherspoons and we will continue to make sure that the community is in constant dialogue with the company so, in the words of Winston Churchill, it's 'jaw jaw and not war war' with Wetherspoons.

"We want the new Frank Hornby pub to be to the benefit of the community of Maghull and not to its detriment. That's what we will continue to campaign for."

Maghull's Labour MP Bill Esterson organised a meeting with Wetherspoons to discuss the concerns.

Bill said: "Through these Maghull Labour Action Team-organised meetings, residents are clearly having an input in Wetherspoons' plans for the pub.

"The company's decision to call the pub The Frank Hornby is very interesting, as it shows that Wetherspoons recognises the importance of Maghull and investing in the town and the Frank Hornby link with Maghull.

"We will continue to push Wetherspoons to tackle the residents' concerns and ensure that the views of the community are heard."