Lidl begins work on ‘designing out anti-social behaviour’ after

Bill Esterson with Gwen Kermode



Maghull Labour Action Team has praised Lidl this week after the supermarket began work on making improvements at its south Maghull store to design out anti-social behaviour.

The Labour Action Team raised the concerns with Lidl about problems of anti-social behaviour after the company installed a new fence around the store.

Residents living around the site reported an increase of problems after the fence had been erected.

Concerns were raised to MP Bill Esterson and Maghull Town Council's Cllr Gwen Kermode whose parish ward covers Dover Road and Moorland Road.

Maghull Labour Actioin Team contacted Lidl, as well as Maghull Neighbourhood Police and Sefton Council, calling for action.

Lidl confirmed this week that work started on re-siting the fence on Monday.

Cllr Kermode said: "Maghull Labour Action Team, Bill Esterson and I were contacted by a number of residents about this issue.
 
"They told us that the problems of anti-social behaviour in the area increased when Lidl made alterations to the site.
 
"Anti-social behaviour in this area has been a problem in the past. At that stage we had one resident who said they were too afraid to leave the house because of fear of anti-social behaviour.
 
"We didn't want to see a return to those problem of the past so we immediately contacted Lidl to explain to the the issue and ask them to make alterations.

"It turns out the previous siting of the fence had created a rat-run between the store and the back of the houses. So Lidl agreed to move the fence, which they started work on this week.

"We are obviously delighted with the response of the store."

Lidl confirmed that the new wooden fence would be sited next to the old one.

Bill Esterson said he was delighted that Lidl had taken swift action after he had contacted the store.

Bill said: "I spoke to residents in and around Dover Road and many people raised concerns about anti-social behaviour in the area.
 
"I made direct contact with Lidl to ask them to consider the impact on residents of the changes they had made when the store was rebuilt recently.
 
"They are now taking steps to 'design out' the problems, but we will continue to monitor the situation after the fence is moved to ensure that the issue of anti-social behaviour has indeed been designed out of this particular area.

"If anyone has any concerns regarding this issue, or any other, then I would urge them to contact either myself or the Labour Action Team."