Maghull Labour Action Team holds public meeting to discuss Parkb

Parkbourn meeting


Residents came out in force this week to have their say about proposals which would see 300 houses built near to Ashworth Hospital in Maghull.

More than 70 people attended the meeting at Northway Primary which had been called by Maghull Labour Action Team's Cllr Patrick McKinley and Maghull Town Council Leader Labour's Cllr Maurice Byrne.

The plans for Parkbourn could see upto 300 new homes built on the site off Park Lane.

Residents made clear in the meeting, that they wanted the plans to take into account the existing community before building work began.

Cllr McKinley said: "We had an excellent turn out at the meeting which gave us as councillors and Labour Action Team members the opportunity to hear exactly what the residents of Parkbourn want for their community.

"There were some excellent suggestions made and we have noted all of these and will be putting them to the applicants and developers to ensure the plans are sympathetic to the existing community.

"We shared the same concern that the local infrastructure will struggle to cope with residential development of this size and the obvious increase in people numbers, traffic, demand for shops, schools, etc.

"But throughout the meeting we made notes of what was being said. We will be meeting with the residents again before we then take their requests back to the developers.

"We as the Labour Action Team, myself as the Sudell Ward Labour Councillor and the rest of the Labour Councillors on Maghull Town Council are working to ensure that the views of the community are heard and that any planned development for the community are sympathetic to those views."

Cllr Byrne said the suggestions would be presented to Merseycare at a future public meeting.

He said: "We had a very productive meeting and heard directly from the residents of Parkbourn and Beechway exactly what they want in their community.

"What they have suggested is an improved road network to cope with the increase in traffic; some local shops; more school places; more healthcare provision; more local parks and playgrounds; and a new train station for north Maghull.

"We will now take these requests and present them to the developers and fight to get the very best deal for the people of this community."

Cllr McKinley said this is just the start of the campaign for the residents.

He said: "As elected members, it is our duty to listen to the views of the community and fight for those people.

"That is what the Labour Action Team is doing and by working together we can benefit the town of Maghull."

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