Maghull Labour Action Team welcomed Wetherspoons' response to concerns raised by local residents in relation to the opening of their new pub at The Everest.
Maghull MP Bill Esterson, Sudell Ward Labour Councillor Patrick McKinley, Maghull Labour Action Team leaders Lynn Gatherer and Steve Kermode and Labour Councillors on Maghull Town Council organised a number of public meetings regarding Wetherspoons’ plans for the pub which is to be called The Frank Hornby.
Bill Esterson also arranged for a small delegation of residents to meet with Wetherspoons’ bosses before feeding back the discussion to a wider public meeting.
At the latest meeting last week Wetherspoons' area manager Craig Coombes, solicitor Nigel Connor, property development manager Rachel Burton and area manager Ged Murphy, told locals that following meetings organised by Sudell Ward Labour Councillor Patrick McKinley and MP Bill Esterson, the pub chain had made changes to its plans, which include:
· Increase in parking spaces from seven to 23 (four allocated to staff)
· Alcohol serving times amended to 10am-11.30pm Sunday-Thursday and 10am-12am Friday-Saturday (with breakfast being served from 8am)
· Deliveries from 9am-3pm
· No emptying of bottles into bins after 9pm
Wetherspoons have also confirmed that there are no plans for entertainment in the pub, with just one TV showing the news without sound.
Wetherspoon's solicitor Nigel Coombes said: "We want to be part of this community. That is why we have listened to what the residents have had to say at the meetings we have attended organised by Cllr Patrick McKinley and local MP Bill Esterson.
"This will be a traditional JD Wetherspoons which is primarily food-orientated.
"But if anyone has any issues after the pub has opened, we will be holding regular meetings with residents and there will be a number for them to call and the pub manager will deal wit that issue as and when it arises."
Area manager Ged Murphy said: "Wetherspoons is investing £1.2m into the community of Maghull. We've tried to do everything everyone wants, including amending the opening times, changing delivery times, reflecting the local history in the name and in items featured inside.
"The Frank Hornby will be a family friendly, well run pub where members of this community can go to go along and have a good time."
Local mum and leader of the Maghull Labour Action Team, Lynn Gatherer, who lives near to the pub, said she was pleased that Wetherspoons had taken on board the residents' concerns.
Lynn said: "People living near to this pub have obviously been concerned about the plans for The Everest.
"But to their credit, Wetherspoons has taken on board all of the points raised by local people and they seem to have gone out of their way to resolve them.
"The work is now nearing completion and my Labour Action Team colleagues and I will continue to keep an eye on the pub and ensure that Wetherspoons are as good as their word."
Local businessman and Maghull Town Council Labour Councillor Steve Kermode said he was encouraged by Wetherspoons' response to residents.
Cllr Kermode said: "Residents I have spoken to in relation to this issue have welcomed the changes Wetherspoons have made to the plans.
"What people here want is a community pub that is an asset to the community. Wetherspoons are echoing those thoughts and everyone seems to be pushing in the same direction.
"It is also interesting that the area manager even stated that he wants to open the doors of the pub to community groups to use the facilities.
"Obviously the proof will be in the pudding in the weeks, months and years that follow."
Cllr Patrick McKinley thanked Wetherspoons for listening to the concerns of residents.
Cllr McKinley said: "I'd like to thank Wetherspoons for attending each of the meetings which Bill Esterson, the Maghull Labour Action Team and I have invited them to.
"They have listened to each of the points of concern and acted on them.
"Wetherspoons has given us assurances they want to be responsible neighbours and responsible members of our community. We now need to make sure they keep their promises."