Maghull Labour Action Team welcomes Wetherspoons’ plans changes

Tom Donnelly, Patrick McKinley and Ben Murphy

Maghull Labour Action Team said they were pleased that Wetherspoons were reacting to residents' views after the pub chain withdrew licensing applications for the Everest Pub site.


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 have 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.


Following the meeting, Wetherspoons have announced this week changes to their plans. While the company is working with Sefton Council planning officers to revise their application to ensure that a greater number of parking spaces are retained, they have agreed to operate the existing licence closing hours which means last orders will be 11.30pm Sunday to Thursday and midnight Friday and Saturday, with an additional 30 minutes to allow for customers to leave.


Wetherspoons have also confirmed that there are no plans for regulated entertainment.


They are now preparing to canvas the views of the local community in relation to the 8am opening time to serve breakfast.


Bill said he was delighted Wetherspoons has reacted so swiftly in relation to the community's concerns.


Bill said: "By announcing plans to keep the closing time as they currently are, by responsibly taking into account the concerns about parking and by taking steps to canvas people's views about opening times, Wetherspoons are taking steps to be a responsible member of this community and I welcome their approach to this application.


"My Maghull Labour Action Team colleagues and I will continue to ensure that the views of the community are heard and we facilitate any meetings which are necessary to ensure that happens."


Sudell Ward Labour Councillor Patrick McKinley also cautiously welcomed the news.


Cllr McKinley said: "Throughout we have listened to the community's views on this issue, either on the doorstep or through the various public meetings which we have attended, and throughout we have heard and we have argued that we want this pub to be to the benefit of the community and not to its detriment.


"Maghull isn't an area which will tolerate drinking from the early morning to the early hours. We want a pub which is in keeping with our community and which can be a welcome addition to our community.


"If Wetherspoons continues to work with us as residents of Maghull, then that is what I hope we will get."


Wetherspoons will be holding a public meeting at Maghull Town Hall on Monday, February 27 starting at 7pm.


Maghull Labour Action Team's Lynn Gatherer is urging everyone in the community to attend.


Lynn said: "At their meeting on Monday, February 27, Wetherspoons will be bringing along along their plans for the site so that we can properly scrutinise what they have in mind and also to hear how they intend to respond to some of the wider concerns.


"We need everyone who is affected by this to go along and hear what they have to say and also to voice any further concerns.


"By working together as a community, we will get the best for the area where we live. That is the goal of the Labour Action Team and that is exactly what we will continue to fight for."

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