Maghull Labour Councillors shed some light on town’s subway prob

Sudell Ward Labour Councillors Lynn Gatherer and Patrick McKinley at Eastway-Westway subway.


Maghull Labour Action Team has been successful in shedding some light on a potentially dangerous problem in the town.

Sudell Ward Labour Councillors Lynn Gatherer and Patrick McKinley have had guarantees that the lighting in Eastway-Westway subway will be immediately repaired.

The issue was brought to the attention of the Labour Councillors by a concerned resident.

Cllr Gatherer said: "I live very close to the subway, but generally I only use it during the day. So when the resident contacted the Labour Action Team we immediately made a site visit.

"What we found was that there was sections of the lighting which wasn't working.

"As the nights have now set in, more and more people are using this subway as the main route to get to and from Central Square. We need to make sure the subway is as safe as possible and that means fully functioning lights.

"So I am pleased that we were able to prompt action in this case and the company responsible has assured us they will make the necessary repairs as soon as the requisite parts are delivered."

Cllr McKinley said he had also requested that the subway benefits from the community payback scheme.

Cllr McKinley said: "The subway is very often a magnet for graffiti. Because of that it requires regular attention. I know that in the past members of the community have taken this on themselves.

"While we would like to see the work taken on by the council, the huge cuts to Sefton's budget from the Tory-Lib Dem Government means that there isn't the money available to get the subway the extra attention it needs.

"So we have therefore asked the community payback scheme to take a look at a number of grotspot areas in Maghull, including the subway, which will hopefully make improvements that we all want to see.

"In the meantime, I would appeal to any young people to think twice before committing vandalism. It is damaging your community.

"I would also ask anyone who witnesses anyone committing vandalism to report it to the police immediately. We cannot allow wanton vandalism to destroy our community."

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