Maghull Labour Councillors work with residents to raise concerns

Maghull Labour Councillor Lynn Gatherer with Liverpool Road North business owners, Loretta Legge, Shelley Pilson, Steve Carr and landowner Bill Kenny in front of the new wall which has been erected blocking the pathway.



Maghull Labour Councillors met with residents and businesses this week to hear their concerns about plans for a new car park near to Central Square.

 

Sudell Ward Labour Councillors Lynn Gatherer and Patrick McKinley, Park Ward Labour Councillor Steve Kermode and fellow Labour members of Maghull Town Council heard local concerns about developer Maghull Group's plans for the new car park at the corner of Liverpool Road North and Westway.

 

Work on the car park is part of Maghull Group's plans to refurbish Central Square. The area was cordoned off as trees and bushes were removed and the site was remodelled to make way for the new parking spaces.

 

The company announced that the site would be landscaped. But locals said the site has been left "unsightly" and needs to be "properly landscaped".

 

Other concerns include the introduction of new stairs which they say leads dangerously onto the main road and which has already attracted young people on skateboards and bikes.

 

Maghull Labour Councillor Lynn Gatherer with the original plans which show the pathway unimpeded.While businesses off Liverpool Road North are concerned that footfall to their businesses has been affected by the blocking of a pathway.

 

Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Gatherer said the residents and businesses had raised some valid concerns.

 

Cllr Gatherer said: "My Labour colleagues and I met with residents living near to the site of the new car park at the corner of Westway and Liverpool Road North and nearby businesses to listen to their concerns about the development.

 

"They raised some concerns all of which we will be taking up with Sefton’s Planning Department.

 

"The developer says they want to make improvements to the square for the businesses in and around the square, we need to ensure that the improvements are to the benefit of the nearby residents and businesses too.

 

"They have concerns about a new wall which has been installed which blocks access to and from Liverpool Road North through to the new car park, which they are concerned will adversely affect their business.

 

“But I have no doubt that we will be able to come to a sensible solution which is inthe interests of residents and businesses alike.”

 

Cllr Kermode said the Labour Councillors would take the concerns to Sefton’s Planning Department.

 

Cllr Kermode said: "We would like to thank the residents who contacted us for taking the time to put their concerns to Maghull Town Council.

 

"Every point that was made to us we will take to Sefton Planning Department.

 

"This is about getting the very best for the people and businesses of Maghull."