East Sefton Labour councillors this week urged residents to go along to two remaining roadshow consultation events to find out more about plans to extend the medium secure clinic at Maghull.
Mersey Care extended public consultation on their plans for the clinic off Park Lane after Maghull Labour councillor, Patrick McKinley, raised concerns that there had not been enough opportunity for all residents of Maghull to ask questions of have their say.
The NHS Trust announced that there would be five further public meetings for people to inspect and ask questions about the plans.
Meetings were held at Kensington House Sports & Leisure Club on Station Road, Maghull Town Hall and at Melling Primary School.
The final two remaining meetings will be held today (Wednesday, March 25) at Melling Residents' Community Association on Wheeler Drive in Melling from 5pm-9pm and at Melling Tithebarn Community Centre on Friday (March 27) from 12noon-6pm.
Sudell Ward Labour councillor and Labour leader of Maghull Town Council, Cllr McKinley, and Labour colleagues Cllr Lynn Gatherer and Cllr Rob Owens, are encouraging anyone who has yet to attend one of the consultation events to go along to one of the two remaining meetings.
Cllr McKinley said: "The plans for the medium secure clinic here in Maghull are extremely important for our community. That is why everyone who lives in or close to Maghull should attend.
"I called for Mersey Care to extend their consultation because the two original public meetings were poorly attended. I felt it was crucial that as many members of the public as possible were given the opportunity to air their views.
"I wanted to see stakeholders consulted, and I was very disappointed to hear that Maghull Town Council hadn’t been contacted as part of this round of consultations, particularly in light of the development of the town council’s Neighbourhood Plan for Maghull. Robust community impact and value analysis appeared to be missing, so I called for the consultation to be extended.
"To their credit, Mersey Care listened and further meetings were added. Only two of these meetings remain and I hope that people take the opportunity to attend."
Cllr McKinley said he will now take the time to analyse Mersey Care's findings.
Cllr McKinley said: "A number of people have already contacted me about the plans for the medium secure clinic. A number of concerns have been allayed. But I would welcome any views from people throughout Maghull regarding this issue.
"Maghull has a long and proud tradition in pioneering treatment and services for those suffering mental health issues whether this be treating shell shock victims during WW1 to more recent secure establishments. However, when changes are proposed as in this case, bringing medium secure facilities to the area, residents need to be reassured that any risk to the community is eliminated.
"As part of the extended consultation, Mersey Care has done what they can to deliver the reassurances that the community needs and answered many questions.
"But I want to ensure that everyone who lives here has the opportunity to fully scrutinise all plans for our community."