Public meeting to discuss Damfield Lane Care Village plans

Lynn Gatherer, Patrick McKinley and Steve Kermode

Maghull Town Council Labour Councillor Steve Kermode has arranged a public meeting for the residents opposing the Damfield Lane Care Village plans to give an update on their campaign back to the rest of the community.

Plans to build the Care Village were last week deferred by Sefton's planning committee until further reports were completed.

The residents' action group is now taking the opportunity to give an update on the campaign.

News that plans had been submitted for a major care village in Maghull came to light during the summer.

As soon as they discovered the plans, Maghull Labour Action Team's Cllr Patrick McKinley, Lynn Gatherer and Cllr Steve Kermode organised a consultation meeting to give members of the public the chance to see the plans for themselves.

The Labour Councillors also helped the residents form the action group.

It has since come to light that the Liberal Democrats in East Sefton had been aware of the plans for more than two years without raising the issue with the community.

Cllr Kermode said: "At a meeting last week, the residents' group asked for a meeting at Maghull Town Hall, which Maghull Town Council is happy to host.

"After Sefton's planning committee decided to defer the decision until after the submission of full reports, the residents feel this is a good opportunity to regroup and update the rest of the community about the application. 

"Residents have concerns and questions about the plans and Cllr Patrick McKinley, Maghull Town Council's Labour Group and I will do all we can to get the answers the residents want.

"The concerns include the Care Village's impact on Sefton's Core Strategy, as well as the impact on the local community in terms of traffic, sewage and drainage.

"We will continue to work with the residents and will of course be very interested to hear the views of the wider community on this issue."

The residents' public meeting will be held at Maghull Town Hall starting at 7pm on Thursday, March 8.

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