Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson calls for urgent action to regenerate Crosby Village after 'dangerous' hoardings fall for third time

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Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson said the latest wind damage to hoardings surrounding derelict plots of land in Crosby Village shows just how urgent action is needed to fully regenerate the town centre.

In the latest heavy winds, the fence hoardings were again blown down. It is the third time in as many months.

The hoardings have now been removed.

Bill Esterson said that the hoardings were a public hazard.

Bill said: "Concerns was raised about these hoardings when we were hit with heavy winds at the start of December. Then again in the new year.

"These hoardings are large, they are heavy and they are dangerous if they come loose, as they have now on three occasions.

"The weather we have been experiencing of late has been extreme which is why we needed action to make them safe.

"I was in the Village on Friday morning to assess the damage and the hoardings were finally being cleared by workmen.

"The landowner must now ensure nothing like this can happen again."

Bill is also planning to meet with the landowner, the Maghull Group, and Sainsbury's, as well as Sefton Council to urge them to start work on the long-awaited regeneration of the Village.

Bill said: "The damage done to the hoardings in Crosby Village was just one example of storm damage that we have seen in areas throughout Sefton. But what the damage in the Village really shows me is that we need investment in the Village and it shows just how long overdue that investment is.

"I have also been told some worrying stories about the difficulties faced by local businesses wanting to take over the empty properties in the Village, which I will be investigating further and taking up with the relevant parties.

"The redevelopment of the existing Sainsbury’s store is welcome but we need the company to either allow other businesses to use the empty stores or to produce a plan for the regeneration of the Village and we need the derelict sites to be developed.

"That is a conversation I will be having with both Sainsbury’s and the Maghull Group in the coming weeks.

"The damage done by the storms has been a timely reminder of the danger, of the state of the Village and of the need for action.”