Steps to deal with disused garages in Maghull thanks to Labour A

Maghull Labour Action Team's Lynn Gatherer and MP Bill Esterson at the site of the garages just off Dennett Close and Boyer Avenue.

Disused garages in Maghull are finally getting the attention they urgently need after Maghull Labour Action Team called for action.

Residents turned to the Labour Action Team for help in dealing with abandoned garages between Dennett Close and Boyer Avenue have become a magnet for antisocial behaviour and x-rated graffiti.

They also say that the dilapidated structures are plagued with rats and vermin.

Maghull Labour Action Team contacted One Vision and Sefton Council calling for urgent action.

In a response this week, Capita Symonds, who manage the site on behalf of the local authority said they will take be taking action to resolve the complaints.

They say: "This site contains a number of garages several of which are still held by local residents on annual tenancies; there are a number of dwellings in the neighbourhood that lack on-site parking.

"The future of the site is under review with the owner, Sefton Council, but perhaps understandably is likely to involve deferment to improved market conditions before consideration is given to disposal or redevelopment.

"Should the remaining occupied garages become vacant in the meantime however, then demolition and clearance of the site may become an option.

"For the interim, regular visits are made to inspect the condition of the land and I have recently implemented a litter-pick and strim of unsightly weeds/under-growth."

Maghull Labour Action Team's Lynn Gatherer said she welcomed the immediate action.

Lynn said: "A number of residents raised their concerns about the garages with the Maghull Labour Action Team.

"Not only were they concerned about the run down state of the buildings which they complained could be a danger, but they also reported sightings of rats and vermin at the site, but also x-rated graffiti.

"So we immediately sought to find out who is responsible for the garages. I am pleased now that action is being taken to clean the site up."

Sudell Ward Labour Councillor Patrick McKinley said the initial clearing of the site is just the first step in resolving residents' concerns.

Cllr McKinley said: "It is great news that Sefton is taking responsibility for the garages and are taking immediate action.

"The next stage is for us to ensure that the site isn't allowed to fall back into the state it is currently in.

"While Sefton Council considers the long-term future of the garages, it is absolutely crucial that neighbouring residents are kept fully informed about any plans for the site. That is just what the Labour Action Team and I will ensure."

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