Maghull is a mainly residential area, that is generally not well served by the local councils, with regard to local amenities and business requirements.
Detailed below are a few areas where these matters could be resolved or improved. I appreciate that resolving these matters is not as simple as I have described, but by involving the right organisations, and applying for the correct funding, Maghull could develop it’s own business environment, and not have to depend upon surrounding areas for employment or leisure services.
Ashworth South site
Ashworth South site, formerly
There is no evidence that the siting of a new prison would cause the increase of crime in the area, and the plus points would include capacity to keep more criminals off the streets, where prisoners are often released early to make way for other inmates, and also additional jobs for the local population.
I would like to see a state run or privately run prison built on the site, with a new business park built next to or around the site, to provide new offices and units for businesses, as this type of accommodation is sadly lacking in Maghull.
The building of a new ‘Maghull North’ railway station would provide excellent access to and from the site, as would the opening up of the M58 junction, close to the park.
it is only possible to join or leave the motorway travelling to or from the M6,
where creating two new slip roads would allow quicker access to and from
creation of a new business park in Maghull would
allow local businesses to relocate and expand, and would also bring new
opportunities to the area. The only alternative at present is the scruffy, and
like to see some smart new purpose built industrial units and offices, with
places to park, and plenty of greenery, to encourage a pleasing and productive
environment in which to work. I’m sure the hundreds or thousands of people who
commute to Liverpool, Bootle,
A new railway station has often been discussed, but as with most issues in Maghull, nothing seems to get done. The existing station is towards the south east of Maghull, and the parking is diabolical. A new station with plenty of parking, and good security would allow local people, and commuters from further afield to ‘park & ride’ from Maghull North.
We now have a fantastic Leisure Centre, which I have been campaigning for, for nearly 30 years. Don’t for a minute
think that this was accomplished by the local Liberal, Conservative or Labour councillors or members. This was built
with Government money, and a Labour Government.
We should have had this centre 20 years ago, but political voting by the Liberals meant that the money was diverted
to another area in Sefton. The Liberals (and now the Tories) like to try and take credit for anything positive that happens
in the area, often despite years of requests, and years of lavishing money on the Town Hall (where they have their
The next project is to make sure that Sefton do not start charging for car parking in Maghull. This is creeping into other
areas such as Crosby & Southport, and we need to support our local shops and be able to park free of charge. Cost
cutting is possible. I would recommend getting rid of all Mayoral posts, official cars, perks and the removal of golden
handshakes and payoffs, for executives who have failed in their roles, and sacked or given early retirement.
Litter. The amount of litter on the A59 and surrounding roads/embankments is incredible. Every fews weeks we have
a half-arsed attempt at picking it up. This is welcome, but what is left behind are the cans, bottles, bags and paper
in the hedges, that are just out of reach of the litter pickers.
We also have green belt land around Maghull & Lydiate that has several footpaths, rivers & streams, and old railway
routes. These are also strewn with junk, and have been for years. Looking after wildlife and the environment doesn’t
just mean tidying the visible areas, it means getting down to the nitty-gritty and doing a proper job, so lets hope that
our local town council and borough council take note of this and take action.