Maghull – Leighton Avenue car park lights – an update and the strange story of a Council connecting into a private electicity supply?

My previous posting on this matter of a few days ago refers – see link below:-

I have spoken to the Maghull Group Company who own Maghull’s Leighton Avenue car park and they tell me they are aware of the non-working street lamps in this car park and are trying to fix them. I hope they appreciate the urgency of getting the lights back on especially at this time of year when it can be very dark in that car park by late afternoon.


As an aside when talking to them I picked up on a rather odd story, which if I have understood things correctly, seems to indicated that Maghull Town Council or possibly someone contracted to work for it caused some electricity issues in an around the Maghull Square Shopping Centre when they connected up to the Maghull Group’s electricity supply recently. I assume that would have happened during installation of the Christmas lights earlier this month?

The Christmas lights seem to be working OK now but for the first week or so there were clearly problems in the continuity of the electric supply so to speak.

Funny how you take up one issue as a local councillor and another seemingly related one pops out too.

Liverpool – Death of off duty police officer – What are we coming to?

The Liverpool Echo has the emerging story – see link above

The tragic death of an off duty police officer whilst enjoying a night out must send shivers down all our spines. There is no justification for violence like this under any circumstances. Liverpool city centre is generally known to be a reasonably safe place at night so this incident, where it seems 3 off duty police officers were attacked, is all the more shocking.

The perpetrators of this, like any other incident where violence is used against anyone, need to be brought to justice and taken off our streets.

Our thoughts at this time of year, when many of us are celebrating Christmas, must be with the families who are coping with this terrible crime.

Maghull Green Belt – More pressure being heaped on Labour councillors

Below is the text of an e-mail sent to Labour members of Sefton Council by a clearly well informed Maghull resident following the Overview & Scrutiny meeting on Sefton’s draft Local Plan which I commented on recently on this blog site:-


I attended last nights meeting, a debut for me, and was surprised by the orderly nature of the evening, considering the content. Whilst it is fair to say that Labour councillors are not on my Christmas present shopping list, (though Bill Esterson may get a surprise under his tree after his recent outburst) I must congratulate you on managing to get the planners,”on the ropes” a few times, particularly regarding roads and schools on the School Lane site, MN 338andMN246,( I assume M.N. stands for Maghull Newtown).

To admit that the cornerstone of the whole plan, 1400 houses etc. was still awaiting a traffic assessment and no “tipping point” would matter in terms of traffic volume, was quite frankly mind blowing. Should this not have been done BEFORE the site was put in the plan?

Lib Dem MP Simon Hughes surveys the present high grade agricultural land/Green Belt to the east of Maghull where a massive urban extension is being proposed by Labour-run Sefton Council

Simon Hughes MP and local Lib Dem Green Belt campaigners survey the present high grade agricultural land/Green Belt to the east of Maghull where a massive urban extension (‘Newtown’) is being proposed by Labour-run Sefton Council

Then in answer to your question about a catholic primary school, something they [Sefton Planning Dept.] had obviously not considered, to suggest they could go to St Georges would create even more traffic, have you ever seen the school run there.

This only confirmed my suspicions that someone from planning looked at a map, saw a big field and said, we’ll build here .

A quick point on figures discussed. The O.N.S [Office of National Statistics] project a population increase of 5,000 in the 16 years to 2031 and 6,000 in the 22 years to 2037.

The plan wants to build an average of 615 homes per year. Assuming a 2.2 [person] occupancy rate it means each year 1353 (615 X2.2) of the new population are housed, therefore it will take just over 3.5 years to house the 5,000 people in the 15 year plan period and just under 4.5 years to house the 6,000 in the 22 year period (5,000 divided by 1353 and 6,000 divided by 1353).

This means during the plan time 11.5 years worth of houses out of 15 years, 7072 houses to be exact, are not for the population increase as predicted but just to cover things like backlog, second homes, (come to sunny Maghull for your hols) etc. You must admit it is daft.

So come and join the Esterson camp you know it makes sense.

Your comments would be appreciated.


There can be little doubt that environmental campaigners around Sefton are putting together a strong case to challenge Labour-led Sefton Council’s draft Local Plan and that their campaigning is gathering pace and supporters. If only Maghull Town Council (also Labour run) had found the courage to fight the Planners proposals for the huge urban extension, or ‘Newtown‘ as referred to above, rather than allowing it all to wash over them. In the last round of what was then called the Unitary Development Plan in 1998 the Town Council (then Lib Dem-run) stood up and took on all comers to defend Maghull’s Green Belt and it won the day. If you don’t fight you can’t win and this time Maghull TC (now Labour-run) did not fight!

Black as your hat! – Maghull’s Leighton Ave Car Park

It was recently brought to my attention that the lights in this large shopping centre car park are not working and it seems they have been like this for some time. The photo I took below (This evening) illustrates the problem!


I have taken the matter up with the Maghull Group Company who own the car park and indeed the shopping centre. More news when I have it.

As an aside I recall the lights being installed quite some years ago following an incident where someone was attacked and the darkness was thought to be a contributory factor. If I recall correctly former Maghull Councillor John Sharman led the campaign to get the lights installed as a consequence of this incident. Let’s hope they can be repaired and operational soon.

Maghull – It took around 6 months but at last Liverpool Rd Sth has been properly lined out after resurfacing.

I have posted about this before but at last the Penny has dropped with Sefton Council who have very belatedly put the missing white lines down around the Woodend Shops and most importantly around the speed cushions at the Meadows.

White lines at last!

White lines at last!

Goodness know how they have got away with having no lines around the speed cushions, it must be pure chance that a cyclist has not been involved in an accident.