Merseyside Police Stations closures – Meeting at Maghull Town Hall

As part of the public consultation by Merseyside Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy over her plans to close old and too large police stations and move local policing teams to smaller premises a meeting was held at Maghull Town Hall yesterday evening. Trouble is virtually no one turned up.

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I got a call from the press earlier in the day asking if I knew about the meeting because no one at the Town hall seemed to. I did but told them that I had already been to a previous similar meeting held in Liverpool a few weeks ago, in any case I was already down to be at a Maghull Town Council meeting in the same building at the same time.

Clearly something must have gone terribly wrong with the publicity machine in the Commissioners office or the press found the meeting details not worthy of giving publicity to.

I am sure Labour’s Jane Kennedy must have expected quite an interest in this matter from local residents but if they did not know about it how could they turn out to question her?

I have previously covered the matter on this blog site:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2014/10/21/closing-police-stations-maghull/

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2014/10/15/police-stations-in-sefton-the-maghull-morrisons-link/

Gonzalo – How it hit Merseyside

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/watch-how-merseyside-survived-aftermath-7975873

The Liverpool Echo has an article – see link above – and have a look at their gallery of photos.

I went down to the Marine lake at Crosby and it was wild indeed:-

Big sky and churned up Marine lane - Waterloo.

Big sky and churned up Marine Lake – Waterloo.

This photo and some others from Marine Lake are amongst my Flickr shots at:-
www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Lord Smith favourite for Greater Manchester super-council boss

Councillors in Manchester have backed moves to give Greater Manchester a new figurehead, as part of the first step to having its own directly-elected mayor. The plan would involve appointing a new leader to a “super-council” in the hope the Government will then hand over a package of new powers and finance. Lord Peter Smith, the leader of Wigan Council and the current chair of the Greater Manchester combined authority, is understood to be the frontrunner for the interim post.

The Manchester Evening News carried this story recently.

No surprise that Lord Peter Smith he is the front runner to be the leader over in Greater Manchester. I have seen him at work and respect his approach to local governance. He must be the major reason why Greater Manchester has been so successful in getting Governments to part with so much cash especially in the transportation area.

BUT hey don’t go a spoil it all by having a Metropolitan Mayor for Greater Manchester; that will be a bad move. Yes, Lord Smith could easily slip into such a post but think about who comes after him and don’t put too much power in one person’s hands!

Closing Police Stations – Maghull

I have commented recently on the plan of Merseyside Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy to sell off the underused Maghull Police Station (along with others across the County) and to get neighbourhood police officers to work out of smaller premises.

In Maghull the new base for the ‘Coppers’ could be a shop unit, Maghull Library, Lydiate Village Centre? Your guess is presently as good as mine, but change it is a coming.

Then the other day I happened to walk past Maghull Police Station and a photograph jumped out at me to be taken. The Station is certainly in the Autumn of its years and the trees around it are full of Autumn colours. What’s more a for sale sale also creeps into the shot! Well OK, it’s not a for sale sign for the Police Station (yet) it’s actually for a retirement flat next door) but it might as well be as it’s days are certainly numbered.

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Click on the photo to enlarge it.

I would add that I am not against the Police getting out of property that is too large and costs money to keep going. I would rather have the money spent on Police Officers.