Maghull – Pizza Shop to take over former off-licence shop?

A planning application has gone in to Sefton Council to convert a former off-licence premises in Maghull’s Liverpool Road North into a pizza shop and it is proving to be controversial with residents living close to the site.

One of the problems of this mixed shopping/residential area is the lack of parking. There are houses on both Liverpool Road North and Gordon Avenue that don’t have off-street park facilities and the parking outside of the shops is very limited indeed. The only car park is that of the Coach and Horses Pub and it has previously installed gates in an attempt to keep shop customers from taking up its parking spaces.

So with this background another shop that could bring with it the need to park cars for a while whilst orders are filled out may well make the parking problems even worse. Here is a photo of the shop unit concerned:-

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The unit is the one closest to the camera. Those with longish Maghull memories will recall that the whole shopping mall from Gordon Avenue (the entrance to which is in the foreground) to Granville Avenue (the road at the end of the mall furthest away from the camera) was once a Co-Op and the unit I am on about was its off-license. The Co-Op sadly closed in the mid 1980’s.

The other problem in front of these shops is that the pavement is also a parking area meaning that at times there can be dangerous interaction between pedestrians and vehicles. You certainly need to careful when walking past these shops as cars can come at you from any angle. This poorly maintained area (damaged wall and pot holes) is in private ownership.

Being a member of Sefton’s Planning Committee I will have to keep away from voting on this application because Jen lives close enough to it to have an interest in it and in such circumstances it would be wrong of me to participate in the decision making process.

Another association that I have with this row of shops goes back to 1985, the year I was first elected as a councillor in Maghull, as I fought off a planning application for a hot food take away (and won the fight) on behalf of local residents. 30 years on and a hot food take away is being proposed again. What goes around comes around they say.

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