Let’s continue to invest in Maghull’s
parks, gardens and open spaces
A few years ago a ‘Best Value’study was undertaken on the maintenance of Maghull’s parks and gardens and it found that our many areas of public green space are a significant asset to the community and they are a big factor in why Maghull is such popular place to live.
In recent years the former Lib Dem administration on the Town Council embarked on a second programme of upgrading children’s play areas in particular (of which there are now 11 across Maghull’s parks) following the very significant upgrade programme of the late 1980’s and through the 1990’s. As with many things the life cycle of play equipment is finite and new more exciting play items come onto the market.
In the last couple of years the children’s play areas at:-
KGVPark, Dodds Park & Glenn Park
have seen considerable investment from the Town Council’s own funds but also via the Playbuilder Government funded grants. Other individual items of play equipment have been replaced across the parks as they have become life expired.
However, much more needs to be done and local residents have highlighted the need for more investment in the following play areas in particular:-
Moorhey Park, Moss Park, Round Meade Park & South Meade Park
There has also been a recent push towards fencing in of children’s play areas (by the previous Lib Dem administration) to keep out dogs and this process also needs to be moved on to complete the programme. Presently the fenced in play areas are:-
Balls Wood, Lathom Gardens, Moorhey Park, Mersey Ave Park, KGV Park, Old Hall Park & Glenn Park (toddlers play area only)
This leaves the following to be done:-
South Meade Park, Round Meade Park, Dodds Park, Glenn Park (older children’s play area) & Moss Park
Skateboard facility – We are also aware of the long held view of young people, as expressed to the Council via Maghull & District Youth Council, for the Town Council to try to facilitate the provision of a local skateboard facility. We are pleased that this wish is being seriously investigated and hope that options will be presented to the Town Council in the near future.
Sefton Sudell Ward Cllr. Cliff Mainey has assisted in bringing in some Section 106 money (planning gain money) from a development off Station Road Maghull to enable cash from that source to be used to further upgrade Maghull’s play areas.
Green Flag– With regard to the Town Council’s parks and gardens we would like to see ‘Green Flag’ opportunities developed, firstly at KGV Park, where such a project was shelved due to the building of Meadows Leisure Centre, and then to bring in other Maghull parks for Green Flag entries/awards.
Our proposals are therefore to encourage the new administration of Maghull Town Council to both continue and develop the established investment programme in the Town’s parks and play areas and we hope that proposals can be brought before the Council for discussion as soon as possible.
Campaigning for the wider environment
Maghull TC has a history of investing in the environment via Maghull in Bloom, Maghull Station Volunteersetc. It was probably all started by former Town Councillor John Sharman’s Whinney Brook Volunteers many years ago.
Two presently stalled projects that could do with being resurrected though are:-
The Dell– This piece of land at the junction of Westway and Liverpool Road North is in the hands of the Primary care Trust (NHS) and the Town Council tried to get The Dell passed over to it a few years ago. The NHS was not keen on doing this and said they wanted to await the potential redevelopment of their neighbouring Health Centre. A number of years have gone by sine then but it looks like that promised redevelopment is now firmly back on the table. On that basis the Town Council needs to campaign for the future of this green lung at the heart of the Town. It is vital that it is not lost and the most likely way of making it secure is for the land to become the direct responsibility of the Town Council as originally intended. Without such a move the land may well be saved from development but the maintenance of it will continue to be at a very basic level. We call upon the Town Council to take up this challenge once again.
Land fronting Royal Mail Sorting Office– This Liverpool Road North plot was adopted by Sefton Council many years ago and it remains a poor advert for the Town as the maintenance is inadequate yet the site, like The Dell, is very prominent.
The Town Council agreed to fund the landscaping of this site some time ago but the project was shelved pending possible redevelopment of the site. That redevelopment is not now going to happen so the Town Council’s investment in the land can be taken forward.
As well as investment from the Town Council both the above sites may well be able to benefit from S106 (planning gain) monies that will be available because of development plans for Maghull Shopping Centre. We call upon the Town Council to take a lead here to ensure these two prominent environmental projects are followed through in line with previous decisions made by the Town Council.
We wish to encourage the new Town Council administration to take on board these environmental and play area projects as both will assist with and complement the efforts of the Maghull in Bloom and Station Volunteer groups as well as presenting the Town in a better light to both residents and visitors.
We appreciate that large investment programmes such as the ones we propose can only be sensibly addressed over a number of years but the commitment to pursue them is vital if the Town Council is going to lead the Town towards a better and more sustainable environment for the future.
Cllr. Tony Robertson, Cllr. Andrew Blackburn, Cllr. Jane Day
Lib Dem Members of Maghull Town Council