Morrisons Store, Maghull – More on that potential rebuild

Morrisons and their car park are behind me

Morrisons and their car park are behind me

As a Maghull Town Centre improvement campaigner I think there may be a break-through in the not too distant future with regard to the long-running project to enlarge Maghull’s ‘too small’ Morrisons store.

When I was Leader of Sefton Council I tried to kick-start a refresh of Maghull’s shopping centre and am now reasonably optimistic about progress being made following previous set backs with regard to the part of the shopping centre on the southern side of Westway.

We all know that the present Morrisons Store is too small and does not fully meet local needs and its car park is also too small and poorly laid out. Unfortunately, the last plan, which would have led to an enlarged Morrisons, fell through as agreement could not be reached with all the land owners involved. However, Morrisons have told me that they are trying again to make progress with the major land owner, London and Cambridge Properties.

In a letter to me dated 23rd January 2013 Morrisons Development Executive Richard Bakes holds out some hope that the problems with the redevelopment can be overcome.

However, the related and long-running saga over the rebuild of Maghull’s Health Centre, which sits right next to Morrisons, still seems stalled despite the NHS saying over a year ago that they had allocated money for the project.

It would seem logical to get the two projects working together as they jointly occupy the same site but that may be a step too far if too many land owners were the cause of the last plan failing.

All we want is for the NHS to get the Health Centre project moving after years of it going around in circles and for Morrisons to be able to expand as soon as possible.

Urban foxes – In Maghull, in Melling, in a community like yours

Following the recent case where a young child was pulled out of cot by a fox there has been much media hype over the matter.

Urban foxes have been around for a long, long time. Indeed, I recall sitting at the busy A59/Hall Lane traffic lights by Maghull Town Hall not so long ago and watching a fox, bold as you like, trot across the A59. That was about 8.00pm in the evening.

I also saw one where my Mum and dad used to live in Sefton Lane, Maghull making its way through back gardens. This was 4 or 5 years ago at least and my Dad would often tell me that he had seen a fox in his garden going back many years.

Yesterday, at work, we got talking about this and a lady who lives in Melling told me that she often sees foxes about. But if you think about it the East Parishes part of Sefton is semi-rural so finding foxes in our communities is hardly a new thing.