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.