Postings 1 covered north east Lydiate where Labour is promoting 2 sites and a developer 1 site for building on high grade agricultural land and Green Belt. Posting 2 covered western Maghull & Lydiate where land owners/developers are promoting a huge Green Belt site for building.
This posting covers the eastern part of Maghull where Labour’s vast urban extension to Maghull cuts into Melling Civil Parish as well.
First lets orientate ourselves. Here’s a map of the area in question. Click on it to enlarge:-
The large red area is where Labour want to build houses and industrial premises. The orange area is the Ashworth South site. The large blue area wraps around Ashworth Hospital and Kennet Prison. The small detached blue area is behind the Liverpool bound platform of Maghull Station. The red line is the boundary between Maghull and Melling Civil Parishes. The thick grey line is the M58 Motorway with the thin black line being the Liverpool – Ormskirk railway Line.
The large red area is the very same site that Maghull Lib Dems led a successful campaign to protect from development in 1998 when they ran Maghull Town Council. This time Labour, who now run the Town Council, just rolled over and, by default, agreed to it being developed seemingly on the orders of the all-powerful Bootle Labour Party. Labour then voted for this site to be developed in the draft Local Plan for Sefton.
The orange site is the one Labour are in a right old muddle over. Local environmental campaigners are backing the building of houses and a new Maghull North Railway Station on it but Labour are seemingly opposed to the housing. Why, no one seems to know. The site has been developed before (Moss Side Hospital was on it) so building on it now is a reasonable compromise to most folk. What’s more if the houses are not built the missing money to fund the new station will not be in the pot! Come on Labour you are promoting a huge building site on farm land just across School Lane surely you don’t want to scupper the new station because you can’t make your minds up about the Ashworth South site?
The large blue are is effectively split in two and the smaller part is similar to the Ashworth South site as it has been developed previously. The larger blue area is mainly agricultural land of high quality so of course it should remain in that use. A careful look at the map shows the words Ashworth Hospital (East). This is in fact out of date because that site is now Kennet Prison and not a part of Ashworth Hospital.
The white area which is effectively surrounded by the red, orange and blue areas is the Beechway estate in Melling.
The completely detached blue area next to Maghull Station is where the Maghull Group want to build a small number of properties.
The obvious question is what on earth do Labour think they are doing voting to build on the massive red site. Why would you ever build on high grade agricultural land that will be needed to feed future generations?
My next posting on this subject will cover Melling and Aintree Village.