Maghull – Sefton takes action at Green Lane over 11 years of car sales

Well this has been one very, very long saga indeed but at last Sefton Council has taken what looks to be effective action.

I think my first involvement in this issue will go back to around 2007 when a Liverpool Road South resident contacted me in what was my Sefton Councillor capacity back in those days. The complaint was that the ‘Hammer Head’ at the end of Green Lane was being used for commercial car sales and could I help get it stopped/addressed? I blogged about the matter back in March 2011:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2011/03/26/the-strange-story-of-the-green-lane-car-sales/

Subsequently I contacted Sefton Highways quite a number of times to see if they had come up with any solutions but I got the distinct impression we were all going around in circles. One resident even suggested to me that Knowsley Council had addressed such issues by using Anti Social Behaviour laws but Sefton were not keen on taking that route.

What it seemed to come down to was that Sefton Highways were saying that a car sales company could sell up to 2 vehicles in one location on the public highway and no one could stop it, or words to that effect. When I pointed out that there were usually 3 or 4 cars for sale on Green Lane I was told that they were being sold by two separate companies so Sefton’s hands were still tied.

I then ceased to be a Sefton Councillor for Park Ward in 2015 (and had moved from Maghull to Lydiate) and whilst the car sales were still on going the complaints, to me at least, had stopped. However, I retained an interest in the matter and discussed it with one of the present Sefton Councillors for the Ward.

Then out of the blue about 4 weeks ago Sefton Council had a contractor out in Green Lane installing parking restrictions. Well I thought to myself 11 years on and a solution has finally been found, who said that the wheels of local government turn very slowly!

Here’s a couple of photos of the end result:-

Maghull & Lydiate – Cars for sale on local roads – An Update

I covered this matter not so long ago but realise that I missed out an issue that may well come into play as Sefton Council try to control commercial car sales on the public highway.

I hear that one potential solution could be along the lines of the rather unique and controversial one devised about 7 or 8 years ago to stop commuters parking in the residential roads around Maghull Station.

There a parking restriction was brought in to stop all day parking by having just one set hour when parking was banned in the middle of the normal working day. Of course this had the immediate effect of the cars not being left there any more as the drivers would get a parking ticket for that one hour restriction. The restriction was approved by the residents of each road near Maghull Station, where it was brought in, via a ballot.

I am sure you get my drift now as I hear that the powers that be (Sefton Borough Council) are looking at this type of solution to see if it would help to combat commercial car sales on roads in Maghull, Lydiate and Southport.

Watch this space, although as the problem of cars for sale on the highway has been grumbled about for 8 years I suspect this will continue to grind on. I will update when I hear more…….