Maghull – Downed trees at Central Square – Why?

I must admit to being shocked when I saw the felled trees yesterday at the junction of Liverpool Road Noth/Westway as they were a useful screen to the car park and buildings behind them. This is the scene I happened upon:-

Of course, it could be that the reason for the felling has passed me by and others know what it’s all about; I just happened to walk up Liverpool Road Road North on Sunday afternoon and saw this scene.

Thinking back to my days as a Sefton Councillor representing Maghull my memory is that when the previous owners of the Square created the car park on the land at the side of the former HSBC Bank that the trees which have now been felled were deliberately left in place to provide screening. It may even be the case that this was all part of the planning application/approval for the site to become a car park.

I’m a fully paid up tree hugger so any trees being felled upsets me. I would love to know what the felling is all about and why it was considered necessary. Presently, I look upon the scene as environmental vandalism!

Maghull – Old Library/Youth Centre site to become a Home & Bargain Store?

The closed Stafford Moreton Youth Centre and the old Maghull Library

The closed Stafford Moreton Youth Centre and the old Maghull Library

Well this is the word on the streets. The original planning application has been changed a bit (via a revised one) but the applicant is still Netto Ltd so no clue there. Indeed, the new plans do not show a retailer’s name on them at all.

However, my understanding is that it is actually going to be a Home Bargains store. Or is that a Home & Bargain Store to us locals?

The site after the old library and youth centre had been demolished

The site after the old library and youth centre had been demolished

In some ways this is odd as we were under the impression that Home Bargains were just moving within Maghull Square Shopping Centre to a larger unit. It seems, however, that may not now be the case.

Watch this space for confirmation, I could be wrong.

Maghull – Young men with a death wish?

I was driving past the Coach and Horses Pub yesterday evening on the busy 30 mph Liverpool Road North and was astounded to see a group of young lads, probably 13/14 year olds, riding bikes in the road all over both carriageways, doing wheelies and generally weaving between some rather shocked drivers of cars and other vehicles.

But even more astounding and highly dangerous activities were taking place on the dangerous 40 mph A59 Northway near Maghull Town Hall at 9.30pm when I went out again. Again it was a group of around 4 young men on cycles all of whom were riding up this duel carriageway road abreast and yes you’ve guessed it doing wheelies amongst the fast traffic. I say again as I assume it was the same group of young men.

How some of them did not end up under a vehicle I don’t know and I am sure their parents would be horrified to know their young men were involved.

Young men with a reckless death wish that may just come true if they try such stunts again. If you are a Maghull parent of a 13/14 year old lad with a bike you may want to have a word with them before the Police knock at your door to say they have been run over.

Maghull – No shelter at former nearly Netto site

The rather glaring consequence (for bus users) of the clearance of the old Maghull Library site in Liverpool Road North is that those awaiting a Liverpool bound bus have lost the use of the bus shelter that once sat on the edge of the site.

Bus Stop at Old Library Site 07 16

The delay in developing the site caused by the demise of Netto, before a brick was even laid for its new Maghull store, means at least so it seems that replacing the bus shelter is now in the how long is a piece of string category.

Maghull – Bus Stop Shelters – Liverpool Road North

Not so long ago a lady asked me via Facebook if I could assist in helping her get bus shelters on Liverpool Road North between the Dodds Lane and Westway junctions.

This is the section of road in question. Liverpool Road North, Maghull - December 2010

This is the section of road in question. Liverpool Road North, Maghull – December 2010

Unfortunately I can’t trace back the thread where it popped up so this is a bit of a long shot in the hope that she sees it. I have also copied the same note on my Facebook page and on the Maghull & Lydiate in Old Pictures Group on Facebook.

Merseytravel have responded saying this:-

Both pavements at the bus stop locations are currently too narrow to accommodate bus shelters. The bus stop you refer to (towards Southport) would require a new hard stand area being dug into the rear grass verge in order to maintain an adequate, statutory passing width. At this present time, we do not have a surplus budget to meet the costs of a new bus shelter at this location but the request will certainly be held on file and should the applicable funding become available in the near future, further consideration will be given to this site.