Merseytravel – Their Maghull Square information board seems to have expired

I’ve been noticing the state of this Merseytravel local map/information board on Westway for a while now and nothing seemed to being done to sort it out. Time to stop wondering and do something about it.

I’ve now e-mailed the photo above to Merseytravel, via Cllr. John Dodd who sits on the Merseytravel Committee. Let’s see what they have got to say about the state of it and what’s to be done about it.

Maghull – Oh for goodness sake do something with the Square

This is Maghull Square in the 1970’s but the buildings are substantially as was. It was built in the 1960’s. Photographer unknown.

What’s going on at Maghull Square/Westway shopping centre or more to the point why is little or nothing seemingly going on there? I refer of course to the oft promised refurb/upgrade.

The previous owners (The Maghull Group) put in for planning permission to do it up but sold it on prior to doing the upgrade and the present owners have seemingly gone to ground after much talk of them upgrading the down at heal 1960’s buildings and the appalling car parks surfacing.

Apart from the works by Maghull in Bloom’s volunteers what else has been done to try to uplift the Square? I’m struggling to think of any positive actions other than the larger shop units in one corner of the Square.

Thinking back the original owners were I understand a company called Ravenseft (or a title something like that) and I believe that Mars Pension Fund once owned it too.

Despite the many and various hands it has gone through Maghull still has a shopping centre that needs updating other than via the hands of volunteers!

Come on, please get a move on London and Cambridge.

Bootle – Has Sefton Council been involved in off-shore dealing over Strand Shopping Centre?

Bootle Town Hall – The Labour administration runs the Borough from here

This has been a odd carry on ever since it first emerged that Sefton Council was buying this shopping centre. I blogged about it at the time the story started to leak out (May 2017 – see link below to access that posting) from Labour’s Bootle Town Hall bunker:-

£32.5m borrowed & spent by Sefton buying Strand shops

Sefton Council are now saying (Champion Newspaper 18/10/17) that the Lib Dem Group Leader on the Council was briefed about the £32.5m purchase, yet how on earth does that square with Lib Dems having to make Freedom of Information requests about the deal? What’s more the meetings about the deal were held behind closed doors and opposition councillors were prevented from hearing the discussion or of scrutinising the deal! If it’s such a great deal for the Borough why on earth has virtually everything about it been kept under wraps?

Why Buy Bootle Shopping Centre but not one elsewhere in the Borough?

It also begs the question, why was the Strand Shopping Centre picked to purchase? Why not Maghull Square Shopping Centre for example or any of the other shopping centres across the Borough?

John Pugh makes Freedom of Information request to get to the bottom of the property deal

A lot of digging has been going on by former Southport MP John Pugh despite Sefton’s stonewalling and John thinks a picture is emerging involving off-shore companies. It seems that 2 Luxembourg companies were part of the deal process although Sefton have remained silent on the matter.

Interestingly, whilst an MP, John was very much involved with looking at company deals via off-shore companies so he’s not going to let this Sefton one be slid back under the Bootle Town Hall carpet.

The Labour leadership on Sefton Council need to allow the whole deal to be opened up for scrutiny. There should be no place for secrecy when £32.5m of public money is being borrowed and spent on behalf of Sefton Borough residents.

Maghull Square – What’s going on?

The link above to an on-line property brochure for Maghull Square is interesting although it must predate HSBC closing obviously.

If I had a £1 for every time someone has asked me where Home Bargains are moving to I really would be retiring on a good pension. This seems to be an issue that people really want an answer to.

From this brochure it looks like one of the new units that is presently being built in the left hand corner of the Square. BUT persistent rumours say that this is no longer the case and that Home Bargains are going to the new retail building under construction on the site of the old Maghull Library/Stafford Moreton Youth Centre. And others are even speculating on Home Bargains not moving at all but just expanding into the former HSBC unit next door since that bank recently pulled out of Maghull.

Which option is right? Well as the staff who work in Home Bargains Maghull branch don’t seem to know then it seems the guessing game will be doing the rounds for a while yet.

What’s also interesting in the on-line brochure is the cost of a retail unit in the Square. Goodness me these figures must be well out of reach for many a small business. They may not be out of line with other similar retail areas but where does a small business get that sort of money each year?

I recall when the Square had many independent business in the 60’s and 70’s but now it is dominated by regional and national outfits. Times they are a changing.

With thanks to John for the lead to this story

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.