Now this is an odd story and I am not sure that I have all nuances of it, but here goes anyway with corrections and updates as they come to my or indeed your attention.
The story seems to start about 3 weeks back when the sign below started to appear in the car park of Maghull Town Hall on a Tuesday morning:-
The car parking at Meadows Leisure Leisure Centre and Maghull Town Hall can be rather tight at times, with there being more cars trying to park than there are spaces available. This space shortage leads to cars having to be parked half on/half off the access roads and this in turn narrows the access roads so that getting around the joint site can be a real pain if not impossible at really bad times.
This last Tuesday morning there were indeed cars parked half on/half off the access road but you would have expected there to be spaces just around the corner in front of and just past the Town Hall. However, the sign above was in effect cutting the amount of spaces available there in half.
But what was the event last Tuesday morning from 8am to 1pm and indeed, so it seems, every Tuesday morning now that causes half the car parking spaces to be closed? You will be surprised by the answer.
The following photos show why:-
Half of the Town Hall car park had been turned into a bin lorry parking area, although clearly some car drivers felt the need to use the closed to cars area – because there was nowhere else to park?
Former local councillor Cliff Mainey picked up on this rather odd situation and he tells me that the same thing may well be happening on the Monday mornings when the green bins are collected in the Maghull area.
Cliff’s view is that there is no need to turn the much in demand parking spaces at the Town Hall into a bin lorry park as just up the road, literally yards away, is the Maghull Salt Depot which like the bin lorries is run by Sefton Council. So why has Sefton Council asked Maghull Town Council to use the Town Hall car park to gather their bin lorries on a Tuesday and also possibly a Monday morning?
The car park has been there for years and the bins have also been emptied for years without the need to consider use of the Town Hall car park.
On the wider front the intention of both Maghull Town Council & Sefton Council when the Leisure Centre was opened in 2010 was to run the Town Hall and Leisure Centre as one seamless community facility despite the two buildings being under differing ownership. That aim seems to be slipping for reasons I can’t understand. Why connecting doors were even built into the project so that Leisure Centre users could easily park in the larger Town Hall car park and simply walk through the buildings to gain access to the Library and/or Fitness Suite. Oddly these connecting doors are locked at times – what’s that all about?
It will be interesting to see what happens now that Cliff has in effect said that using the car park to park bin lorries is not a sensible use of scarce parking places.