Maghull – Police in, youth and CAB out in Town Hall shake up

Work has now started on remodeling the former youth facility in Maghull Town Hall to turn it into a Police Station and Maghull Town Council seems to think this is worth celebrating. But is it? My letter to the Champion newspaper puts the matter in context:-

Dear Sir,

Is there really much to celebrate because part of Maghull Town Hall is to become a Police Station soon?

In my view what we have lost far outweighs what we are going to gain. The accommodation that the Police are moving into was specifically remodeled into a youth facility from its original use as a sports changing room not so many years ago. What’s more that accommodation was shared with the Citizens Advice (CAB). So whilst gaining a Police Station within the Town Hall we have lost the last publicly funded youth facility in the area and the CAB.

What’s to celebrate, the match has sadly been lost 2-1.

Yours sincerely

Tony Robertson

Poster on Maghull Town Hall noticeboard recently

Having campaigned to bring a CAB facility to Maghull and backed the establishment of the innovative Youth Coffee Bar I am rather saddened by this turn of events, indeed it angers me.

These are the plans (above) that ensure that the youth facility can never be reopened. Surely using this space for a Police Station to serve the Sefton East Parishes part of the Borough (Lydiate, Maghull, Melling and Aintree Village) is a wrong-headed priority. Of course the area needs a Police Station but we also need a youth facility and a CAB.

There are plenty of vacant shop/retail units locally so why take the space that had been specifically converted as youth facility and occupied for that use until recently – it could have and should have been revived.

And to put the tin lid on it we are told that there are concerns about the rise in anti-social behaviour as though having a active attractive youth offering would not be part of the solution to that problem!

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Formby, Maghull, Bootle, Netherton & Sefton Borough generally – Gun Crime Concerns

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/fears-liverpool-city-gun-crime-13300452

The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site as written from the perspective of Formby’s Independent Councillor Maria Bennett – see link above.

I lose track of how many times I have blogged about gun crime in Sefton Borough and indeed across Merseyside and yes it does seem to be a worsening problem that is before us on an almost daily basis.

I recall only too well how Maghull found itself in the middle of an outbreak of gun crime in 2013 which led to Merseyside’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Jane Kennedy, being brought in to speak directly to concerned locals at a meeting held in Lydiate Primary School. To be honest she spoke well in trying to calm local fears and thankfully the spate of Maghull shootings has not been repeated. However, shootings and gun crime are an almost every day event in some Merseyside communities and I think it fair to say that many folks will feel, with some considerable justification, that the situation looks to be almost out of anyone’s control.

Maria Bennett is right to raise this issue once again because gun crime is an issue that will one day be an every day event in virtually every community if ways to effectively combat it are not found soon. And quite obviously a fully resourced Merseyside Police Force is required to lead that fight.

My thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting

Litherland shooting

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/residents-report-scrambler-bikers-firing-13226609

The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site – see link above

Here we go again, yet more shootings on Merseyside this time in Sefton Borough. Is it just me or are we fast losing a semblance of being able to control guns on our streets as these incidents are now an almost daily occurrence?

Worrying times indeed.

Merseyside’s Gun Crime – Sobering stats April ’16 to April ’17

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/four-dead-more-30-injured-12867251

The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site – see link above

Sadly this is a matter I have covered on this blog site many times and things are just not getting any better and you could say they are in fact getting worse.

Does anyone have the answer to the question – ‘How do we get guns of the streets of Merseyside?’

Maghull Police Station to move to Maghull Town Hall?

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Like many people I read the high profile article in this week’s Aintree and Maghull Champion newspaper and wondered why it contained little or no detail about this announcement.

Maghull Police Station in Westway, Maghull.

Maghull Police Station in Westway, Maghull.

If the article had just said ‘Maghull Police Station may move to Maghull Town Hall’ and nothing else we would probably be just as well informed.

Maghull Town Hall

Prior to the article we all knew that Maghull Police Station was slated for closure and that it was likely that the Merseyside Police would in future operate from a shop unit or something similar. Such has been in the public domain for quite some time. My previous postings refer:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2014/10/23/merseyside-police-stations-closures-meeting-at-maghull-town-hall/

So we now know it is likely to be moving to Maghull Town Hall but we don’t know when this will take place, we don’t know where within the Town Hall, we don’t know whether it will be open to the public etc. etc. What’s more is there a financial arrangement whereby Merseyside Police will rent space off Maghull Town Council. Is the presently closed Youth Coffee Bar the space that will be occupied by the Police? (I certainly hope not). I am sure we can all think of other questions.

Maghull Police Station - Down to becoming disused soon according to Merseyside's Crime and Policing Commissioner.

Maghull Police Station – Down to becoming disused soon according to Merseyside’s Crime and Policing Commissioner.

Don’t get me wrong here I am not having a go at my old chum Jim Sharpe who wrote the Champion article because I am sure that if he had been given any detail he would have included it in the story. No, my issue is with those in power within the Town Council and Merseyside Police who seem to think that saying almost nothing beyond the headline which is of any use to the general public is acceptable – It’s not.

So please put some flesh on the bones and give us all some useful information.

Bootle – Is being in a gang all that life offers to some of our youngsters

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/stabbing-puts-bootles-fernhill-linacre-12119077

The Liverpool Echo has the story – See link above

This is a sad reflection on our times. Can we offer nothing more to young men than the opportunity to be involved in gangs and the violence that flows from such a way of life?