Maghull – Netto – As it pulls out of the UK again what happens to the one being built in Maghull?

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/netto-stores-close-doors-around-11565015

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above

Now here’s a turn up for the books as a Netto Store is presently in the early stages of construction on the site of the old Maghull Library and Stafford Moreton Youth Centre in Maghull Town Centre.

Stafford Moreton Stafford Moreton Youth Centre gone for a Netto store to be built - June 2016

Stafford Moreton Stafford Moreton Youth Centre gone for a Netto store to be built – June 2016

Will another retailer step in an acquire the Maghull site ?

Why pull out when you are building stores?

Would Maghull welcome an Aldi? (Morrisons certainly would not!)

Answers? Well the Sainsbury’s retail group seem to be pulling all the strings.

Maghull – Beechcroft retirement flats – To be sandwiched between two supermarkets and other related thoughts.

Beechcroft Retirement Flats

Beechcroft Retirement Flats

If plans submitted to Sefton Council to build on the former Maghull Library and Stafford Moreton Youth Club sites are approved and the building actually goes ahead the residents of Beechcroft will have a supermarket on either side of them i.e. Morrisons and the yet to be approved/built Netto store. I say actually goes ahead as plans to develop Maghull’s shopping centre always seem to fall by the way side for some odd reason.

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Remember the former owners of the Square shopping Centre getting planning permission to redevelop the shops north of Westway some years ago? Well it didn’t happen. Remember the promised rebuild of Maghull Health Centre to include an NHS drop-in facility of a few years ago? That did not happen either. Oh, and what about Morrisons expanding? Yes you’ve guessed it, that also bit the dust.

The former Stafford Moreton Youth Centre and old Maghull Library in the heart of Maghull's shopping area.

The former Stafford Moreton Youth Centre and old Maghull Library in the heart of Maghull’s shopping area.

Bearing in mind the Beechcroft flats, in Stafford Moreton Way, are for retired folk there seems to be every possibility of too much noise from deliveries and the like.

I do hope that the concerns of Beechcroft residents are taken into account by planners, the planning committee and indeed the two supermarkets.

Also, there have long been plans amongst Sefton Council’s Highway Engineers to put traffic lights at the junction of Liverpool Road North and Stafford Moreton Way, when the shopping centre is finally redeveloped. It can be a devil of a job exiting onto Liverpool Road North particularly at busy times when needing to turn right. Will this traffic light project now see the light of day?

Morrisons – Their troubles deepen

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/morrisons-announce-seven-more-supermarket-10721165

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above.

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I don’t know about you but if you shop in Morrisons you will know how they have cut back the Match and More points scheme to such an extent that it is hardly worth the bother now.

My guess is they started it being too generous and now it’s too mean. Not good customer relations in my book.

Netto store for Maghull – well it seems so

Well Morrisons must be sighing with a little bit of relief as it’s a Netto store that it is likely to have as a neighbour. The nightmare Aldi alternative (as surely it would have seen Morrisons off?) seems not to be a runner if the recent planning application to Sefton Council is anything to go by for the old Maghull Library/Stafford Moreton Youth Centre site.

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The site is at the junction of Stafford Moreton Way and Liverpool Road North and presently looks like this:-

The former Stafford Moreton Youth Centre and old Maghull Library in the heart of Maghull's shopping area.

The former Stafford Moreton Youth Centre and old Maghull Library in the heart of Maghull’s shopping area.

The Scandinavian Netto is now a part of the Sainsburys Group of companies.

Here’s a link to the planning application before Sefton Council:-

pa.sefton.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=NXYY1VNWHLI00

This is of course the very same site that Maghull’s Labour Councillors bizarrely invited folks to say what they wanted it to be used for, when only the following day Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet sold the site off, ignoring their fellow ‘comrades’ completely! My previous postings of a couple of weeks ago refer.

Morrisons – Maghull store to stay open but what’s happening around it?

Morrisons and their car park are behind me. The Sefton Council land is to the right of me.

Morrisons and their car park are behind me. The Sefton Council land is to the right of me.

Hearing of the hard times of Morrisons recently made some folk wonder if their Maghull store would be one for the chop as it is quite small – too small really with a far too limited stock space.

The good news is that it’s refurbishment will continue and it is staying.

But as this news filtered out so it also became apparent that Sefton Council, which owns the adjacent land, has all but sold it. The land, as I have mentioned previously, is that of the former Stafford Moreton Youth Centre and the old Maghull Library site – Maghull Library having relocated to Meadows Leisure Centre back in 2010.

The closed Stafford Moreton Youth Centre and the old Maghull Library

The closed Stafford Moreton Youth Centre and the old Maghull Library

The old library/youth centre site is prime development land right in the heart of Maghull’s shopping district so it’s final end use could possibly be the retail challenge that Morrisons may well have taken it’s eye off? We will see.

My two most recent Morrisons Maghull related postings are available below:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2014/10/12/maghull-morrisons-storehealth-centreold-libraryformer-youth-centre-whats-going-on/

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2014/10/15/police-stations-in-sefton-the-maghull-morrisons-link/

Police Stations in Sefton & the Maghull Morrisons Link?

Readers will recall that I have been pressing Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy over the future of Maghull Police Station. My posting of 8th August 2013 refers:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2013/08/08/sefton-borough-are-our-local-police-stations-being-considered-for-closure/

Well things have moved on but there remains a distinct lack of clarity in my view. I attended a recent briefing given by the Commissioner about the emerging estates strategy of Merseyside Police but did not gain much in the way of useful information.

Here I am at Maghull Police Station where the Neighbourhood Policing Team must have had a tough time during Mad March.

Here I am at Maghull Police Station where the Neighbourhood Policing Team operates from.

On one level the need to retain a policing base in all the 5 recognised ‘hubs’ of Sefton seems to be there i.e. Southport, Formby, Maghull, Crosby and Bootle. But how they will provided this is presently very vague. I can see former shop units becoming a police bases, or community centres, or libraries, because clearly disposal of a number of current police stations is very much on the cards.

That the Police have very limited resources is a given so you can understand why they want to dispose of some old, expensive to run and operationally redundant property so that the money can be reinvested in front line policing. But we will all want to know how this is going to be achieved in detail.

It will be no use saying for example that police station ‘A’ is to close without also saying how the service to the the community, where that police station is based, will be continued/re-provided from new/alternative premises. At present I think it is fair to say that the Merseyside Police estate strategy is at a very high level and because of that many, many questions remain to be answered. Frankly, I would have thought it better to show a community the whole picture of change for consultation rather than what seems to be no more than half of it.

And I am not alone in my concerns as Cllr. Simon Shaw, a Lib Dem member of the Committee which oversees the activities of the Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner, says this:-

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A £130m plan to overhaul police stations across Merseyside could see some bases moving into community centres and libraries. ……

Councillor Simon Shaw, who sits on the Merseyside Police and Crime Panel, criticised the plans for a “lack of clarity”.

Cllr. Simon Shaw outside Southport Police Station

Cllr. Simon Shaw outside Southport Police Station

The Liberal Democrat said: “They talk about things like ‘neighbourhood patrol hubs’, but what exactly does that mean in real life? Will these community stations be open all the time, or only for five hours per week? We don’t know precisely what is being proposed.

“If it’s a different way of using police buildings then I have no problem with that. If cuts are not made in this area then do they cut them in schools, or elsewhere in the public sector?

“But I think there is a lack of clarity for something really important here.”

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More news as I get it but does the Maghull Morrisons Store issue that I raised on this blog site last Sunday fit in with this? Maghull Police Station is one that is clearly now underused and is down for disposal and it is right next door to Morrisons!