The curse of single use plastic bags

I don’t know about you but I become increasingly annoyed when I’m offered/given a single use plastic bag in a shop, there’s really no excuse for them still being available when you consider the harm they do to our environment.

So the Morrisons initiative below (see link) is welcome, although they are seemingly rather more preoccupied with customer reaction than promoting strong paper bags to their customers:-

www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-53804248

The other day I had to pick up a prescription from a branch of Rowlands Pharmacy in Maghull and yes you’ve guessed it the items came in a small plastic bag. If you took notice they had row upon row of them all lined up for folk to collect. How much better it would be if those bags were paper, so I’ve been in touch with Rowlands to ask them to switch to suitable paper bags. We’ll see how they respond……

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/