Maghull – Weeds festooned around new Home Bargains Site

So we know that Home Bargains is going to occupy the new store on the old Maghull Library/former Stafford Moreton Youth Centre site but have you seen the weeds that are growing in the ‘landscaped’ parts of the site!

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Who is the land owner I wonder and when will their grounds maintenance regime kick in?

As a Maghull in Bloom volunteer my view is that we need the owner to step up and make the landscaped parts of the site a credit to Maghull and the sooner the better please.

Maghull Square – What’s going on?

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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 – Bus Shelter appears on Liverpool Road North

Pleased to see the new shelter being erected last Friday next to the site of the old and now demolished Maghull Library, although what was wrong with the old one?

New bus shelter L'pool Rd Nth 09 16

The future of the site (behind the shelter), which also includes the land that the former Stafford Moreton Youth Centre sat on as well, is still unknown since Netto went belly up before a brick was even laid for its new Maghull store.

Maghull – What of that missing bus shelter in Liverpool Road North?

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I’ve been making inquiries into the missing bus shelter outside the site of the old Maghull Library via Cllr. John Dodd who sits on the Merseytravel Committee. This is what Merseytravel has said:-

The Developer responsible for the former library site has provided a purchase order directly to Clear Channel Uk Ltd for the provision of a new bus shelter at this location. Merseytravel has received confirmation of this aspect and we look forward to a shelter facility being reinstated as soon as possible. Unfortunately, we are unable to give a specific time frame for the reinstatement but it will definitely be happening within the next 4-6 weeks.

Let’s hope it happens soon and certainly before the autumn sets in.

Maghull – No shelter at former nearly Netto site

The rather glaring consequence (for bus users) of the clearance of the old Maghull Library site in Liverpool Road North is that those awaiting a Liverpool bound bus have lost the use of the bus shelter that once sat on the edge of the site.

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The delay in developing the site caused by the demise of Netto, before a brick was even laid for its new Maghull store, means at least so it seems that replacing the bus shelter is now in the how long is a piece of string category.

Maghull – Old Library and Youth Centre are demolished

In some way it is always sad to see a bit of local history disappear even though the buildings in both cases were both relatively modern. None the less many local residents will have fond memories of them both.

The closed Stafford Moreton Youth Centre and the old Maghull Library

The closed Stafford Moreton Youth Centre and the old Maghull Library

The Library has been out of use since 2010 when the new Maghull Library opened within Meadows Leisure Centre on KGV Park. The reason it moved was that the old building was expensive to heat and both the heating and electrical systems were in need of renewal at great cost. But there is another back story to the move as well.

When the Leisure Centre was being designed the NHS was seemingly keen to include a GP surgery within it and space was duly allocated. It was an innovative idea whereby patients needing exercise therapy after illness or operations etc. could immediately be referred to a team of specialist exercise staff within the same building. Sefton Council was keen on the idea too but sadly the NHS pulled out and we never knew why really. What a lost opportunity and even more so now with the local GP capacity crisis that Maghull and district is suffering from – see numerous recent Champion newspaper articles.

But one lost opportunity turned into another real opportunity because the space was reallocated to Maghull Library which, as noted above, needed a lot of money needing to be spent on it.

I was the Sefton Councillor in charge of the Meadows Leisure Centre project at the time so you could say I am to blame for the Library being moved. And I acknowledge it was an issue of some controversy at the time as the old site suited some folk. The good news is that the numbers of people using the new Maghull Library went up so we must have got something right.

I will write up about the loss of Stafford Moreton Youth Centre in a separate posting.