Melling (not Maghull) – New Unit for Ashworth Hospital?

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/plan-new-60m-medium-secure-11985386

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above

The plan to move the Scott facility in St. Helens to the Ashworth site has been around for quite a while now, indeed I recall that plans to sell off part of the grounds/parkland that surround Ashworth Hospital for the building of new housing were meant to help pay for the new facility. Is that still the case?

My previous posting of January 2015, with a number of important questions, refers – see the link to that posting below:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2015/01/24/maghull-scott-clinic-closure-points-to-the-service-being-run-from-maghull-in-the-future/

It should also be noted (again) that the land between Ashworth Hospital and the soon to be closing Kennet Prison is actually in Melling not Maghull.

Maghull – Scott Clinic Closure points to the service being run from Maghull in the future

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/rainhills-scott-clinic-close-after-8434035

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

Should this proposed move be a concern for Maghull and Melling residents? What are the risks to those communities? How did the Scott Clinic fit in with the Rainhill community? Have risk assessments associated with the Maghull and Melling communities been done? What do Maghull Neighbourhood Police think? Has Sefton Council been consulted, if so how did it respond? Have Melling Parish Council and Maghull Town Council been contacted by the NHS? What are the residents living close to the Ashworth site going to be told and when. Are those same residents going to be able to present their views and concerns, should they have any, before any final decisions are made?

There may well be many more questions before we can properly assess whether this is a credible move for the Maghull and Melling communities or not.