Maghull – Work actually starting to revamp Square shopping centre!

This is Maghull Square in the 1970's but the buildings are still as was in 2016. It was built in the 1960's. Photographer unknown.

This is Maghull Square in the 1970’s but the buildings are still as was in 2016. It was built in the 1960’s. Photographer unknown.

I suppose shock is the first word that comes to mind after years and years of promises, planning applications and false dawns it seems the latest owners of the Square are starting work on it. My last posting on this subject dated 7th September this year refers:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2016/09/07/maghull-big-changes-at-the-square-shopping-centre/

Work has indeed already started and a shop unit is opening this week, I am told, to promote the work that is planned. It looks like the works will take until next April.

How it will impact on shoppers, businesses and the car parks I don’t yet know.

Maghull Square in more recent times

Goodness me I hope this is going to be a big impact job as Maghull’s down at heel shopping centre desperately needs it. It looks the same now as when it was built in the 1960’s! It’s only been the efforts of the Maghull in Bloom volunteers that have kept it looking almost decent in recent years.

Contractor's machinery at the rear of the Square 31st October.

Contractor’s machinery at the rear of the Square 31st October.

I wonder if the new owners have twigged how cheesed off locals are with their declining shopping centre? But if they monitor Facebook they must know that expectations are high and patience is getting very low indeed. Let’s hope for some positive outcomes!

Maghull in Bloom – Barrier planters get winter flowers

The close up view of the winter planting.

The close up view of the winter planting.

Maghull in Bloom volunteers have replanted the barrier planters that sit on the pedestrian barriers all along Maghull’s Westway which cuts through the Town’s shopping centre.

The long view down Westway looking from the Leighton Ave junction towards the A59 Northway.

The long view down Westway looking from the Leighton Ave junction towards the A59 Northway.

Sheila and I were not able to assist on this occasion so our thanks to the volunteers who did such a splendid job.

Maghull – Blooming (in the) rain!

It was another volunteer day with Maghull in Bloom today. This time at Maghull Square Shopping Centre where we were unloading a truck with plants to place in the barrier baskets along Westway.

It was chucking it down to start with but the intrepid volunteers kept at it and the job was done. The large circular planters and the barrier baskets are looking great.

Here are a few photos of today’s activities:-

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Maghull in Bloom – Preparing for the summer

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A lot of hard work is going into making Maghull look good this summer by the Maghull in Bloom and Maghull Station Volunteers groups.

Here’s a couple of shots of recent work undertaken to the Westway barrier baskets and the circular pavement planters:-

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We are always look for new volunteers. If you fancy helping out please contact Maghull in Bloom Chairman John Harrison by e-mail at johnf.harrison@talktalk.net or respond to me via this blog site and I will let John know of your interest.

Pedestrian Crossing needed – Leighton Ave Maghull

Maghull’s shopping centre on the northern side of Westway is split in two by Leighton Avenue where it has a junction with Westway.

Trouble is that shoppers want to cross the top of Leighton Ave to access other shops but they have to run the gauntlet of traffic which, at times, can speed into Leighton Ave from Westway. The elderly and disabled find it particularly difficult to cross here. Indeed, one elderly gent told me that he does not even try to cross because he walks very slowly and fears being run over.

Only the other day I witnessed a lady who had clearly had a stroke being helped across the top of Leighton Avenue by a young man and they were having to keep a close eye on the traffic which was all around them. Sadly, some drivers just don’t seem to realise, or care, that pedestrians are the most important thing on our highways!

This is the spot, right next to Maghull's Costa Coffee Shop. Westway is just to the left out of the photo.

This is the spot, right next to Maghull’s Costa Coffee Shop. Westway is just to the left out of the photo.

With these thoughts in mind I have asked Sefton Council’s traffic engineers to look at this site for the potential installation of a pedestrian crossing and they have agreed to take it into their next assessment of where to put new crossings.