Maghull – Police in, youth and CAB out in Town Hall shake up

Work has now started on remodeling the former youth facility in Maghull Town Hall to turn it into a Police Station and Maghull Town Council seems to think this is worth celebrating. But is it? My letter to the Champion newspaper puts the matter in context:-

Dear Sir,

Is there really much to celebrate because part of Maghull Town Hall is to become a Police Station soon?

In my view what we have lost far outweighs what we are going to gain. The accommodation that the Police are moving into was specifically remodeled into a youth facility from its original use as a sports changing room not so many years ago. What’s more that accommodation was shared with the Citizens Advice (CAB). So whilst gaining a Police Station within the Town Hall we have lost the last publicly funded youth facility in the area and the CAB.

What’s to celebrate, the match has sadly been lost 2-1.

Yours sincerely

Tony Robertson

Poster on Maghull Town Hall noticeboard recently

Having campaigned to bring a CAB facility to Maghull and backed the establishment of the innovative Youth Coffee Bar I am rather saddened by this turn of events, indeed it angers me.

These are the plans (above) that ensure that the youth facility can never be reopened. Surely using this space for a Police Station to serve the Sefton East Parishes part of the Borough (Lydiate, Maghull, Melling and Aintree Village) is a wrong-headed priority. Of course the area needs a Police Station but we also need a youth facility and a CAB.

There are plenty of vacant shop/retail units locally so why take the space that had been specifically converted as youth facility and occupied for that use until recently – it could have and should have been revived.

And to put the tin lid on it we are told that there are concerns about the rise in anti-social behaviour as though having a active attractive youth offering would not be part of the solution to that problem!

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Maghull -Youths on bikes doing incredibly dangerous things – My exchange with Merseyside Police

I posted not so long ago (see link below) about my concerns regarding the activities of some local young men who are putting themselves and other road users at great risk during the hours of darkness. The last incident that I witnessed only yesterday evening was the last straw for me so I have had the following exchange with Merseyside Police. I e-mailed Inspector Phil Hatton but as he is presently away work the reply is from Gerda Gates his Sgt. Neighbourhood Dedicated:-

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Dear Phil,

I realise that what I am about to say to you may not seem like a priority but I hope you will consider the matter.

Over the past month or so, almost each time I have been out in the evening after it has got dark I have encountered youths riding bikes all dressed in black and with no lights on them. What’s more each time they have been been riding either on the wrong side of the road or in packs across the whole road. It may well be the same group of course.

My first encounter was with a gang riding up the A59 in effect blocking the whole northbound carriageway trying to hold up the traffic. This was by Maghull TH.

I have also come across a group riding pretty much across the whole of Liverpool Road South near the junction with Larchwood Avenue.

Tonight I came across a couple of youths riding the wrong way up the one way Damfield Lane access road straight at me. I mean the section from Red Lion Bridge to the A59.

I have also seen incidents of a similar nature in Liverpool Road North and Southport Road and fear that it is only a question of time before a road traffic accident takes place as other drivers must be encountering them as well as me.

Would it be possible for your road traffic people to look out for this activity in the evenings after dark and to take some positive action if they come across it?

Best wishes

Cllr. Tony Robertson

Lydiate Parish Councillor

And the reply

Good Afternoon Councillor,

As Mr Hatton is currently on a couple of days break, thank you for your email.

We have noted a rise in calls from local Maghull residents regarding youths on pedal cycles, however what you have described takes issues to another level, especially now we are entering winter months.

I have forwarded your email onto all my staff members for their extra attention when they are on the late shift.

Over the weekend naturally with Bonfire night there will be extra resources in and around the Maghull Area.

I have also forwarded your email onto our colleagues in traffic, for their information and action.

In the meanwhile we will endeavour to identify these youths who obviously have no regard for the public or their own safety.

I would ask that if either you or any of your constituents experience any similar incidents, that they contact Merseyside Police in “real time” to report the matter, so a patrol can be deployed at the first available instance.

Kind regards
Gerda Gates
Sgt Neighbourhood Dedicated