‘Miracle’ needed to save ‘ghost town’ where people are afraid to enter past 5pm

A shopping center in Liverpool that was once home to a bustling community is now feared by locals as it is plagued by anti-social behaviour, and people are afraid to enter after 5pm

Once home to a thriving community, locals now fear the area due to anti-social behaviour.

A once thriving community where people would stop and talk in the street now ‘needs a miracle’ to save it as people are afraid to enter in the evening.

The shopping center in Huyton Village was once a meeting area for local residents but now it’s plagued by antisocial behaviour, as the Liverpool Echo reports.

Locals said people would ‘stop and natter’ in the street as ‘everyone knew everyone’, but now anti-social groups roam the area on bikes, ‘not caring who they hit’.

Footfall has decreased and now, according to one trader, no one visits the area anymore and people are afraid to enter at night.

This was once a bustling community area


Colin Lane/Liverpool Echo)

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They said: “It’s taken a rather steep nose dive, there’s just no-one here.

“It used to be a thriving high street but now it’s changing from retail to leisure and it’s become a ghost town. It’s only going one way. It needs a miracle to save it.

“The shops shutting down affects all of us here because less people are wanting to come to the village which impacts us all.

“There are problems with anti-social behaviour. The powers that be are trying different things to bring people here but it has a tendency to be late evening such as restaurants but by this time we’ve closed shop.

The area is now plagued by anti-social activity


Colin Lane/Liverpool Echo)

“It’s just not good. There’s talks of hotels but what’s here for people if they do come? It’s a catch 22.”

The area has been rife for anti-social behaviour, and now locals say the issue has got so bad that some are even afraid to visit in the evening for fear of being targeted.

David Boyle, who has lived in the area all his life, said: “My mother-in-law won’t come out past 5pm because of the amount of anti-social behaviour, she doesn’t feel safe.

“Anti-social behavior is bad, shop signs are ripped off and groups plough through doing wheelies on their bikes not caring who they hit.

“There’s not much choice in the shops. Poundland and New Look are being replaced by the B&M.”

Huyton Village shops


Colin Lane/Liverpool Echo)

John Sutton used to work on a market stall for several years and he said the footfall has massively declined.

He added: “I saw it go up and down over the years but it just got worse. Now it’s just charity shops, betting shops and restaurants, it’s all just made the village worse.

“I saw this village change. It just died. Businesses aren’t making money because there’s no customers here but you can’t drag them in.”

Another woman said she used to visit the village and would “stop and chat” to people.

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She added: “I’d rather have it back to the old town centre. I’ve lived here all my life and there used to be so many more shops to shop in.

“Of a night you get crowds fighting. I just can’t believe it’s become like this. It’s been ruined. Everyone used to stop and chat and have a laugh because everyone knew everyone, but now no one bothers stopping in the street, there’s no one here.”

Knowsley Council have been approached for comment, but previously confirmed they have “ambitious” plans for a ten-year development for Huyton Village Centre, which includes the development of a commercial district, including a hotel, office, residential and co-working centre.

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