“Miracle” had to save the “ghost town” that people are afraid to enter after 5 p.m

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

Shops in Huyton Village
Once home to a thriving community, locals now fear the area due to its anti-social behavior

A once thriving community where people stopped and chatted in the street “now needs a miracle” to save it as people are afraid to enter in the evenings.

The Huyton Village shopping center was once a meeting place for local residents, but it’s now plagued by anti-social behavior, like the Liverpool Echo reports.

Locals said people would “stop and chat” on the street as “everyone knew everyone else” but now anti-social groups are roaming the area on bikes “no matter who they meet”.

Visitor numbers have dropped and, according to a trader, no one visits the area anymore and people are afraid to enter at night.

This was once a busy community area


Colin Lane/Liverpool Echo)

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

“It used to be a thriving high street but is now transforming from retail to leisure and has become a ghost town. It only goes in one direction. It takes a miracle to save it.

“The closure of the shops affects us all here because fewer people want to come to the village, which affects us all.

“There are problems with antisocial behavior. The powers that be are trying different things to get people here but it tends to be late evening like restaurants but at this point we have closed shop.

The area is now plagued by anti-social activities


Colin Lane/Liverpool Echo)

“It’s just not good. There is talk of hotels, but what’s here for people when they come? It’s a catch 22.”

The area has been rampant for anti-social behavior, and now locals say the problem has gotten so bad that some are even afraid to visit in the evening for fear of being attacked.

David Boyle, who has lived in the area all his life, said: “My mother-in-law doesn’t come out after 5pm because of the antisocial behavior, she doesn’t feel safe.

“Anti-social behavior is bad, shop signs are torn down and groups plow through wheelies on their bikes without caring who they meet.

“There isn’t much choice in stores. Poundland and New Look are being replaced by B&M.”

Shops in Huyton Village


Colin Lane/Liverpool Echo)

John Sutton worked at a market stall for several years and said attendance had plummeted.

He added: “I’ve seen it go up and down over the years but it just kept getting worse. Now it’s just charity shops, betting shops and restaurants, all of which has only made the village worse.

“I have seen how this village has changed. It just died. Shops don’t make money because there are no customers here, but you can’t drag them in.”

Another woman said she visited the village and “stopped and chatted” with the people.

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

“Of a night when crowds fight. I just can’t believe it turned out like this. It’s ruined nobody here.”

Knowsley Council has been asked for comment but previously confirmed it has “ambitious” plans for a ten-year development of Huyton Village Centre, which will include the development of a business district with a hotel, office, residential and co-working space – Center include.

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