A devastating explosion wreaked havoc in New Ferry last month and now there are calls to use the incident as a cause for revitalising the whole area.

Investigations are still ongoing into the cause of the explosion - which injured 30 and left one person critical - although the council have now taken over the site and residents could soon be allowed to collect their belongings.

And as the clear-up continues, some are seeing a potential positive that could come from the devastating blast in the form of an opportunity to revamp and area that has been forgotten about for a long time.

In December, we asked whether New Ferry was the most neglected town centre in Merseyside and spoke with businesses and politicians who all agreed that something needed to be done to improve its fortunes.

Issues arising from unlet business units, closed shops and a lack of footfall has led to an overall decline in the area.

Alison McGovern speaking about the New Ferry explosion in the House of Commons

Wirral South MP Alison McGovern has her office based in New Ferry and while showing us around the blast site, she said it is now more important than ever to engineer a new start for the town.

She said: 鈥淣ew Ferry is somewhere that has needed regeneration for a long time now, for all the seven years I have been an MP and it is something the ECHO has written about quite a lot actually.

鈥淟ooking at the devastation now, if ever there was a cause for regeneration, there certainly is now and someone has got to sort this out.?/p>

Wirral explosion investigation continues in New Ferry as sniffer dogs search through the rubble

Having raised the issue of New Ferry and the recent explosion in Parliament recently - Ms McGovern will soon meet with Communities Secretary Sajid Javid to discuss not only how people affected can be supported - but the whole area can move forward.

She said: 鈥淲e need a much bigger regeneration plan, New Ferry has huge potential - it needs a little bit of investment in the buildings and then opportunities for businesses to open up here is what is required.

New Ferry town centre

鈥淭here are some excellent businesses here, the problems we have had is neglected buildings by absentee landlords and too much dereliction causing the area to lose footfall and not be the kind of shopping centre hub that it should be.

鈥淲ith a bit of investment and a bit of encouragement for the small businesses, I think New Ferry can have an incredibly bright future - but we have just got to make sure that that work happens now.?/p>