Labour-run Maghull Town Council lays out ‘most ambitious plan in

Patrick McKinley

 

Labour-run Maghull Town Council is about to implement what Labour leader Cllr Patrick McKinley has called "the most ambitious plan in the town council's history".

Town councillors ratified the three year development plan at its full council meeting last Wednesday evening which includes a detailed programme of works for the first year. 

Town council Labour leader, Cllr Patrick McKinley, said: "This plan is the most ambitious and coherent strategic planning initiative ever undertaken by the town council.  

"The Localism Act and the severe reductions in local authority funding by the Lib Dem Coalition government potentially puts increased responsibilities on councils such as ours and we believe that we should proactively step up to the plate to meet challenges head on. 

"For far too long the town council has been rather moribund and has reacted in a knee jerk manner to challenges, we want to ensure that we are on the front foot to deal with challenges and maximise any potential benefits for the town. 

"The strategy and proposed programme of works builds on the success of the work we have undertaken so far.  

"The programme of works will be largely self financing as we have been successful in acquiring external funding for many of our proposals, so the cost to the council will be minimal, but the returns to the community potentially huge."

Labour town councillor Maurice Byrne will be leading on identifying community needs and working with community groups as part of the project.

Cllr Byrne said: "As town councillors we are community activists who aspire to  build a greater sense of community across Maghull. This is at the heart of what we are going to do.

"The plan will build on the good work of the many voluntary, faith, community groups and the town council by bringing together key stakeholders to develop a holistic wide planning framework that can effectively direct resources to help meet the needs of our community. 

"We plan to start this process in the autumn by hosting a large Maghull-wide community development conference to engage with all interested stakeholders."


Fellow Maghull Town Councillor, Caroline Esterson, said the plan lays out a blueprint for the town council for the coming years.

Cllr Esterson said: "It is really good to see the work we have been developing over the last few years to be codified into a clear planning framework with clear targets deadlines and dates for review. 

"For the first time in the council's recent history we have a document that defines and articulates a programme of work that is based on implementing our vision for the future of the town which we can now plan in a coherent way rather than the haphazard way the town has evolved in the past.

"We believe our programme will contribute to the development of Maghull as a great place to work, live and play."