Labour-run Maghull Town Council plans annual Maghull Proms in th

Maghull Town Council Labour leader Cllr Patrick McKinley and Maghull Town Council clerk Angela McIntyre with a photo of what the new bandstand could look like.

 

 

Labour-run Maghull Town Council is planning to bring an annual Maghull Proms in the Park event to the town with the installation of a new bandstand and public performance space in King Geoge V playing fields.

As part of Maghull Town Council's three year plan and the current year's work programme the council has agreed to start a consultation process for building the new public performance area at KGV fields.

The aim of the plans is to provide a performance space where open air summer concerts and other performances can be provided for the residents of Maghull.

Maghull Town Council Labour leader Cllr Patrick McKinley said: "We have acquired funding for this project, so the construction won't cost Maghull ratepayers anything. But it does give us a unique opportunity for us to provide a platform to offer a range of spring and summer events to the people of Maghull.

"This is part of our overall strategy which is to bring people together and share a greater sense of community and provide more community based events for our town."

Fellow Labour councillor, Cllr Maurice Byrne, said the new performance platform could be used by community groups and local schools.

Cllr Byrne said: "If the consultation proves that the people of Maghull would like this to happen, then it will add a new dimension to our cultural calendar by providing proms in the park
style concerts, brass bands, plays and other outdoor performance productions.

"It could also be used by local schools for productions, something we would like to see happen."

Mayor of Maghull, Cllr Joan Deegan, said the bandstand performance space will be the latest addition to the town council's cultural programme.

Cllr Deegan said: "I think this is a marvelous opportunity for us to build on our work so far where we have delivered two successful MaghullFest events this year.

"If we can pull this off we will indeed be providing a varied range of community events including spring and summer MaghullFests, spring and summer concerts in KGV, the annual firework display and the Christmas lights switch-on event. Who will then be able to say that there’s nothing to do in Maghull?"

The town council leader said the bandstand would also be incorporated into Maghull's First World War commemorations.

Cllr McKinley said: "Obviously this will be a great addition to the town and we could designate this as part of our World War I memorial commemorations. In this respect it will act as a permanent reminder for all of us.

"We plan to ensure that if this goes ahead it will be sited where it will have the least visual and sound impact for local residents. We would also plant around the bandstand so it blends in with the surroundings. We would also design the bandstand and the area around it to make it as secure as possible while retaining the aesthetic value it will add to the park.

"This will be a great addition to Maghull and the cultural offering our town has to offer."

Maghull Town Council clerk Angela McIntyre is encouraging the town residents to let the town council know what they think of the project.

Angela said: "Maghull Town Council is planning to improve the facilities within the Parks and Open Spaces around Maghull. One of the ways to improve the facilities at KGV playing fields is by building a bandstand to give a focal point within the field.  

"A bandstand would allow outdoor performances to take place, such as plays, poetry readings as well as afternoon concerts and would be a defined area for community events. This facility could be used by both Maghull Town Council as well as community groups to stage performances.

"We would like to hear residents' views on this matter and we will be writing out to the closest residents and businesses to the playing fields to let them know the proposals.  Residents can also contact us by email info@maghull-tc.gov.uk, by mail to the Town Clerk at the town hall or by dropping their response off by hand to the town hall. As part of the consultation exercise, members of the council will also be in the town centre seeking people’s views.  Responses should be with the Town Hall no later than 5pm on Tuesday, September 30."