Labour-run Maghull Town Council works on three-year plan to buil

Patrick McKinley

 

Labour-run Maghull Town Council is preparing to adopt a three year plan which will build on the town's sense of community.

The Labour councillors on the town council are working on the plan which they say will put the focus firmly on improving the community.

Maghull Town Council Labour leader, Cllr Patrick McKinley, said the aim of the Labour Group was to make Maghull an even greater place to live, work and play.

Cllr McKinley said: "Since taking office we have attempted to put community development at the heart of what we do and I think we can rightly claim that we have demonstrated this through our many community focused initiatives.

"Maghull is a great place to live but we are conscious that we need to do more to develop a true sense of community based on shared values, protecting and developing what is good about the area, identifying and sharing existing good practice and providing help and support for people when they need it.

"This plan intends to build on the good work of the many voluntary, faith and community groups, Sefton Council and the town council. It will bring together key stakeholders to develop a holistic community-wide planning framework than can effectively direct  resources to help to meet the needs of the community, develop greater social value, protect the sense of place, support our local shops, enterprise and businesses.

"It will support our young and older people, support families, enhance leisure and recreation and protect the environment and green nature of Maghull. 

"In short the plan attempts to make Maghull a better place to live, work and play."

The plan fits within and contributes directly to the Neighbourhood plan for Maghull.  Its key objectives are:

Identify the needs of the community and planning to address community needs
Support Enterprise and Business
Support our local shops
Support our Young People
Support older residents and those with additional needs
Support families
Maghull Greenspace/public utility Strategy 2014/16:  Expanding  access, greenspace and recreational amenity for the whole community
The Maghull Neighbourhood Plan

The Labour councillors say community engagement in drawing up the plan is essential.

Cllr McKinley said: "The first stage in the community development strategy is to work with local voluntary and community sector groups to identify community needs, identify who does what and then plan to deploy resources in the most effective way, potentially using our framework. This will then enable Maghull Town Council to act as the coordinating body to draw community activity together in a holistic and mutually supportive way and ensure more effective use of resources and prevent duplication.

"To facilitate this, if adopted by the council, we plan to organise a major community development conference for the public and the Voluntary Community Sector at the town hall in September, where we will propose the framework and identify a community steering group."

Maghull Town Council Labour councillor Maurice Byrne will co-ordinate the September event.

Cllr Byrne said: "We have done a lot so far, but we can do more. This initiative will build on what we have achieved so far and take it to the next level. 

"Community development is at the heart of what we do."