Labour-run Maghull Town Council works with neighbouring parish c

Maurice Byrne

 

Labour-run Maghull Town Council is working with the youth service and youth clubs to consider a joint funding bid to save our youth services.

Labour's Cllr Maurice Byrne is working with Melling and Aintree parish councillors on putting together a programme which could save the under-threat youth provision.

Sefton's budget has been slashed by the Tory-Lib Dem Government. From the last General Election when the Tories and Lib Dems came to power to the next in 2015, Sefton's budget will have been slashed by £324.5m.

Because of the cuts, all of Sefton Council's services are under review.

But Maghull Town Council's Labour Councillors are working to save youth services.

Cllr Byrne said: "My colleagues on Maghull Town Council and I are determined to save youth services for young people here in East Sefton.

"We know how valuable youth services are to young people here. I know from my conversations with the police that incidents of anti-social behaviour go down in areas where youth centres are provided. The youth services which are provided here in Maghull are valued by the young people of this community. I know the same is true for young people in Melling, Aintree and Lydiate.

"That's why we are working on this so that we can provide co-operation and support to Sefton Youth Services so they can continue doing the excellent work they do here.

"I am already in talks with colleagues in Melling, including Cllrs Tony Carr and Gerry Lee, as well as colleagues in Aintree to see what we can do to save the services."

If successful, Cllr Byrne hopes that the parish councils will be able to draw up a youth service programme which is tailor-made for young people throughout East Sefton.

Cllr Byrne said: "We are working on plans to provide a fully rounded service which will appeal young people.

"We have spoken to a number of young people about what they want from a youth service and we believe that we can provide a service that will benefit the whole community.

"But at the moment, our main aim is to save youth services. This is still very early days but we are working together for the benefit of our young people in all of our communities."