166 years to recoup £500,000 Lib Dem roof debt, Labour investiga

Sandra Williams

An investigation by Labour councillors on Maghull Town Council has found that the Liberal Democrats’ decision to invest £500,000 of tax payers' money to install solar panels on Maghull Town Hall roof will take 166 years to pay back on the investment.


Just days before last May's local elections the Lib Dems agreed to the £500,000 town hall roof works and solar panel installation.


Maghull Town Council's Audit and Governance chairwoman, Labour's Cllr Sandra Williams said the Lib Dem £1/2 million legacy of debt had been a waste of council tax payer's money.


Last week, Labour called in independent auditors to formally investigate the procurement and tendering of the roof project which occurred under the Liberal Democrats.


Cllr Williams said: "The £500,000 legacy of debt left behind by the Liberal Democrats on Maghull Town Council has been an issue of grave concern for members of the Labour Group on the council since we took control last May.


"We have held our own investigation into the project and have been shocked by the cost of the scheme and the poor return we are getting for such a large amount of money.


"The Liberal Democrats have stated that one of the reasons for agreeing to spend £500,000 of Maghull Council Tax Payers' money on the town hall roof was so that solar panels could be installed.


"We've been told that the solar panels will give us a saving of £3,000 per annum. So at that rate, it'll take 166 years to break even on the overall investment.


"The Liberal Democrats in Maghull have saddled us all with a massive debt for a new roof which wasn't needed.


"They should be ashamed of themselves."

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