Labour calls for public meeting with developers to discuss resid

Lynn Gatherer, Patrick McKinley and Steve Kermode

Labour-controlled Maghull Town Council is writing to the developers behind plans to build a care village on Damfield Lane in Maghull to arrange a face-to-face meeting with concerned local residents.
Maghull Town Councillors, Labour's Cllr Steve Kermode, Cllr Maurice Byrne and Cllr Patrick McKinley have called for the public meeting after residents continued to express concerns about the major scheme.
Labour's call for a public meeting follows the latest in a series of residents' meetings in which 
News that plans had been submitted for a major care village in Maghull came to light during the summer.

As soon as they discovered the plans, Maghull Labour Action Team's Cllr Patrick McKinley, Cllr Steve Kermode and Lynn Gatherer organised a consultation meeting to give members of the public the chance to see the plans for themselves.

And a community group was formed to ensure nearby residents had their say about the plans for their community.

Cllr McKinley, Cllr Kermode, Maghull Town Council Leader Cllr Maurice Byrne and even the town's MP Bill Esterson have all attended the residents' group meetings to hear for themselves the concerns.
Speaking after the latest meeting last week, Cllr Kermode said the residents still had unanswered questions.
Cllr Kermode said: "With the help of Cllr Patrick McKinley and Cllr Maurice Byrne, the residents have formed themselves into a community group. They've met regularly to discuss the plans, but they still have some very real concerns about the plans which have yet to be resolved.
"Therefore, the only way to get the answers they need, the residents need to have a face to face discussion with the developer. This is what we on the controlling Labour Group on Maghull Town Council are calling for.
"As soon as the Labour Action Team discovered the plans for the Damfield Lane development we went out of our way to ensure that the local community was aware of them. As a local Action Team and as local councillors that is our duty."
But Cllr Kermode said he has discovered this week that the Liberal Democrats in Maghull have known about the developer's plans for two years - but they failed to inform the local community.

Cllr Kermode said: "Councillors have a duty of responsibility to the people who put them there - the people of Maghull.

"To fail to inform the community about any scheme of this size is reprehensible. The Liberal Democrats should be ashamed of themselves.

"Councillors must be open and transparent at all times. The Liberal Democrats have proven they are far from that.

"As a Maghull Town Councillor, and working alongside Cllr Patrick McKinley and my fellow Labour Action Team members, it is my duty to ensure everyone gets the information about their community and all views are heard at all times.

"It's just a shame the Liberal Democrats feel that they know better than the ordinary members of this community and think it is acceptable to keep them in the dark."

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