Labour Councillor appeals to community to suggest sites for new

Maurice Byrne

Maghull Town Council Labour Councillor Maurice Byrne is calling on people to have their say about where in the town they want the long-awaited skate-park.

Cllr Byrne was part of a party of representatives, which included local youngsters and Sefton Youth Service, who were taken on a tour of Sefton and West Lancs to look at skate parks across the borough.

The aim of the tour was to give the group an example of how skate parks have worked in places like Southport and to also investigate where in Maghull a skate park could be located.

Cllr Byrne said: "Despite the cold and wet weather, a delegation of young people together with Sefton youth workers visited Southport and Ormskirk to look at local examples of established skate parks and we also looked at possible sites in Maghull for a similar park to be sited.

"Young people in Maghull have been promised the possibility of their own skate park for several years and under the new Labour administration it is at last being looked at seriously.

"Maghull Youth Council has been asked to consider possible designs and to suggest a site which is not too close to houses.

"It soon became evident that any site needed to be on a hard surface such as concrete or tarmac and the provision of such a surface on a grassy site could be prohibitively expensive."

Cllr Byrne thanked the youth workers and young people for attending the tour.

Cllr Byrne said: "This was a joint initiative between Maghull Town Council and Sefton Youth Services. I would personally like to thank youth officer Nikki Smith, youth worker Dave Tinsley and the young people for coming along and contributing to what was a fact-finding tour.

"The search goes on to find potential sites within Maghull on which the skate park could be built. 

"This is obviously a community initiative so we want to hear the views of members of the community. All suggestions or offers of suitable sites would be very welcome."

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