Labour Councillors on Maghull Town Council work with staff to in

Maghull Town Council enterprise day

 


Labour Councillors are working with Maghull Town Council staff to examine the potential for developing a social enterprise.

The initiative is driven by a large budget cut due to the Tory-Lib Dem Government’s austerity measures. 

Maghull Town Council Deputy Leader, Cllr Patrick McKinley, said the councillors wanted to tap into the expertise and skills of the staff to secure the future of the town council.

Cllr McKinley said: "We need to trim back what we do, in some cases this may mean moving from delivering a Rolls Royce service, which our grounds maintenance is, to a service that is more in keeping with a very large reduction in the budget and simultaneously generating more income.

"Some people have naively suggested reducing any surplus we have, by short term giveaways, this ‘burning the furniture to keep the fire’ going approach is certain to result in disaster for the area. Those who propose such short-term measures are at best mischievous at worst, downright dangerous.

"Local councils are being forced to change due to the severe austerity demands of the Tory-Lib Dem regime and their desire to reduce the size of the public sector. If we are to survive we need to do things differently, so the Maghull Town Council Enterprise Team are proposing a series of income-generating initiatives, whereby any surplus that is generated will go toward keeping and expanding the services to the people of Maghull and creating more employment by reinvesting in a social enterprise to accumulate jobs rather than profits. 

"We have already shown our commitment by employing four apprentices and we want to do a lot more for our young people."

Maghull Town Councillor Committee Chairs, Labour's Cllr Sandra Williams, Cllr Maurice Byrne and Cllr McKinley, have responded to the possibility of this major reduction in funding, by meeting together with all Maghull Town Council staff, including their newly recruited apprentices .

Together the new Enterprise Team discussed ways in which efficiency could be increased and proposals in which new revenues could be found to ensure the continued delivery of a high quality service to the Maghull residents.

Cllr Byrne said: "The skills, experience and qualifications evident in the Town Council Team are outstanding and could be used to provide additional sources of income. 

"The group enthusiastically identified ways to use these skills to offer new services to local schools, businesses and the general public. All for a reasonable charge of course, with all profits being used to support the delivery of the services Maghull taxpayers have come to expect.

"The enterprise team are consulting on the possibility of offering services to local neighbourhoods and to the local business community, including hard and soft landscaping, flagging, paving, fencing, garden maintenance, tree surgery, metalworking, gates, fences and barriers, grounds maintenance."

Cllr Williams said the group was also looking at ways of making the most of the town's facilities.

Cllr Williams said: "The team is also investigating the feasibility of developing conference facilities at the town hall and fun days during the Easter and summer school breaks. 

"If local businesses or individual members of the public are interested in commissioning any appropriate work they simply need to contact Maghull Town Hall for further details."