Labour-run Maghull Town Council and Sefton Central Labour MP Bil

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson with Maghull Town Council Labour Councillors and Maghull Youth Centre campaigners.

Labour-run Maghull Town Council and Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson are working together to find a way of saving youth services in East Sefton.


Since the Tories and Lib Dems came to power just two-and-a-half years ago, the government has slashed the borough's funding by £60.5m. In the next two years, the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats are slashing Sefton's budget by a further £43m.


A victim of the Tory-Lib Dem slash and burn policy is the district's youth services as Stafford Moreton Youth Centre is earmarked for close, together with services in Melling, Aintree Village and Lydiate.


But Labour Councillors on Maghull Town Council are looking into ways to save the youth services.


Cllr Maurice Byrne said: "My Labour colleagues and I have looked into this long and hard to find a way of saving the youth services which are currently provided in Maghull.


"We are looking into what we could provide at Maghull Town Hall to extend the youth provision which we currently have.


"There is a lot to take into consideration as part of this.


"But Maghull Town Councilllors will be meeting to discuss what we can do over the coming weeks."


Maghull Town Council Labour leader Cllr Caroline Esterson said Labour was determined to save the services which many young people in Maghull rely on.


Cllr Esterson said: "We know that providing services for young people, like youth clubs, ensures that young people have a place to go and things to do.


"Police tell us 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.


"But the cuts which the Tories and Lib Dems in Government are forcing on Sefton Council have threatened these services.


"Maghull Town Council's Labour Councillors are working on finding a way of saving the services for the young people of today and those of tomorrow."

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