Labour-run Maghull Town Council invited town residents to discus

Lynn Gatherer, Emma Skelly and Patrick McKinley


Maghull Town Council Labour Councillors are encouraging Maghull residents to attend a special public meeting tomorrow (Thursday) to discuss the results of the council's survey into the Local Plan.

The survey, which has been described by Labour leader Cllr Patrick McKinley as the town council's "largest exercise in participative democracy", found that the majority of people in Maghull were opposed to the current draft of Sefton's Local Plan.

In their formal response to Sefton's Local Plan consultation, Maghull Town Councillors concluded: "In the light of the evidence shown in this representative survey, the Local Plan as proposed for Maghull, is considered by the majority of Maghull residents to be inappropriate without considerable amendment."

Councillors' recommendations based on the finding are:

•      Based on the evidence from the survey, Maghull Town Council’s recommendation is that Sefton MBC planning officers reconsider the plan for Maghull to address the concerns of our residents.
•      We recognise that Sefton MBC must have a local plan. The survey has indicated that residents believe the plan for Maghull is too big and disproportionate. However, we would welcome the opportunity to work with Sefton MBC to address this, and other concerns of residents.

All of Maghull Town Council's 16 councillors voted unanimously on passing the report.

Leader Cllr McKinley said the town council was holding tomorrow's public meeting to go through the detail of the survey results.

Cllr McKinley said: "The Local Plan is a hugely important document for Maghull. It is the blueprint for the development of the town for the next 15 years.

"Because of the importance of the Local Plan and the sheer number of respondents to the town council survey, my colleagues on the council and I felt it was important to go through the results of the survey with members of the public.

"Throughout this process we have been totally transparent in how we have conducted the survey. We are determined to be totally transparent in the conclusions which have been drawn up on the back of the views of the people of Maghull.

"The residents' message is clear - 'The Local Plan is inappropriate without considerable amendment.

"But we will be going through the survey results in the public meeting tomorrow night and we hope that as many people as possible come along.

"This is about the future of Maghull and I am sure that everyone will want to play a part in shaping the future of our town."

Maghull Town Council will be holding its public meeting tomorrow (Thursday, October 17) starting at 7pm at Maghull Town Hall. The meeting is open to Maghull residents only.



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