Labour-run Maghull Town Council launches survey to ask people of

Lynn Gatherer, Emma Skelly and Patrick McKinley

 

Maghull Town Council is conducting a sample survey of the Maghull population to ask the people of Maghull what they really think about the proposals in the Local Plan. 

The town council's survey is designed to be an apolitical exercise aimed at objectively gauging people's views on the future of the town.

The results will give the town council the chance to form a view on the plan that is based on the views of the people of Maghull.

Maghull Town Council's Labour leader, Cllr Patrick McKinley said that following the views of the people of Maghull was the on "democratic way for the town council to decide on such a big issue for Maghull".

But, Cllr McKinley confirmed that the Liberal Democrat Group on Maghull Town Council have refused to get involved in the survey.

Cllr McKinley said: "It's about time we, as representatives of the people, gave the silent majority the opportunity to have their say. Our approach is to give a democratic voice to the people of Maghull, rather than jumping on the next politically convenient bandwagon.

"I am very disappointed that the Lib Dems have refused to ask the people of Maghull what their views are on the Local Plan. This was a genuine opportunity for us to democratically work together, leaving party differences aside to work for the greater good. Unfortunately, this reaffirms what many people believe about the Lib Dems in that  they are more interested in jumping on political bandwagons than working for the Maghull community.

"What I find to be completely hypocritical is that it is their government who are responsible for forcing us to come up with a Local Plan that is threatening our Green Belt. Why aren’t they lobbying their Tory-Lib Dem Government friends in Westminster to help us to protect our greenbelt? Instead they use this critically important issue as another bandwagon for them to jump on."

Maghull Town Council Labour Councillors Joan Deegan and Dave Jones said the Local Plan is one of the biggest issues to hit Maghull.

Cllr Deegan said: "The Local Plan will affect all of us, so as elected representatives we need to ask people what their opinions are, rather than take a politically convenient line like the Lib Dems are doing. 

"We believe that there are many shades of opinion and our democratic duty is to do all we can to find out what people really think, rather than taking up a position without knowing what people think."

Cllr Jones added: "The Lib Dems are acting as if they govern the people of Maghull rather than represent them. Perhaps the Lib Dems should rename themselves as the Liberal Hypocritcs as they certainly are not democrats."

Fellow Labour Councillor, Caroline Esterson, said the survey will set the town council's agenda.

Cllr Esterson said: "I think this survey is a great opportunity to show we really do believe in representation and one we can build on over the coming years. 

"There are a number of really simple issues that residents are concerned about and I think on the back of this it is time to drip feed resolutions to problems to show that we really do act on their behalf. We care and we can do something rather than sitting in meetings in an ivory tower like the Lib Dems!"

Cllr McKinley said he was disapinted the L:ib Dems had opted out of taking part in listening to the people of Maghull.

Cllr McKinley said: "Since May we have attempted to be inclusive with the Lib Dems asking them to get involved in the important work to ensure that Maghull Town Council can survive through the present challenging times. 

"Unfortunately, instead they seem to be reverting to type, trying to score cheap political points. This is what gets politics a bad name. 

"It takes two to tango, but unfortunately at the moment, there’s only one on the dance floor and we are yet to see the Lib Dems tango."

 

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