Labour-run Maghull Town Council's winter reserve army of volunte

Maghull Town Council Labour leader Patrick McKinley with some of the town council staff who will be mobilised as part of the winter plan.


Labour-run Maghull Town Council is putting together a reserve army of volunteers who will be drafted in to make sure the town's older and more vulnerable people are safe should the widely predicted cold snap hit - and they want YOU to sign up.

Labour Councillors on the town council have drawn up the plan to help local people, particularly the old and vulnerable, cope with the forecasted icy blast.

Maghull Town Council's Labour leader Cllr Patrick McKinley and Older Person's Champion Cllr Caroline Esterson said it was crucial that the town council is ready for any cold snap.

Already included in the 'cold snap army' are town council Labour Councillors and staff. But now the appeal is going out for volunteers to join the reservists' list to ensure people are safe and well should the snow and ice descend.

Cllr McKinley said: "Since we announced that we have drawn up this winter plan, a number of people have approach town councillors and asked how they can get involved.

"That shows the level of community spirit we have here in Maghull. People want to help other people, particularly the old and the vulnerable who will be those who will struggle the most if we are hit with snow and ice like we were a couple of years back.

"At that time I and a number of other members of the Maghull & Lydiate Labour Action Teams were out and about helping to dig snow-bound cars out.

"So if we are hit with the same weather conditions again this year, or in future years, we will be ready with a plan and a team of willing volunteers to join the town hall staff making sure that pathways which are most frequented by older people are kept clear and those who are most vulnerable can be checked on.

"We have great sense of community spirit here in Maghull, and that sense is growing and growing. That's why people are already keen to volunteer and why I am sure we will get more putting their names forward."

Cllr Esterson said the town council was looking for volunteers to help in a number of ways in the event of a big chill.

Cllr Esterson said: "All the forecasters have been predicting for a while now that we are set for a cold winter. It hasn't struck yet, but we are making sure that we are prepared if and when it does and that our older people are safe.

"So the volunteers who sign up will be able to get involved in a range of activities, from clearing pathways of snow to visiting older people. There will be activities suited to everyone if the need arrives.

"So please give us a call and sign up. You will be made very welcome and you will be partnered with either a councillor or member of staff.

"Any help that anyone can give would be much appreciated. We want to make sure that we do all we can to ensure that people are safe and are able to get around in the event of a cold spell this winter."