Labour slams Lib Dems for hiding away from Maghull Town Hall roo

Caroline Esterson

Maghull Town Council Labour Group have slammed the town's Lib Dems for failing to appear at last week's full council meeting in which questions about the town hall roof project were posed members of the public.


Members of the public turned up to full council to hear the three remaining Liberal Democrat councillors on Maghull Town Council explain why they made the decision to saddle the town's tax payers with a debt of £500,000 instead of carrying out a simple £13,000 repair to the roof.


An independent Sefton MBC review into the refurbishment of Maghull Town Hall roof found a catalogue of Liberal Democrat mismanagement of the £1/2million building programme at Maghull Town Hall.

The report found substantial and systematic failures in the project which was carried out by the Liberal Democrats on the town council. The loan agreement was signed just 24 hours before last year's local elections, when the Lib Dems were reduced from 16 councillors to just three.


As soon as they took control, Maghull Town Council's Labour Group, all of whom were new to the council last May, began a full investigation into the roof project. They passed all their findings onto the independent Sefton MBC auditors who found no evidence t explain the reasons for the spend.


Maghull Town Council's Labour leader Cllr Caroline said: "Just what, apart from an additional £500,000 legacy of debt for a 'white elephant' project, have the Liberal Democrats got to hide?


"While two of them sent their apologies in advance, their leader failed to show at all.


"By hiding away, the Lib Dems in Maghull clearly think this will just blow over. But a £500,000 debt isn't something which is just going to blow over.


"The Maghull Town Council Labour Group and members of the Maghull public will not let it blow over.


"We want answers and we will continue to push until we get those answers."


Members of the public who attended the meeting were furious the Liberal Democrats had failed to appear and answer questions.


Cllr Esterson said: "I spoke to a couple of the residents who attended the meeting afterwards and they were rightly incensed that that the Liberal Democrats were not there to take questions.


"Not only have the three remaining Lib Dem councillors got a lot to answer for, but so have all of the Lib Dem councillors who were involved in this sorry saga of wasted public money.


"And even though they will try to run and hide, we will continue to ask the questions which the Lib Dems clearly don't want to answer."

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