Maghull Labour Councillor urges people to take part in consultat

Cllr Lynn Gatherer


Maghull Labour Councillors are urging people in Maghull to spend a little time thinking about how they spend a penny when out and about in the town.

Sefton Council is currently holding a public consultation with residents over the future of its public toilets.

The local authority has been hit by a further £50m worth of cuts by the Tory-Lib Dem Government on top of £64.5m cuts over the previous two years.

As a result, Sefton Council is reviewing every penny it spends in an attempt to balance the books.

A consultation on public toilets was launched just before Christmas and will run until February 1.

Residents are being asked:

1.       Do you agree with closing all public conveniences within the borough to save money?
2.       If you answered no, please explain why?
3.       Would you be prepared to pay to use all of these facilities? If so, how much?
a)      Not at all
b)      Up to 30p
c)      Up to 40p
d)      Up to 50p
4.       Would you be prepared to use toilets in cafes, restaurants and other buildings if the council can negotiate this with local businesses?
5.       What ways do you think the council can reduce the impact of this proposed change?

Maghull Labour Councillor Lynn Gatherer is meeting urging people to take part in the consultation which could decide the future of the Maghull town centre public convenience off Leighton Avenue.

Cllr Gatherer said: "Sefton Council has been hit hard by the Tory-Lib Dem Government, so the authority has to look seriously at all of the services it provides.

"One of those services is Sefton-run public toilets - and that includes the one on Leighton Avenue.

"People need to have their say on this issue. I understand that Maghull's public toilet is well used and valued by lots of people.

"That's why we need people in Maghull to take part in the consultation so that any decision about the future of the toilet is made with the views of Maghull residents in mind."

Cllr Gatherer said the Tory-Lib Dem Government cuts to Sefton's funding were making it impossible for the local authority to continue to provide all of the services it currently provides.

Cllr Gatherer said: "The Tory-Lib Dem cuts are really hurting the people of Sefton - and it can only get worse.

"Council officers have worked out that the overall closure of public toilets throughout the borough would save £52,000. But is it in the interests of Sefton's residents?

"That's what the consultation will find out. But people in Maghull need to take part.

"We are currently working on plans to bring new life into Central Square and the shopping centre. Will the lack of a public toilet affect that? Or are there alternative ways of providing toilet facilities?

"This is what we need to find out before any decision is made."

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