Maghull Town Council Labour group announce creation of new commi


Maghull Town Councillors


The Labour group on Maghull Town Council is establishing a new Community Committee to ensure local groups and activities are getting the support they need.

The idea is the brainchild of Maghull Town Council leader, Labour's Cllr Maurice Byrne.

Cllr Byrne said a committee which was dedicated to looking after the community was "well over due".

Cllr Byrne said: "On Maghull Town Council there are committees for lots of different things, but not one which is expressly concerned with looking after the interests of the community and the town’s various groups.

"Now considering Maghull Town Council's reason for existing is to look after the community of Maghull, I can't understand why a community committee has never been set up before.

"The committee's purpose will be to ensure that the community's best interests are being served. It will have a community pot of funding which local groups will be able to bid for grants of up to a certain amount for various community-oriented activities."

The move is also linked to a proposed change in how community groups have access to facilities at the Town Hall.

Cllr Byrne said: "We are currently redrawing the contract to give community groups free use of the Town Hall.

"There have been a number of requests from community groups who want to use the Town Hall, but who haven't been able to afford the cost. But what we are proposing is to give pre-registered community groups the chance to use the Town Hall for free on certain days of the week.

"The Town Hall is a community facility and it is one which the community should be allowed to use. That is what we on the Labour group intend to remedy."

Cllr Byrne said the new Maghull Town Council Community Committee will be tasked with managing the groups’ use of the Town Hall.

Cllr Byrne said: "The controlling Labour group on Maghull Town Council is determined to provide value for money to the council tax payer in Maghull. It is all of us who have paid for the town hall in the first place. We want to make sure that we get value for money from these facilities.

"By opening up the use of the Town Hall and setting up the Community Committee we are taking the first steps in making sure that this community facility is truly in the hands of the people who own it - the community."

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