Maghull Town Council Labour Group still on board with skateboard

Maurice Byrne

Maghull Town Council is still on board with plans to build a skateboard/rollerblading park in the town.

The Labour Group on the town council rejected proposals to drop the skateboard park last week.

A report to the council suggested that the scheme be scrapped. But Labour councillors have been working on finding a location for the park since coming to power last year.

Labour Councillor Maurice Byrne has been speaking to young people about the scheme and has even been on site visits around Sefton to see existing skate parks.

Cllr Byrne said: "The proposal last week was for us to scrap the idea of a skatepark all together because of the difficulty in finding a suitable location and because of the cost. But we rejected that proposal outright.

"This is something which young people in Maghull have been promised for many years.

"While in power, the Lib Dems put forward only a tiny percentage of funds to cover the cost, so they knew the scheme was never going to get off the ground.

"But we are continuing to look into plans for a skatepark for our young people."

Cllr Byrne said the main problem was finding a suitable location.

Cllr Byrne said: "One of the main stumbling blocks is finding a suitable location for such a park. Suitable sites need to have good drainage, cannot be too far from populated areas in case there are any accidents, but also not be in an area where it will cause disturbance.

"So there are lots of difficulties finding a suitable location, but we haven't given up.

"Young people in Maghull have been promised this for many years, we don't want to let them down.

"But there are difficulties which young people I speak to understand.

"We are open for suggestions for potential locations. So if people have any ideas, please contact us on 0151 531 1193."

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