Maghull Town Council to bring Youth Coffee Bar back to town hall

Maghull Town Councillors




Maghull's Youth Coffee Bar is returning to Maghull Town Hall after it was relocated due to safety fears during the refurbished roofing works.

Maghull Town Council leader, Labour's Cllr Maurice Byrne has announced that the coffee bar is set to return to its original home.

The popular young person's venue was temporarily relocated from the town hall to Stafford Moreton Youth Centre due to safety fears while the building work took place.

A number of young people were spotted climbing on the scaffolding forcing the temporary relocation for safety fears.

But Cllr Byrne said he wanted the coffee bar returned to the town hall at the earliest possible opportunity.

Cllr Byrne said: "The decision was taken to temporarily relocate the coffee bar because of the very serious concerns about safety.

"A number of youngsters were spotted climbing on the scaffolding and it was simply considered too dangerous to keep the coffee bar open while there was the risk someone could be hurt.

"So as a precautionary measure it was decided to temporarily relocate it.

"But the Youth Coffee Bar is a very popular venue for young people from throughout Maghull and I wanted to see it returned to its town hall home at the earliest possible opportunity.

"We have discussed the issue with the Youth Council and we have had reassurances that they will do all they can to ensure that people stay away from the scaffolding and are fully aware of the potential dangers.

"So the Youth Coffee Bar will return to the town hall on a trial period and we will continue to monitor the situation.

"Town hall staff will be keeping a close eye on the scaffolding to ensure that safety isn't breached and the venue is used safely and responsibly."

Cllr Byrne said the town council is working with the youth council on the return of the coffee bar.

Cllr Byrne said: "The Youth Coffee Bar at the town hall is a very popular venue for lots of young people and I am delighted we can continue to provide that service.

"It was the behaviour of just a small number of young people, most of whom I am sure have no involvement with the coffee bar which led to this relocation. But safety had to be our paramount concern.

"Maghull and District Youth Council vice-president Nickie Smith and myself are hopeful that we can bring back the coffee bar and not see a return to the dangerous antics we saw previously.

"But we will be keeping a close eye on the situation and the safety of the young people must always be our number one priority."



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