Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson attends re-opening of Mel

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson, Melling Parish Councillors Gerry Lee and Ron Baker, John Phillips from Sefton Youth Services, Melling Group Scout Leader Pam Hughes and Joan Prescot with some members of Melling Youth Club.


Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson went along to the opening night of Melling Youth Club last week to see for himself what activities the newly re-opened club has to offer.

Melling Youth Club fell victim to Tory-Lib Dem local authority funding cuts as Sefton Council was forced to reassess what youth services it provided. It was closed in November.

But a Melling Parish Council steering committee which included Cllrs Gerry Lee, Ron Baker and Tony Carr, contacted Sefton's Youth Services to ask for the youth club to be set up.

Following their reassessment of youth service provision in the area, Sefton decided to bring the club back to Melling.

The club was re-opened last Wednesday and is now open every Wednesday from 6.30pm.

Cllr Lee said: "From the point it closed last November, young people were asking us when the club was going to be reopened, so we set about bringing it back.

"We contacted Sefton Council Youth Service's John Phillips to ask him what we could do to get the club up and running again. He looked into it for us and agreed with Melling Parish Council that a youth club was needed in the village.

"As a former youth worker myself, I know only too well how valuable youth clubs like this are to the community. It gives young people the chance to get involved in activities in the community which they may otherwise not get the chance to get involved in.

"I'd like to thank our MP Bill Esterson for his continued support and for coming along on the opening night, John Phillips and the Sefton Youth Services team and members of Melling Parish Council's steering group who worked hard to get the youth club back, including Joan Prescot, Cllr Tony Carr and Cllr Ron Baker."

Bill Esterson said he was delighted the club had been re-opened.Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson, Melling Parish Councillors Gerry Lee and Ron Baker, John Phillips from Sefton Youth Services, Melling Group Scout Leader Pam Hughes and Joan Prescot with some members of Melling Youth Club.

Bill said: "Youth clubs provide a vital service to our communities and it is great news that the Melling club has been re-opened after coming under threat from the Tory-Lib Dem government cuts.

"Sefton has clearly identified the vital role youth clubs play in the borough and that is why our local authority worked so hard in providing these services despite the strict financial constraints imposed by the Tories and Lib Dems in government.

"But speaking to members of the youth service tonight, I think the young people of Melling have a lot to b excited about. Not only will Melling Youth Club provide the usual onsite activities like pool and table tennis, but the youth leaders are now tailoring the activities around what the young people of Melling want.

"So we could see accredited schemes like the Duke of Edinburgh Award coming to Melling.

"Everyone involved in getting the youth club back up and running should be fully congratulated. This really is great news for the young people of Melling and the whole of the village."