Young Maghull lobbyist writes letter to MP and Labour-run town c

MP Bill Esterson receives the letter from five-year-old Madalynn Burness with mum Catherine, dad Mark and baby brother Kieran, Labour Action Team Lynn Gatherer, Maghull Town Council leader Maurice Byrne and Deputy Mayor Cllr Steve Kermode.


MP Bill Esterson and Labour councillors on Maghull Town Council met the country's youngest lobbyist this week.

Bill and the delegation from the Labour group on Maghull Town Council met with Northway County Primary pupil, five-year-old Madalynn Burness who wrote a letter calling for improved facilities at her local park.

The MP, as well as Maghull Town Council leader Cllr Maurice Byrne together with Cllr Steve Kermode and Maghull Labour Action Team's Lynn Gatherer, met with Madelynn, mum Catherine, dad Mark and two-year-old brother Kieran at the park on Ribble Avenue.

In her letter, five-year-old Madalynn wrote: "My local park is Ribble Avenue. Could we please have some stuff like in Coronation Road Park. Thank you."

Bill Esterson was so impressed with the letter, he made sure it was brought to the attention of Maghull Town Council.

Bill said: "Madalynn's letter really was very impressive and that was why I wanted to make sure that the Labour members on Maghull Town Council had the chance to hear Madalynn's views.

"I'd like to compliment Madalynn on writing such a fantastic letter and putting her case so eloquently."

Maghull Town Council leader, Labour's Cllr Maurice Byrne, said he was also very impressed by Madalynn's letter.

Cllr Byrne said: "It really is great to see young people like Madalynn putting pen to paper and asking for what they want in their community.

"It can be all too easy for councils to make decisions without listening to all sectors of the communities in which they serve.

"Since we took control of Maghull Town Council in May, the Labour group has been determined not to let that happen.

"So we are delighted that Madalynn took the time to write in and ask for what she wants.

"It is our duty as a council to listen to everyone in Maghull and that includes the youngsters who are growing up in our community."

Cllr Byrne said that while Maghull Town Council is conducting a comprehensive review of the funding, expenditure and function of the town council, requests for funding for projects such as improving parks in the town will be considered.

Cllr Byrne said: "We are currently going through the very major task of questioning everything that Maghull Town Council spends council tax money on.

"One of Maghull Town Council's main responsibilities is to look after the town's parks. Ribble Avenue park is particularly well used and I agree with Madalynn that the park could do with better facilities.

"I thank Madalynn for her letter and I can assure her, her friends and her mum that we will seriously listen to her request for improved facilities at one of our local parks."

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