Labour to cut Maghull’s firework display

In the light of Maghull Town Council’s ruling Labour Group threatening the community with the withdrawal of the Town’s long-running fireworks display we Lib Dems have called on Labour to sort themselves out.

Parish and Town Councils are ‘can do’ not ‘can’t do’ organisations as they are beholden to no one but the community that elected them. They don’t get any Government funding so all this nonsense about Coalition Government cuts putting the firework display at risk is utter rubbish.

The fact is that the Town Council took over running the display from the Round Table in the 1990’s when the charity could no longer keep it going. We promised then to keep the event running and have done so year after year. In the past couple of years Sefton Council has given money to run it but we all knew that it was short term funding and that the Town Council would have to cover it once again. Had we Lib Dems been re-elected with a majority last May, on the Town Council, the firework display would not have been under threat, neither would we have closed the flagship Youth Coffee Bar, in Maghull Town Hall, for weeks on end as Labour have done.

I really do wonder if the Labour Group are dedicated Maghullians at all. To be on a Parish or Town Council you need to be passionate about the community and accept that you are elected to sort out challenges and problems – there is no one else to blame.

My fellow Lib Dem Maghull Town Councillor Andrew Blackburn, who with Cllr. Jane Day and I form the opposition to Labour’s 13 councillors agrees. This what Andrew thinks

“We have heard nothing but bad news from Labour since they took control of the Council in May. So far they have:-

  • refused to submit a detailed paper on why our Green Belt needs protecting – despite having written one
  • they have been all over the place on Academies – refusing to debate a motion they had put down for debate themselves
  • they have closed the Youth Coffee Bar because they could not find solutions to alleged health and safety problems
  • and now they want to bring the curtain down on years of a community firework display which is aimed at stopping injuries amongst local youngsters!

What will Labour seek not to address next? I am proud of Maghull and its community but Labour seem to be hell bent on stripping the heart out of the Town whilst trying to blame others.”

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