Simon Hughes the Lib Dem Deputy Leader was in Maghull last Saturday discussing with campaigners how local communities are coping with the consequences of Labour’s massive overspending whilst in government. He also wanted to know about how Lib Dems are fighting developments on Green Belt land.
Simon heard how Labour run Sefton Borough Council had targeted local libraries and public toilets for closure and how campaigns had been launched to save them both. He also heard about Labour voting to build on Green Belt land in Lydiate whilst at the same time saying they wanted to save Green Belt.
We told Simon about our campaigning across the Borough to save libraries from Labour’s closure plans whilst working with groups such as Aintree Ratepayers and other special interest groups. He was concerned that despite huge pressure from concerned residents Labour was still pushing for closure of more than half the Borough’s libraries.
He was however pleased to hear that a Lib Dem campaign to stop Labour closing all the Borough’s public toilets had been a success with the comrades sounding the retreat on their closure plans in the face of campaigns like the one launched by the Lib Dems to save the toilets at Maghull Square.
Cllr. Bruce Hubbard says “We took Simon to a Green Belt site off Maghull’s School Lane which has previously been under pressure from developers to let him know how concerned we are to see high grade agricultural land coming under threat of being concreted over. As a keen environmentalist Simon understood our concerns.”
The Saturday afternoon visit ended with Simon taking a look at Maghull’s Central Square shopping area where we discussed issues around charging for car parking and how it can discourage shoppers to use local shops.