Maghull Town Council has a new (Interim) Labour Leader in the form of Sandra Williams; she is the third Leader of the Council in less than 2 years. But why do I mention this revolving door of Labour Leaders?
History teaches us many things and this time it comes from an edition of a former newspaper that used to cover the Maghull area called the Maghull and Aintree Advertiser, which was a part of the Ormskirk Advertiser Group. Its edition of 30th July 1998, which is reproduced above, was all about how the Town Council under its then Lib Dem rulers was fighting to save the Green Belt.
In those days there were just two members of the Council who were from the Labour Party and one of them was none other than our new Interim Council Leader Sandra Williams. Whilst I appreciate the above reproduction of the article is necessarily small the interesting part is the third paragraph of the main article and I quote:-
‘Maghull Town Council Leader Tony Robertson made the proposal and was backed by 12 councillors with only Labour’s Sandra Williams abstaining.’
So back in 1998 Sandra was reluctant to support Green Belt defence as shown by her abstention. But what will she lead the Town Council to do now as she has moved from opposition councillor to Leader of the Council? Will she follow fellow Maghull Town Councillor and Sefton Borough Council Leader Peter Dowd who has recently upset many Green Belt campaigners by openly talking about building on the Green Belt? Or will she back MP for Sefton Central, Bill Esterson, who says he opposes building on Green Belt?
During the last round of public consultation over the future of our Green Belt in 2011 Labour led Maghull Town Council stood out like a sore thumb due to its abject failure to make a submission to Sefton Council in defence of our precious Green Belt.
Interesting historical notes:-
* The other Labour member of Maghull TC back in 1998 was Glenys Jones who sadly passed away some years ago.
* Cllr. Andrew Beattie (second from right hand side of photo) sadly died in 1999.
* Cllr. John Sharman (left hand side of photo) can still be seen out and about in Maghull and he is heavily involved in Aughton & Maghull Rotary Club.
* Former Town Councillor Charles (Uncle Albert) Walker (second from left) is now a young 91 years old and still turns out to the weekly quizzes at Maghull Town Hall on a Wednesday evening.
* It seems I had dark hair back in 1998 (ugly one on right hand side of photo)!