It was Jen Robertson’s first meeting (following her taking one of 2 seats that we Lib Dems won from Labour in the recent Maghull by-elections) and like Andrew Blackburn and me before her she took her place as the current youngest member of the Council.
There were two interesting items on the agenda.
Firstly, there is to be a Maghull firework display on 5th November despite the fact that the money for it was taken out of the budget by the Labour-led Council a few months ago and they voted against the Lib Dem proposal to put it back in! However, common sense seems to have prevailed but why take the money away, vote against it being put back then propose to fund and have the display anyway? An odd way to run a Council in my book.
Secondly, we had a discussion about Labour-run Sefton Council’s proposal to tax Maghull residents for a service it is not going to provide! For years Sefton has given money back to Maghull Town Council, to help pay for parks, because it charges the same Council tax in Maghull as everywhere else in the Borough but does not provide any parks in the Town. Their plan is the stop refunding the money but to keep the Council tax at the same level. This, to put it bluntly, will mean that Maghull Council tax payers will be getting diddled because that part of the Council tax that goes towards parks will be spent elsewhere in the borough providing parks for other communities!
What gets me here is that Labour run Maghull Council is not fighting for the Town. It should be exposing the iniquitous nature of the plan not sitting back and accepting the situation. Presumably Labour’s rulers in Bootle have told Labour in Maghull not to kick up a fuss?
Old Hall Park in Maghull, one of 15 run by Maghull Town Council. This is the only one not owned by the Town Council; it is leased from Sefton Council.
We proposed that Maghull looks to work with Lydiate and Aintree Village Parish Councils, whose communities are in a similar boat, to oppose what Sefton is doing and to investigate the possibilities of getting this iniquitous situation judicially reviewed. I fear though that this will all be kicked into the long grass and, if nothing changes, that Maghull, Lydiate, Aintree Village Council tax payers will be diddled by their own Borough Council!
We Maghull Labour just following orders from Bootle Labour
This reminds me of the recent £46 pa Green Bin Tax that Sefton Council was going to impose on the Borough because despite Maghull being hit hard by it Maghull’s Labour councillors did nothing and it took us opposition Lib Dems to raise the profile of the issue and force Sefton’s Bootle rulers to back down. It seems to me that following orders from Bootle is Labour’s priority not standing up for Maghull.
If you would like to read more about the Maghull, Lydiate, Aintree Village Council tax issue have a look at my postings of 31/03/2013, 07/07/2013 & 17/07/2013 or Lydiate Parish Council’s web site at :-