More news on the difficulties of Sefton Central Labour Party
Labour sources are saying that Maghull’s Labour leaders were recently summoned to explain themselves and seemingly to be given a dressing down, by higher echelons of the Labour Party, following yet another Labour councillor resigning. My posting of 31st May refers:-
I was musing on the ‘visit to the headmaster’s office’ being held at say Bootle Town Hall from where all Sefton Central Labour’s marching orders emanate. If so this can’t but have made relations between the dominant Bootle Labour Party and its subservient Sefton Central Party even more strained than they are already.
Labour sources have also indicated that their most recent resignation (the 8th in Maghull) was related to the position of Mayor of Maghull and who held ambitions to hold that post.
My posting of 15th May refers:-
Yesterday I received a call from Maghull Town Council telling me that Labour Cllr. John Jarvis had resigned his seat. He had been elected to the Council at one of the many by-elections, which have followed previous Labour resignations, in March 2013. Originally, he had won a seat for the Conservative’s on Melling Parish Council in May 2011 but he resigned that position and stood for Labour in March 2013.
Incredibly, there have now been 8 Maghull Town Council Labour resignations since they snatched control of the Council from the Lib Dems in May 2011. It’s only a 16 member council altogether so half of the Councillors have resigned in just 3 years ago. The present balance of the Council, following this latest resignation, is 10 Labour, 5 Lib Dem and 1 vacancies.
Of the 13 Labour members elected in May 2011 8 have thrown in the towel although this is complicated by the fact that 2 of the newer Labour members who won by-elections, caused by their colleagues resigning, have resigned themselves.
The last 3 resignations of Labour members led to the Lib Dems gaining 2 Labour seats in the July 2013 by-elections.
Can there possibly be another Council in the UK where 50% of the councillors, all from the same ruling political group, have resigned? Answers on a post card to Maghull Town Council, Maghull Town Hall, Hall Lane, Maghull, L31………….
Well it would seem so as one faction is certainly briefing against another and this follows previous blood lettings that led to 7 Labour councillors resigning from Maghull Town Council in recent times.
The two issues now, I am told, surround efforts to deselect a Labour Sefton Councillor (in Molyneux ward?) and for the record is that not the same ward which allegedly passed a motion of no confidence or some such resolution in the Sefton Central Labour Party a while back? The second issue is whether yet another Labour councillor is going to resign. One faction says yes it is going to happen whilst another seems to be of the view that it will not happen.
Whether any of these positions is true or not I can’t tell you but they all emanate from within what seems to be a deeply troubled Sefton Central Labour Party.
If you live in Maghull you have probably heard the Labour Party claim that Maghull Town Hall roof cost £500,000. They seem to have worked on the basis that if they repeat it often enough in their leaflets and in the Aintree & Maghull Champion folks will believe it.
Like all the other members of Maghull Town Council I have known since at least October 2012 that the real cost of the roof refurbishment was £206,816.79, considerably less than half the cost that Labour have claimed. ‘The actual cost was £206,816.79’ in the words of Maghull’s independent Town Clerk Angela McIntyre – 27th February 2014. The reality is that the figure was never going to be anywhere near Labour’s £500,000 figure.
My point is made because Labour continue to repeat the £500,000 figure as if it was fact.
Labour can’t claim, as they often have, that £500,000 is the figure when you add in the interest payable on the loan taken out to fund the project. Even then the figure still gets nowhere near £500,000. But again this also misleads because the Council did not have to take up a loan facility to pay for the works as Maghull Council has been awash with cash reserves for a long time and could have paid for the work from such reserves. The reserves at 30th January 2014 stood at £399,199.43!
So every way Labour turns shows that they are presenting fantasy figures when they know that the facts show a very different story.
And the final irony of Labour’s utterly misleading story is that to date the solar panels, which were installed as part of the project, have generated both electricity and over £6,500 of income for the Town Council. They will continue to generate both for a total of 25 years!
There have been a quite a number of public protests in recent years across the Borough of Sefton against things like:-
The Post Office closure programme pursued under the last Labour Government which saw Maghull and Lydiate having 4 Post Offices axed:- Below are Lib Dem protestors fighting for the former Coronation Road Post Road Post Office in Lydiate.
Labour-run Sefton Council’s plan to close public toilets across the Borough. This fight was won by campaigners like those pictured below:-
Labour’s £46 Green Bin tax for Sefton. This was fought off in the Summer of 2013 but the comrades are expected to try to bring it back once again having only deferred it:- Cllr. Bruce Hubbard is pictured below with his massive petition against the green bin tax which caused Labour to lose 2 council by-elections to the Lib Dems in Maghull.
Building on Sefton’s Green Belt. Labour have got into big trouble over this by saying they would defend it whilst voting to build on it! Talk about being found out! Below are environment protestors lobbying a Sefton Council meeting at Maghull Town Hall. They were ignored!
The photo above is amongst my Flickr shots at:-
A petition against building on Green Belt being presented to Cllr. Dave Russell Chairman of Lydiate Parish Council.
Then there’s the hugely unpopular library closure programme pursued by Sefton Labour Party on the Council. 7 Libraries have been closed and Labour have even refused to let volunteer community groups run two of the closed libraries!
Sadly this placard could also read ‘NO’ to volunteers taking over Aintree Library!
The photo above was taken outside Southport Town hall as protestors tried to save 3 libraries in the Town from closure. Sadly, like the Green Belt protestors, they were ignored.
Lib Dem campaigners fighting Labour’s library axe
Yes, there is a lot to protest about in the Bootle-dominated, Labour-run socialist republic of Sefton.
A letter in the Aintree & Maghull Champion recently having a pop at the Lib Dems because we opposed the funding of a Neighbourhood Plan for Maghull, from Cllr. McKinley the Labour leader of Maghull Council, could not go without a response.
These voluntary plans can cost a huge amount of public money; some have cost over £70,000. We opposed the idea because of such potential costs and the fact that the Labour-run Council has still to say why they want to do a Neighbourhood Plan.
It is of course Labour politicians who are proposing to build hundreds and hundreds of houses on prime agricultural land and Green Belt around Maghull & Lydiate (and elsewhere across the Borough). They are doing that via the Sefton Local Plan.
Our suspicion is that this Neighbourhood Plan lark is an attempt to cover their tracks and to waste more scarce public money in the process. So far they have put £10,000 down to start a Maghull Neighbourhood Plan. We opposed this and proposed, at the Town Council’s budget meeting, that the money would be far more wisely spent supporting the Maghull in Bloom volunteers and Maghull’s Youth Coffee Bar.
Cutting grants to Volunteers to fund a Neighbourhood Plan vanity project appalls us.