Maghull Town Council – Flying the flags – Just a bit of fun

Take a close look at these two photos of flags flying outside Maghull Town Hall:-

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I think you are sent to the Tower of London for flying the Union flag upside down but what happens if you fly the Maghull ‘M’ logo flag upside down? I suppose you could just rename the Town Waghull.

In Maghull’s ‘M’ logo the yellow represents the flower of the Mayweed that once grew prolifically in the area, the grey a stone canal bridge and blue the Leeds Liverpool Canal. My previous posting also refers:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2011/03/05/the-m-logo-for-maghull-what-does-it-mean-and-who-designed-it/

The photos are amongst my Flickr shots at:-
www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Maghull Town Council – Labour’s fantasy figures presented as fact!

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!

Remembering Barry Smith

Friends of former Maghull Town Clerk Barry Smith met yesterday afternoon to dedicate a tree to the memory of him in the grounds of Maghull Town Hall/Meadows Leisure Centre.

My previous posting about Barry may be worth reflecting on of 6th April 2013

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2013/04/06/barry-smith-former-clerk-to-maghull-town-council-a-tribute/

Here are a couple of shots that I took of the short but happy event, which fortunately just missed the worst of the heavy rain falling over Maghull. It was organised by the Chair of Maghull & District Youth Council Liam Cunningham.

Barry's daughter Nickie is on the left of this shot with his Brother Graham next to the tree planted in Barry's name.

Barry’s daughter Nickie is on the left of this shot with his Brother Graham next to the tree planted in Barry’s name.

Friends of Barry pay tribute to him

Friends of Barry pay tribute to him

Maghull Community Radio is launched but it must have been a quiet launch

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It was the launch event yesterday and no, I did not know either, but let’s hope it went well. In fact the first I knew of the launch day was a phone call from Maghull Town Council mid-morning yesterday asking if I would be attending the event at Maghull Town Hall at 4pm. Sadly, my answer had to be no as I had not previously been told about it and there was no time to change my working hours and other commitments. I have spoken to 3 other local councillors and, like me, they were also taken by surprise!

I must admit to being a little frustrated by this turn of events as I am a big supporter of this community radio venture and would have liked to have been there. Indeed, I have posted positively about the venture previously on this site.

So I am unable to report on how well things went, which I am sure they did.

DIY energy fund – Sounds neat

Having worked with fellow Lib Dem councillors to cover Maghull Town Hall roof and Lydiate Village Centre roof with solar panels in 2010 the scheme outlined below looks interesting.

The screen that shows the energy generated and income that flows into Maghull Town Council's coffers because of Lib Dem 'green' action.

The Town Hall screen that shows the energy generated and income that flows into Maghull Town Council’s coffers because of Lib Dem ‘green’ action.

The Government has announced that local communities will be offered up to £150,000 each to create their own renewable energy through solar panels or wind turbines. Ed Davey, the Climate Change Secretary, will launch a £10m Urban Community Energy Fund to kickstart projects in England that could see 1m homes supplied with electricity from “home-made” generation by 2020. Neighbouring households are being encouraged to group together to apply for the funding, which could pay for solar panels, wind turbines or hydroelectric generators that could save families hundreds of pounds a year in fuel bills.

These are the solar panels that generate an income for Maghull Town Council which the former Lib Dem administration had installed as part of the roofing project. This photo dates from March 2012

These are the solar panels that generate an income for Maghull Town Council which the former Lib Dem administration had installed as part of the roofing project. This photo dates from March 2012

Solar Panels on Maghull Town Hall Roof

The other day someone asked me about the panels, the vast majority of which you can’t see because they are on the flat part of the Town Hall roof.

I have posted about this before but there is no harm in giving this great environmental project another plug especially as it was instigated whilst the Council was Lib Dem run.

Below is the what the unseen flat roof looks like with the panels on it:-

These are the solar panels that generate an income for Maghull Town Council which the former Lib Dem administration had installed as part of the roofing project. This photo dates from March 2012

These are the solar panels that generate an income for Maghull Town Council which the former Lib Dem administration had installed as part of a roof refurbishment project. This photo dates from March 2012

In the Town Hall Foyer there is a screen which shows how much electricity is being generated and this in turn generates an income for the Town Council. It looks like this:-

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