The Council

Maghull Town Council with the Mayor, Councillor June Burns and her Consort, Josh Burns.

About Parish and Town Councils

Parish Councils are the most local form of elected government. They are allowed to raise money through a compulsory 'precept' which forms part of the Council Tax and is collected on their behalf by principle authorities. Parishes can set their precept at the level of their choice. They can also obtain grants for specific projects from their principle authority, Government Departments, and charitable foundations.

Powers of Parish Councils

The 1965 Royal Commission on Local recommended that local councils should be empowered to do what they pleased for the benefit of their people, and a consequence of this was the important 1972 Local Government Act which removed many of the restrictions on the activities of parish councils. For example, before the 1972 Act, parish councils couldn’t save money from one year to the next in order to fund a major project. This is something all councils have to do these days to avoid having a massive council tax for each year that anything new is attempted.
Parishes set a level for the Parish tax (known as the 'Precept') which is to be charged each year. The Precept is collected on behalf of the Parish by the District Council. The precept for Maghull Town council is £88.85 a year.

Did you know ? The cost of Maghull council works out to less that 25p per household per day!

Parish Council procedures

Parish Councils must:

Appoint a Chairman responsible for the smooth running of meetings and for ensuring that all council decisions are lawful.

Appoint a Clerk as the Parish Council's advisor and administrator.
Have at least five members. The National Association of Local Councils recommends seven as the minimum number needed for good administration.
Appoint a Responsible Financial Officer to manage the finances in a sound and professional manner.
Appoint an independent and competent Internal Auditor.
Comply with Employment Law, including equal opportunities and disability legislation, and the Freedom of Information and Data Protection Acts.
Hold a minimum of four meetings a year, one of which must be the Annual Meeting. In practice most Parish Councils meet monthly.

Parish Council elections are held every four years. Parish Councils have the power to co-opt members if there are insufficient candidates to fill all places.
Which Council does what?

It can often be confusing having two councils operating in the same area, and a frequently asked question is “Who does what...Sefton or Maghull?”. The list below explains which services are provided by Maghull Town Council.

Your Maghull precept of £88.85 pays for the following

  • Town Hall facilities
  • Parks and Open Spaces
  • Football pitches
  • Play Equipment
  • Bowling Greens
  • Tennis Courts
  • Contributes towards local events