About Maghull Town Council
Maghull has had its own Council since 1894 when Gladstone’s Government set up a network of Civil Parish Councils across rural England. In 1974, due to the size of the community, the Council chose to call itself a Town Council and has since elected its own Town Mayor each year. The Council seats 16 Councillors consisting of 14 Labour Elected Members. Maghull Town Council is a member of N.A.L.C. (National Association of Local Councils) and is working towards Quality Council Status.
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 principal authorities. Parishes can set their precept at the level of their choice. They can also obtain grants for specific projects from their principal authority, Government Departments, and charitable foundations.
Powers of Parish Councils
The 1965 Royal Commission on Local Government in England 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 £98.23 a year for a band D property.
The total Precept for the 2018/19 financial year is £643, 347. The Precept is usually expressed as the Band D Equivalent and currently stands at £98.23 per household however some will pay more and others less dependent on their property band. The precept can also be expressed as 59p per week per resident.
Parish Council procedures
Parish Councils must:
- Appoint a Chairperson 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.
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.
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 pays for the following:
- Town Hall facilities
- Parks and Open Spaces
- Football pitches
- Play Equipment
- Bowling Greens
- Tennis Courts
- Basketball courts
- Grants to Community Groups including Maghull in Bloom
- Contributions towards local events
Maghull Town Council owns and manages the following areas, buildings and facilities:
Parks & Land
15 Park Areas and 18 grassed areas incorporating 12 Play Areas, Gardens, Sports Pitches (Football, Cricket & Bowling Greens) and Public Open Spaces. The Council has its own in-house Grounds Maintenance and Facilities Department, who carry out all our horticultural, equipment and building maintenance across our parks & open spaces in Maghull.
Maghull Town Hall
Encompassing the Council Chamber, Administration Offices, The Venue function suite situated on the first floor; the ground floor accommodates the Activities Room (for indoor leisure services) and a new Community Police Station which opened in 2017. The Administration Suite houses the Council Chamber, Town Clerk's and Administration Staff offices. The Activities Room is used daily by commercial and community groups for exercise and leisure classes. Exhibitions are also sometimes held there. Maghull Radio has it's studio on the first floor of the Town Hall, next to The Venue.
For the full list of parks, building and land owned by Maghull Town Council click HERE.