Crosby & Thornton Labour Action Team tackle rubbish problem on l

Bill Esterson, Steve McGinnity and John Kelly

Crosby & Thornton Labour Action Team has successfully campaigned to get a public sports field cleared of rubbish.
Residents raised concerns with the the Labour Action Team that the field on Runnells Lane had become a magnet for fly-tippers who were piling rubbish against people's back walls.
The bags of refuse were also attracting arsonists who were setting the bags alight, damaging fences and property.
Manor Ward Labour Councillors Steve McGinnity and Diane Roberts immediately called for action from Sefton Council when they discovered the extent of the problem.
Cllr McGinnity said: "The Crosby & Thornton Labour Action Team  and I were made aware of this very serious problem by people contacting the team and attending our surgeries.
"We made a site visit and the situation really was unacceptable. There was fly-tipped rubbish piled high at various locations across the field.
"Complaints from some residents that vandals had even started to set fire to the rubbish was evident because of the charred damage to the walls and fences in the area. Some people complained that the when the rubbish was ignited, flames shot high into the air. We're just lucky that the fire didn't spread onto the homes and that no-one was hurt.
"We really could be looking at disaster if there had been anything combustible amongst the rubbish."
Manor Ward Labour Action Team leader John Kelly said that although the rubbish had now been cleared by Sefton Council, the Crosby & Thornton Labour Action Team would closely monitor the situation to ensure the problem didn't rise again.
John said: "Sefton Council acted swiftly to deal with the rubbish, but we need to ensure that the problem return.
"Not only is there the very real danger of fires spreading to people's homes risking property and lives, but there is also the problem of rats and other vermin. If the area starts to become a haven for rats it is easy to see them spreading into people's homes.
"So we all need to be extra vigilant and immediately report anyone we see dumping their rubbish on the field.
"It is totally unacceptable for anyone to think they can flytip in Sefton. It is criminal and people who do it risk very hefty fines."
Cllr Roberts said she was delighted for residents that the rubbish had been cleared.
She said: "We would like to thank Sefton Council for their swift action in dealing with this problem after we reported the residents' concerns."

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