Crosby Labour Action Team takes swift action in dealing with dan

Cllr Steve McGinnity near to one of the smelly deposits off Vogan Avenue.


Crosby Labour Action Team got to the bottom of a smelly problem this week.

Residents contacted the Labour Action Team on Monday complaining about large piles of fly-infested and smelly dung which had been dumped near to their homes on Vogan Avenue.

After inspecting the deposits and speaking to residents, Manor Ward Labour Councillor Steve McGinnity immediately contacted Sefton Council's environment health department.

Cllr McGinnity said: "The Labour Action Team received a few calls from residents who said that these large piles of what appear to be a manure and soil mixture had appeared in the pathway leading from Vogan Avenue to the parkway.

"They were saying that the pile had brought with it an infestation of flies. As the spot is so close to houses I was concerned about the public health issue so I immediately headed down there to investigate.

"What I found was a number of large piles of what was a manure type deposit. The smell was terrible. You could smell it before you could see it.

"I spoke to a number of local residents who confirmed that somebody had dumped the material on the pathway between the housing and park.

"So I contacted environmental health to clear the mess up."

Cllr McGininty said he had very real concerns about public health due to the problem.

He said: "Sunday and Monday were not warm days by any means, but there was still an infestation of flies at the site because of the mess.

"Because the flies were so close to residential properties I and one resident in particular was concerned that they could make their way into people's nearby homes and spread all kinds of diseases.

"I was also concerned that people, particularly children, would end up walking in the stuff and risk all kinds of illnesses.

"The environmental health department shared my concerns and promised immediate action."

Cllr McGinnity issued a warning to those responsible that their actions were illegal.

He said: "We don't know who was responsible for this, but they need to be aware that what they did is illegal and could cause serious harm to members of the public."

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