Crosby Labour campaigner warns vandalism will be a problem after

Ben Winstanley

 

A Crosby Labour campaigner is warning that vandalism and litter will be a problem after it was announced that the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives had axed Sefton's graffiti squad.

The Tories and Lib Dems have abolished the call-out team which deals with vandalism throughout Sefton.

As well as graffiti, the team also deals with cleansing in the borough.

But Conservatives and Liberal Democrats decided to bring the axe down on the squad as part of the Tory-Lib Dem government's cuts which will force Sefton Council to make huge savings.

Blundellsands Ward Labour Action Team leader and Labour candidate for Blundellsands at May's local elections, Ben Winstanley, warned the cuts will result in an increase in graffiti throughout Crosby.

Ben said: "The Blundellsands Labour Action Teams have had an effective working partnership with Sefton Council's graffiti squad over the last few years.

"We've worked together to quickly stamp out examples of offensive graffiti across the whole ward, some of which was within metres of schools.

"The Action Team has helped to negotiate between private properties and the graffiti squad to settle payments for clearing up vandalism that can often rear its ugly head.

"So we are totally devastated that the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have brought through this very short-sighted cut to a vital service which will only result in greater costs in the long-run."

Ben said the Labour Action Teams throughout Crosby will work together with the town's MP Bill Esterson and the rest of the Labour Group of councillors on Sefton council to oppose the cuts.

Ben added: "With the Tory-Lib Dem government's cuts affecting these essential services, we will campaign to save the graffiti squad and highlight  the often overlooked benefits it can bring to maintaining a safe and respectful community.

"My fear now is that we will end up with our communities being blighted by vandalism because of the shortsightedness of the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives both nationally and locally."