Crosby Labour councillors get to root of bushes problem

Diane Roberts and Steve McGinnity

Crosby Labour councillors have praised Sefton Council for clearing an overgrown hedge which was forcing pedestrians out into a busy road.

Manor Ward Labour Councillors Diane Roberts and Steve McGinnity contacted Sefton Council to get the bushes on Runnells Lane cut back after residents complained they were having to walk in the road to get passed.

The Labour councillors praised Sefton Council for their rapid response.

Cllr McGinnity said: "Runnells Lane is a very busy road so having people step into the path of oncoming traffic as they are walking along is extremely dangerous.

"It is a particular hazard for people pushing prams and for people in wheelchairs.

"This road can get busy and we are just lucky that there hasn't been any incidents caused by this already.

"But Sefton clearly took this issue very seriously and cleared the pathway immediately after the problem was flagged up. We thank them for taking such swift action."

Cllr Roberts and Cllr McGinnity are now working with Sefton Council to ensure that the Runnells Lane area is on the regular hedging rota.

Cllr Roberts said: "We cannot allow this pathway to get in the condition it was before we raised this issue.

"The hedges have been cut back, but they are already growing back which just highlights the need to ensure that the bushes are cut back regularly.

"It is very dangerous not just for disabled and people with pushchairs, but it can also be very hazardous for pedestrians stepping out into the road.

"While we all know that money is tight in Sefton because of the Tory-Lib Dem government slashing funding to the borough, we need to ensure that at the very least, the government's policies don't impact on basic health and safety.

"Cllr McGinnity, the Labour Action Team and myself are here to ensure that that doesn't happen."