Formby Labour Action Team gets train track grot spot cleared

Catie Page and Ben Benley

Formby Labour Action Team has successfully campaigned to get a grot spot cleared along Formby train track.

Ravenmeols's Labour councillor Catie Page and Labour Action Team leader Ben Bentley have been working to get the "eyesore" removed.

The grot spot was visible from the train heading into Formby.

But after being contacted by the Formby Labour Action Team, Network Rail removed the rubbish.

Cllr Page said she was delighted action had been taken.

Cllr Page said: "Lots of people travel into Formby on the train and this grot spot is one of the first things they see when they get here.

"We reported the problem and an assessor immediately came out and agreed that the problem needed to be sorted."

Cllr Page said the rubbish was sited mainly on the track embankment, but the station car park was also affected.

Cllr Page said: "We are now in the time of year when people are coming to Formby to spend time in the Pinewoods and at the beach.

"If the first sight people are greeted with is a grot spot, it sends out the wrong message about our town. First impressions do count.

"But I am happy that our complaint was taken seriously and the site was cleared as a matter of urgency.

"I am also keeping an eye open for other areas which may need attention. Although Sefton Council's dedicated grotspot and graffiti squad has been a victim of the Tory-Lib Dem cuts, we need to make sure that all relevant bodies are informed of any areas that need to be cleared of vandalism or rubbish as soon as we see it.

"Graffiti, vandalism and rubbish breeds graffiti vandalism and rubbish. If it is left things will only get worse. I am not prepared to let that happen."

Labour Action Team leader Ben Bentley said he was delighted Network Rail dealt with the complaint so swiftly.

Ben said: "We'd like to thank Network Rail for dealing with this problem so quickly after our complaint.

"We now need to keep an eye on the area and ensure that it doesn't become a grotspot again."

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