Formby Labour Action Team on track to tackle grot spot in town

Catie Page and Ben Bentley


Formby Labour Action Team is on track to tackle a grot spot in the town.

Formby Labour Action Team leader and Labour's candidate for Ravenmeols at May's local elections, Catie Page, said the grot spot, which is visible from the train heading into Formby Train Station, was an eyesore.

But she has now lodged a complaint with Network Rail and the area has already been assessed with the Labour Team given assurances that the rubbish will be cleared.

Catie, who lives in Formby said the grot spot gave visitors a bad first impression of the town.

Catie 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.

"It is damaging for our town and needs to be tackled as a matter of urgency.

"I reported the problem and an assessor immediately came out. A complaint has been lodged and I am confident that the area will be cleared in the near future."

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

Catie said "We are getting to 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.

"But I am happy that my complaint has been taken seriously and that the site will be 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."

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