Labour Action Team tackles messy problem in Lydiate

Steve Kermode

Lydiate Labour Action Team is working on getting problem litter areas in the village more regular visits by street cleaners following a flurry of complaints from residents.


Lydiate Labour Action Team leader Steve Kermode, who is also the Labour candidate for Park Ward at May's local elections, has contacted Sefton Council calling for action after the Labour Action Team was contacted by a growing number of people complaining about litter around the Moss Lane area.


One residents said litter around Moss Lane shops made the area look like an "eyesore".


Steve said: "We've had a number of calls from residents complaining about the litter around the shops on Moss Lane. They complain that there's always a 'vast quantity' of litter gathering in the gutters.


"Although they say they they have contacted Sefton Council about the problem, the issue has still not been resolved. Some even say that they have been informed that the problem arose during the summer because of staff sickness and a lack of staff being available to get around all of the problem areas and that the council doesn't clean roads without trees during the leaf fall period in the autumn.


"There's obviously a concern that this leads to an increase in litter and the subsequent problems, including the area looking like an eyesore and the increase in vermin."


Steve and the Labour Action Team have now contacted the council to raise their concerns.


Steve said: "We obviously need to see regular visits by street cleaners in our communities, particularly around shopping area where litter can be a greater problem.


"And although Sefton Council is suffering from the Tory-Lib Dem cuts to the local authority's funding, we need to ensure that street cleansing remains a priority.


"But we also need to remember that as well as the council tackling the issue I'd also urge people not to drop litter. There are plenty of litter bins so there's no excuse.


"Lydiate and Maghull is a lovely community and we need to do all we can to keep it that way."

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