Maghull Labour Action Team tackles rubbish problem

Steve Kermode

Maghull Labour Action Team has praised Sefton Council for its quick response in clearing rubbish from the canal bank.

Residents complained to the Labour Action Team about as many as 10 bags of rubbish which were gathered by the litter bin near to the canal bridge on Shop Lane.

But within hours of being contacted by the Labour Action Team, the bags were cleared.

Maghull Town Council Labour Councillor Steve Kermode said he was impressed by the speed of the response.

Cllr Kermode said: "The residents flagged the issue up to us because they said the bags had been there for more than two days.

"We immediately contacted the council and credit to them, the bags were immediately removed.

"This is a fantastic response time to an issue which has been raised.

"But we do still want to work with the council to ensure that the area is regularly visited. This bin is being used as a point where the fantastic canal volunteers place their rubbish bags as they've gone along the canal ready for collection. It needs to be visited regularly to ensure the bags aren't left there.

"Because of the fantastic work of the canal volunteers, this area hasn't been this clean in 30 years or more, so I also applaud their efforts."

Cllr Kermode is now looking into a request by one resident who has asked for the bin near to the bridge leading onto Shop Lane to be moved over to the grass verge and off the public pathway.

Cllr Kermode said: "The resident made a good suggestion to move the bin to the side so that it isn't directly in the pathway.

"The reason he gave is because the bin is primarily being used as a doggy bin, and it is well used, which means that it can get very smelly. By putting the bin to the side, it could mean that less people are having to walk so closely by it.

"It could also be one less obstruction for people pushing prams or even in wheelchairs.

"But we will obviously speak to other residents in the area to see if they agree with the suggestion before we push ahead on the request."

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