Maghull Labour campaigner calls for town grotspot to be cleared

Patrick McKinley at the grotspot on Poverty Lane


Maghull community campaigner Patrick McKinley is calling for a grotspot in the town to be cleared up.

Patrick has contacted Network Rail and Sefton Council calling on them to clear the rubbish which runs along the train track on Poverty Lane.

The Labour candidate for Sudell Ward at May's local elections has called for swift action before the problem gets worse.

Patrick said: "It is very easy for these grotspots to get over-looked, but once they are the rubbish builds up and the problem escalates.

"So I have asked Network Rail and Sefton Council to look into the area as a matter of urgency.

"It is clear that litter has gathered at the spot because of the wind, but it isn't helped by people dropping litter in the first place.

"Much of the rubbish looks as though it has been sitting there for some time, but when the leaves fell it has been exposed.

"So while I have no doubt that Network Rail and Sefton Council will take swift action, we need to encourage more people, young and old alike to not drop litter - it can seriously ruin a community and I don't want to see that in our community here in Sudell Ward."

Patrick said he would like to see litter-droppers issued with fixed penalty notices to deter people from dropping their rubbish.

Patrick said: "There is a problem with litter and we need a multi-agency approach in tackling it.

"We need to teach young people at school age that dropping litter is wrong, we need to remind older people that littering is antisocial and we need to enforce penalties on those antisocial people who persist in dropping their litter.

"There are lots of litter bins around the area - people need to use them."

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