Maghull Labour campaigner gets overgrown pathway cleared and war

Sudell Labour candidate Patrick McKinley on the newly cleared pathway at Highfield Park in Maghull.


A Maghull Labour campaigner got to the root of a thorny problem to help residents in a quiet residential lane.

Maghull Labour Action Team leader Patrick McKinley immediately contacted the council calling on them to cut back overgrown bushes which were blocking the pathway to Highfield Park.

Patrick, who is Labour's candidate for Maghull's Sudell Ward, told the council that he feared the emergency services would not be able to get access to the houses which are only accessible by the footpath because the bushes had become so overgrown it was nearly impossible to get through.

But after days of being contacted, the bushes were cut back.

Patrick said: "I live quite close to Highfield Park, so after the issue was raised with the Maghull Labour Action Team, I took a walk around to see how bad it was.

"The bushes had become so overgrown that it really was a struggle to get up the path. I don't know how the residents in those houses coped.

"As well as that, there is the very real danger of emergency services needing access to the houses, but not being able to get through with their equipment.

"I was very pleased that Sefton reacted quickly and cut the bushes back shortly after I contacted them."

But Patrick is now asking Sefton Council to ensure that the Highfield Park path is on a regular rota.

Patrick added: "We cannot allow the bushes to get to that level again. I've asked for the council to ensure that they regularly visit the Highfield Park area and cut back the bushes.

"The bushes were acting as an obstruction on the pathway and hindering the residents who live in the houses which the path services.

"Some of the residents have told us that the bushes had not been cut back for two years. This is not just a nuisance for the residents, but it is also a danger and could lead to a death if ever an ambulance crew needs to reach the houses.

"I'm sure Sefton Council have listened to my concerns and will ensure this doesn't happen again. I will keep a close eye on the path to make sure it doesn't."

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